Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures Fifth Podium Sweep

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures Its Fifth Podium Sweep Of 2017 Season At Black Hills Half-Mile

Jared Mees Captures Seventh Victory of the Season; 

Scout FTR750 Tallies 29 Total Podiums 

Press Release: The Indian Wrecking Crew and the Scout FTR750 secured their 11th first-place finish and fifth podium sweep of the 2017 American Flat Track season at the Black Hills Half-Mile. Season points leader Jared Mees captured his seventh win of the season, while fellow Wrecking Crew riders Bryan Smith and Brad Baker placed second and third, respectfully.

During the Black Hills Half-Mile Main Event Mees built a lead of over two seconds before a red flag called for a restart. Mees continued his incredible performance and got out well ahead of the field during the restart, while Smith and Baker battled for second.

“With two races in three days, we all had our work cut out for us and my team did an incredible job prepping the Scout FTR750,” said Mees. “With six races remaining, we feel we’re hitting our stride and are putting ourselves in a good position to bring home the championship.”

Through 13 races this season, Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 have secured 29 of the season’s 39 podiums. The Indian Wrecking Crew holds the top three positions in the season’s point standings with Mees at 272, Smith at 236 and Baker jumping back into third with 196 total points.

“For our team to sweep the Black Hills Half-Mile after running a challenging track at the Buffalo Chip TT just two nights earlier says a lot about their commitment and preparation,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s no secret the Wrecking Crew is the team to beat. And despite that, Jared, Bryan and Brad continue to bring their very best at each and every race. With six races remaining, we’re making a strong push for the Manufacturer and Individual Championships.”

American Flat Track recognizes Manufacturer Champions in each class. The manufacturer that accumulates the most points in each class over the course of a season is declared the Manufacturer Champion. With its 11th victory on the season, Indian Motorcycle Racing has a sizable lead for the Manufacturer Championship heading into the final six races of the 2017 season.

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Peoria TT on August 13.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

AMA Land Speed Grand Championship

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Land SpeedMotorcyclists to attempt to break records at AMA Land Speed Grand Championship 

Registration to race at Bonneville still open

Press Release: The world’s fastest motorcycle racers will have their chance to set national and world records at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship in Wendover, Utah, Aug. 26-31.

“Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats is the pinnacle of land-speed racing,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Not only do competitors race against others in their class for AMA National No. 1 plates, they also compete to set new world records.”

The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, is the premier motorcycle land-speed racing event in the world. This AMA-sanctioned event, which also includes Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme recognition, offers competitors the opportunity to collect AMA national and FIM world records aboard machines from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc streamliners.

Racers have until Aug. 18 to register for the event online at www.bonnevillespeedtrials.com/entry/. While participants can register the day of the event, those who sign up online before the event will receive a special discount.

For more information or question about the event, email info@bonnevillespeedtrials.com or visit www.bonnevillespeedtrials.com. Read More

Harley On The Podium At The Buffalo Chip TT

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AFT GNC TT, Sturgis, SD 8-6-2017

Johnson Puts Factory Harley XG750R On The Podium At The Buffalo Chip TT

Huge Sturgis Rally Crowd Cheers Thrilling Race on a Challenging Course

Press Release: Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team rider Jake Johnson raced the team’s Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle to a third-place finish at the Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track (AFT) Twins national at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground. Racing in front of a packed crowd on hand for the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Johnson scored the first podium finish for the new XG750R flat tracker and his best finish of the season.

This feels as good as a win,” said Johnson. “Obviously we want to win every time we line up, but the team has been working so hard this season with a new bike and to finally come through and get on the box is a real confidence booster. We know we have the speed and the bike was really working great tonight.”

The Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker is a competition motorcycle powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected Revolution X™ V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street 750. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

Johnson was in the mix all night as the AFT Twins racers battled for the first time ever in the middle of the Buffalo Chip campground complex on a nine-turn, half-mile TT course that included the season’s only right-hand first turn and a jump on the back stretch.

podium“The track was really tough. It was like racing on a go-kart track,” said Johnson. “And the crowd was wild and right up to the fence. You could look down see the fans when we went over the jump. We even had zip-liners flying overhead. It was really fun to be racing here in front of all of these motorcycle fans at the center of Sturgis Rally action.”

Johnson brought his XG750R home third in a heat race and then won his semi-final heat to earn the second seed and a front-row starting position for the 25-lap main. Johnson was running in fourth place when the race was stopped on lap 10 when a hay bale used to mark the edge of the course was dragged on the track and scattered over the racing line. Johnson was again in fourth place when the race was stopped on lap 15 for a crashed rider. On the ensuing re-start, a motorcycle bottomed out on the jump and spilled oil on the track and the race was halted for the third time. Johnson moved up to third place when racing resumed and held that position to the finish.

Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team rider Kenny Coolbeth Jr. also made the main on a Factory XG750R after finished third in his semi-final heat. Coolbeth ran as high as fifth place in the main but slipped back on the final re-start and finished the race in 11 place. Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team rider Brandon Robinson did not make the main after crashing in his semi-final heat.

Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will race in the Black Hills area for the second time during the Sturgis Rally on August 8 at the Harley-Davidson Black Hills Half-Mile at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures 10th Win Of Season

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures 10th Win Of Season and Holds Top Three Positions in Season Standings

Jared Mees Wins Calistoga Half-Mile; Scout FTR750 & Wrecking Crew Tallies 25 of 33 Podiums 

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 secure its 10th first-place finish of the 2017 American Flat Track season with Jared Mees’ dominant performance at the Calistoga Half-Mile. Mees captured his sixth win of the season, and was joined on the podium by fellow Wrecking Crew rider Brad Baker, who placed third. Together, these finishes propel Indian Motorcycle Racing to 25 of 33 podiums on the season.

Mees remained red hot and proved to be unstoppable around the Calistoga Speedway on his Scout FTR750 during the main event. Mees finished the 25-lap race with a significant 3.571-second margin of victory and sailed by the checkered flag in a one-handed wheelie. The closest battle was for third place between teammates Brad Baker and Bryan Smith, with the former edging out by 0.067 of a second for the podium finish.

“It felt good to get my sixth win of the season at Calistoga Half-Mile,” said Mees. “It was a long three week break since an AFT event, but my team continued to work hard and have my Scout FTR750 dialed for this race.”

Through 11 races this season Mees and Smith own ten first-place finishes. The Wrecking Crew also holds the top three positions in the season’s point standings with Jared Mees at 227, Smith at 209 and Baker 166.

“Indian’s return to flat track was contingent on our ability to develop a truly best-in-class race bike. It goes without saying that we’re incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished with the Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “With seven more events, our Wrecking Crew will continue to prepare and work toward finishing the season as strong as they started.” 

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle on August 6.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Ed Krawiec Scores Mile-High Milestone

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KrawiecKrawiec Scores Mile-High Milestone Aboard Harley Street Rod Drag Bike

New Harley-Davidson Street Rod Notches First Pro Stock Motorcycle Victory

Press Release: Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec swept through the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway to score the team’s first event win with the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle.

The Street Rod motorcycle piloted by Krawiec was quick off the trailer and the bike to beat all weekend. Krawiec was the number-one qualifier for the event with a best elapsed time (ET) of 7.178 seconds. Krawiec bested that effort in the final round of eliminations on Sunday with a 7.145-second blast at 188.28 mph to set the quickest ET and fastest speed by a Pro Stock Motorcycle for the event.

KrawiecThe new Street Rod drag bikes made their debut at the NHRA Summernationals at Englishtown, N.J. in June, and the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team has worked through the past three NHRA events to dial in the performance of the bikes.

The team’s competition motorcycles are based on the Harley-Davidson Street Rod production motorcycle, an agile middle-weight powered by the liquid-cooled High Output Revolution X 750 engine tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion.

