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2006 Harley-Davidson Destroyer Photo Gallery
The acceleration of Destroyer out of the hole is unlike anything you can experience on any production motorcycle, part of what is a well-executed and race-ready package out of the box.
Photos of the 2006 Harley-Davidson Destroyer.
2006 Harley-Davidson Destroyer Quick Ride
Duke (far left) ponders whether his cup of coffee has any caffeine while instructor/racer Gene Thomason (far right) gives journalists useful tips about dragracing.
This view highlights the programmable shift light on the forward-mounted handlebar and the remote the shift button placed where you'd normally find the left turnsignal button.
This photo shows several key items that help make the Destroyer accelerate like a missile: Wheelie bar attachment, struts that replace shocks, and extended swingarm, air-shifter bottle and the most rear-set footpegs we've ever seen.
The heart of the Destroyer is this thoroughly massaged V-Rod motor that is claimed to crank out something around 170 horsepower. You'd best keep your chihuahua (and your ears) away from that exhaust pipe.
The Destroyer arrives from the factory as a complete package ready to go upper-level dragracing. Low-9s in the quarter-mile have already been posted, and it's only a matter of time until it scorches into the 8s.
Part of getting an NHRA dragracing license involved being given a physical by a certified doctor. We'll spare you the photos of the urine test...
Upon hearing how fast the Destroyer can accelerate, Duke (far right) politely asks if he could go to the bathroom.
Duke roasts the back tire of a stock Night Rod before blasting down the track in a best time of 11.63 seconds at 112 mph. He would later go more than 2 seconds quicker on the Destroyer before the day was done.
Dragracing instructor Gene Thomason shows Duke which way to turn the throttle on a new Night Rod. 'It goes faster if you turn it toward you...'
This launch may have been Duke's best run of the day, so he says, although his premature departure caused a red light that meant he took off before the Christmas tree turned green. 'I was expecting a 9.4 on that one,' he says.
The eight journalists who broke into the 9-second bracket pose with Dr. David Asher, the Harley-riding physician who generously devoted his time to certify them for NHRA licenses.
The Destroyer launches so furiously that its large seat hump is the only thing keeping the rider on board.
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