Hit­ting Twins peak

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

ABIKE built by a Melbourne com­pany has won the Amer­i­can His­toric Rac­ing Mo­tor­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion’s Bat­tle of the Twins at the Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

Aus­tralian pro twins cham­pion Craig McMartin rode the 1600cc Irv­ing Vin­cent — named af­ter Vin­cent de­sign en­gi­neer Phil Irv­ing and com­pany owner and en­gi­neer Phil Vin­cent— to third place in the Mon­day race and re­turned to the high-banked oval the next day to post a nine-sec­ond win in the sec­ond heat and se­cure the ti­tle.

The air­cooled 50-de­gree V-twin is a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Irv­ing’s orig­i­nal de­sign, mounted in a retro-style spine frame.

Be­ly­ing the clas­sic looks are the latest Oh­lins shocks, AP Rac­ing brakes front and rear, and a Motec en­gine-man­age­ment sys­tem to keep ev­ery­thing in sync.

The bike weighs 175kg dry, so there’s not too much ma­chine to push around. It was built to show­case the abil­ity of Horner Brothers En­gi­neer­ing and give recog­ni­tion to Phil Irv­ing, its orig­i­nal Aus­tralian de­signer.

McMartin, a seven-time cham­pion in the do­mes­tic Pro-Twin class, earned praise for quickly adapt­ing to the unique Day­tona Speed­way cir­cuit.

The Aussie rider was ex­it­ing the 31-de­gree bank­ing at about 275km/h dur­ing his race-win­ning run and the team is al­ready plan­ning mod­i­fi­ca­tions for next year’s cam­paign.

The ma­chine was built un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Ken and Barry Horner, who de­cided to cre­ate their own pur­pose-built race bikes.

The first model was a side­car, which de­buted in 2004.

The next year it won the New Zealand His­toric ti­tle and the Ken McIn­tosh Tro­phy for out­stand­ing en­gi­neer­ing.

The brothers also pro­duced a 1300cc bike that com­plies with the Pe­riod 4 race rules in Aus­tralia, and a the top-shelf 1600cc unit.

The rac­ing is part of the an­nual Day­tona Bike Week, which draws hun­dreds of thou­sands of fans of two-wheel­ers from across North Amer­ica.

Adding to the Aussie cel­e­bra­tions, Mat Mladin won the open­ing AMA Su­per­bike round on the fol­low­ing Satur­day.

Vic­tory: Craig McMartin on track at Day­tona. Pic­ture: etech­photo@usa.net

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