About AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
- Engine Displacement: 1200cc
- Horsepower: 85 hp
- Minimum Weights: 515 lbs.
- Top Speed: 140 MPH
- 0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds
- ¼ Mile Acceleration: 12 seconds
- Tires: Dunlop SportMax GPA Front (120/70R-17) and Rear (190/55ZR-17)
- Race Lengths: 25-mile sprints
- Eligible Bikes: Harley-Davidson XR1200
The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series provides a highly-competitive, low-cost racing platform based on a carefully-designed rule set which keeps the motorcycles as evenly matched as possible. Formerly known as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, this incredibly exciting class is now known as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series thanks to a renewed partnership with Vance & Hines and a new agreement with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The class, which joined the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing class structure in 2010, features Harley-Davidson XR1200s modified with a special parts and accessories kit from famed motorcycle performance tuner Vance & Hines.
With the exception of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the big-bore twins are featured in a single-race format during each GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing weekend. During the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, however, the riders of the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series get the opportunity to showcase their talent in a special doubleheader format, and on the world stage.
Michael Barnes put all the pieces together during the 2012 season to claim the first AMA Pro Championship in his long and storied career. The title did not come easy for the veteran, as he raced for three teams throughout the season, finally finding a home when he hooked up with Kyle Wyman’s KLR Group/Spyke’s/Vesrah outfit.
Barnes, Wyman and Tyler O’Hara put on a thrilling start to the 2012 season, loading up every podium position until the series points were reset for the top 10 competitors as part of XR Showdown, a $60,000 contingency program aimed at creating a year-end run for the championship.
In 2013, the XR Showdown will come into play when there are five races remaining on the schedule. The top 10 riders in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series point standings at that time will be reset to 1000, putting them in contention for the rider championship and big payout. The rider with the most points at the end of the season will take home $25,000 in prize money, with the remaining $35,000 in the points fund to be paid out to second through 10th in the final Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series point standings.
The inclusion of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing fold creates an opportunity for riders to take part in one of the most cost-effective platforms for racing on the national stage. The 2012 season was incredibly competitive and proved the importance of the class. The commercial interest in the class continues to grow as well, with a large number of Harley-Davidson dealerships supporting race teams and riders of the series through sponsorship.
Although the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series is the newest addition to GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing -- with 2013 marking just the fourth season of competition for the spec-based class -- its fan interest and popularity with riders continues to increase year-by-year. Look for the non-stop action in this exciting and unique division to continue for years to come.