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Harley Davidson December 6, 2019 posted by

Dr. Evel – 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750

Harley-Davidson introduced the XR-750 in 1969 in response to an AMA rule change that made their flat head racers finally obsolete.  The 1972 revision had an updated engine design and went on to an unmatched series of flat track wins and stadium jumps.  This example is fitted with the optional rear brake and a tuneable SuperTrapp exhaust.

1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750 for sale on eBay

After the quick initial conversion of their Sportster race engine, Harley took more time with Rev. 2.0 and commissioned a different layout with a wider bore and shorter stroke, and alloy heads.  In an interesting redux of the sidevalve KR engine, each pushrod has its own cam, uncomplicating cam profile and timing changes.  Power was 80 hp or better, spinning pretty well for a pushrod mill at nearly 8,000 rpm.  The 19-inch front wheel is right at the end of the Ceriani forks, so handling should be true to the 26-degree rake.  Number plates and mufflers conceal the twin-shock rear, and the tank/seat combo is fiberglass.

Offered by a Florida dealer, no history or past ownership is offered, but the eBay classified does hold promise.  Gotta love racebike details like both brake and shifter on the right peg.  XR fans will have to comment in their thoughts, however it would be unreasonable to expect anything on a dirt track racer to be original or unmodified ( or even un-damaged ! ).  From the eBay listing:

Blast from the past and a beautiful example! Inquire and we will answer ALL and ANY questions and we will try hard to get the answers. Hagerty values this at $50,000!

A redesign in 1972 resulted in a motorcycle that would be the most successful in the history of American Motorcyclist Association Racing.
Evel Knievel made the bike famous outside the fairly narrow lane of flat track racing, jumping his 1972 XR to a string of then-world records.

The right collector could take this XR in any number of directions – as raced by Roger Jr., an AMA champion tribute, or Evel Knievel lookalike.  Or home to the dirt as an amateur ?  Nothing as sensible or practical as a sportbike, but a could be a great project.

-donn

Dr. Evel – 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750
Buell August 4, 2019 posted by

1992 Buell RSS1200 Westwind

Few riders could have foreseen the roller coaster ride Harley-Davidson in store for Erik Buell, but a previous owner of this RSS1200 Westwind saw a future classic in the big twin.  With just 1,800 miles this gem is very original and has been protected from life’s bumps and bruises.

1992 Buell RSS1200 Westwind for sale on eBay

Buell had recently started to specify the 1198cc Sportster powerplant, and used the new isoplanar engine mounts to tame the drumbeat of the 61 hp but very torquey engine.  The mill hung in the factory’s own ladder frame, using the engine case to locate the front of the underslung pull shock.  Up front the suspension was more conventional with upside-down WP forks, and the dual front brakes with six-piston calipers pre-date any Zero Torque Load patents.  Sharing space under the engine is a short Supertrapp exhaust, fairly inadequate but at least lightweight and centralized.  The monoposto seat is cleaned up substantially from the previous flip-up dual seat.

It looks like the second owner ( of three ) was the superfan, going through the comprehensive brake rebuild, fork swap, and fastener-level refinishing.  The seller has owned the RSS for 5 years, and kept the notes from the everything-but restoration:

Finished in Transparent Ruby Red. An original single seat bike, not converted from RS twin seat. This machine has been rebuilt over the last 4 years to original and as delivered condition from a very original low mileage bike. It is not a restoration, though in the interest of mechanical functionality tires, brake and fuel lines, chain, battery, caliper and shock rebuilds have been performed. 

All original decals are on frame, with original paint excepting side stand which was powder coated. All chrome has been redone to show standards, including truss head bodywork screws, and banjo bolts. All Wellnuts have been replaced. Fasteners used in the rebuild are zinc di-chromate where originally used, otherwise plating is bright zinc. This bike had a chrome chain guard which appears to be original and remains in place, though I cannot find any original photos with a chrome guard.

All bodywork is original and shows no signs of damage. The paint was buffed to a high gloss by a professional restoration painter, it was not repainted. Windscreen is the original Gustafsson piece, headlight cover was remade and drilled to fit the fairing in California by Cee Bailey Plastics. The fuel tank was cleaned and recoated inside with modern sealant not reactive to unleaded ethanol fuel. No gas has been put into tank since recoating. Electric solenoid fuel valves were removed, cleaned, new wiring spliced, new gas lines throughout. Napoleon mirror identification decals were made as original, as was the fuel reserve switch decal. 

