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Featured Listing October 10, 2018 posted by

Sponsored 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.

Sponsored Listing: Zero-mile, 1-of-25 road-going 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000!
Harley Davidson August 24, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike

Update 9.5.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc
Update 8.24.2017: Back on eBay and with a big price drop to $55k buy-it-now. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc
Update 5.9.2016: eBay listing updated with buy-it-now of $65,000. -dc
Update 2.15.2016: Now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

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In the late 1980's, Harley-Davidson was in a bit of a resurgence - bought back from AMF by Willie G. and out of the motorhome business, the company had recently introduced the softtail chassis and was concentrating on its core market, the big-displacement twin, retro-styled cruiser.  Their long competition history gave headquarters the notion to develop a factory superbike to fly the flag on the AMA circuit.  The VR1000 project was an astonishing string of achievements, but stretched over too many years, leaving a hand full of racebikes and fifty homologation specials as its legacy.

1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 for sale on eBay

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Most of Harley's racing success had come at long dirt ovals, on machines developed from production models.  The VR1000 stepped into new territories of AMA Superbike racing, bespoke racebike development, and use of engineering contractors, all at the same time.  With a 1000 cc 60-degree bottom end designed, the company hired the expert who had worked on the engine at Roush Racing to complete development of the 4-cam heads, and the bike had about 150 hp on tap when it took the grid at Daytona in 1994.  The massive aluminum perimeter frame held Penske suspension and Wilwood brakes, and handled well for Miguel DuHamel before an engine failure early on.  Fits and starts dogged the effort, and though the bike was in the top five often in 1996 and on the podium once, the factory reduced support to the teams in 1997, and ended the effort in 2001.

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On consignment at Automania in Oregon, the #60 race machine was campaigned by Mike Canepa and 10-K Racing in 1996-97.  Automania has a comprehensive history of the bike, and the package includes plenty spares to return the bike to the vintage racing circuit, even a spare chassis and zero-time engine.  Here is a short excerpt from Automania's outstanding history:

Mike had 3 race prepped bikes that were ridden by both riders. The last time #60 was raced was at Sears which won the Sound of Thunder race in 1997. Along the way, the factory rebuilt the engines and updated everything except the frame and cases. The oil pump was changed, cams, pistons, rods, a 6 speed Gear box, anything the factory built Mike had within a week while Harley was involved. In 1996, Harley gave Mike an extra chassis (included with the sale) which had been raced the previous season by Chris Carr, the one that he won the pole at Pomona with. When Harley closed up shop, they offered Mike the last reiteration of the engine which has not been run and all of the latest electronics, factory quick shifter, the factory built the engine in bike along with the engine on the stand included with the bike.

The bikes have all factory race stuff. This bike has a carbon carbon AP Slipper Clutch. There is another slipper clutch in the spares. The carbon slipper clutch was one of the best slipper clutches ever at cost of $10,000 each. It has PI System 3 Plus acquisition system, same as the factory bikes. Mike told me he bought every update the factory had during his time running his team. The lower cam drive has been changed to a gear drive. The bike has the AP rotors. The rear sub frame and front sub frame are new for 97. Body work is from the original to the last version, all made by Gemini. The last set is Carbon Fiber and has not been drilled or painted. It has a Penske shock installed but a FOX shock is included as a spare.

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The story might have been much different if development had stayed on schedule and the VR1000 had taken the Daytona grid in 1991, but the delay allowed the other factories' more dedicated efforts to eclipse Harley's gains.  As an epilogue, the company retained the engineering done for the water-cooled 60-degree 1000, and after some massage by Porsche, used the engine as the base of their very successful V-Rod and pro-stock drag racing team.  In that light, the amazing VR1000 and its race development live on.

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Complete details and pictures can be found on the Automania website.

Donn

Featured Listing – 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike
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
Sport Bikes For Sale April 20, 2014 posted by

First the Race Bike, Now the Street Bike: Another 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000!

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If a pure racebike isn't your cup of team, perhaps this homologated street version suits you better! As noted in the seller's description, these would have never passed emissions here in the states so they sold 50 of them in Poland to meet the AMA regulations of the time. But you don't need to travel that far as this one is in North Carolina. With just 153 miles on the Stack digital readout and recently refreshed from storage, this would be a jewel in any serious collector's showroom. The buy-it-now is set at $75k and the current bid (reserve not met) is $41k as of Sunday afternoon. Less than 3 days remain on this one.

dc

1994 Harley Davidson VR1000 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

Stunning and RARE Harley Davidson VR-1000 with just 153 miles. The bike has just been through a comprehensive service and runs great. It comes with a full service tool kit and helmet. I bought this Harley as part of an impressive Harley collection which consisted primarily of older race bikes. There were also several street bikes and a drag bike. I must admit, this VR-1000 has left us scratching our heads and wondering what we have.

