And now for something really different.....
Roehr Supercharged Harley V-Rod Superbike
Walter Roehrich is a roadracing enthusiast from Gurnee, Illinois, who dreamed to build his ultimate street bike. It needed to be light weight, powerful and above all handle like a current GP bike. The desire to take on this challenging project grew from Walter Roehrich's love and passion for sportbikes and a desire to express his ideas and build a unique bike that was not available from current manufacturers. That uniqueness including using an American Harley-Davidson supplied power plant.
The final finished result shown here, the Roehr 1250SC Supercharged, is now in limited production for customer ordering. The bike is certainly beautiful, a well thought out and tested design, individually hand built and equipped with the best components like a high end Ecossem Confederate, MV Agusta or Ducati 1098R Superbike. It's priced accordingly at $49,999 which is actually very reasonable.
Roehr Motorcycles has applied its Roehr Supercharging System (RSS) technology to enhance this engine's power output without changing the character of it's power delivery, resulting in a truly thrilling riding experience. The result is the most powerful American production motorcycle engine available. But, just as important as outright power is the way the power is delivered. RSS provides smooth controllable power responding to the riders commands.
The Roehr 1250sc boasts high-spec running gear – Ohlins suspension, Marchesini alloy wheels, Brembo brakes with radial-mount calipers at the front, composite bodywork The single sided rear swingarm and rear wheel hub / brake / sprocket assembly was obviously soured from a Ducati Superbike.
Is the Roehr 1250SC a serious sport or racebike? Not really. It doesn't fit in any race class with its oversized engine and supercharging charging. And it's some 20-40 pounds heavier than the competition thanks to it's cruiser based Harley V-Rod engine. And a disconcerting thing for race track use is the shallow wet sump oil pan on the street touring bike engine that isn't designed to pick up splashed about oil under high G-loads from braking, acceleration, cornering, and least of all wheelies. And the bike's $60,000 price tag will have you think twice about riding it hard enough to risk pitching it down the track.
Where the Roehr will find a niche though, is among wealthy motorcycle collector enthusiasts (Jay Leno and Tom Cruise, to name a few) who own a stable of unique high end bikes, machines like the exotic American V-Twin powered Ecosse and Confederate naked custom sportbikes, or the Italian Bimota with their unique chassis and high-end suspension components. In this respect the Roehr sits right in as a cruise night, Rock Store or Alice's Restaurant attention getter.
It's only big marketing drawback is unique supercharged V-Rod engine unit that is hidden from view behind the full fairing and under gas tank. And the MotoGP clip-on handlebar riding position that's no longer practical for middle age millionaires. Marketing wise, it might be a good idea to also offer a high handlebar naked bike version of the Roehr, similar to the Aprilia Tuono and Ducati Streetfighter, which puts the supercharged V-Rod engine on display for all the world to see what makes your bike so unique, and expensive!
Roehr Motorcycles LLC
Tel: 708-212-7324 RoehrMotorcycles.com
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Riding the Roehr
The stock V-Rod engine only puts out about 110 hp, not the power this category of high-end sportbike requires.
With extensive development and testing, the Roehr puts out a claimed 180 hp @ 9500 rpm and 115 ft/lbs of torque at 7500 rpm. To put this in perspective, the standard V-Rod claims only 84 ft/lbs, the Ducati 1098 claims 85 ft/lbs, and the Destroyer (Harley's 6.7 second drag-bike) 97 ft/lbs.
"I have been building bikes for over 15 years and now the culmination of my dreams is about one month away from final street legal approval," Roehr says. We can't help but be distracted by the 2009 Roehr 1250sc as Walter tosses us the keys for a first ride. Produced in limited numbers, this is a true American exotic with top-shelf European appointments including Brembo, Ohlins, Marchesini, and Akrapovic.
The 1250cc motor fires instantaneously and idles with a refined and tamed rumble. After familiarizing ourselves with controls and gauges, the feel is familiar to other exotics we have ridden. The reach to the bars places you in forward and ready-to-sport-ride position. The seat is a bit wide but once on the pegs your legs tuck-in nicely for the anticipated speed rush.
The Roehr's throttle response is flawless. It runs from just off-idle straight to redline, and bounces off the rev-limiter before you know it. It is in its powerband most of the time as it is so very wide. Deceptive as it may be, looking down at the speedometer tells the true story; this is one fast machine.
With its high end Ohlins suspension and Ducati aftermarket sourced sturdy single sided sided rear swingarm, the bike steers with monorail like precision around corners. At 425 pounds dry, it is not a light bike, but it is well balanced. The broad power makes it easy to run it hard out of the corners, almost regardless of gear selection. The bike handles the tight stuff just fine, but gives some indication that she wants to stretch her legs and might prefer some faster sweepers and longer acceleration runs. The Brembo brakes perform as well as you'd expect. The back-torque limiting clutch is most "slippery" while downshifting from higher speeds with higher forces. - xoxox Apple