by Gus Breiland
2006 VRXSE Screamin’ Eagle® V-Rod® Destroyer
With the release of Harley Davidson’s 2006 model line up, MMM’s curiosity was peaked with the VRXSE Screamin’ Eagle V-rod Destroyer with the atypical, but necessary, stock wheelie bar and factory 2 into 1 straight hole behind your right foot. Unfortunately, the drag chute is noticeably missing. We also noted that MMM’s model introduction invitation was suspiciously missing from our mailbox and concluded that our reputation for having to “lay ‘er down” proceeds us.
Rider accommodations include a mini instrument panel, forward race-position risers and a drag handlebar, handlebar controls designed for drag racing, and an emergency shut-off tether. Rear-set foot pegs and a brake lever are positioned on the swingarm. The race seat features a high-rise back cushion. The Screamin’ Eagle Destroyer features an Electric Orange and Black paint scheme.
Other features include a 1300cc Big Bore Revolution Racing Power train, modified engine cases, high-flow racing heads and a deep oil pan. The 58mm throttle bodies with velocity stack breath life into this straight-line monster that invariably someone with too much money and not enough brains will put on the street. MMM will be offering a $10 reward for the first picture of the VRXSE with wheelie bar in front of a local tavern or bar.
That said, GT Tonglet didn’t put his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson in the winner’s circle at the 24th annual O’Reilly Mid-South NHRA Nationals at MemphisMotorsportsPark. But that didn’t stop him from celebrating with his teammate, Andrew Hines. After all Hines, the defending NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, earned the victory in a shootout between the two riders for the second consecutive race. Tonglet took the victory and the category points lead at the race in Brainerd, Minn., but Hines was the top racer in Memphis. It was also the third consecutive final round appearance for Hines. Hines rode to the win with a 7.161-second pass at 180.52 mph, while Tonglet fouled at the starting line. The victory gave Hines the points lead for the first time of the 2005 season. It is his second victory in four final rounds this season and his fifth career win.
“This was completely opposite from the last race,” Hines said. “I won the Full Throttle Award (given to the most consistent team in qualifying) in Brainerd and qualified second, and didn’t win the race. While GT had the top qualifying spot, the points lead and the win. This weekend I edged him in qualifying for the No. 1 spot and won the race while he took the Full Throttle Award, which shows how consistent our team is. We definitely bring out the best in each other.”
Hines has 850 points with just four races remaining on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule for the ultra-competitive Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Tonglet, who had led for the past seven events, now sits in second with 835 points.Hines qualified in the highest position for the seventh time this season and 15th in his career. He turned in a 7.127 pass at 181.57, while Tonglet was second with a 7.129 at 186.15.
Tonglet faced Geno Scali (Suzuki) in the first round, earning the victory with a 7.263 at 181.59, while Scali fouled at the starting line. In Round Two, Tonglet beat Michael Phillips’ (Suzuki) 7.263 at 181.13 to Phillips’ red-light start before Tonglet rode to the semifinal victory with a 7.233 at 183.49 over Shawn Gann (Suzuki) at 7.476 at 175.14.
Hines beat Matt Smith (Suzuki) in the opening round with a 7.202 at 179.18 to Smith’s 7.341 at 179.64. In the second round, Hines went 7.226 at 181.79, beating Ryan Schnitz’s (Buell) 7.230 at 183.02. In semifinal action, Hines turned in a 7.207 at 180.14 in the semifinals against Chris Rivas (Buell), who broke at the starting line and was unable to make a pass after staging.
AMA Applauds Congress For Funding Motorcycle Study
Pickerington, Ohio—The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is applauding Congress for funding for the first nationwide motorcycle-crash study in almost 30 years.
U.S. House and Senate conferees agreed to a compromise version of the $286.4 billion transportation bill, which was passed by both chambers late last week, reauthorizing transportation spending through September, 2009.
The bill, which President Bush is expected to sign, includes nearly $3 million for a study of motorcycle crashes. It specifies that the research grants be provided to the OklahomaTransportationCenter, located at OklahomaStateUniversity.
“After more than a decade of decline, motorcycling fatalities have increased in recent years and those increases have prompted endless speculation about the reasons why,” said AMA President Robert Rasor. “We’re pleased that Congress agrees that we need answers, not theories. We’re anxious for the study to begin, to help us understand how to prevent crashes and save lives.”
“I’m happy we were able to include the provision providing grants to the OklahomaTransportationCenter for this important study,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “It’s an important step in helping to improve motorcycle safety.”
“I was pleased to work with the American Motorcyclist Association to update these statistics,” said Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri), who introduced the motorcycle-study language into the bill. “It has been over 20 years since we last studied what causes motorcycle accidents and now is the time to take another look.” The last comprehensive study on the subject, commonly called the “Hurt Report” after University of Southern California researcher Dr. Harry Hurt, was published in the 1970s.
The AMA notes that the bill also preserves motorcycles’ access to High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, and that it specifies that local governments will continue to be prohibited from excluding motorcycles from roads maintained with federal funds. In addition, the bill calls for motorcycles to be included in research on Intelligent Transportation systems, and makes available $25 million to individual states for motorcycle-safety training and awareness programs.
Off-highway motorcyclists and ATV enthusiasts will benefit from the transportation bill as well, through $370 million in gasoline taxes earmarked for the Recreational Trails Program.
MMM also applauds the acknowledgement of motorcyclists being legitimate users of our Highway system and we would like to predict some conclusions that this research will find. In a Karnak moment, we will find out that the majority of increased fatalities will come from inexperienced 40-50 year old males on machines larger than 1000cc, riding without helmets. Please send up to 1 million dollars of said research money to MMM for our contribution.