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tinmantwo
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: findlay13]
      #664537 - 02/07/17 12:29 PM

Actually the engine was a Harley design, Harley does not keep a large Engineering department so they hired Porsche engineer's to fine tune their basic design. The engine was fine but the Ergos sucked big time. It's like they wanted the bike to fail, how could anyone approve that Ergo package?

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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: tinmantwo]
      #664538 - 02/07/17 01:00 PM

From what i've read through certain Porsche articles and and the Exce11ence magazine which is only about porsche's they only designed the water cooling system.

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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: tinmantwo]
      #664539 - 02/07/17 03:24 PM

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Actually the engine was a Harley design, Harley does not keep a large Engineering department so they hired Porsche engineer's to fine tune their basic design. The engine was fine but the Ergos sucked big time. It's like they wanted the bike to fail, how could anyone approve that Ergo package?




Yeah Harley told them what they wanted and it was Porsche who designed it for them. And it might have been uncomfortable but that sucker was fast!

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/26/automobiles/a-harley-takes-an-engine-from-porsche.html

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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: tinmantwo]
      #664554 - 02/08/17 01:25 AM

The engine was based on the VR1000 of course but that was an all out race motorcycle project with no consideration to meeting high mileage street durability and emission requirements. The list of engineering resources that Harley Davidson contracted to work on the project is suprising like Roush Racing and Cosworth of course Buell and others. This is the bike Buell should have had from the beginning to refine for the street and bring to market.

This is a detailed article with prototype photos: VR1000 program



Porsche Engineering's site still brags about their development work on the street version of the engine: Porsche engineering

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