The Harley Davidson VR1000 was a highly limited edition model created for homologation purposes. Just 50 VR1000s were built to allow the bike to run in the AMA Superbike series.
Powered by a 1000 cc, 60 degree, V-twin with Weber fuel injection developing 135 horsepower the Harley Davidson VR1000 was not outstanding during its race career - although it was a credible competitor for a manufacturer more used to making laid-back cruisers.
The Harley Davidson VR1000 featured striking paintwork. One side was painted in bright orange while the other side was finished in gloss black.
In 1994, Harley-Davidson returned to the top level of professional road racing with the VR 1000 Superbike Race Team. Despite memorable performances during its eight-year run, including a pole position in 1996 and podium finishes by Pascal Picotte in 1999, Harley-Davidson concluded in 2001 that the VR 1000 was at the end of its development cycle and was no longer competitive in the AMA Superbike series. While the program was ended following the 2001 season, the VR 1000 Superbike racing program helped Harley-Davidson develop and refine technologies such as liquid-cooling and electronic fuel injection. The program also led to the development Harley-Davidson's first production liquid-cooled motorcycle, the 2002 VRSCA V-Rod.