What happens when a group of retired Harley Davidson engineers and executives plus a few other retired gearheads get together? Well, you might see some guys playing golf, or then again, you might get a diesel Harley Davidson. These guys went the diesel route.
The Gray Eagles are a group of guys, one of which worked on the Nova project, one was Harley’s director of advanced engineering, one was chief engineer at the former Outboard Marine Corp., the maker of Johnson and Evinrude outboard engines, plus several other similar fellows, you know the type, the sort of gearhead that always wants to tinker. They took a 1988 FXRS and standard V-Twin engine and turned it into a diesel. A lot of others have simply put diesel engines into Harleys but these guys kept the engine and converted it. Interesting idea and it runs fine, whether it will go anywhere beyond the interesting project stage remains to be seen but I think it’s a pretty neat build.