2012 Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin DESTROYER

Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin' Eagle V ROD DESTROYER

Not many manufacturers produce a factory-built drag race bike but Harley-Davidson do: the 2006 Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin’ Eagle Destroyer. A CVO bike produced in limited quantities, it celebrates Andrew Hines setting the NHRA Pro-Stock record with a 6.991 quarter mile, and out of the box will break the 10-second barrier itself. You might have seen one or two at dealerships, where they were either on their way to collectors or attracting people to the V-Rod section of the floor, but Chester Harley-Davidson unwrapped theirs and sent it down the seafront at Ramsey on the Isle of Man in the hands of local rider, Phil Wood: a seasoned campaigned who has already set a number of track records around the country. First time out, the Destroyer lived up to its name, performing flawlessly against fierce competition over the eighth of a mile of the well established Ramsey Sprint, taking first place in the Unlimited class, and a sixth overall.

2012 Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin Eagle V ROD DESTROYER

Dealer Principle, Kirk Herbert was well-pleased wit the result: “It’s fantastic to come away from our first race with a trophy. We were using this event to set the bike up so there is definitely a lot more to come in the future. “Phil did a great job and was up against some tough opposition, including several bikes with over 600 horsepower! All of the team are really looking forward to the next event.” The 2006 Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin' Eagle V Rod Destroyer is another notch up the performance ladder from the already quick Screamin’ Eagle VRSCSE, clearing 1300cc from a 75mm stroker crank coupled with a 105mm big bore, fed by 58mm throttle bodies breathing through a pair of dyno-tuned velocity stacks, and exhausted by a two-into-one ceramic-coated stepped header pipe … among other bits.

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You really, really don’t want to know how much that would add to the price of your V-Rod’s retail price which is just as well, because it’s not available, so you’ll have to find another avenue if you aspire to its 97ftlbs of torque at 7,600rpm. Keep an eye on Chester Harley-Davidson’s website to follow its 2006 campaign.

On the track and down the quarter mile, racing reaches deep into Harley-Davidson’s soul. In 2005, Andrew Hines charged his way into the record books aboard his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson pro stock drag bike, taking his second straight NHRA championship and becoming the only rider in NHRA history to break through the hallowed six-second barrier in the quarter mile. Through NHRA racing, Harley-Davidson gains exposure to more than two million spectators annually (nearly half under age 35) and to a national ES PN audience for each event.

And races are obviously great ride destinations. Together with the race-ready Harley-Davidson Destroyer (below), drag racing is a robust marketing tool that builds brand equity, affinity for the V-Rod platform and product demand across the Harley-Davidson family of products.

harley davidson vrxse screamin eagle destroyer


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