Got a note from Jeff Bailey about the VR1000 over at S&S Cycle, they’ve had it since 1994 but it’s currently being offered for sale. It’s number 20 of the 50 VRs Harley Davidson made so they could go road racing in AMA Superbike as a factory team. According to the AMA, homologation required it had to be street legal, so the VR1000 was street legal, … in Poland, no one specifically said it had to be legal in the U.S., it just had to be legal somewhere so they found a country that would give it the OK and Poland was it. Hey, … it’s racing, you do what you have to do.
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.
According to Jeff, the condition of this bike is outstanding. After the Bonneville runs, it was torn down completely and cleaned to ensure corrosion would not be a problem in the future. The bike was then reassembled and it’s been in S&S’s lobby and museum ever since. Although the bike has not been started in several years, it was properly stored and Jeff says it’s ready to fire.
Features and Equipment on this VR1000
This VR has factory race bodywork currently mounted on the bike. The factory street legal bodywork is included and in perfect condition. Also included in the sale are many special tools required to work on the engine, spare parts, NOS factory tires and other factory documentation. It only has 117 miles.
This bike needs a good home, it would make a fine addition to anyone’s collection so if you think you have a spot for this piece of Harley Davidson history, get in touch with Jeff. These original VRs rarely come up for sale so if you’ve ever thought about acquiring one, especially one in great condition and low mileage like this, here’s your chance.
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