Posts by tag: Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson November 1, 2014 posted by

Mutually Exclusive? 1975 Harley Davidson RR250 Racer

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Put the words “racer” and “HD” together in a sentence and visions of dirt tracking will likely come to mind. If road racing jumped into your head, it was likely a smokey failure or a Buell – or both. Truth be told, The Motor Company’s history with sport bikes and racing same has been a pretty consistent catastrophe (to put it kindly). However it was not always this way. There was a short time in history when HD owned a stake (and from 1974 – 1978 outright as AMF) the Aermacchi brand. Aermacchi was an Italian aircraft builder that branched out into motorcycles post WWII. Offering small two strokes (including race bikes like the one pictured), Aermacchi was to be the small bike direction of AMF HD moving forwards. Success was was not to be found in smaller displacement models, and HD divested itself of its satellite brands (including Aermacchi and DKW) to focus on the big iron. This survivor of that AMF era claims to have Daytona racing history and would look great in any bike collection.

1975 Harley Davidson Aermacchi 250 Racer for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1975 Harley Davidson RR250 Daytona Road Race Bike
Motor turns nicely. Over all bike shows little use.
2 stroke water cooled 2 cylinder
No race damage, excellent over all condition
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Race #53 raced at Daytona in 1970s, some history.
Has not been run since 1970s.
Dealer owned since new

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-MI

Mutually Exclusive?  1975 Harley Davidson RR250 Racer
Buell July 4, 2014 posted by

Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt

I’m really not sure what it was that made Erik Buell stick with Harley Davidson power for so long. Maybe it was patriotism? Stubbornness, a desire to do something simply because no other sane person would even attempt it, let alone succeed?

Who knows, but the bikes he came up with, especially in those early years, are endearing and playful mutts, with a sort of cobbled-together style that stressed function over form. The weird, bulbous bodywork, the Performance Machine billet wheels, the huge, almost automotive air cleaner sticking out of the right side. But somehow it all works to create something that looks purposeful and cool, and clearly built around that imposing and iconic Harley mill.

1995 Buell Thunderbolt for sale on eBay

1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 R Side

They also tuned the motor to make the powerband more sportbike-friendly and give it more than just a fat bottom-end. They did their best, but these are still heavy, low-revving lumps, and they run out of breath pretty early. But the torque, man. The torque

Buell eventually introduced many weight-saving, mass-centralizing features on their bikes, but you can still see indications of the direction he would eventually take in this early iteration. Although it lacks the distinctive ZTL [“zero torsional load”] perimeter brakes, their signature underslung exhaust was already in place and certainly unusual for the time.

This particular example looks great and includes a number of standard, effective upgrades that boost power for the 1200 Sportster engine to a claimed 108hp at the wheel!

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From the original eBay listing: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 for Sale

Up for sale is a cherry condition 1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 Signature Edition. This particular bike has been owned and cared for by an adult and has not been down. It currently has 9314 miles which all have been well maintained by Lancaster Harley Davidson. The bike is currently on consignment and sitting in our show room for sale. It has had a fair amount of custom work with out effecting the quality of the ride or reliability. The custom work was all done proffesionally by J&B Moto Company and Lancaster Harley Davidson with the up most care taken when performing the work.

This bike might be relatively clunky and crude by today’s standards, but it makes enough power to keep modern sportbikes honest. With most maintenance parts available at your local Harley dealer, this is an exotic you can live with that offers real-world performance in a sport-touring package. Also, that Harley connection means it’s okay to wear fringed leather chaps while riding, if you feel like it.

-tad

1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 Front Rear

Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt
Harley Davidson July 3, 2014 posted by

Orange & Black Attack! 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

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Until the resurgence of a non-HD powered Buell (such as this awesome 1190RS), this was The Motor Company’s sharpest racetrack weapon ever offered. Given that EBR is now an independent, this may remain the very pinnacle of homologation in a Harley-Davidson world. But don’t let the turn signals and headlight fool you – AMA homologation rules stipulated 50 road legal examples, but no requirement as to where that road legality needed to occur. HD did some homework and found the path of least resistance was Poland. If you are in the US hoping for an easy DMV registration, this is not the bike for you.

