Additional photos of this VR1000 are available here for your perusal.
Back in 1988, Harley decided to try their hand at knocking off Ducati from their perch atop AMA Superbike. Unfortunately, what would have been top notch technology when the bike was supposed to have been released (in 1991) was well behind the curve when it actually started racing (in 1994). Homologation requirements resulted in the Harley-Davidson VR1000, of which only 50 were sold.
The VR1000 did not take anything from the Harley parts bin – everything was built specifically for the racer. HD outsourced plenty of the components but kept it all within the good ol’ USA. Roush developed the engine, Penske took care of the suspension, and Wilwood handled the brakes.
But what was truly unique about this bike was how they handled homologation. AMA rules did not specify where a bike has to be road legal, just that a minimum of 50 copies had to be produced. As American emissions laws were impossibly strict for a true race bike, HD sold all 50 bikes in…Poland. They threw on a headlight, turn signals, and mirrors, and called it a day. For $49,490, Polish riders got a 135 horsepower, 400 pound racebike that had a lovely split-personality paint job: one stripe of white split halves of black and orange.
For a comprehensive look at why the VR is so interesting, check out this story here on OddBike.
This VR1000 (VIN: VR034K4) was purchased by the current owner in February of 1996 from Pacific Harley-Davidson in Honolulu, Hawaii. The odometer shows just 1 mile.
The sale includes the “Motorcycle Dealer Set-Up and Pre-Delivery Check List, 1996 Harley-Davidson owner’s manual (all models), Users Guide for the Stack ST8100 gauge cluster, 2 user information manuals for the Stack ST670 proximity sensor, owner’s and work shop manual for the Ohlins steering damper and Ohlins front forks, as well as a April 1996 issue of Motorcyclist with an article about the VR.