Icon 1000 Axys Collection

Harley V-Rod Racing Sidecar

Harley V-Rod racing Dakar sidecar from Hog Wild Racing
I didn’t realise this machine was a Harley when I first spotted it. It’s the extraordinary creation of Hog Wild Racing, regular winners at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The custom chassis was originally built to fit a Suzuki TL1000R, but upgraded to accommodate a V-Rod engine in 2003. The stock belt has been converted to chain drive, and the motor pumps out 110bhp. The electronics and fuel injection systems are stock, but have been remapped. Wheels are custom-built 15” Keizers, with a 13” on the sidecar. The top speed is a whisker over 100mph and the bike, unbelievably, is road legal even in California. In 2006, Hog Wild entered their sidecar racer in the world’s toughest rally—the Dakar—and were leading their class when a sprocket broke, took too long to repair, and triggered disqualification. The full tough-luck story is detailed on Hog Wild’s blog.