“It means a lot or me to get the first win on the Street Rod,” said Krawiec. “The transition to a new racing motorcycle is a challenge because we have no data history on the bikes. In addition to the three races, we’ve done 25 to 30 runs of testing outside of competition, and today all that work paid off for us. These new Street Rods are a joy to ride down the track.”

The win was the second of the season in three final-round appearances by Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, and the 38th win of his career.

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines qualified the team’s other Street Rod drag bike in sixth position with a best ET of 7.193 seconds. Hines won in the first round on Sunday but lost in the second round of eliminations.

After seven of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Krawiec is in second place with 584 points. Hines is sixth with 403 points.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team will be back in action July 28-30 at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Indian Sets Three New Land Speed Records

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Indian Motorcycle Hits “Trifecta” With Three New Land Speed Records

Spirit of Munro 50th Anniversary 2017 Indian Scout Sets New Land Speed Record During Testing at El Mirage Dry Lakebed       

Press Release: In preparation for the Burt Munro 50th anniversary commemorative run, Indian Motorcycle has set three new land speed records, according to the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA). Burt Munro’s great nephew, Lee Munro, and a pair of Indian Motorcycle technicians entered the record books on July 16 at El Mirage Dry Lakebed.

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“When you’re breaking records during test runs, you know your machine is on point. Our team of engineers has done an incredible job on the Spirit of Munro commemorative Scout.” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Running within a different class has allowed Lee to truly honor his great uncle Burt. As Burt’s record still stands, Lee now joins Burt within the record book.”

First among the three Indian riders was Chet Michaelson, engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle. In the M-PG (Modified-Pushrod Gasoline) 2000cc class, riding a 2015 Indian Chief Classic, Chet eclipsed the record of 151 MPH with a speed of 154.132 MPH.

The second Indian rider was Lee Munro – aboard the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. Competing in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350cc class, Lee needed to exceed 167 MPH for a new record.  After completing his rookie runs during the May meet at El Mirage, this was the first chance to let the bike loose and explore its potential.  Lee recorded a speed of 186.681 MPH, a new record and the Indian team was two for two. Read More

Super Hooligan Race At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Super HooliganRSD Super Hooligan Race Joins The Moto Stampede
At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Press Release: Super Hooligan flat track racing is BACK! Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the second annual RSD Super Hooligan race presented by Indian Motorcycle inside the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9. We invite racers and fans of motorcycle racing to participate and attend during this year’s 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. At the Buffalo Chip, the riders are scheduled to take to the track for Round 6 of the Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) race series with classes including: Super Hooligan, Amateur Hooligan, Run What Ya Brung (costumes encouraged), Vintage, Tank Shift, Lady Hooligan and a $5K Cash Purse Pro Open Singles class. Afterwards, stick around to enjoy the blistering audio of Ozzy Osbourne. All brands of bikes are welcome to race.

Interested Racers May Register Here:

The Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy John will also be back to pit even more show bikes in head-to-head, hat drop street races down the middle of the amphitheater immediately preceding the Super Hooligan races. Two Indian Scout Sixties, one customized by Roland Sands and the other by Carey Hart, will be given away on the main stage that evening. Register to win one of these bad ass customs at BuffaloChip.com/EVENTS/Moto-Stampede/Motorcycle-Giveaway.

“The Buffalo Chip has paired these races with one of the rally’s biggest concerts, Pop Evil and Ozzy Osbourne, to create a series of events all on one day neither the rally nor the world has ever before seen,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “The Super Hooligan races will shake the ground with excitement and gather steam for an incredible night of world-class rock on the main stage.”

Audiences at the Buffalo Chip will have an up-close viewing experience of the RSD Super Hooligan races. The track winds through the center of the amphitheater and offers track-side and prime, elevated viewing areas.

One pass includes access to all races, concerts and events held within the campground and tent camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found HERE.

SHNC Contingencies & Prizes

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  • $1,000 Winner-Takes-All bonus to winner of Super Hooligan Main Event.
  • The Super Hooligan Series Champion will win a Factory Indian FTR750 professional GNC flat track race bike – awarded in Huntington Beach, CA October 14th.
  • *Winner must be present at final round

Dunlop Tires

  • $250 (first) / $150 (second) / $100 (third) payouts for Super Hooligan Main Event.
  • $1,000 Winner-Takes-All Super Hooligan Dunlop Dash for Cash event.

Bell Helmets

  • $250 (first) / $150 (second) / $75 (third) payouts per Super Hooligan Main Event.
  • Custom painted helmet trophy for Super Hooligan winner at each round.
  • $2,500 bonus to be awarded to Super Hooligan Series Champion at final round.

K&N Engineering

  • $300 Winner-Takes-All Holeshot Award for Super Hooligan Main Event.

Motul

  • $300 Cleanest Hooligan race bike at each race. TBD by SHNC.

For the most up to date schedule and SHNC standings visit our Super Hooligan Blog.

About Super Hooligan:
The spirit of hooligan racing comes from a simpler time, when you raced – and could ride home on – any bike you owned. With its roots in Southern California motorcycle culture, today’s flat track hooligan racing category is rapidly gaining in popularity with riders of all ages and experience levels across the nation by offering the fun of motorcycle competition in a less structured environment. Combining the craft of custom motorcycles and racing the Super Hooligan rules are loose and limit the bikes to 750CC and up twins in stock frames with dirt track tires and no front brakes. Read More

Harley-Davidson Live From X Games Minneapolis

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X GamesHarley-Davidson Presents Thursday Night Prime-Time Dirt-Track Double-Header Live From X Games Minneapolis

Watch Harley Hooligan Racing on Facebook Live Followed By The ESPN X Games Broadcast of the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing Medal Event Thursday, July 13

Press Release: Harley-Davidson offers fans double the X Games racing action this Thursday, July 13, with a Facebook Live stream of Harley Hooligan flat track racing at 7:30 p.m. EDT via Facebook.com/Harley-Davidson, followed by Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at 9 p.m. EDT broadcast live on ESPN.

“Showcasing the always-exciting amateur Hooligan racing via Facebook Live will take our partnership with ESPN X Games to a whole new level, while providing double the racing action for fans,” said Eric Jensen, Global Brand Lead at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

X GamesBoth the pro and amateur racing will take place on a specially designed ESPN X Games 3/8-mile dirt track created at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

“When Harley-Davidson approached us to create a Hooligan race broadcast on Facebook Live, we really liked the idea to further engage audiences with X Games around the globe,” said X Games Vice President Tim Reed. “This is a win-win opportunity for all of those racing fans who won’t be able to make it to Minneapolis to see the action in person this Thursday.”
Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing is an ESPN X Games medal event open by invitation to 25 of the world’s fastest professional flat track racers. The field includes Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team riders Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Jake Johnson and Brandon Robinson, each racing on the Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker, a competition motorcycle powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled Revolution X V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

The rough-and-tumble Harley Hooligan race action will feature 40 amateur riders from across the country competing on race-modified Harley-Davidson street motorcycles. Participating race teams include Rusty Butcher, Leticia Cline, Suicide Machine Company, Speed Merchant, Noise Cycles and more. Each team is affiliated with a Harley-Davidson dealership.

Tickets to attend the live racing action at Mall of America are $10. For ticket information go to X Games Information. Follow along on all of action at #RIDEEVERYDAY.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures Ninth Win

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures Ninth Win & 23rd Podium With First & Third-Place Finish At Rolling Wheels Half-Mile

Jared Mees Captures First Career In-Season Grand Slam & Reclaims Points Lead Over Rival & Fellow ‘Wrecking Crew’ Teammate, Bryan Smith 

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 captured its ninth win of the American Flat Track season at the Rolling Wheels Half-Mile. Indian Wrecking Crew riders Jared Mees and Brad Baker finished first and third, respectively, tallying 23 of 30 podiums for the Scout FTR750 in 2017. Mees’ victory reclaimed the points lead over on-track rival and fellow Wrecking Crew teammate Bryan Smith, as the two continue to exchange leads throughout the season.

