With Harley-Davidson no longer racing AFT or drag racing, Vance & Hines pivots

With the announcement that Harley-Davidson has chosen not to field factory racing teams in American Flat Track (AFT) or NHRA drag racing in 2021, Santa Fe Springs, California-based Vance & Hines will redeploy its racing development team toward creating high performance products for a variety of vehicles, brands and race series in both two and four-wheel segments.

"We thank Harley-Davidson for being a partner with Vance & Hines for 20 years. Together, in AFT and NHRA, we have celebrated 116 wins and 11 championships,” said Vance & Hines founder Terry Vance. “Harley-Davidson has been one of the best partners we’ve ever had." 

Vance & Hines employees were informed earlier today that the Indy Operations Team will be refocused on performance products for two and four-wheel vehicles and will be redeployed under the name Vance & Hines Racing Development Center (RDC). Vance & Hines will continue its racing tradition in 2021 with sponsored riders in a variety of racing series. 

In addition, Vance & Hines will remain the sole licensee, manufacturer and seller of Harley-Davidson XG750R Production Twin motorcycles and Harley-Davidson XG750R Super Twin motorcycles. This racing variant of the Harley-Davidson Street 750 was the motorcycle that won the AFT Production Twins championship in 2020. The Production Twins bike is being manufactured and shipped to Harley-Davidson dealers at this time.

"Vance & Hines is having its best year in over a decade. We're strong and we have a strategy that drives our growth and expansion in our current markets and in new ventures," said Mike Kennedy, president and CEO. "While we loved our time running the factory race teams for Harley-Davidson, we couldn't be more excited about the future."

Vance & Hines has been contracted to run factory race teams for a range of companies during its 41-year history including Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati. The partnership with Harley-Davidson was focused on drag racing and flat track racing.

3 comments

  1. I figured Harley would pull out of flaT TRACKING EVER SINCE THEY STARTED GETTING THERE ASS KIKCKED BY KAWASAKI AND INDIAN IT MUST SUCK THAT YOU HAVE TO DEPEND ON RULE CHANGES OVER THE YEARS TO STAY A FACTOR

  2. Leaving it up to dealers to create and run teams with a contingency program. I see the production twins doing well with a dealer but the super twin has a little way to go yet. Will be interesting to see what happens over on the drag racing side.

  3. How the mighty have fallen. I've been going to flat track races since 1973. I rooted against the factory Harleys because they won all the time. The last several years, I have rooted for them because they were getting their butts kicked by the factory Indian team. Lately, they have been getting beaten by pretty much any Indian in the field.

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