Posts by tag: XR1000

Harley Davidson June 19, 2018 posted by

American Thunder: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale

This bike is why I get frustrated by Harley’s modern offerings. I’m not suggesting a sportbike is the answer to their financial woes, but trading on outdated “Bad to the Bone” Sons of Anarchy stereotypes clearly isn’t working. Upstart [irony!] Indian already beat them to the punch with their new FTR1200, exactly the bike I’ve been saying Harley should build for years, a bike to cash in on the rich history of flat track racing both Indian and Harley have here in the US. Of course, Harley also has a much less rich but still significant history of road racing and, if the collection of trophies is to be believed, this Harley Davidson XR1000 race bike has the goods to compete against the best v-twin sportbikes of its era.

Let’s be clear: this resembles, but is not an XRTT, Harley Davidson’s production road-racer, although it obviously looks to the 60s and 70s for inspiration. The XR1000 was actually a limited-production, flat track-inspired bike with a solo seat, unusually good brakes, legitimate power, a left-side exhaust that will probably only seem odd to Harley fans, teeth-rattling vibration, and the worst ergonomics this side of an MV Agusta F4. It was actually a pretty fast and fun bike, drawbacks aside. So of course it didn’t sell very well when new. But that’s a stock XR1000, which this obviously is not. In fact, it sounds from the seller’s description like it’s really just the transmission, bottom end, and maybe some other engine parts that carry over from the street bike.

The frame on this XR1000 is claimed to be a Buell unit, which is a great place to start if you want a Harley to handle, but I’m not really sure how this bike came to be. Buell was working on racebikes in 1983, but they were powered by an odd square-four engine, not a big v-twin, and the race wins shown in the photographs are from the late 1980s. The frame and swingarm do appear very much like the S1 Lightning, and less like the original Battletwin, which seems to more closely resemble Buell’s original two-stroke racebike. In any event, I’m not challenging the bike’s authenticity, I’d just love a bit more information about how this bike came to be.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale

We have listed here is a 1983 XR1000 but it really is not one year, it is a handbuilt engine that is not like any other engine. Bill of sale ONLY from Robison Harley Davidson. RARE 1 of a kind XR1000 race bike- you will not find another Harley Davidson like this. It’s named the “unicorn” because of its rarity and uniqueness in the engine department. Although it sits in a Buell frame it is far from it- it’s a Harley Davidson xr1000 engine built by race tuner John Ward (who actually produced the very first xr1000 engine out of Robison Harley Davidson in 1979 and presented it to the Motor Company) they produced the engine to the public in 1983 after testing Johns. This engine was built by John and has rare 1 of a kind Sundance Harley Davidson xr1000 heads specifically for this bike. It has been ridden by Roger Reiman, Pat Mooney, Yavon Duhamel,  Richie Morris, Bobby Bossardet and a handful of other lucky riders. It has won more races than I can list but we have walls full of winner plaques and trophies around our shop. If you know anything about our shop and the history that it has produced you understand this bike and how rare it is. For this thing to actual come on to the market is a miracle and it’s time for us to pass it on to a new owner. You can watch this thing all you want but you have to bid to win- it will sell during this auction so don’t try to wait it out and get lucky then miss out on it- once it’s gone it’s gone. Good luck to everyone and if you have any questions we will do our best to answer them. 

From Pat Mooney who was the last racer to ride it. “The chassis came from Don Tilley and it’s a Buell tube chassis. John Ward built the engine, which came from that Mert Lawwill chassis that you have there. We won the Daytona Battle of the Twins class in 2000 on that bike. The cylinder heads on that engine came from Take San (Zak) in Japan (Sundance Harley Davidson). Let me know what you want for it as I know Zak in Japan would love to get those cylinder heads back and he may buy the bike to get them back”

So it’s not really a classic factory Harley racebike, and it’s not a road bike. It sure isn’t pretty, but many racebikes are pretty rough around the edges since their primary goal is to be fast, not look good, and teams on a budget have better things to spend money on than cosmetics. But it is absolutely a genuine race bike, and one with an established track record of success. So it’s proven, but not especially pedigreed: a very fast mongrel. So what’s it worth? Well the seller hasn’t set a Buy It Now or reserve price and this really is one-of-one. But there is interest in the bike and bidding is up north of $10,000 with another few days left on the auction.

-tad

American Thunder: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale
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

Harley Davidson December 5, 2011 posted by

Jay Springsteen Special: 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

For Sale: 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

Walking the halls of the RSBFS corporate office is an interesting affair: Doug’s office sits empty (we store boxes of hats, shirts and koozies in there now), Ian is buzzing around like one of his beloved two strokes, Rem chatters on about Gixxers (I do have a soft spot for those early 750 slabbies), Jared has his head down doing research, Andrew pops in occasionally and the Boss man is busy playing around with Facebook. It’s a great group of like-minded enthusiasts. Which brings us to today’s bike: A 1983 H-D XR1000.