Mees and his Scout FTR750 outraced the entire field and passed the checkered flag nearly five seconds before the second-place finisher. With his fifth win of the season, Mees recorded his first career in-season Grand Slam, winning a TT, Short Track, Half-Mile and Mile, an accomplishment only three others have achieved in the history of the sport.

“It felt good to get my fifth win of the season at the Rolling Hills Half-Mile and take back the points lead,” said Mees. “Just over halfway through the season and already scoring a Grand Slam truly showcases how the Indian Scout FTR750 performs on all track types.”

Through 10 races this season Mees and Smith own nine of the first-place finishes. The two Wrecking Crew riders have been battling for the top points position all season long. They have leap-frogged each other the last three races since being tied in total points following the Red Mile. Mees currently sits eight points ahead of Smith, 202 to 194. While Baker earned his seventh podium of the season and remains third in total points with 149.

“Not only is our team extremely talented, but fiercely competitive – just look at Jared and Bryan exchanging points lead,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Jared came back following the Lima Half-Mile with a performance of the season and secured the rare in-season Grand Slam. Both Bryan and Brad will be looking to knock him off at the end of the month in Calistoga. It’s great competition within the team and great fun.” 

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Calistoga Half-Mile at Calistoga Speedway in California on July 29.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Indian Scout FTR750 Undefeated Through Eight Races

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Indian_OKCMile_BryanJNelsonIndian Motorcycle Racing And The Scout FTR750 Capture Fourth Sweep Of The Season & Remain Undefeated Through Eight Races

Jared Mees Secures Second Straight Come-From-Behind Win and Fourth Victory of the Season to Become Overall Points Leader at 177

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 captured its fourth sweep of the season at the OKC Mile held at Remington Park to remain undefeated through eight races. Jared Mees came-from-behind on the penultimate lap to pass Wrecking Crew teammate Brad Baker, who had directed a seemingly insurmountable lead during the main event.  The victory was Mees’ second straight, propelling him to 177 points and the overall AFT Twins lead.

The Scout FTR750 and Indian Wrecking Crew were untouchable at the OKC Mile, from the heats through the main event. Each rider easily managed to win their respective heat, capturing top positions during semi runs, and outpacing the field in the main with the fourth place finisher 23 seconds off Mees and 17 seconds off the podium. Running a similar playbook as his victory at Red Mile, Mees stayed close behind Baker only to sneak past him while both riders fought to navigate a sea of slower riders as they lapped the field in the closing laps. Reigning Grand National Champ and Indian Wrecking Crew member Bryan Smith cleared the sweep by capturing third, keeping him second in the overall standings.

“Our team is on a great run right now. It’s evident we have the most talented group of riders, and the Scout FTR750 is the top-performing motorcycle in the field,” said Mees. “Brad clearly had the field beat throughout the race, and it looked like he would go wire-to-wire, but I hung in there, dug deep and found my opening as we lapped the pack.”

Mees not only advanced in the points lead, but also does so heading into his favorite discipline of the series, the half-mile. Smith remains in striking distance to Mees’ 177 with 169 total points. Baker closed the gap between he and the third place rider to 12. His second-place finish gets him to 112 points this season.

“We cannot say enough about our factory team riders’ dedication, and the sophistication and capability of our Indian Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Even though they’re outpacing the field, our guys are remaining fiercely competitive with each other, pushing for individual titles and the ultimate manufacturer title.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Lima Half-Mile at Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio on June 24.

About Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Harley-Davidson Street Rod Ready To Race

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Street RodNew Harley-Davidson Street Rod Drag Bikes Ready To Race At Englishtown

Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Team Set to Roll Out All-New NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycles

Press Release: The Harley-Davidson Street Rod will hit the drag strip this weekend when the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team debuts all-new Street Rod-inspired bodywork for its Pro Stock Motorcycle competition bikes at the NHRA Summer Nationals, June 8-11, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J.

Powered by the liquid-cooled High Output Revolution X 750 engine with suspension tuned for maneuvering through traffic and gritty urban streets and steeped in tough Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling, the Harley-Davidson Street Rod inspires the sleek, menacing lines of carbon-fiber racing bodywork that will look right at home on the NHRA starting line.

Street Rod“With its muscular stance, high-performance engine and hot-rod inspired styling, the new Street Rod motorcycle is the perfect vehicle to carry Harley-Davidson’s championship winning Pro Stock Motorcycle program forward on the race track and in the showroom,” said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson Global Brand Director.

The new Street Rod competition bodywork was designed at the Harley-Davidson Design Studio in Milwaukee in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsport and was wind-tunnel tested in Indianapolis during its development.

“The Street Rod is a contemporary interpretation of American performance and Harley-Davidson design heritage. It’s a tough looking motorcycle with design cues that reflect hot rod and muscle car DNA,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling & Design. “We wanted to create a new body that would not only be competitive on the track but also embodies the personality of the production Street Rod, which we think is a great tie in because they are both motorcycles with dynamic performance deeply rooted in their DNA. We particularly love the design of the fairing and the bobbed tail section because they truly identify the motorcycle. Whether it’s the race bike or the production bike, from 200 feet away you know it’s a Street Rod.” Read More

Indian Motorcycle ‘1-2’ Finish At Springfield Mile

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Springfield MileIndian Motorcycle Racing Remains Undefeated With ‘1-2’ Finish At Springfield Mile

Reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith Extends Win Streak to Four

Press Release: In its return to flat track racing in more than 60 years, and on an all-new race bike, Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 are undefeated through six races – finishing ‘1-2’ in each event and sweeping the podium three times. Led by reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith, along with Jared Mees and Brad Baker, the Indian “Wrecking Crew” have captured 15 of 18 podiums this season.

Smith crossed the finish line .005 seconds before Mees – extending his season’s win streak to four. Both Smith and Mees have podiumed in each of the season’s six races. Smith has reached the top of the podium four times, and has earned a second and third place finish, while Mees has won twice this season, and finished second three times and third once.

“Winning at Springfield for the first time in my career is a rewarding feat,” said Smith. “But continuing Indian’s undefeated season with this victory on the Scout FTR750 is nothing short of incredible.”  

Through a third of the season, Smith leads the field with 137 points, while Mees is 10 points behind with 127. Baker, who earned a fourth-place finish at the Springfield Mile, is currently 14 points behind the third-place rider and has earned 75 total points this season.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment for our entire team to have this level of success in our first season back to flat track,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “There’s still plenty racing to be had, but we couldn’t be prouder of the performances from Bryan, Jared and Brad.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Red Mile in Lexington, KY, on June 3.

About Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Indian Secures Fifth Consecutive Victory

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IndianIndian Motorcycle Racing Secures Fifth Consecutive Victory And Third Podium Sweep This Season At Sacramento Mile

Reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith Captures his 7th Consecutive Victory at Sacramento Mile, Edging Out Indian ‘Wrecking Crew’ Teammates in Epic Main Event

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing secured its third podium sweep of the season during an epic Sacramento Mile main event that saw 25 miles of continuous lead changes by the three Indian Wrecking Crew riders. It was reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith that edged out his teammates with a final pass to secure his third consecutive win of the season and his seventh in a row at the Sacramento Mile. Indian is undefeated thus far in the 2017 American Flat Track series – tallying five consecutive victories.

Teammates Jared Mees and Brad Baker again joined Smith on the podium, placing 2-3 respectively. In what has been nothing short of a historic start through five races this season, the Wrecking Crew has dominated the field – winning every race and earning 13 of 15 podiums on the brand-new Scout FTR750.

