Vance & Hines and the AMA Pro Racing series have teamed up to create a brand new racing series for the Harley-Davidson XR1200.Â Granted, the XR is the only Harley that can be said to have any pretensions to being a racing bike…of some kind.Â A&R has taken the press release of the big announcement, and helpfully translated it, line by line, as follows:
â€śWe have racing in our DNA, Harley-Davidson has racing in their DNA and we are truly thrilled to bring Vance & Hines and Harley-Davidson back into AMA Pro Racing,â€ť Terry Vance, a prolific champion as both rider and team owner, said of the new series. â€śThe XR1200 has proven to be an exciting platform for spec racing in Europe and this class will be a perfect cost-effective platform to showcase new talent on a national stage. Many of the finest motorcycle racers all over the world got their start in the AMA Supertwins class of the 1990s.â€ť
Translated: Weâ€™re going to just lie for a minute and then justify this series with some loose mentioning of racing in the companyâ€™s past, which an entire generation doesnâ€™t remember because it happened before they were born. First one to mention flat-tracking loses the argument…
AMA Pro Racing Chief Operating Officer David Atlas welcomed the new series, â€śAdding another element to our events with a series of this caliber will be a great benefit to our sport. The specification of the XR1200 package will put the premium on the riderâ€™s ability and will provide a great new class of racing that has ties to the past.â€ť
Translated: Weâ€™re actually telling the truth now. This series will really showcase a riderâ€™s skill, especially while they try and maneuver a 600lbs motorcycle through chicanes with some of Milwaukeeâ€™s finest engineering from the 1950â€™s.
Read the whole thing, it’s priceless.
Oh, by the way, the big purse for the winner is…$2,500.Â So, building an XR1200 into a race bike will be, like, totally worth it.