1994 Harley Davidson VR1000 for sale on eBay

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The VR1000 was a veritable buffet line of American components. Roush was consulted on the motor design (60 degree, 996cc, liquid cooled, fuel injected v-twin), Penske handled the suspension and Wilwood supplied the brakes. An impressive lineup of riders were also on the payroll: Miguel Duhamel, Doug Chandler, Chris Karr, Pascal Picotte, Tom Wilson and Scott Russell all plied their trade; despite their collective experience, nobody won a single race. Part of the problem was that the release target of the VR1000 was the 1990 season. Unfortunately, it didn’t hit the track until 1994 – at which point a bike that was competitive with 1990 specs was sorely outclassed. HD never managed to catch up with the competition, and finally threw in the towel in 2001.

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From the seller:
Here’s a not only an extremely rare bike, it’s very possibly the only new (never been started) VR1000 on the planet! This auction is for a 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000 Superbike that has NEVER BEEN STARTED! It’s brand new. Only 50 VR1000’s were produced for AMA Suberbike racing. This model has all street legal (legal in Poland, Google it) components intact. The bike is in perfect condition, although slightly dusty for years in storage (heated) Please check out all pics.

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We have seen a surprising number of VR1000s for sale on the pages of RSBFS. Most have very low mileage (i.e. a few hundred). This might be the first zero mile bike. It’s not unusual to see one sitting in a museum. It is a bona fide rare machine with a very interesting history. But would the RC30 be as sought after if it never won a single race? This bike has a $79,900 opening bid, reserve in place, and no takers as of yet. Check it out here. This is a great piece of history and certainly a great looking bike. What do you think? Be sure to hit the comments and let us know!

MI

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Orange & Black Attack! 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000
Classic Sport Bikes For Sale April 8, 2014 posted by

Revisit: 1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi 350)

Harley Davidson RR350 for sale

We first saw this bike (I believe it’s the same one) in 2011 when Ian wrote it up in a post he titled The 70′s, HD And Things That Rattle: 1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi 350). It looks to be back with some update photographs. At the time it was bid up past $27k and the reserve wasn’t met. I don’t know if it sold privately or if this is the same seller, but this time it’s wearing a buy-it-now of $25k — which is down from the $33,500 from just a few days ago when the listing started.

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1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

The RR350 Racer is one of 26 originally made. These racers were hand built in the Aermacchi Harley-Davidson plant in Varese, Italy for the sole purpose of road racing. This bike has the twin disc front brakes, double leading shoe rear brakes, 6 speed transmission, Ceriani forks, water cooled, Dansi electronic ignition and is in the legendary Harley-Davidson racing colors. These machines were similar in design and performance to the Yamaha TZ twins and were successful in national events. Harley Davidson imported a number of 250′s to compete in AMA road races, but the 350 is virtually unknown. This bike, the engine is brand new and I have all the documentation to prove that. All hoses have been replaced on radiator and as you see in the photos the brake calibers are being completely rebuilt. The lower and top fairing are flawless and tires are race ready.

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Revisit:  1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi 350)
Harley Davidson October 1, 2012 posted by

What could have been: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

For Sale: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

Unless I am mistaken, RSBFS readers are pretty much a collection of homologation junkies: RC30, RC45, OW01/02, and the like. Well here is a homologation bike that we see even less frequently than the Japanese variety; a US-born bike that never make it to the top of the big league steps. This is high hopes and history all rolled up into one black and orange thundering monster. This is the H-D VR1000.

The original VR1000 concept started in 1988 between H-D and Roush racing, but it was not until late 1993 that the first racer turned a wheel in anger in competition. Despite the long gestation period, the VR1000 race bike was fraught with failure and generally underperformed. Despite being ridden by some of the best racers of the day – Miguel Duhamel, Doug Chandler, Chris Karr, Pascal Picotte, Tom Wilson and Scott Russell – the VR1000 never officially won a race. There were certainly bright spots in the program with Duhamel leading at Mid-Ohio, Carr on pole at Pomona, and Tom Wilson actually winning at Mid-Ohio (’96) before the red-flag finish reverted back to the last lap running order.

From the seller:
HD#25 VR1000

The VR1000 was the product of a Harley-Davidson skunkworks, which produced Harley’s first from-the-ground-up road-racer, using no existing Harley-Davidson parts and sourcing what it did use from outside parts suppliers, some that had no experience in racing. The project began at Roush Racing, but once a running engine was developed, it came back behind the walls at Harley.

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This bike is clearly one of the original 50 homologated streetbikes. Back in 1994 these carried an MSRP of $49,995. One sold in a Minnesota auction for $94k back in 2007, and another was on the block at a Las Vegas auction in 2011 when bidding stalled at $64k. Pound for pound these are every bit as rare and collectable as Japanese homologation material, although race victory bragging rights are generally not included.

