KH Equipment often uses our internationally successful Austart Air Starting range to illustrate our design and precision engineering capabilities.
Unfortunately, to some, the intricacies were either overlooked or misunderstood, so we decided on a truly remarkable e-marketing exerciseí with undisputable challenges to better demonstrate our precision engineering abilities.
We learnt, from an engineering standpoint, a showcase exercise is of little use if its accomplishment can't be clearly recognised and appreciated. Therefore, motorsport was the chosen media to demonstrate our design and engineering expertise where intricate movement, close tolerances in varied temperatures, performance and reliability are paramount. Naturally, a racing motorcycle requires all these attributes.
A FUNCTIONAL MOTORBIKE IS ONE LEVEL OF ACCOMPLISHMENT, BUT TO REALLY PUSH THE MESSAGE HOME, WE NEEDED RACE WINS.
The most identifiable pinnacle of motorsport is the Daytona Bike Week amongst the worlds most renowned events of the highest calibre. So aiming to win Daytonas Battle of the Twins Championship was chosen as our Mount Everest to conquer.
There were many preparation levels, but in their first attempt, our new subsidiary HRD Engineering (Horner Race Development) took on the worlds best, including modern bikes, and won the 2008 Daytona Battle of the Twins Championship. An accomplishment which staggered even seasonedí Daytona racers. This part time project took in a number of development phases in re-engineering a classic motorcycle. We named it the Irving Vincent after Phil Irving , the legendary Australian design engineer employed by the Vincent Motorcycle Company in 1936 to deliver the fastest production bike of the era. Producing a whopping 45 horse power, he succeeded.
The basic engine and motorcycle design was taken from the original 1946 Phil Irving design. Then the engine and all components were fully redrawn by Ken Horner applying modern technology improvements which amounted to an increase of over 120 brake horse power from the original design. KH Equipment produced everything except the brakes, wheels and suspension.
It took three years of re-engineering, CAD drawing, pattern making, casting and machining to complete this superb machine. The Irving Vincent's classic good looks and race-winning performance have proved it was time very well spent.