In all of the years of RSBFS we have never listed an XR1000. That made me think a little bit. We seem to post a lot of Ducati v-twins, and this H-D is a two-banger in similar fashion. We are big on rare bikes, and this XR is as rare as most; fewer than 1,800 were created world wide over a short, two-year time span. RSBFS is all about sport bikes, and this HD is, uh, sport-like, depending on your definition of sport. It is just like a homologation racebike – unless you consider dirt tracking right up there with lawn mower racing and monster trucks… You see, this XR1000 has all the elements of what should be on RSBFS. Still, I’m keeping my Nomex nearby in case a flame war erupts…

The Motor Company created the XR1000 to be a street-going equivalent of the all conquering XR750 dirt track racebike. Utilizing alloy heads with bigger valves atop what is basically a Sportster bottom end, breathing through 36mm Dell’Orto pumpers fitted with K&N filters from the factory, the XR1000 was reported to enjoy a 10 HP increase over the Sportster of the day. With uppright seating position and huge mufflers tracking down the left side of the bike, the bike looked the dirt tracker part.

Sadly, what might have looked good to the buying public did not work as well in real life. Interest in the XR1000 was limited, and dealers struggled to sell their stock of these race replicas at just under $7,000 a pop. This is a rehash of the XLCR story; the H-D buyers didn’t want a sport bike, and sport bike riders didn’t shop at H-D dealerships. Jeff Karr of Cycle and Motorcyclist fame wrote an excellent piece about the XR1000 in his April 2009 “Stupid Money” column which can be viewed online HERE.

From the seller:
this is an exceptional bike in fine condition, has all original parts available. Passenger pad not shown but is here. all original paperwork and manuals included. If you are looking for a rare collectable ridable bike, this is it! email me with any questions.

The amazing thing about this bike is that as I sat and debated about posting it to the rabid fans that are the RSBFS readers, the bidding caught fire. With only a few days underway, there have been more than 20 bids on this bike. And what started as a $1,000 opening ask has exploded to $10k plus with reserve still in place. When all is said and done, my guess is $12,500 – $15,000 will buy this bike. Say what you want about the suitability of this bike on RSBFS – the eBay community has certainly spoken.

To check out this oddball wonder from H-D, you can visit the auction here. Look, learn, read and enjoy. It might not be Italian and it might only strafe apexes on the left hand side of the track, but this is one rare bike that you won’t find every day.

MI

Buell May 19, 2011 posted by

Bullish on Buell: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin

For Sale: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin 1 / 34 NOS never titled

Erik Buell started his engineering career at Harley Davidson, but left H-D to pursue an opportunity to market Buell Motor Company 750cc two stroke racebikes to privateer teams competing in the AMA Formula 1 series. The racebike stint was short lived, as the AMA discontinued the series in favor of Superbike less than a season later.

Buell then turned to streebikes. He obtained a large quantity of XR1000 motors via his contacts at H-D, and he used these to create the RR1000. Between 1987 and 1988, Buell delivered 50 bikes to customers, placing the Buell Motor Company on the map. When his supply of XR1000 motors ran out, Buell adopted the new H-D 1200cc Evolution engine, upgrading the bike and making the necessary changes to package the new powerplant. Through the 1989 model year, Buell created an esitmated 65 RR1200 bikes; this is one such machine.

Notice how these early Buells contain many of the iconic features seen on later bikes. The Uniplanar engine mounts – to allow the engine to be used as a stressed member while still isolating the vibration of the big twin – continues to be a patented feature on modern Buells. This bike also shows the under-the-engine suspension and exhaust – both necessary compromises to package the big twin.

From the seller:
The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson’s success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley’s in the world(Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply becauce of Buell’s brillance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley’s east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistant…”so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window”…the machine was removed from it’s display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that’s where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev’s racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection.

Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Very rare, very low miles, and never registered – to be honest I’m not even sure where to begin concerning pricing on this one. Thankfully, there are many bidders out there who are currently showing the way. While the auction opened below $1k, bidding has been very brisk; at the time of this writing the price has risen to over $14,000 and the reserve is still in place.

This bike is a very unique piece of motorcycle history. With its aerodynamic wrap-around fairing, color scheme straight out of the 1970s, thundering performance and interesting back story, the next owner will be very lucky indeed. To check out the pictures and details or to watch the sprited bidding, . Good luck!

MI