Buell fans might be out there, looking to complete the pre-Harley section of their collection.  Or maybe this could just be a smashing occasional rider, its exhaust note, big fairing and unusual color certain to grab some eyeballs wherever it goes.  Either way, the mechanical and cosmetic work make it even better than new, and though the starting bid is up there it looks like it’d be worth it.

-donn

1992 Buell RSS1200 Westwind
Harley Davidson July 24, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 Harley Davidson XR1200 (XR Cup)

Update January 2020: This bike sold this past December. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In the wild world of rare sport bikes, we don’t often feature items from The American Motor Company. Sure, we post the occasional Buell or EBR sportbike, but few H-D offerings really meet the category of RSBFS standards. That is why I am happy to share this wonderful XR1200 with readers. While the stock XR1200 is not all that exciting to the knee dragging set, this particular XR was a Cup bike, and retained all of its hot rodding and rowdiness even though it has been converted back into a street bike. Possibly the ultimate bike nite ride, commuter, canyon carver, track day weapon and conversation piece, this 2009 Harley Davidson XR1200 converted XR Cup machine is looking for a new home.

The XR Cup (officially known as the Vance and Hines XR1200 class) was an American one-design series meant to offer aspiring racers an affordable and approachable package and allow them to showcase their talents at a national level. The rulebook was simple and comprehensive. Take one stone stock XR1200. Remove lights and other DOT required safety items. Apply the XR Cup modification kit ($3,500, sold via V&H racing), which comprised the only allowable performance modifications. Upon inspection engines were sealed to prevent further modifications. Spoon on some sticky rubber and go racing. Figure about 530 pounds and 80-ish HP race ready. From 2010 until 2015 fans were thrilled by relatively full grids, tight racing, and amazing racecraft. Hearing a full field of XR1200s roar down a main straight – each rider trying to draft, jostle or otherwise elbow his way past – was truly a sight to see. In the end it was a successful foray; the fields were big, the crowds saw a great show, and some truly outstanding talent learned their craft.

From the seller:
2009 Harley Davidson XR1200 11200 km (6960 miles)
EX-CSBK / EX-AMA XR cup.

Bike was bought new in 2009 to compete in the Canadian XR-cup.

Bike have compete in 2010-11-12-13 canadian XC-cup and some AMA XR-cup races. I have some races results.
Never been crash severely. Engine still have the XC-cup seal. From 2014 to 2017, the bike have run a few times on track for track days and track school.

Bike is registered and located in the province of Quebec, Canada (Montreal area). It’s on the road since 2017.

(Simon)
Price: $8,000 USD

More from the seller:
Full Vance & Hines race kit
Fiberglass belly pan (modified to fit kick stand)
Ohlins steering damper
Performance Machine 17″ front wheel
Fiberglass front fender
Number plate
Fiberglass rear section
Vance & Hines fuel pack
Vance & Hines exhaust
O2 delete kit
Oil cooler relocation bracket

More from the seller:
Gilles adjustable rear set
Biltwell handlebar
Biltwell grips
Bikemaster wideview mirrors
Bridgestone S21R tires (XR cup sizing)
Final ratio have been change for more top speed
Headlight : Baja Design LED Sqadron (with Skene smart dimmer)
Safety wire everywhere that need safety wire
DNA air filter
Lithium battery
Short levers
Custom paint job
full floating front discs
Suspensions: Racetech (front : G2R cartridge with 1.0 kg spring / Rear G3S with 2.2 kg springs)

More from the seller:
Spare parts / Extras
Final belt drive (new)
OEM front 18’’ wheel
3 different handlebars
OEM mirrors
OEM front fork cartridge
OEM exhaust system
O2 sensors
OEM tail section with seats
OEM passenger foot pegs
OEM headlight
OEM front fender
Shop manual
Brake pads
Amsoil 20W50 oil
OEM oil filter

The XR1200 series attracted both newer riders as well as some old hands. Unknowns competed alongside more featured names. Danny Eslick won the inaugural championship in 2010 before moving onwards and upwards. Participating in this series made stars out of riders; they were approachable, brave and heroic. Here is a video of the seller being interviewed in his native Canada. While not all of our readers can speak and understand French, enjoy the shots of the bike:

This is a pretty neat find and unlike many of the offerings you might find on RSBFS. This is a race bike with some history, while also being able to serve double duty as a street bike. It looks fantastic, will handle better than any stock HD you run across in your travels, and will out-handle many other motorcycles on the road, provided you are willing to give strong leverage to the wide bars, keep your momentum up, and avoid dragging hard parts. I can’t imagine having more fun at a track day, or getting more attention from fellow riders. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2009 Harley Davidson XR1200 (XR Cup)
Harley Davidson November 19, 2018 posted by

Evel Incarnate – 1969 Harley-Davidson XR-750 Replica

Beside being Evel Kneivel’s choice, the simplicity and light weight of the H-D XR-750 has made it a regular at flat track podiums since 1970.  This street-registered example is faithful to the legend and its owner / ex-racer’s dream.

