Vance & Hines Wraps Up Successful Relationship with Harley-Davidson, Moves Resources to New Racing Development Center

Vance & Hines Wraps Up Successful Relationship with Harley-Davidson, Moves Resources to New Racing Development Center

Vance & Hines Wraps Up Successful Relationship with Harley-Davidson, Moves Resources to New Racing Development Center

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, Vance & Hines will redeploy its racing development team towards 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.

About Vance & Hines

The Vance & Hines brand has always been about enhancing the exhilaration of the motorcycle ride. It started over 40 years ago, when Terry Vance and Byron Hines were two young enthusiasts in the fledgling Southern California motorcycle drag race scene. Terry always wanted to go faster and Byron knew how to make that happen. In short order, their on-track success and innovation drew the attention of other racers, riders and motorcycle manufacturers, which ultimately translated to commercial demand for their products and services. Today, the Company's mission and activity is the same; make bikes go faster on the race track and take those learnings to make impactful products for riders around the world. Since the Company's inception in 1979, it has run factory race programs in partnership with Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Harley-Davidson in drag racing, road racing and flat track. Learn more about the company's history and products at www.vanceandhines.com.


5 comments


  • Ron Johnson

    Been a Harley enthusiast for over 50 years, Hate to see Harley drop there best advertising in Drag Racing. Sad


  • Kay Doran

    Congratulations to Vance & Hi Ed as a company and their people. V&H has always been top notch and they are super at revamping to land on their feet. Good for everyone.


  • Bob

    Always a classy organization, I’ve followed you guys since the AMA road racing days( I was at Mid Ohio the day Larry Schwartzback died tragically died) and have seen you at tons of NHRA races, always kicking butt. I know you will be back strong, looking forward to seeing who you go with, Best of luck to all!!


  • Randy Minger

    What a shame another nail in the coffin for HD and I own 2 love the bikes but corporate has their head up their ass thinking some aqua man bullshit will up sales and leaving Angelle Matt and Eddie out in the cold really a damn shame


  • Larry Hodges

    Good luck in the future. Well miss the compition.


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