1962 Harley-Davidson Sportster Drag Bike comes out of storage to run again
Equipped with a twin-cylinder fuel tank and vintage wheels, this Sportster ditched its stock engine for a 1969 90 degree Ironhead. There is no information on its horsepower, but this bike is a nice one. vue even if it is not yet ready to operate at full capacity.
Drag racer Al Balice bought the bike in 2019 and spent a few years getting it ready for the drag track. The Harley had a good few years in storage before that, and this practice session at Byron Dragway is its first outing in a very long time.
The footage shows an easy pass that sees the Sportster cover the quarter mile in 13.76 seconds at 99.74 mph (160.51 km / h). It’s not the most spectacular sprint ever, but it’s always nice to see an old bike find its way back onto the drag track.
Even better news comes from the fact that we’ll be seeing this Sportster running at full throttle very soon. Al plans to race it at Byron Dragway Glory Days, an event dedicated to vintage and nostalgic drag cars and motorcycles.
While not quite as fast as a Top Fuel bike, which needs 6 seconds or less to go the quarter mile, this lagging-prepared Sportster should easily pull off 12-second passes.