We know that a street-version was built as required by AMA rules to homologate the racing machine. The road-going VR was made in a run of 50 examples (all that was needed to homologate), but they were never sold in the USA. US emissions laws were prohibitively strict and would have required a lot of fiddling to make the VR road legal stateside, so it was homologated for road use in Poland (And only Poland). AMA rules don’t specify where the machine needs to be road legal. Reportedly, they sold for circa $50,000 when new.

Now, where this gets interesting; this bike sat in a static collection for several years, so when I got it, I took it to a local motorcycle guru to get it running. He was looking for parts and was in contact with a Harley Dealer who reportedly purchased the majority of the left-over spare parts from Harley Davidson. When my guru described the bike to him and told him the serial number, that dealer suggested that he'd known of, or heard of, two US bikes built for the street and that this could be one of them. I can tell you that when you switch the bike on, the display says “V3.01 HD_ROADUS 06/07/94” and there's a sticker below the instrument cluster written in English (not Polish). Also, I found a magazine article from 1996 about a California dealer who raced VR's and had a street bike in his own collection, which indicates that there were road bikes in the US. This Harley has a clean, clear and valid Maryland title, which we have in-hand.

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First the Race Bike, Now the Street Bike:  Another 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000!
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.

Title will be an offroad title as this is a racebike

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 December 23, 2009 posted by

1994 H-D VR1000 #20 of 50 ever made!

1994 Harley Davidson VR 1000 #20 being offered at $55,000.00

Ultra rare is the only wat to describe the VR1000 when they come up for sale. This one is located Viola, WI and has both the OEM bodywork and a set of race bodywork that is currently on the bike. The first two pictures below are of the actual bike for sale, but the last two are pictures that I found just to show how it looks with the OEM bodywork on it. I've had the opportunity to view a race version and a street version up close and personal and I must say that it is unique in it's own way. I don't think it's any secret that these were only street legal, when sold as new, in Poland. But, I'm sure some of our viewers could get it titled and tagged for street use in the states 😉

You may recall a few months back I posted a Pascall Picotte VR1000 Full Factory Racer that was for sale at Picottoe Motorsports. It was listed for sale at $50,000.00 and didn't sell on ebay. So for me it raises the question of which is more rare? A Factory VR racer or a Factory street goer? Now, #20 is not all stock and that is being disclosed by the owner/seller. S&S has done extensive engine work and it has been ran in the Salt Flats. So what do you think? Is a VR Factory racer more or less valuable than a bone stock VR?

The VR in H-D's words:

In 1994, Harley-Davidson returned to the top level of professional road racing with the VR 1000 Superbike Race Team. Despite memorable performances during its eight-year run, including a pole position in 1996 and podium finishes by Pascal Picotte in 1999, Harley-Davidson concluded in 2001 that the VR 1000 was at the end of its development cycle and was no longer competitive in the AMA Superbike series. While the program was ended following the 2001 season, the VR 1000 Superbike racing program helped Harley-Davidson develop and refine technologies such as liquid-cooling and electronic fuel injection. The program also led to the development Harley-Davidson's first production liquid-cooled motorcycle, the 2002 VRSCA V-Rod.

The H-D PR makes it sound a little better perhaps than it actually was for the race team in my opinion. Some of the last memories I have of it on the race track is Scott Russell leaning it against the gaurd rail, sitting down and watching the rest of the race as if that's what was expected to happen. It seemed as if no matter who was recruited to to help the effort it didn't help the reliability and speed of the bike. I personally was very excited to see H-D competing in the AMA and wanted them to suceed. But, we all know the result. However, we still have the VR1000 which will live on to be looked at and discussed for many years to come.

The story behind #20:

This particular VR1000 was purchased by S&S Cycle to get an idea of where H-D might be going in the future. The bike and engine were all new, aluminum perimeter frame, top of the line suspension and lots of exotic light weight components. The engine was impressive, 60 degree V-twin, liquid cooling, 4 valve head, overhead cam shafts, and fuel injection. S&S worked for a couple years on the VR1000 expecting to see a version hit production or at least see it become street legal in the US. Power and torque were raised dramatically over the stock bike, special pistons, cams, head work, intake, and a high output exhaust were the majority of the improvements. In 1995 S&S took the VR out to the Bonneville Salt Flats. The bike was tall with a short wheelbase, perfect for road racing, but at Bonneville, not so good. At top speed on the salt the VR would just spin its rear tire. The upgrades did prove to be reliable and much faster than stock, it ran 166 mph on salt, not bad.

Bike is said to be in excellent condition and ready to fire. I've never seen one of these on the road and don't really expect to, but think of the conversations you would have at your local Bike Night.

Cheers!

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