“Brad and Jared continue to be the toughest competition,” said Smith. “And following the semi rounds, I knew it would again come down to the three Indian riders. As the ‘mile guy’ it’s important for me to capitalize on these longer tracks.” 

Smith’s victory at the Sacramento Mile puts him atop the field this season with 112 points, while Mees’s second-place finish gets him to 107 points. Smith and Mees have both reached the podium on all five races this season. Baker’s third-place finish gets him up to 60 points this season, ranking fourth among the field.

“Each race Brad, Bryan and Jared are putting it all on the line, and we couldn’t be more pleased with their performance thus far, along with the performance of our Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “We entered the season expecting to be a very competitive team, but what we’ve been able to accomplish over these first five races has been nothing short of spectacular.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Springfield Mile on May 28.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Indian Motorcycle Racing Sweeps Arizona Mile

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Reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith Secures Second Consecutive Victory,  Brad Baker & Jared Mees Finish 2nd & 3rd, Respectively 

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing continues its dominance in American Flat Track racing with its second podium sweep of the season. Indian’s “Wrecking Crew” is living up to its legendary nickname, as Bryan Smith, Brad Baker and Jared Mees finished 1-2-3, respectively.

After two red flags, and as the sun began to set, the main event was forced to reconfigure to a five-lap shootout. Smith earned his second consecutive victory by ducking inside Baker with two laps remaining – edging him out by .057 seconds.

“My team has done an incredible job, and the Scout FTR750 is performing like nothing else I’ve ever been on,” said Smith. “The mile races are my favorite, and with four of the next five races being miles, we’re excited to keep it rolling.”

After four races this season, the Indian Scout FTR750 has secured 10 of 12 podiums. Smith and Mees are neck-in-neck at the top the American Flat Track leaderboard – having reached the podium in every race with two first place finishes, a second and a third. Baker has earned two second place finishes.

“After the long break following the Charlotte Half Mile, we were all excited to see how the guys would perform on the season’s first mile,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Their dominant success at each race is a tribute to how hard each rider and his team are preparing.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to stay on top as American Flat Track heads to the Sacramento Mile on May 20.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Avon Tyres Sponsors Vintage Racer Brittany Olsen

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Avon Tyres Sponsors Vintage Racer Brittany Olsen

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Press Release: Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America will sponsor vintage motorcycle racer and Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Festival organizer Brittany Olsen throughout 2017. Olsen started the year right with a win at Billy Lane’s Inaugural Sons of Speed Vintage Races in Daytona, Florida, and will ride her 1923 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer outfitted with Avon Speedmaster-MKII and GP tires at various events throughout the United States.

“Brittany brings amazing energy to every race and event,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Avon Tyres North America. “We are proud to partner with her and look forward to the excitement that her passion for vintage racing will undoubtedly produce this year.”

The Speedmaster-MKII is a classic ribbed front tire and is available in street and race compounds. It features a curved tread profile and tread pattern typical of classic bikes. Olsen will also be running on the Avon GP race tire at select events. Both tire lines are constructed of modern rubber compounds to deliver enhanced durability and performance.

For more information about Brittany Olsen, visit www.facebook.com/20thCenturyRacing

About Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America
Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America, based in Stow, Ohio, markets and sells Avon brand motorcycle tires in the United States and Canada. Avon tires are designed and manufactured for street and racing applications, from ultra wide tires featuring snakeskin effect sidewalls to ultra high-performance sport bike tires. Avon’s long history and heritage of innovation reaches back more than 100 years. Based in Melksham, England, Avon tires are built to perform and are engineered to high standards incorporating the latest in cutting-edge technology. For more information visit www.avonmoto.com.

Indian Motorcycle Racing – Three In A Row

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CONCORD,NC - APRIL 1: American Flat Track at The Dirt Track April 1, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Hunter / NASCAR)

CONCORD,NC – APRIL 1: American Flat Track at The Dirt Track April 1, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Hunter / NASCAR)

Indian Motorcycle Racing Makes It Three In A Row With Bryan Smith’s Win At Charlotte Half Mile

Indian’s Scout FTR750 Records Third Consecutive ‘1-2’ Finish, as Smith and Jared Mees finish 1st & 2nd, Respectively

Indian Motorcycle Racing wasn’t (April) fooling around on Saturday, April 1, as America’s first motorcycle company continued its incredible return to American Flat Track with yet another “1-2” finish. Following an Indian Motorcycle podium sweep at Atlanta Short Track last weekend, Bryan Smith and Jared Mees put Indian at the top of the Charlotte Half Mile podium. The 1st and 2nd place finish, respectively, marks the race team’s third time to occupy those positions in as many weeks.

Through the first three weeks of the season, Smith and Mees, who each won the Charlotte Half Mile in 2015 and 2016, respectively, have podiumed each race in 2017. Opening the season on the Indian Scout FTR750, Smith has recorded a 2nd, 3rd, and now a 1st place finish, while Mees earned Indian’s first flat track victory in over 60 years at the DAYTONA TT season opener. Mees followed up the historic night with a consecutive win at Atlanta Short Track, followed by this strong 2nd place finish in Charlotte.

“It felt good to get the top podium position and my first win on the Indian Scout FTR750,” said Smith. “My team did an incredible job preparing the bike for this race. We’re stoked to be heading into the break on a high note, and will look to keep it rolling next month at the season’s first mile in Arizona.”

After winning Semi 1, Smith started the main from the second position – flanked by his fellow Indian Motorcycle Racing teammates Brad Baker (first position) and Mees (third position). After running the first several laps from second place, Smith made the pass into the lead with more than half of the race remaining. Mees started to approach Smith, but was ultimately denied as Smith ran a solid race and even recorded the night’s fastest lap.

“Indian’s original ‘Wrecking Crew’ received the nickname from winning so frequently and ‘wrecking’ everyone else’s weekend,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “With three consecutive ‘1-2’ finishes, including a podium sweep, and seven of nine podiums – I’d say it’s a pretty good bet today’s ‘Wrecking Crew’ is doing the same.” 

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to stay on top as American Flat Track heads to the Arizona Mile on May 13.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

 

Harley Runs Strong In Flat Track Debut At Daytona

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Harley Factory Team XG750R Runs Strong In Flat Track Debut At Daytona

Jake Johnson Charges to Fourth Place in American Flat Track Season-Opener

Press Release: Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team rider Jake Johnson rode the all-new Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle to fourth-place finish at the Harley-Davidson Daytona TT presented by Politis & Matovina, the season-opening race of the 2017 American Flat Track (AFT) Twins series.

Piloting the new XG750R in its first racing action, Johnson battled on a tight-and-technical 0.6-mile TT course constructed in the infield of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Starting from eighth place in the 25-lap main, Johnson charged through the field to miss a spot on the podium by just 0.516 second.

“The power and potential of the new XG750R was on display in Daytona tonight,” said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson director of motorsports marketing. “The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team responded to a big challenge, bringing an all-new racing motorcycle to an all-new track format.”

Johnson turned his night around after a 12th-place finish in the first heat race moved him to the last-chance qualifier heat, which he failed to finish after a mechanical issue. Johnson was able to regroup and use a provisional start to claim a spot on the back row of the semi-final heat, and finished fourth to advance to the main.

“Nobody knew what to expect from this new track. I think we were prepared but I struggled personally early in the evening,” said Johnson, a two-time AMA Grand National champion who is in his first full season racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team. “The Harley XG750R was strong all night but I hit the ground twice and the team had to scramble. We all rallied together. I’m really excited to be racing with this outstanding Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track crew behind me this season.”

