1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer Frame no. 3502C2T10027 Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*

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Lot 292
1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer

Frame no. 3502C2T10027
Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*

Sold for US$ 32,200 inc. premium
1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer

Frame no. 3502C2T10027
Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*

Mention the name "Harley-Davidson" and images of world-beating Grand Prix roadracers do not spring readily to mind. Yet from 1974-76, Harley-Davidsons ridden by Walter Villa bested all comers, taking an impressive quartet of GP titles – three consecutive in the 250cc class and one in the 350cc division. Earlier, Harley had acquired a majority stake the Italian Aermacchi factory, primarily makers of sub-350cc roadsters, in an effort to compete with the flood of popular Japanese lightweights in the U.S. Aermacchi's roadracing program was part of the deal.

Villa's bikes were state of the art for the time, liquid-cooled two-stroke twins with six-speed transmissions. Originally a 250, the RR design was bored and stroked to 347cc so he could compete in two classes. A meticulous development rider, Villa would log countless test laps, getting his mounts fully dialed in. Come race time, he became singlemindedly focused on victory, a dedication that resulted in eight Italian national titles, 23 GP wins and his four world championships for Harley, the final two a rare "double" in the 250 and 350cc classes for 1976. No less a motoring dignitary than Enzo Ferrari took notice, calling Villa, "the Nicki Lauda of the bike world, a thinking racer."

Harley-Davidson made replica RR250 and RR350 racers available to customers, though not in great numbers, with the 350 being by far the most scarce. Experts disagree on the exact number produced – some claim as few as 26 – but in any case the RR350 today is a rare sight indeed.

This matching-numbers RR350 is believed to have been raced in 1974-75 seasons, but details as to its rider, team and finishes have been lost to time. Subject of an extensive restoration in 2011 to better-than-new condition, the bike was previously part of the extensive Brian Keating collection. Recently the rare dual front Scarab disc brakes were sent to Italy to be rebuilt by a specialist. In the present owner's care the RR has remained unstarted and on static display.

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  • Offered on a bill of sale.
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1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer Frame no. 3502C2T10027 Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*
1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer Frame no. 3502C2T10027 Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*
1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer Frame no. 3502C2T10027 Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*
1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer Frame no. 3502C2T10027 Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*
1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 Roadracer Frame no. 3502C2T10027 Engine no. 350/2C/2T/10027*
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