1969 Harley-Davidson XR-750 Replica for sale on eBay

 

Harley was given an offer they couldn’t refuse in 1969 – develop an overhead-valve race engine since the dispensation given to flatheads was fading into the sunset.  They de-stroked their 883cc twin to 748cc’s and had 82 hp to send to the 4-speed trans.  The lightweight downtube frame had the engine bolted directly in, helping keep the total weight around 300 lbs.  Period suspension was Ceriani front and Girling rear, with the front brake ( useless to a flat track racer ) conspicuously absent.  Megaphone exhausts went left since the left-turning oval kept the near side open.

 

This owner’s dream was realized via a 1969 XLH Sportster, with a race-prepared engine ( bumped to 1000cc ) and overall faithful presentation.  Along with the genuine XR750 tank, seat, and Akront laced alloys, there some are nods to the road such as the front disk brake, electric start, and progressive rear springs.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This XR 750 is a fresh build of an iron XR 750 replica using a 1969 XLH engine with electric start and rare Jerry Branch racing heads. It was a complete nut and bolt rebuild on the engine.  The frame is XR style with neck and E conversion.  There are lots of fabricated, hand-made aluminum parts.  The lithium battery is mounted under the tail.  The bike was built by Don Rothwell, a mechanical engineer and Harley racer.  This was a blank check build with the best of everything used.  It has break in miles only.
Itemized List of what is in bike:
1.  Rare branch racing heads
2.  Rare branch flow metric air cleaner
3.  Lithium life pro battery
4.  Cycle electric generator & regulator
5.  Trail tech headlights mounted in number plate
6.  Drag spec rear shocks (adjustable)
7.  XR 750 cam cover
8.  XLR Straight pipe (have baffles)
9.  Motion pro throttle and cables
10. XR 750 tank and seat
11.  Polished front and rear Akront flat track racing wheels
12.  Electric start
13.  XR 750 oil tank
14.  Stainless spokes and hubs
15.  Wiring Master sheet
16.  Itemized build sheet with costs for everything
17.  Hand build center stand included, but not on the bike at this time
18.  Period decals

 

While one could’ve purchased an actual XR750 homologation special from the Harley dealer, chances of street registration would’ve been slim and none.  For a fan of the grass-roots AMA series ( which is having a bit of a revival ) a Sportster-based rep is a nice compromise.  This one is professionally done and has just “dealer” miles – could be a hit in the paddock…

-donn

 

Evel Incarnate – 1969 Harley-Davidson XR-750 Replica
Harley Davidson October 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Zero-mile, 1-of-25 road-going 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000!

Getting your hands on this bike will land you in a rarefied class normally reserved for the likes of the Barber Motorsports Museum and a few (very) well-heeled collectors. Once again, it comes from our friends at Iconic Motorbikes, whose collection of killer, historic bikes is both for sale and display. At present, though, this thing takes the cake as their premier offering. Even their perfect RC30 can’t touch it.

This bike is a zero-mile example of a piece of race bike history that you just will not get another chance at. If you have the means, move quickly. If you haven’t … Well, join the club. Needless to say, it is entirely flawless, from the tacked on lights to the rough-edged sand cast engine cases and undisguised oil lines.

Harley made these things in an effort to find legitimacy as a roadracing manufacturer after their rebirth in the mid-1980s. Being that Harley-Davidson had been long absent from any sort of twisty-track competition, building a from-scratch competitive racer became something of a millstone. Eventually, the VR1000 was born, with a 1,000cc v-twin that was almost unrecognizable next to their normal fare, save its narrow-angle layout. It put down close to 150 horsepower by the time it saw a racetrack.

To be legal for AMA Superbike, the Harley needed to build at least 25 VRs and get them made legal somewhere in the world. Eventually, they got one plated in Germany, which satisfied the AMA. The rest were sold with factory paperwork and little else, with paint so thin the carbon weave showed through and lights and blinkers as an absolute afterthought. After all those years of effort, the bikes turned up to racetracks with about 10 fewer horsepower than the competition, which hadn’t waited for them to catch up. Still, rider Miguel Duhamel declared the orange-and-black Milwaukee native to be the best handling race bike he had ridden. He switched to Honda in ’95.

From the seller:

1994 Harley Davidson VR1000 – 1 of 25 street / 1 of 50 ever produced
We are over the moon to have this amazing, rare, Iconic Motorbike in our Dealership / Museum and up for sale.

