In 1995, passionate motorcycle enthusiast Walter Roehrich set out to build his dream motorcycle. His criteria was simple – light weight, powerful powerplant and GP-like handling. His first effort, the Rv500 was based on a 500cc two-stroke V-twin from a Yamaha YZ250 motocross bike. This was presented to the media in 2000. In 2004, Roehrich unveiled his Rv1000, a 120hp 936cc 60-degree 4-stroke V-twin.
Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod, unveiled in 2002 captured Walter Roehrich’s imagination and he set about building his latest dream machine, the V-Roehr. The V-Roehr is powered by a 180hp, 1250cc Harley-Davidson Revolution engine. A supercharger is fitted to increase the Revolutions power output. The price for this limited bike (only 50 units are estimated to be produced in 2008), is US$44,995.
Roehrich went for a unique chassis. The main structure is what appears to be a chromoly steel ‘deltabox’, with an aluminium subframe connecting the swingarm and foot controls. Roehrich describes his innovative setup as a ‘BiMetal’ composite beam frame. Lots of tasty components fill out the rest of the bike. Marchesini 10-spoke forged aluminium wheels, Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial 4-piston calipers up front, all wrapped in carbon-fibre bodywork which looks as if it was styled in Italy.
Story by Ben Corley, more photos after the jump.