Harley Street Rod Drag Bikes Rocked NHRA Debut
New Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rockets stole the thunder at Summer Nationals.
If there’s one thing we can never get enough of, it’s straight line drag racing. There’s just something about watching bikes rip up the quarter mile that never seems to get old. So, when we caught wind of these all new Harley Street Rod drag bikes that made their debut at last weekend’s NHRA Summer Nationals, we just had to check out the bike.
The rides you see here are the first Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team bikes to use the all-new Street Rod inspired bodywork for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. They hit the track at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, in Englishtown, N.J., on June 8-11.
Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Eddie Krawiec and teammate Andrew Hines debuted the new bikes at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, where the bikes stole the spotlight. The new Harley Street Rod drag bikes, unlike their street brethren, used carbon fiber bodywork. The new duds were co-designed by Harley and Vance & Hines and have undergone extensive wind tunnel testing. In addition, the new chassis design provides greater strength and rigidity at the lightest weight possible.
“There’s a lot more technology available to us now and it showed in the fine details,” Krawiec told NHRA.com, before the race. “For me, it’s just about being able to race with those things you learned. It’s still the same engine and powerplant. I would love to debut it and win, but with the competition in the class right now it’s going to be a tough task. But we’re up for the challenge, there’s no doubt about that.”