Harley-Davidson have taken their new 750cc Street Rod and turned it into a drag racing machine for use in the NHRA championship in the US.
The bikes, ridden by racers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec, competed in their first evet at the Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The bikes were entered into the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, which allows highly-modified stock motorcycles to compete in the class.
Both riders made it through the qualifying rounds, and progressed to the elimination rounds. Hines fell in the first elimination round, with a time of 6.960secs. Krawiec won his first elimination round with quarter mile time of 6.870secs.
Kraweic was eliminated in the second round after setting a slower time of 6.937secs.
As well as featuring a wheelie bar and new bodywork, the Street Rod drag racer also features a purpose-built chassis: "The launch of the new Street Rod motorcycle was the perfect opportunity to give our championship winning drag bikes new bones," said Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines crew chief Matt Hines. "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."
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