The Daytona TT was the first outing of the season for the 2017 Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker, a competition motorcycle powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected Revolution X V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street 750. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team returns to action March 25 at the AFT Atlanta Short Track at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

 

Victory For Indian Motorcycle Racing

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790A8B8B-44A2-489D-A590-9FBD42B9E6EBJared Mees Captures Victory For Indian Motorcycle Racing In American Flat Track Season Opener At Daytona TT

Armed with the Indian Scout FTR750, America’s First Motorcycle Company Makes Triumphant Return to Flat Track Racing Taking 1st and 2nd Place Podium Positions

Press Release: After a 63-year hiatus, Indian Motorcycle returned to flat track racing in grand fashion, as Jared Mees outclassed the field to take top honors at the Daytona TT American Flat Track season opener. Mees’ dominating performance was complimented by a 2nd place finish from Indian factory rider and 2016 Grand National Champion Bryan Smith.

All eyes were on Indian heading into the season opener after assembling a team featuring three of the sport’s most decorated riders and armed with Indian’s state-of-the-art Scout FTR750. The season-opening victory brought dramatic validation to Indian’s bold re-entry into the sport it had once dominated, reigniting the Indian Motorcycle vs. Harley-Davidson rivalry that had carried the sport throughout its glory days.

“Carrying the torch for the return of one of motorcycle racing’s most iconic and historic brands, makes this victory truly special for me,” said Mees. “We knew we had a special bike this year that would give us a real shot at every race this season, and to start off on top is huge. But this victory isn’t mine alone. The entire team was critical to this victory, and I couldn’t be more optimistic about our prospects for the remainder of the season.”

Piloting Indian’s new state-of-the-art Scout FTR 750, Mees finished first and third in the evening’s first two heats. The main event began with Mees taking the lead in lap 1 heading into the first turn, and the three-time Grand National Champion never looked back. Meanwhile, Smith ran the majority of the main event in the fifth position before catapulting to 2nd over the final five laps, joining Mees on the podium. After such an impressive showing by the new Indian ‘Wrecking Crew’ in Daytona, it’s clear that Indian Motorcycle Racing will be a force to be reckoned with in 2017.

“With such a storied history of success in flat track racing, it was imperative that Indian bring every possible resource to bear to be successful, and to be atop the podium in Daytona is the ultimate validation for us,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “This season is more a marathon than a sprint, and this is merely the beginning. While we’re proud to get off to such a great start, our eyes are fixed on a championship.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to stay on top as American Flat Track heads to the Atlanta Short Track on March 25.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Screamin’ Eagle Drag Team Thunders Into Gainesville

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Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Drag Team Thunders Into Gainesville Season Opener

Ride to the Race to See World Champions Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec Blister the Track

The grandstands will quake to a ground-pounding Harley-Davidson V-Twin cadence when the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team lines up to open the Pro Stock Motorcycle season at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 17-19. The weekend of racing at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., kicks off the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle season on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Winners of eight NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championships, the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team returns to action in 2017 with two of the most experienced and talented riders in the series: five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines and three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Ed Krawiec. The team is led by crew chief Matt Hines.

“We are looking to open the season right where we left off last year,” said Matt Hines. “We feel we have the Harley-Davidson horsepower to win, and no team can match the experience the Screamin’ Eagle crew brings to the track for every event. It’s always exciting at Gainesville and with Daytona Bike Week wrapping up we hope a lot of Harley-Davidson fans will ride to the race and catch the action.”

Hines and Krawiec will race Harley-Davidson competition motorcycles powered by American V-Twin engines tuned to deliver the explosive power required to rocket down the quarter-mile drag strip in less than seven seconds. During the off-season the team has been refining and tuning its Harley-Davidson engines at its Brownsburg, Ind., shop and recently tested in Bradenton, Fla.

“To start the season off right we need to focus on making consistent runs and guiding these Harley drag bikes straight down the track,” said Hines. “This is such a competitive class we need to be near-perfect every round to advance to the finals. In the long run, consistency wins championships and that’s always been our goal.”

The 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule includes 16 events. After the first 10 events, the points will be re-set for the top 10 riders who qualify for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs (the final six races). The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will race under the same set of rules for the third consecutive season.

“I think the stability of the rules makes the entire field more competitive,” said Krawiec. “Since we can’t do much testing in the winter we don’t like to make major engine changes in the off-season. Better to come out with the strong Harley-Davidson bikes we finished on last season and then build incrementally from there. We always know where we stand after Gainesville.” Read More

Harley-Davidson Factory Team Primed For Flat-Track Battle

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Harley-Davidson’s Factory Flat Track Racing team expands to three riders for the 2017 American Flat Track season with three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (right) joined by two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (left) and young standout Brandon Robinson (center). All three will ride the new Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker exclusively.

Harley-Davidson’s Factory Flat Track Racing team expands to three riders for the 2017 American Flat Track season with three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (right) joined by two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (left) and young standout Brandon Robinson (center). All three will ride the new Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker exclusively.

Harley-Davidson Factory Team Primed For Flat-Track Battle

Team of Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson Revealed Live During ESPN X Games

It’s a flat-track triple threat. The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will unleash a three-rider squad in 2017. Former AMA Pro Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Jake Johnson and young flat-track star Brandon Robinson will race in the legendary Factory Team leathers.

The team was announced today during a live interview with Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson during ABC network coverage of ESPN’s X Games Aspen.

Gunning for the checkered flag aboard the fierce Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle, the formidable trio of ace racers will chase a championship on the American Flat Track (AFT)series and fight to medal in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The American Flat track racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 Daytona TT on a new circuit featuring a jump to be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

“This edition of the Harley Factory Team will bring unmatched savvy and experience to the track,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “With a combined 59 Grand National wins and five AMA Pro Grand National championships, this line-up of riders knows what it takes to do battle with the lead pack and will be a force aboard our new Harley-Davidson XG750R Factory Racing bikes. If you are in Daytona for Bike Week, ride to the race and see the Factory Team in action on this exciting new TT track.”

The Harley Factory Team will field a fleet of Harley XG750R bikes for Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson. With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat track racing, the XG750R flat tracker is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom attitude. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m excited to be one of the riders helping to push the XG750R to the front of the field,” said Robinson. “I’m sure I’ll be battling with Kenny and Jake to see who can make history and score the first win aboard the new bike. I’ve learned a lot racing against them. Now we’re working together to bring home a championship for Harley-Davidson.”

The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers. Read More

Matt Smith Earns First NHRA Win For Victory Motorcycles

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Smith5Smith takes Victory Gunner to 18th career win at Auto Club Raceway

Victory Racing’s Matt Smith this past weekend rode his Pro Stock Victory Motorcycles Gunner to his first win of the season and the first for Victory Motorcycles during the NHRA Auto Club Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

The celebration began before Smith and his Victory Gunner crossed the finish line. Smith knew he would stand on the top step of the podium when opponent Angelle Sampey went red at the start, so he pulled in the clutch and pumped his first in the air, celebrating as he went down the track.

“You don’t realize how much you miss being in victory lane until you get back to victory lane,” a smiling Smith said. “To get a victory for Victory – I like that saying. Hopefully we can do it more next year. I know we are going to have some teammates with Victory next year, and I’m just glad we got to do it first.”

Sunday, Smith had an eventful day to earn his 18th career win. He beat Hector Arana Sr. in the first round when Arana Sr. went red, and won with a slower 6.916-second pass at 193.35 mph (Arana completed his pass and went 6.871 seconds at 196.62 mph).

DSC01574 copySmith then accelerated past Eddie Krawiec in Round 2. Smith’s .029-second reaction time and run of 6.904 seconds at 192.99 mph was enough top Krawiec’s 6.871-second pass at 195.31 mph – after a .063 light.

Smith4Smith then faced Hector Arana Jr. in the semifinals, where a stellar .018 light gave him an advantage on the starting line. Arana Jr. pulled the clutch in and coasted to a 7.569-second pass at 134.10 mph while Smith sped to the final with a run of 6.946 seconds at 192.44 mph. The final was over early, when Sampey left .020 seconds too soon. Smith’s run of 8.044 seconds at 117.34 mph included a celebration down the track.

