Introducing The Harley-Davidson Street Rod Drag Racer!
Check Out This Fearsome Looking Harley Drag Bike
Updated August 22, 2018
This Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines purpose built Street Rod drag racer is officially awesome. Not only is it an official Harley-Davidson project, it’s also a genuine racer too, having already competed at the Summernationals event Old Bridge Township Raceway Park last weekend. The new machinery is inspired by the 750cc Street Rod, and is set to compete in the rest of the NHRA events in the Pro Stock Motocycle class this year, too.
The Street Rod Harley drag racer has been specially modified for racing, and it now features more than just a wheelie bar bolted on the end and a bit of flashy bodywork. In fact, the Street Rod now rides on a custom built chassis that has been designed specifically for purpose.
Here’s what Matt Hines, the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines crew chief, had to say: “The launch of the new Street Rod motorcycle was the perfect opportunity to give our championship winning drag bikes new bones. We used CAD and other digital tools to design a new chassis that minimizes weight while maximizing strength and rigidity. Track testing confirmed that the new bikes are aerodynamically sound and these new bikes run as great as they look with the sleek new body.”
Harley-Davidson’s Global Brand Director, Scott Beck, elaborated on why they chose the Street Rod as the base for the drag racer: “With its muscular stance, high-performance engine and hot-rod inspired styling, the new Street Rod motorcycle is the perfect vehicle to carry Harley-Davidson’s championship winning Pro Stock Motorcycle program forward on the race track and in the showroom.”
How Did The Street Rod Drag Racer Perform On Track, Though?
The two special drag racer machines were piloted by racers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec – and as luck would have it, both riders managed to make their way through the qualifiers and straight into the eliminations. Sadly, Hines was knocked out of his eliminator, while Krawiec managed to post a time of 6.870 secs winning his first eliminator, but unfortunately, he was defeated in the second round.
Despite not winning, let’s not forget that Krawiec is a three time NHRA Champion in the Pro Stock class, and he currently leads the series. What’s more, Hines is a five-time NHRA Champion in the same class and is currently sitting in third position. It might not have been the debut result that Harley-Davidson hoped for, but there’s still plenty of time to set things right.