Things move just as quickly behind the scenes as they do on track in the world of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) racing. It was just this past Tuesday that the change in the NHRA rulebook allowing (or requiring) the Harley-Davidson motor to be rebadged as the VH160VT—or Vance & Hines 160 cubic inch V-Twin—was posted in the Breaking News capitol of the internet—the Eatmyink Facebook Group.
Now Eatmyink can confirm that Cory Reed and Joey Gladstone are as all-in as any team can be. With two Vance & Hines 4 valve Suzukis already set to debut at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, the team is also preparing at least one (and probably two) of their beautifully crafted Gen2 EBR bodies to go on a V&H V-Twin—formerly known as a Harley-Davidson.
“Yeah, we’re gonna have them all,” said Gladstone.
I’m told by a different source that the V&H EBR will be bodied and running in April, meaning the bike(s) could be entered as early as the West Coast races in Pomona and Vegas.
Making the V&H V-Twin motors and chassis available to competitors for the first time is something the Brownsburg-based organization indicated they would do when their Harley-Davidson contract was still unsure for 2020 in the summer of 2019. The price package that Eatmyink posted then can be found in this article.
I’m told that having the V&H V-Twin motor available is part of a broader agenda to have Pro Stock Motorcycles racing with a wide variety of brand identities—and that includes the future of the inline 4 currently badged as a Suzuki.
“They’re trying to be a supplier of engines for all makes and models,” yet another source told me. “The next phase of the 4V program is billet cases. Once they do that, you could the run as Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, or Kawasaki with that engine, ‘cause it’s just a billet inline 4 made by V&H. Same thing with their V-Twin program.”
This is the same line of thinking that currently has Chevy motors in Ford-bodied Pro Stock Cars.
Keep in mind that after sitting out most of 2020, Reed and Gladstone showed up at various events with one S&S-powered Gen2 EBR (featured photo for this article) and ran very strong.
Juggling so many platforms (not too mention different sized riders) can be a difficult task, so good luck to tuner Cecil Towner!
story and photos by Tim Hailey