Photos of the 2006 Harley-Davidson Destroyer. 2006 Harley-Davidson Destroyer Quick Ride.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Upon hearing how fast the Destroyer can accelerate, Duke (far right) politely asks if he could go to the bathroom.
- 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...'
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
- The Destroyer launches so furiously that its large seat hump is the only thing keeping the rider on board.
- 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.
- 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.