This bike is avialable now with the current price up to $26,100 in very light bidding. The reserve is still in place (which I would expect it to be at double the current bid), so there is a long road to go for this one. For your chance to check out the pictures and the details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Special thanks to RSBFS reader Martin who spotted this piece of Americana looking to go to a new home!

MI

Harley Davidson May 22, 2012 posted by

Old School: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

For Sale: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

Here at RSBFS we generally stick with rare factory bikes; there are simply too many modified and hot-rodded machines out there to consider them all. Every once in a while we come across a custom build that is worthy of – or even better than – factory. This XR750TT replica build is clearly one of those cases. Even if you are not interested in the bike, check out the pics and enjoy the quality of this offering. You will not be disappointed.

Just because this mighty giant does not have factory paperwork does not mean it does not have real history. This very bike has been raced successfully in AHRMA and WERRA series, and has triumphed under the likes of none other than Jay Springsteen. If there is a guy that knows what a XR750 should feel like, I reckon that Jay is that man. Given that the bike looks killer, it is nice to know that it has the potential to run like it looks!

From the seller:
Here is one of the Hourglass Racing XR750TT racers that many of you have seen on the tracks over the years. It is, as all our race bikes are, in immaculate show winning condition. It is also ready for the track by adding oil and race gas. If you do a search on “Hourglass Racing” you will find a great deal of info on this bike.

In the last few years it has been raced in AHRMA and WERRA road races. The riders have included myself, Chuck Davis, Tim Joyce, and of course most famously three time AMA National Champion and Hall of Famer, Jay Springsteen. Every rider has won races on this bike, with multi-time AMRMA champion Tim Joyce and “Springer” being the most successful. It has also been ridden in practice and parade laps on tracks throughout the country by the following racers: Mert Lawill, Mark Brelsford, and most recently at Road Atlanta by Chris Carr. Several journalists have also ridden the bike for articles about what its like to race an XRTT.

The bike was NOT born at Harley Davidson. It was assembled using parts and pieces, bought, found, and fabricated by many friends who were interested in seeing one of these bikes compete once again on American race tracks. The bike was built in the Hourglass Racing shop, and always maintained by us. The XR750 engine was bought new in boxes from Harley, and built by Carl Patrick in Ohio. Carl has always done our engines, and in our opinion, there’s no one better anywhere with an XR engine. This engine has done a practice session at Barber but no races.

This is a race ready showpiece that can win on the track or in any show. To build a racer of this quality would cost in excess of 70K not including your time. We have built three of these racers over the years, and until now, never sold one. If you want to own a piece of art, that you can win on the track or at a show, this is your bike. To verify this info do an internet search on Hourglass Racing, XR750TT, and/or Springsteen.

Springer can pretty much win major events riding a moped held together with duct tape and zip ties, but his history on this bike must have an impact on the collectability and indication of performance of this amazing build. This looks to be choc-a-bloc with top notch componentry, and the fit and finish look far beyond that of the usual historic race bike.

All of this quality, performance and history does not come cheap – but then a base XR750 is a pricey foundation to start with. This auction is going on right now, and the seller has set a BIN of $45,000. I would think it would be very difficult to source all the parts at that sum, much less put it together into a working, effective racer. Throw in the documented history of riders, and you have a very complete package for vintage racing and collection at a relative bargain.

Here is a great video of Jay Springsteen racing against the late Gary Nixon. Jay is astride an Hourglass Racing HD (it might be this very bike), with Gary seated on a Triumph 750. Some great stuff from those legends.

For more info, click the link and jump over to the auction. Check it out and share your thoughts on this one, as I think you will agree it is an exceptional build indeed!

MI

Harley Davidson February 2, 2012 posted by

American Iron in a To Go Box: Crated H-D XR1000

For Sale: 1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000

Boxes can be tricky things. They seem to ignite the imagination of collectors and cats alike. Take for instance, this particular packing crate. The bidding on this box is currently in RC30 territory. The bike inside is indeed quite rare – a 1984 Harley Davidson XR1000 similar to the one recently written up here. I know I should have learned from the last H-D experience, but RSBFS is all about the rare and collectable and the recent bidding on this box tells me this bike belongs here – even if only in a “freak show at the carnival” type of capacity.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1984 Harley Davidson XR-1000 Motorcycle. This bike was delivered to Thurnalls Harley Davidson in Clarksville Indiana. Due to slow sales at the time, the motorcycle remained at Thurnalls warehouse in its shipping crate. Mr Thurnall passed in 2003, and in 2007 the bike along with other motorcycle related items were purchased by the current owner. When the bike was transferred in 2007 a small C shaped cut was made in the crate so the local sheriff could inspect the VIN number. Other than that, the Motorcycle has been undisturbed in its crate. I was able to take some pictures by inserting my camera through the C shaped hole. We have a clear Ky title in the current owners name showing 3 miles.

