Over 2 years ago, I wondered about the possibility of racing the big V-twin engines normally found in cruisers, whether from Harley Davidson or any of the various metric brands. My thought was to call it “Cruiser Twins” because the engine had to be available in a cruiser to qualify. Take the big twin, wrap a road racing frame around it and see what happens. We’ve had a lot of articles on the subject since then and covered a number of builders who would be naturals to take part. Quite a few regulars here at The Kneeslider are VERY interested.
Just got an email from Bob Horn who pointed out the column by Kevin Cameron in the July 2008 Cycle World. Kevin says he’s had the idea for some time, too, and he notes the huge expense to field a racing engine while an enormous big twin aftermarket is practically begging to be used for something besides making powerful engines for show bikes. Kevin also points out it might generate interest from the “lifestyle” crowd that shows up at Bike Week but never makes it to the track. If they saw race bikes ostensibly related to what they ride, you might see a lot of new ticket sales. Think, too, of much lower cost racing, at least compared to what it takes now and the sound of high horsepower big twins ridden in anger. Cool!
Re-read my cruiser twins post because the post and comments cover a lot of territory I don’t need to repeat here, but there are some rumors around that a national level class is at least a possibility. Now wouldn’t that be interesting?
Maybe now this makes sense, … just a thought.