2010 VRSCDX Night Rod Special

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  2010 VRSCDX Night Rod Special THE WATER-COOLED, four-valves per-cylinder and double overhead camshaft V-Rod engine offered a level of power and performance never seen on a production Harley-Davidson, but it also offered the potential for further tuning. With support from the factory the bike became a popular choice for drag racing. The one make Harley Davidson racing series ran […]

2003 Buell XB9S lightning

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  2003 Buell XB9S lightning HAVING INTRODUCED THE radical new Firebolt for 2002 (see pp. 182-83), Buell stripped the bike of its clip-on handlebars, frame-mounted sports fairing, and sports seat to create the aggressive- looking Lightning street-bike for the following year. The cast alloy rear sub-frame now supported a minimalist dual seat, and the higher bars and lower footrests provided […]

2002 Buell XB9R Firebolt

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  2002 Buell XB9R Firebolt THE FlREBOLT was A radical new model introduced for 2002, and it marked Buell’s first serious effort at producing a genuine sports bike. It was lighter, shorter, and more focused than their previous machines, with steeper steering geometry to provide the sharper steering response required by sports riders. To make the machine more compact, Buell’s […]

1999 Buell XI Lightning

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1999 Buell XI Lightning HEN Harley BOUGHT ANOTHER chunk of Buell – taking its stake in the sports bike company to 98-per cent – in the late 1990s, the XI Lightning followed soon afterwards. Launched in 1998 for the 1999 model year, the Lightning was more polished and refined than earlier Buells while retaining the oddball looks of the older […]

1994 Buell S2

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  1994 Buell S2 IN 1993, HARLEY-DAV1DSON BOUGHT a 49 per cent stake in US sports-bike manufacturer Buell, giving Harley the potential to explore new markets without alienating existing customers. Money was now available to develop new machines and the S2’Thunderbolt was the first fruit of the new association. The bike was a development of the original Buell concept but […]

1994 VR1000

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  1994 VR1000 THERE are PROBABLY SEVERAL reasons why, in 1994, Harley decided to develop a totally new race bike. Corporate pride, the necessity to familiarize itself with new technology, and a desire to appeal to a new type of customer are among them. Whatever, the VR1000 made its debut under the spotlight at America’s most prestigious road race – […]

1986 Buell RR1000

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  1986 Buell RR1000 THE FIRST RR1000 PROTOTYPE was built in 1984 by Eric Buell, a former Harley employee, as a commission from the Vetter fairing company. Although Buell was still independent of Harley-Davidson at this point, the company would soon be incorporated into the Harley fold (see pp. 178-79). The RR1000 used an XR1000 engine (see pp. 130-31) fitted […]

2010 CVO Softail Convertible

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  2010 CVO Softail Convertible IN 1999 THE MOTOR COMPANY responded to the growing trend for customizing standard machines by creating their own limited-edition custom models. These were dubbed CVO models, for Custom Vehicle Operations. Every year a limited number of models were given the CVO treatment, with larger capacity engines than the base models, more expensive paint finishes, non-standard […]

The Y-Rod

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  The V-Rod TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR higher performance, Harley abandoned their traditional 45° overhead-valve design in favour of a 60° cylinder configuration in 2001. Consultants at Porsche worked with Harley engineers on the new V-Rod, with much of the technology originally developed for the VR1000 (see pp.176—77). Liquid cooling, overhead valves, and twin camshafts in each head increased […]

2003 VRSCA V-Rod

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  2003 VRSCA V-Rod HARLEY ENTHUSIASTS LOOKING for more performance from their bikes were finally rewarded in 2001 with the introduction of a radical new machine. The V’Rod was that rare thing in the history of the Milwaukee giant – a new model owing nothing to earlier machines. At the heart of the bike is an all-new 60° V-twin unit […]