I’ll keep this short so I can still show my face around the RSBFS offices: A bike is only new in the box once in its life, and this one is perfect for collectors who value such things. There are a lot more pictures and detail in the auction – which at the time of this writing was up to $21,000. Jump on over and take a look.

MI

Buell January 4, 2012 posted by

1998 Buell S1W ex Pascal Picotte race bike

For Sale: 1998 Buell S1W ex PASCAL PICOTTE racer

Update 1.4.2012: The seller has contacted us to let our readers know this bike is still for sale and now just $6k. Please email the seller directly with inquiries. Good luck with the sale Doug!

We don’t see too many H-D era Buells on the pages of RSBFS. This is not a comment on the collectability or desirability of Erik Buell’s creations, but rather that the latter stages of H-D-owned Buell were less exclusive than most collectors would prefer. It takes some serious history to make one of these bikes stand out – and today’s S1W has exactly that. Imagine owning the bike on which Pascal Picotte WON – while he was a Harley-Davidson factory rider no less. Great stuff!

In fact, RSBFS posted this exact bike in 2010, when last it was up for sale. Check out Doug’s excellent article on this bike here.

The H-D Race of Champions, run during the annual HOG Rally, situated riders on identically prepared motorcycles. In this case, the bikes were Buell S1W models with minor modifications. After his victory, Pascal signed his race winning bike. Ultimately all the bikes were sent to dealers, where this one ended up.

But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to the Pascal Picotte racing history, the seller has used this bike to set numerous land speed records (including sidecar records). Like many “vintage” racebikes, this Buell has continued to build a history of competition – to the point where this bike has a pretty impressive resume, and would be appropriate for collecting, track riding or even street riding.

From the seller:
Pascale Picotte’s Buell S1W race bike

This is one of 13 bikes pulled from the Line and Factory Race prepped for the Race of Champions at the 15th Annual HOG Ralley.

This particualr bike was ridden by Pascal Picotte who was a HaArley Facory Racer at the time. HE WON this race on this bike. This bike has Picotte”s Racing # (21) and is signed in several locations

Following the race all the bikes were given to the Leading BUELL dealers at the time.

I purchased this bike 3 years ago. I removed all the Signed bodywork and have used the bike to set several ECTA land speed records in Pushrod classes, It currently holds 5 records and won the final year MAXTON MILE bike points series and will be featured on the ECTA poster next year.

In addition to what is pictured:
Flat black Duracoat Small tank
FLat Black Duracoat Large tank
Flat Black S1W tail section
FLat Black painted Racing fairing
Flat Black front fender ( forget what model I got it from, but more Aero than the S1W fender)
Aftermarket Footpegs
Teather Kill Switch
Dyna Ignition Module
Various Jets
Steering stabilizer
GP Shifter kit
Base Plate for LSR Sidecar (Holds 3 Sidecar Records)
To maximize gearing I converted to a Chain, and have several sprockets, still have the Pulley’s if you wanted to convert it back.
Clip Ons

The Sidecar mount was designed and built as was everything else so it could be put back to Pascal Picotte form with no damage

NOTE: WP SHock Shown in photos was replaced on recall (Front Shock Eye Failure issues) Has a enclosed Showa Shock now

This bike does not have a title, however I have enough Notarized paperwork from the Harley/Buell dealer I purchased it from you should have no problem getting title if you wanted to use this bike as a Street bike. Where Else can you find a practically new S1W

Note that the pictures offered by the seller here do not necessarily reflect the latest state of the bike. The seller claims a list of additional items (which may or may not be on the bike), as well as a chain conversion (but the bike pictured still has the Buell belt drive attached). As always, we encourage prospective buyers to contact the seller for more information and pictures.

This is a pretty neat piece of history, and even though it is not a Pascal Picotte race winning Superbike, it is still very cool. This auction is going on now, and the starting bid is only $2,500 with reserve in place. There is also a BIN for $7,000 Now just $6k. Please email the seller directly with inquiries.

MI