HARLEY DAVIDSON VR 1000 — The Ore of the Revolution

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HARLEY DAVIDSON VR 1000 The Ore of the Revolution

We all have heard and the only Harley-Davidson Superbike never took off from the Although the current portfolio and in HD has majorly imaged itself as a brand, occasionally HD deviates from their image to us some very definite like the XR TT750 which was the track racing bike of its But then again, they are projects like the NOVA most read post in blog) which would seen a sea change in the history of and not just in HD history, but then… A similar story follows for the VR Superbike, a bike with so promise but which never got to see the

Back in 1988, two gentlemen for HD dreamt about the ultimate that HD can offer to the then non world. They were Tuttle, the then VP of Engineering and Mark Miller. They that have something big in their kitty.

Of course it had to be, and it was in the of a liquid-cooled, fuel injected which will dominate SBK In 1989, these gentlemen their half done to Roush Racing to complete the design phase. Another Steve Scheibe, designer the team and he started working on the part of the heart of the VR 1000, the heads and the machine’s fuel system.

Mike Eatough who specializes in GP designs joined the team for the design and it is said that he as widely believed, one of the best chassis ever. But then left Roush and they got the back to the HD factory and time its toll and finally what out in 1988, in 1993, the VR 1000 its first road test in Raceway, in Michigan. And finally into official racing by

So what went wrong? You the bike was envisaged in 1988 and the specifications were designed that time period in When it was released finally in almost a decade later, firms have improved by and bounds, especially DUCATI their mesmerizing 888.

With almost 150bhp the VR 1000 would have in the early 90s, but in 1996, fell short. Moreover, the Jap took a beating from so they all went back to drawing boards in the early 90s and a range of new … products the stable to match Ducati and HD was in time zone.

So why does and is so being written about a which was not really a success? is something more than the bike. HD knew that little work, they a deadly product in hand and it is that for that purpose, all the top were vying for power. If couldn’t, they would try the project.

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All this in house struggles really sidelining the product. Scheibe working on the engine had a with VP of Engineering Earl and Erik Buell. The management see enough reason as to why spend so on a product when they an established cruiser and tourer up?


It was difficult for them to comprehend to compete with the Jap 4 and Ducati, Hd had to out millions on R D. At times, they even unwilling to continue the circuit. And somehow the management was not at all in of Steve Schiebe. And without the VR 1000 just can’t go

See, HD didn’t have a record as per se, this was new, so a lot of money has to go into the prototype into final product stage, but the management of HD was just selling the lifestyle bikes and want to scratch their all over.

Of course, all these to serious time lapse and this period the other went ahead in leaps and Soon after, Steve and John Baker filled his And the project stalled here.

Baker in 2001 fuelled his that the VR might be back and Eric Buell has admitted a sportbike utilizing Harley VR1000 engine is in development but in HD simply said ‘No’ to the season and have no plans as of now to get to road racing..

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