On to a new generation of drag racing.
In November, 2020, Harley-Davidson severed ties with Vance & Hines. Over 18 seasons together, the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team racked up 107 wins and 10 championships. Since ditching its longtime partner, Harley re-entered the race arena with its Screamin’ Eagle King of the Baggers team. Now, it seems like Vance & Hines is moving on as well.
The aftermarket brand just unleashed a 160ci (2,622cc) V-twin for the upcoming NHRA season. Coincidentally, Vance & Hines developed the monstrous new powerplant for use in Buell 1190RX race bikes. Erik Buell’s history with the Motor Company is well documented and it’s mighty fortuitous that V&H would design an engine to fit snugly into a Buell following its public split with Harley-Davidson.
Named the VH160VT, the new 60-degree V-Twin features pushrod-actuated valves and a redline over 10,000 rpm. Approved by the NHRA to participate in the Pro Stock Motorcycle race series, Vance & Hines will sell the engine as a complete unit alongside performance components. Teams can also purchase a builder’s package so they can alter the mill with aftermarket cams and ported cylinder heads. For the full story, check out this article from Ride Apart.