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VR1000 replica Buell S1 from GDesign
If there’s a bike that symbolizes the uneasy relationship between Harley-Davidson and sporting performance, it’s the VR1000. Developed in the late 80s to compete in the AMA Superbike series, it finally appeared on track in the mid 90s.

By that time it was down on power compared to the competition, and despite excellent handling, never achieved the wins that Milwaukee hoped for. Still, it was an excellent machine in some respects, and it has many fans today, over 20 years after the race program was canned.

VR1000 replica Buell S1 from GDesign
One of those fans is the Italian customizer Giacomo Galbiati—who builds under the name GDesign. He’s been working on bikes and engines since he was 13 years old, and has never stopped since.

‘Double Face’ is his brilliant homage to the VR1000, using a reworked Buell S1 that was registered in 1999—making it one of the final S1s to leave the Michigan factory.…

VR1000 tribute: A two-faced Buell S1 from GDesign

VR1000 replica Buell S1 from GDesign
If there’s a bike that symbolizes the uneasy relationship between Harley-Davidson and sporting performance, it’s the VR1000. Developed in the late 80s to compete in the AMA Superbike series, it finally appeared on track in the mid 90s.

By that time it was down on power compared to the competition, and despite excellent handling, never achieved the wins that Milwaukee hoped for. Still, it was an excellent machine in some respects, and it has many fans today, over 20 years after the race program was canned.

VR1000 replica Buell S1 from GDesign
One of those fans is the Italian customizer Giacomo Galbiati—who builds under the name GDesign. He’s been working on bikes and engines since he was 13 years old, and has never stopped since.

‘Double Face’ is his brilliant homage to the VR1000, using a reworked Buell S1 that was registered in 1999—making it one of the final S1s to leave the Michigan factory.…

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