Battle of the Twins Veteran: 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Race Particular…
Launched in 1983, the Harley-Davidson XR1000 was conceived as a road-going model of the mighty XR750 — essentially the most profitable race bike within the historical past of flat observe racing.
“Like everybody else who’s ever gone to an AMA dust observe race and seen the thundering Harley XR750s racing, a number of the individuals inside Harley-Davidson have wished to construct a road model of the XR. Simpler mentioned than finished, mentioned the Engineering Division. Simpler finished than mentioned, mentioned Dick O’Brien of the Racing Division.” –Cycle World
Sixty days later, Dick O’Brien — aka “O.B.” — had accomplished an XR1000 prototype and offered it to administration. The XR1000 used a mixture of XLX Sportster and modified XR750 components, together with an ordinary Sportster backside finish with new barrels, particular heads, black high-pipe exhaust, and twin Dell’Orto carbs. The 998cc engine cranked out 70 bhp, and the Motor Firm supplied a 20-hp hop-up package for racers.
“The XR1000 was basically a ‘again room particular,’ produced in extraordinarily restricted numbers away from the usual meeting line…However the XR1000 confirmed that the XL Sportster chassis dealt with surprisingly nicely, and with slight enhancements to its suspension and brakes, it coped nicely with the extra horsepower of the XR1000 motor.” –Mecum
The ’83 XR1000 racing particular you see here’s a veteran of some of the entertaining racing collection of all time, the Battle of the Twins — a collection that AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorbike Affiliation) works to maintain alive at this time:
“The Battle of Twins idea was born within the late Nineteen Eighties as trendy Superbike racing grew to become more and more dominated by inline four-cylinder machines. BOTT racing saved alive the thunderous roar of twin-cylinder machines from British, European and American producers.” –AHRMA
Harley-Davidson noticed the Battle of the Twins as the proper alternative to publicize their new machine. Gene Church and his XR1000 “Lucifer’s Hammer” — which some mentioned was really an overbored XRTT — would grow to be a dominant pressure within the Battle of the Twins.
“Church was clocked at 156 MPH in 1986 at Daytona throughout observe, which stunned the Ducati staff, who congratulated him. Church modestly claimed they have been having carb issues, which the Ducati boys thought cheeky, however Church then lapped Daytona at 170 MPH, and the world was reminded what Harley-Davidson might do to a racing motor.” –Mecum
Under is a Daytona BOTT race between Gene Church and Marco Lucchinelli in 1985, with Gene Church driving Lucifer’s Hammer.
This ’83 XR1000 race particular is an genuine interval racer campaigned by Wealthy Rano and Hempstead Harley-Davidson within the Battle of the Twins from 1983-86.
Later, it was bought to Sweden, the place world ice racing champion Per-Olof “Posa” Serenius final raced it on the Linköping circuit in 2007.
It was a part of the spectacular MC Assortment museum in Stockholm, Sweden, and has now discovered its means again within the USA. Actually, should you’d prefer to personal this piece of BOTT historical past, it’s crossing the block on the Mecum public sale in Glendale, AZ, beginning March 28.