Lots of folks say the Harley Davidson Revolution (V-Rod) engine should be used in something else. Roehr makes a sportbike and some custom builders have done a few things of their own. But, if you do a little digging, you’ll find the V-Rod engine can go off road, too. Who knew? This is the Hog Wild Racing V-Rod powered sidecar desert racer built to compete in the Dakar rally.
Scott Whitney and Joe “Hauler” Desrosiers are the guys behind this rig, they’ve been racing off road for years and running sidecars up Pikes Peak. The first version of the V-Rod sidecar won at Pikes Peak back in 2003, and when reconfigured to run Dakar in 2006, they did very well until a sprocket problem caused them to miss the time window at a checkpoint and they were done. Their website says they skipped 2 years to get sponsorship for a try this year, but doesn’t say whether they raced in this year’s relocated rally, run in South America.
Some of you thought the Sportster off road conversions were pretty wild, well, these guys just show you that Harley has more than one engine capable of running through the dunes. Cool.