1999 Buell S1 ‘Double Face’ by GDesign

Harley-Davidson is easily one of, if not the single most recognized motorcycle brand on the planet, with a rich and illustrious history dating back to 1903. And while the MoCo is undoubtedly best known for its cruiser bikes, the Black and Orange have also been involved in the creation of racers complete road bikes like the ’90s VR1000 – a 135-hp V-Twin superbike created by heavyweights like Erik Buell, Cosworth and Roush. And while the VR1K was never able to achieve much success in AMA competition, it nonetheless represents a unique period in motorcycling history – and an era to which Italian GDesign has chosen to pay homage with his latest unique work, a VR1000 inspired 1999 Buell S1 road racer.

Dubbed the “Double Face,” the bike takes its name from the black and orange paint jobs that adorned each side of Harley’s road racers. Also taking inspiration from Harley-Davidson’s ’70s endurance racing bikes and XRTT racer, the Buell now sports a heavily modified fairing taken from a half-liter Benelli, along with a padded tank and bumpy knees and a boxy, 1980s-style fiberglass rear section.

GDesign also gave the bike new Tommaselli rear clips and assemblies, relocated instrumentation, externally mounted endurance-style headlights with LED beams, and a custom saddle, bumper and knee pads with the courtesy of LR Leather Goods. The air-cooled 1,203cc V-Twin engine at the heart of the build also received a new intake and cover, DynoJet control unit and a twin-pipe SuperTrapp exhaust system reminiscent of units from the XRTT. GDesign also opted to keep the donor S1’s inverted fork, horizontally-mounted single-shock setup and stock wheels—although those latter items were repainted.

In typical GDesign fashion, the Italian boutique has further demonstrated not only its commitment to bespoke detailing and fine craftsmanship, but also shows the immense diversity between its many styles of builds and projects. You can see more on the builder’s Instagram page.

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Photo: Mattia Negrini Fotografo
Photo: Mattia Negrini Fotografo
Photo: Mattia Negrini Fotografo

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