A Harley-Davidson with sport bike goodies both journeys your set off or crosses your wires, however in our case, it’s virtually all the time the previous. If it’s performed proper, there’s one thing plain badass a few Milwaukee missile that appears like 100 mph standing nonetheless, all with out shedding its leaky outdated iron character.
By way of doing it proper, it’s not possible to argue with this 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000 with competitors historical past within the Battle of the Twins. This uncommon racer is ready to go throughout the block this week, as a part of the Mecum Glendale public sale.
Getting in control on this XR1000, you must go all the best way again to Harley’s sensational XR750 flat tracker, arguably probably the most profitable race bikes ever constructed. After Harley labored the bugs out of the engine in 72, the XR750 was a dominant power in flat monitor racing for many years. The H-D loyal watched guys like Mert Lawill slide across the oval, and Evil Knievel launch over buses, they usually couldn’t assist however need a piece of the motion.
Whereas the vast majority of Harley’s assets have been tied up within the building of the upcoming Evolution engine, Harley’s skunkworks began modifying a daily 1000 cc XL Sportster to include a little bit of the XR750 taste lovers craved. The consequence was the 1983 XR1000.
In apply, it was little greater than a XL Sportster with XR750-style cylinder heads, twin Dell’Orto carburetors and high-mounted pipes on the B-side. An XR750 for the road in principle, the XR1000 actually shined on the large banks within the Battle of the Twins.
The collection was born within the Eighties as a response to the rising dominance of four-cylinders in sportbike racing, giving giant displacement, air-cooled British, European and American bikes solace on pavement. Harley’s entries have been the brand new XR1000 on paper, however could possibly be extra aptly described as overbored variations of the XRTT highway racing bike.
Essentially the most profitable of those entries was an unlikely hero often called Lucifer’s Hammer. After going up in flames at Daytona in 1973, the manufacturing unit highway racer was put into storage for 10 years earlier than being reworked to race within the Battle of the Twins. Regardless of having little to no expertise on pavement, flat monitor racer Gene Church piloted Lucifer’s Hammer to 3 Battle of the Twins championships.
In an iconic alternate, the Ducati manufacturing unit group congratulated Church for hitting 156 mph at Daytona in 1986, however Church merely responded that one thing was up with one of many carburetors. Appears like fancy discuss—that’s till they fastened the problem and topped 170 mph.
Lucifer’s Hammer is a well-documented machine, however the XR1000 supplied right here at Mecum’s Glendale public sale is a little more of a thriller. Mecum particulars that the bike was raced within the Battle of the Twins from 1983 to 1986, with Rick Ranno piloting. From there, it was bought to Sweden and raced by champion ice racer Posa Serenius at Linöping in 2007. In comparison with the one interval picture we have been in a position to dig up, we’re assuming the bike has since been restored to Ranno’s V-Twins Cycle Store livery.
Again in 2019, Mecum bought the Ranno XR for a paltry $6,600. For that type of cash, we must always all be elevating our paddles. [Via Mecum Auctions]