Harley Davidson only made 50 of these amazing bikes in total and our research shows about half of them were equipped with headlights and such. This particular one has ZERO MILES!!!

The VR1000 is loaded with Carbon Fiber, Ohlins Forks, a dry clutch and when we’re rolling it around the museum, it feels incredibly light! Don’t miss this opportunity to add this gorgeous beast to your collection as you’ll NEVER find another!

Bike does not include a title but we do have the Official letter from Harley Davidson confirming the manufacturing of this particular bike. We can supply a bill of sale as well. We have the FULL FACTORY TOOL KIT which is brand new and packed from the factory.

These HD’s were built so that they could compete in World Superbike Homologation and as such were classified as off road machines, for that reason, MSO’s were not issued or made available.

You must come see this bike in person, you may not get another chance!

The asking price is $80,000. It’s worth it. Even if you never ride it, which, given the bike we’re talking about is advisable, this thing will cap any collection, and will make an incredible display piece for years to come.

Featured Listing: Zero-mile, 1-of-25 road-going 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000!
Harley Davidson September 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Sorted Harley-Davidson XR750TT replica

Update 1.2.2019: This bike has SOLD!

Looking at strange beasts like the 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Harley ever had anything to do with road racing. Or turns in general, for that matter. Years and brand image have done much to erase the memory of the 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT, an honest-to-God, race-winning Milwaukee steed based around the firm’s venerated 750cc flat track engine.

Harley built about 10 black and orange, fully faired examples of the XR750TT in ’72, and in Cal Rayborn’s hands they had a bunch of success in international match racing, despite putting out south of 100 horsepower, with most relying on front drum (!) brakes. The Lord works in mysterious ways, we guess.

Today’s listing is a package:  The first bike is a turn-key replica of Rayborn’s mount, albeit with some poetic license taken to tame some of the sketchiness of the original. For one thing, the builder stuck on a proper dual-disc brake setup. It also rides on a monoshock C&J frame and wears suspension from Ohlins and Forcella Italia. Beyond that, though, the bike is true to its roots, with a 1993 XR750 mill swaddled in lovely, delicate reproduction bodywork.

The second part of the package is a rolling chassis that is a nearly perfect replica of Rayborn’s mount. The seller had intended to swap in the engine from the first bike to make a fairly faithful replica.

From the seller:

Harley Davidson XR750 Road Racer, C&J Frame Mono Shock, XR750 engine from 1993, Forcella Italia fork, Ohlins shock, Wire Wheels, complete Body Kit incl. fairing, partly new painted, new windshield, very good condition, runs great, race ready. Harley Davidson XR750TT Replika rolling chassis, complete except engine, Forcella Italia fork, Koni shocks, complete body kit, front wire wheel 18″ and 16″, many parts….

The Roadracer has been built in the late 90ies, based on a C&J Flattrack frame and a factory original 1993 XR750 engine.

Road racing fork Forcella Italia, Shock is Ohlins, brakes are high quality racing stuff. Equipped with the complete XRTT bodywork and Wire Wheels. This bike was raced by the pre owner in the late 90ies to middle 2000s at GrabtheFlag races and similar events in Europe.

The engine has been recently redone by the last owner and runs very good. I bought this bike 2 years ago and  rode this bike in 2017 only one day at a small race track for practice.

Additional there is a complete XRTT Replika Chassis with bodywork, only missing the engine. This bike was equipped with a XR1000 engine and was also raced in the late 90ies to early 2000s at european classic racing events. Fork is Forcella Italia, shocks are Koni, 16″ and 18″ front wheel.

My intention was to put the XR750 engine in the XRTT Replika Chassis, and ending up with a fine XRTT Replika, and buy a 90ies Sportster or Buell Engine for the C&J- Chassis and having a cool and powerfull Race Bike for Classic Races.

I would prefer selling as a package, for € 29000 OBO

Bikes are located in Berlin/ Germany.

The bike is across the Atlantic in Germany, but is very much worth the effort to import and turn into a once-in-a-while track day mount. With a full extra chassis waiting in the wings, there’s little excuse to let it sit.

Featured Listing: Sorted Harley-Davidson XR750TT replica
Buell June 17, 2018 posted by

One of Almost 100 – 1992 Buell RSS1200

The big domestic iron is usually made in generous quantities, but in the early days at Buell they were handcrafted in a suburban Milwaukee quonset hut.  The early RSS1200 monoposto was made for only a couple of years and totalled just 98.  This original owner put on just 12,000 miles during the 25-plus years of caretaking and improvements.

