1981 Harley Davidson V-4 that never made it to the production line.
Where did you find that picture at ? I wonder why it never came out .
I think it would have killed the MoCo. If people wanted a Jap bike then they would buy a Jap bike. Their reliability was far better than H-D back then. H-D recovered, with the Evo, on an image and a sound. Could you imagine Sturgis with 100,000 rice burners? That's like a transvestite stripper in my opinion.We can only imagine where the Motor Company would be, had they continued down that road. I sure wouldn't pass on an opportunity to ride a working model of that bike, if that were possible.
Harley Davidson couldn't afford it. When HD bought the company back from AMF, HD had to make a decision to go with the Evolution or V4. There wasn't enough money left to support both engines, so the Evolution won out.They really shot themselves in the foot by not following through with that. Offering that alongside the Evo would have been a big deal.
Never heard of this!!!! Thanks for the link Denny. Just from what I saw and read; IMHO, HD screwed the pooch on that one. I would have bought one!! Was always fond of the KZ650 custom and this reminds me of the KZ. @snarley53 thanks for starting this thread; VERY INTERESTING READING.