“What a deal!” Smith said. “It’s a good finish to what’s been a bad year. We’ve had gremlins this year and to cap it off here in Pomona for Victory, Lucas Oil, Mark Stockseth – I mean that guy’s been helping me since I started my own deal – is amazing. Thank you Mark and Marshall (Stockseth) for everything you have done for me. And thanks to Nitro Fish, Kenny Koretsky and Elite Performance, too.”

“It has been a while in coming for Victory Gunner in NHRA,” says Rod Krois, General Manager for Victory Motorcycles. “But Matt’s historic win and the teams relentless tenacity is exactly what Victory Motorcycles is all about.”

Showcasing Victory Motorcycles’ commitment to deliver Modern American Muscle, Victory Racing’s NHRA team is comprised of NHRA power-couple Matt and Angie Smith and their Pro Stock, custom Victory Gunner drag bikes. Matt boasts two World Champion titles and seventeen career wins. He brought his Matt Smith Racing Victory Gunner into the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2015, and subsequently went to two final rounds last year and two semifinal appearances this season before finally breaking through with the win for Victory.

Visit NHRA.com for up-to-date news about the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing Series. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. An interview with Matt Smith can be found here.

image002About Victory Motorcycles
Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.victorymotorcycles.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles

Hines And Krawiec Prepare Harley Screamin’ Eagle Pro Stock Drag Bikes For Championship Battle At NHRA Finals

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Hines And Krawiec Prepare Harley Screamin’ Eagle Pro Stock Drag Bikes For Championship Battle At NHRA Finals

NHRA Drag RacingFor Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec, the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has come down to the wire in a dead heat. After 15 events and 60 furious elimination rounds of competition, the teammates are tied for the Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead as they prepare their Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle competition motorcycles for the final race left on the schedule. Qualifying for the 52nd Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, begins Nov. 11 with the title of World Champion on the line for Hines and Krawiec.

Hines and Krawiec have each raced a competition Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle to multiple NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championships; Krawiec is a three-time champion (2008, 2011-12) and Hines is a five-time (2004-06, 2014-15) and defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. Read More

AMRA Results from Rockingham

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Geiss Wins First Ray Price Top Fuel Title At The Rock

Vickers Repeats as Pro Fuel Champion in Jim McClure Nitro Nationals

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – All the big guns went out early and Peter Geiss of Huntington, N.Y., beat Tii Tharpe of East Bend, N.C., to win the AMRA Ray Price Top Fuel championship Sunday in the 25th annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.

Geiss just barely made the starting field in the No. 8 spot but then took out No. 1 qualifier Kevin Boyer of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in round one and veteran Ricky “Sharky” House of Humble, Texas in the semifinals.  Both riders had trouble in the final but Geiss was just quick enough to get the win.

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Johnny Vickers

Other champions included Jack Romine of Centerville, Mich., in Nitro Funny Bike and Carolina legend and American Motorcycle Racing Association national record holder Johnny Vickers in Pro Fuel.

 

Vickers, making an infrequent start in the AMRA series, took out No. 1 qualifier Kirby Apathy of Deland, Fla., in a classic semifinal race and then took down Tyler Wilson of Walnut Cove, N.C., in the final to repeat as McClure Nitro Nationals champion.

Apathy, who qualified No. 1 at 7.228 seconds, put up a solid 7.245 but that wasn’t enough to hold off Vickers’ 7.223. Read More

Harley-Davidson Power Carries Krawiec To NHRA Countdown Lead With Pro Stock Motorcycle Win In Dallas

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NHRA Drag RacingHarley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec stormed to the lead in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship standings with a big win in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA AAA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Racing a competition Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle, Krawiec scored a hole-shot victory in the final round to win his second-consecutive Countdown event and take a 17-point lead with two rounds left in the championship battle.

“Once again Harley-Davidson power carried the day, and I had good lights in every round,” said Krawiec, who now has five wins in seven final-round appearances for the season. “With two wins in a row, we’ve gained some momentum but we are by no means ready to run away with this championship. This is still a four-way dog fight, and, with two races left, what’s going to matter are the bonus points. You could win this by a point or two.”

Krawiec qualified third for Sunday eliminations with a best run of 6.821 seconds. His Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines teammate, Andrew Hines, qualified second at 6.811 seconds. Hines, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, lost in the second round on Sunday. Krawiec, who arrived in Dallas trailing Hines by 38 points, took the Countdown lead for the first time this season with the 36th Pro Stock Motorcycle win of his career.

Hines and Krawiec race on competition motorcycles inspired by the unrelenting performance and sleek street style of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle, a motorcycle powered by a liquid-cooled 60° V-twin engine ready to breathe a little fire onto the street and available now at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships.

After four of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, only 60 points separate the top four riders. Krawiec leads the class with 2,425 points and Hines is second with 2,408 points.

Round five of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals, is set for Oct. 27-30 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. Read More

Historic Collaboration of Industry Giants Brings American Flat Track to Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017

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SBC TT AFT logoHistoric collaboration of industry giants brings American Flat Track  to Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017

Buildings fall and dirt flies as the American Flat Track series heads to motorcycling’s largest stage and joins the legendary Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede

A monumental partnership has been struck to preserve an authentic rally tradition and take professional racing to the next level of entertainment. AMA Pro RacingIndian Motorcycle and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip are electrifying motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world by hosting the premier form of dirt track racing – American Flat Track. The racing action will be happening during the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling on Sunday, Aug. 6. In full Buffalo Chip style, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT will set racers on a new course with a twist – a half-mile long TT track that winds through the center of the venue’s famous amphitheater.

“We are delighted to be partnering up with Buffalo Chip to bring the world’s best Flat Track racers to the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “The Buffalo Chip will be kicking off a week’s worth of premier entertainment with the first American Flat Track TT ever to be held at the world’s biggest motorcycle festival.” Read More

Biketoberfest News – Sons of Speed Race Postponed Due to Hurricane Damage

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New-Smyrna-Damage-3Sons of Speed Race Postponed Until March 17 & 18 2017,
Due To Hurricane Damage

Press Release: Regrettably, due to the damaging effects from Hurricane Matthew to New Smyrna Speedway and the Daytona Beach area, the Sons of Speed vintage motorcycle races must be rescheduled at new Smyrna Speedway for March 17 & 18, during Daytona Bike Week.

We will refund anyone who would like one, otherwise we will transfer your ticket to the new date.

Here’s how to initiate a refund: After logging in to Eventbrite, reference your orders by clicking Tickets (in the Account Menu at the top of the page.) 

Choose Sons of Speed. Click it and look for “Request a Refund.” Fill out the short contact form and click Send Message to email your request.

We will initiate a refund within a few days.

Hope to see you in March

Krawiec Races Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Power To Big NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Win At Maple Grove

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2016_NHRA_MG_PA_E_Krawiec-2Harley Screamin’ Eagle Rider Andrew Hines Continues Firm Grip on Points Lead

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec charges within 38 points of championship contention with a big Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Krawiec powered through the field on a Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle, racing from the second qualifying position after rain washed out all but one qualifying session on Friday and Saturday. The win moves Krawiec from fifth to second place in the Countdown to the Championship standings, just 38 points behind his teammate, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines, who qualified first for the event.

“We actually arrived for this weekend with a new set-up, and had to use that single qualifying session to gather data on our V-Rod bikes,” said Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. “Those turned out to be big runs for us because with the standings so tight every point is going to matter before this championship is decided. The Harley-Davidson bikes thrive on cool air, so the weather on Sunday was perfect for us. Everybody got faster as we went rounds but we started ahead and that paid off with a big win for the team today.” Read More

Indian Wrecking Crew Documentary

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This is the story of three America motorcycle racing champions who rode their Indian “Big Base” Scouts to victory in the post WWII era against the factory machines of Europe and Harley-Davidson.  They won races even though the Indian motorcycle company was on the down turn and would go out of business in the mid 1950’s.  Bobby Hill, Bill Tuman and Ernie Beckman bested all the competition coast to coast on dirt tracks and road courses all across the United States. Let the Indian Wrecking Crew tell you their story of traveling 60,000 miles a year racing motorcycles with handshifters, hardtail frames at speeds of 100 mph plus with NO BRAKES!!!!

