As Harley-Davidson’s (H-D) iteration of an urban sports bike, the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750 is meant to be a new direction for H-D motorcycles, and to prove the point, the Milwaukee firm has put the Street Rod’s bodywork on a Pro Stock drag racing motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team debuted the all new body design, inspired by the Street Rod 750, at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey, US.

The new Street Rod competition bodywork was designed at the Harley-Davidson Design Studio in Milwaukee in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsport, and was wind-tunnel tested at Wichita State University during its development. “With its muscular stance, high-performance engine and hot-rod inspired styling, the new Street Rod motorcycle is the perfect vehicle to carry Harley-Davidson’s championship winning Pro Stock Motorcycle program forward on the race track and in the showroom,” said Scott Beck, H-D global brand director.

Riders Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec will be racing all-new chassis for the first time at Englishtown. “We used CAD and other digital tools to design a new chassis that minimizes weight while maximizing strength and rigidity,” said Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines crew chief Matt Hines.

“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,” he continued. The team will campaign the new Street Rod drag bikes for the remainder of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series.

As a revised urban riding machine derived from the Street 750, the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod features a sportier handling geometry with revised power output, to the tune of 8 to 10 percent more torque and 18 to 20 percent more horsepower from its 750 cc, liquid-cooled V-twin. Performance upgrades include twin 300 mm disc brakes in front, with ABS as standard, and seat height is set at 765 mm to give better ground clearance.