1992 Buell RSS1200 for sale on eBay

Buell shoehorned the 1200cc Sporty motor into the Battletwin-derived frame, using the patented Isoplanar engine mounts to keep the mirrors usable.  Beside the Marzocchi forks with Buell anti-dive, many of the company’s durable concepts are there – the oversize single front brake, underslung pull shock, and shorty SuperTrapp exhaust.  The super sport fairing shows off H-D’s finest, and the seat fairing is cleaned up without the folding pillion backrest used on the RS.

A proud single owner started out with a prototypical Buell and has been updating as well as keeping the cosmetics pristine.  A lot of Harley-powered Buells have had engine work, but the stocker has plenty of torque.  Components from the factory are good but the eBay auction details changes to the oil supply and venting, fuel tank, primary drive, and ignition:

I have sorted this bike over the past 26 years of ownership. It does not leak, smoke or puke oil. The breathers have been re-routed so there is no oil mess from the aircleaner. The upgraded oil pump with improved scavenging was fitted. The famously leaky composite fuel tank has been permanently repaired by installing a custom made aluminum inner tank inside the original tank. I retained the original Buell electric fuel valves. This bike is fully operational and trustworthy. White Power suspension front and rear, Performance Machine wheels and front brake, Wilwood Gambler rear brake are all original fitment from the factory and are flawless. A Buell accessory carbon fibre air filter cover is installed. The original (ugly) chrome cover will be included. The bike retains its original paint and graphics. All in excellent shape. It rolls on Avon 3-D Ultra Supersport rubber. Always garaged, never run in the rain. It is probably one of the nicest fully operational RSS bikes in the country. It does not leak thanks to James metal gaskets in the top end. Factory oil cooler and temp gauge. A Hayden self adjusting primary chain tensioner was installed right after purchase. Thanks to a Screaming Eagle ignition module it runs smartly to red line in every gear giving a top speed of about 132 mile per hour.

Unable to repeal the law of gravity, the RSS was overweight but handled well enough for some spirited riding.  Not overly photographed and asking a pretty penny, so as good as it looks, an inspection is mandatory.  The Westwinds have pretty good lineage from Buell’s early race machines, though this is more of a sporting fun machine.  Many ads and auctions say ” fly in and ride it home ” but this one looks like that would actually be something to think about…

-donn

One of Almost 100 – 1992 Buell RSS1200
Buell January 23, 2018 posted by

Strange Pursuit – 1991 Buell RS1200

Early on at Buell, Erik was transitioning to road machines, lining up dealers, arranging drive-trains with Harley, and a couple of hundred was a successful model.  A break in the weather ( or maybe the no-reserve auction ) has generated some interest in this low-mile RS1200.

1991 Buell RS1200 for sale on eBay

The RS1200 is based on the Battletwin and used the big Sporty V-twin.  Early Buell concepts like the uniplanar engine mounts, underslung pull-shock and mass-centralizing Supertrapp exhaust are on display, but later fuel and oil tank ideas and ZTL brakes were still a gleam in the founder’s eye.  The bike also has anti-dive Marzocchi forks, house-designed alloy wheels, and a racy but peculiar pillion seat, which contained the passenger in response to the torque of the 4-speed Screamin’ Eagle 1200.

With under 12,000 miles, this Buell is in between regular riders, but the Kansas owner has had it tuned up and save a spring for the rear brake ( pedal return ? ) gives it a clean bill of health.  Corbin could do a quick re-cover on the seat and a day at the spa would do the pearl white body a world of good.

From the eBay auction:

Selling my RS1200 Buell. 1991 model. Early Buell. About only 200 of these RS models were ever made. Clear and open Kansas title In hand. 

Just under 12k miles on it. Runs and rides excellent. Brand new tune up, battery etc. 
I have a video of it running if you wish. Send me your email address and I can email it to you. 
All the lights and horns and dash lights work as needed. Only thing I see it needs it spring is loose on rear brake and never took time to fix it up so it’s not working. Front brake works perfect. Tires are good.
The paint and fiberglass work is in pretty good shape. This is a fairly rare and desired Buell.

Pre-dating H-D’s financial interest in the company, the RS1200 was substantially hand-built and the short chassis got high marks for sharp handling.  Also the fairing, expansive enough to protect a full-size rider in the RS’s relaxed riding position.  The MSRP was $15K, quite a number in 1991, and bidding is surprisingly active for an auction with six days to run, but a no-reserve auction can excite.  As can a January thaw’s promise of spring, and thoughts of a flat Kansas two-lane and a bargain on a big loud 1200…

-donn

Strange Pursuit – 1991 Buell RS1200