If you’d like to purchase the entire “Indian Wrecking Crew” documentary as a download or DVD go to www.indianwreckingcrew.com

For those who may be wondering, ” just how much more is in the documentary?” There’s another full hour of interviews, stories, photographs, era racing footage and reenactments.

Thank you for taking the time to watch Indian Wrecking Crew part 1.

Unique T-shirts and patches are also available.

Indian Motorcycle Announces 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew Team Members

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Indian FTR750 Santa Rosa  Photo: Barry Hathaway/Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle Announces 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew Team Members In Bold Bid In Return To AMA Pro Flat Track

Three World Class Racers will pilot all-new Indian Scout FTR750 race bike in historic return to racing with one goal — winning

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the all-star members of its 2017 Wrecking Crew. Named after the famed Wrecking Crew of the 1940s and 1950s, the three riders will make history in 2017 as Indian Motorcycle continues its bold and aggressive return to AMA Pro Flat Track racing with its first factory racing effort since 1953.

The three riders were announced at the American Motorcyclists Association Flat Track Awards banquet following the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California. Indian Motorcycle is committed to winning, signing three of the world’s top riders who will live up to the legacy of the Indian Wrecking Crew of the 1940’s and 50’s that included Ernie Beckman, Bill Tuman and Bobby Hill.

Indian Motorcycle 2017 Wrecking Crew Team Members:
Bryan Smith:
“Flyin’” Bryan Smith, 33, from Flint, Michigan, began racing BMX at age six. He then moved to Flat Track and Ice Racing at age seven, and has been competing at the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship level since 2001, gradually climbing the ranks every year. In 2015, Smith competed in his first X Games, winning gold in the Flat Track event. Smith earned his first Grand National Championship in the 2016 season. Read More

Factory Harley-Davidson XR750 Powers Brad Baker To Victory

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Baker Wins Santa Rosa Mile

Baker Wins Santa Rosa Mile

Factory Harley-Davidson XR750 Powers Brad Baker To Victory In AMA GNC1 Flat Track Final

Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson factory rider Brad “The Bullet” Baker  dominated the field to win the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile by a commanding 10.5 seconds. Riding a Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle, the win on the track at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds is first of the 2016 season for Baker in four combined podium appearances on the 14-race schedule.

“Great way to end this up-and-down day and season,” said Baker. “Running in the semi-final gave me a chance to try some new lines and be set up for the main.”

Baker, a 23-year-old racer from Dryad, Washington, was a bronze medalist at the inaugural Harley-Davidson Flat Track at X Games Austin 2015. Baker was just 20 years old when he won the 2013 AMA Grand National Championship riding a Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle for the Dodge Brothers Racing team. Baker won the AMA Pro Singles Championship in 2009 before moving up to the Expert Twins class and winning the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Rookie of the year award. Baker has won five times in AMA Grand National competition.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Indian Scout FTR750 First Demo Laps

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Roland Sands 2Indian Scout FTR750 First Demo Laps Plus Superhooligan Racing In Santa Rosa This Saturday

Rip City Riders & the California Flat Track Association Present Pro/Am Short Track Hooligan Racing Featuring the Indian Motorcycle SuperHooligan Class

AMA Pro Racing Indian Scout FTR750 will turn some demo laps for the first time in public

SuperHooliganPosterIndian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, kicks of a big weekend of racing at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif., as Rip City Riders and the California Flat Track Association present Pro/Am Short Track Hooligan Racing featuring the Indian Motorcycle SuperHooligan class.

Joe Kopp

Joe Kopp

While the new Indian Scout FTR750 makes it’s racing debut in the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Pro GNC class on Sunday Sep. 25, the all-new motorcycle will spin its historic first public demonstration laps on Saturday Sep. 24 during Pro-Am night at the fairground’s short track circuit in the Chris Beck Arena. The Scout FTR750 will be piloted by Joe Kopp, who has been tapped to be the first to ride the race-only machine the following day. Read More

Billy Lane’s Sons Of Speed Debut Race Set For Biketoberfest 2016

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Billy_MerkelWin Tickets for a VIP Tour of Billy Lane’s Shop when you Purchase Sons Of Speed Tickets online.

Tickets are on sale online for the Sons of Speed Inaugural Race, set to commence mid-October of this year. The Sons Of Speed debut race features eight venerated motorcyclists and will run Saturday October 15, 2016, during Biketoberfest at New Smyrna Speedway just south of Daytona Beach, Florida. Buy tickets before October 1, and you automatically are entered in a drawing for a tour of Billy’s Shop ($250 value) on October 15, prior to the race.  Racers in the Sons of Speed race will compete for the Grand Prize of a brand new Shovelhead motor donated by S&S motors.

“There has been so much enthusiasm from sponsors, fans and potential participants since we first announced the concept,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “Now the date’s set, tickets are selling fast, we have a full slate of riders and we can’t wait for October.”

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-20789654-21830972526-1-originalInspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature eight riders in several different heats.  Winners of the heats will advance to a championship round, competing for a brand new shovelhead motor. Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs, and fuel/oil tanks. Read More

Hines And Harley-Davidson Battle To Pro Stock Motorcycle Win At NHRA U.S. Nationals

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Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Riders Hines and Krawiec Seeded 1-2 as Season Heads Into Countdown Playoffs 2016_NHRA_INDY_A_Hines3

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines charged from the middle of the pack to earn a hard-fought Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. After qualifying seventh, Hines battled his way through the field as his Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle gained performance in the hands of the experienced Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team. The win moved Hines into the Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead and makes the defending champion the top seed heading into the six-race 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.  Read More

Indian Motorcycle Makes History Again With Racing Debut Of Indian Scout FTR750 At The Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile Ama Pro Flat Track Race On September 25

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Indian Scout FTR750 engine (Large)Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today confirmed that its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 race bike will make its racing debut on Sunday, September 25 at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California. The race takes place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. in Santa Rosa, with gates opening at 11 am PDT.

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Joe Kopp

The Indian Motorcycle FTR750 will be piloted in its debut by AMA flat track racing legend Joe Kopp. Joe is one of 15 riders to complete the Dirt Track “Grand Slam,” with victories on short track, TT, half-mile, and mile courses. In addition to his 2000 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship, he took the 1999 and 2000 AMA 600 Hotshot and Supertracker Championships. The Indian Scout FTR750 will feature Kopps’ #3 for the weekend.

Indian Motorcycle accelerated its historic journey toward the official return to professional flat track racing with the public debut of the Indian Scout FTR750 on August 7 at the legendary Buffalo Chip venue in Sturgis, South Dakota. On-hand for the epic, invitation-only event were Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, two surviving members of the legendary Indian Wrecking Crew, both AMA Hall of Famers, along with hundreds of motorcycle industry dignitaries and members of the press. The Debut of the Indian Scout FTR750 featured the #51 as a nod to Bill Tuman being the last factory racer to win a National on an Indian Motorcycle. Read More

Indian Motorcycle Proudly Sponsors The Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile Weekend Superhooligan Racing On September 24

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 Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced it is sponsoring the Pro/Am Hooligan and RSD SuperHooligan races during an action-packed AMA Finale weekend in Santa Rosa, California on Sept 24. In all, nine classes will compete in a day of handlebar-to-handlebar action beginning at 4:30 pm PDT at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in the Chris Beck Arena. Participating in the SuperHooligan race class will be Roland Sands as well as various special guests. Roland and his team from Roland Sands Design (RSD) will be racing their custom Indian Scout Sixty dirt track racers, which made their racing debut at the “Superprestigio of the Americas” in Las Vegas in 2015.

The RSD SuperHooligan class will be part of the schedule at the The Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile weekend, with tickets and more information about the full weekend of activity available at http://santarosamile.com/. Tickets for Saturday’s shenanigans are available athttps://www.showclix.com/events/22716.  Racers interested in signing up for the SuperHooligan class can register here.

“Over the last year we’ve stepped up to the plate as a key sponsor of RSD SuperHooligan events across the country to grow this action-packed, entertaining and uniquely accessible sport,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “The popularity of the SuperHooligan class and the ease with which our Scout and Scout Sixty models can be transformed into highly competitive racers has helped fuel our involvement. We look forward to a full weekend of entertainment, fun and awesome racing, knowing that the SuperHooligan class will clearly be one of the highlights.”

 

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Indian Motorcycle And Racing Legends Unveil New FTR750 For AMA Flat Track Competition

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Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew Living Legends, Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman on-hand in Sturgis to celebrate historic return to professional racing

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, unleashed its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 flat track race bike in a place synonymous with the brand – the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The event is the latest milestone in the historic return to professional flat track racing for the brand, while the Scout FTR750 represents Indian Motorcycle’s bid for a strong return to AMA flat track racing.

The Indian Scout FTR750 was revealed at the “Motorcycles as Art” industry event that took place at the famed Buffalo Chip in Sturgis. Special guests on-hand were the two surviving members of the legendary Indian Wrecking Crew, Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, both of whom are AMA Hall of Fame members. The third member of the Wrecking Crew, Ernie Beckman, passed away in 1999. The motorcycle featured the #51 of Bill Tuman, as a tribute to the last rider to win a Grand National Championship on an Indian in 1953.

“A heritage of racing and winning is in the lifeblood of this brand, and everyone in attendance was clearly proud to be a part of this important moment in the historic return of Indian Motorcycle to professional flat track racing,” said President of Motorcycles Steve Menneto. “We have an incredible team of engineers and designers working on this initiative, and all of us are deeply committed to building a world-class racing program that will live up to our legendary history on the track.”

The all-new Indian Scout FTR750 features a high-revving, racing V-Twin engine developed in-house and is wrapped in a unique steel frame that allows for a tight wheelbase, large centrally located airbox and unique lightweight carbon fiber body.  The design of the race-only bike reflects the heritage of key Indian racing models from history including the Big Base Scout; a historic bike that won in Daytona, dominated events across the country and is still raced in Vintage competition today.

More information on the race only Indian Scout FTR750will be made in the future. The motorcycle will be on display in the AMA Paddock at the Black Hills Speedway during the fans walk, and will be shown in the Indian Motorcycle factory display on Lazelle Street through the rally week.

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Harley-Davidson V-Rod Rockets Andrew Hines To Clean Sweep In Denver Drags

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NHRA Drag RacingHines Tallies 45th Career Win to Set New Record for Career Pro Stock Motorcycle Victories

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines motorcycle rider Andrew Hines overwhelmed the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with a record-setting performance at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Hines rode a thundering Harley-Davidson V-Rod drag bike to lead qualifying, re-set the track Elapsed Time record three times over the weekend, and on Sunday won an all-Harley dragster final against teammate Ed Krawiec. With the 45th victory of his career, Hines set a new record for wins in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, surpassing the record of 44 set by the late champion Dave Schultz. Read More

Victory Racing’s Matt Smith Achieves A #1 Qualifying Position In Chicago

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MattSmith_ChicagoVictory Gunner speeds into Sunday’s finals at the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Victory Racing’s Matt Smith rode his Victory Motorcycles Gunner to the No. 1 qualifying spot for the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois but was bit by misfortune in the finals on Sunday June 10.

Showcasing Victory’s commitment to deliver Modern American Muscle, Victory Racing’s NHRA team is comprised of NHRA power-couple Matt and Angie Smith and their Pro Stock, custom Victory Gunner drag bikes. Matt boasts two World Champion titles and seventeen career wins. Angie, Matt’s wife and Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team partner, has blasted down the strip to three quarterfinal appearances.

The No. 1 qualifier is Matt Smith’s first of the season and 24th of his career. It’s also the second for the Victory Racing team and the first since Gainesville, Fla., last season. He qualified No. 3 at the last race, in Norwalk. Read More

Pikes Peak Like You’ve Never Seen It Before – 360-Degree Videos From Victory Racing

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2016-Victory-Racing-11 (Large)Camera system allows the viewer to alter their point of view while watching the Victory Empulse RR and Project 156 race to the clouds

Victory Motorcycles Victory Racing team used various tactics in preparing to earn their places on the podium at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with the electric Empulse RR ridden by Cycle World’s Road Test Editor Don Canet and gas-powered Project 156 piloted by Jeremy Toye. One of those strategies was the use of a new camera system offering 360-degree coverage that allowed the team to gauge how the racers were behaving on their bikes while traversing various parts of the 12.42-mile course.

Now, Victory Racing gives you the opportunity to ride along with the racers and see the 360-degree video captured from both bikes simply by visiting Victory Motorcycles’ Youtube page on your computer or mobile device. Click HERE to ride along with Canet and the Empulse RR, and click HERE to view Toye atop Project 156. Read More

Victory Racing NHRA Team Make It To Sunday’s Eliminations In Norwalk

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MattSmith_NorwalkStrong wind blows Matt Smith’s chances while Angie Smith encounters a starting line setback in Ohio

The fifth race weekend for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing Series, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, saw Matt Smith of Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team qualify No. 3 with the second-quickest elapsed time in the first round but bow to Angelle Sampey in Sunday’s second round of Eliminations.

Showcasing Victory’s commitment to deliver Modern American Muscle, Victory Racing’s NHRA team is comprised of NHRA power-couple Matt and Angie Smith and their Pro Stock, custom Victory Gunner drag bikes. Matt boasts two World Champion titles and seventeen career wins. Angie, Matt’s wife and Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team partner, has blasted down the strip to three quarterfinal appearances. Read More

Lightning Strikes & Thunder Rolls: Victory Racing

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B99_20160611_CD__DSC_3789Victory Racing’s Empulse RR & Project 156 Take The Checkered Flag Atop Pikes Peak

Victory riders Don Canet & Jeremy Toye accelerated away from the competition to win their respective classes in the 100th anniversary of the Race to the Clouds

Showcasing its Modern American Muscle powered both by gas and electric motors, Victory Motorcycles is proud to announce that Victory Racing’s electric Empulse RR ridden by Cycle World’s Road Test Editor Don Canet and gas-powered Project 156 piloted by Jeremy Toye accelerated away from the competition to win their respective classes at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) and take second and third overall.”

 B99_20160612_JMH_JHP_9207“The hair-raising moment of my run came in a fast 100-mph sweeper approaching Upper Gravel Pit, which is well up the course. I slithered across an oil stain at the apex, then again crossing over the double yellow centerline. In a heart-stopping moment I ran out of road and was off on the dirt shoulder at high speed. Luck was on my side as I stood the bike upright and coasted along looking for the best spot to cut back onto the stepped pavement edge. The excursion completely killed my drive through the following flat-out right and straight that follows,” Canet says about his winning run on the Empulse RR in the PPC-Electric Motorcycle Class. “My hope for a King of the Mountain top time evaporated, however, as the downtime allowed the road to dry prior to the Heavyweight class contenders making their run, there’s almost no way to fully prepare for the track conditions you’ll see in the early morning runs.” Read More

Harley-Davidson Scores A Clean Sweep In NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Norwalk Drag Races

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Ed Krawiec Defeats Andrew Hines in all-Harley Final Round

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines racer Ed Krawiec swept the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Aboard a thundering Harley-Davidson V-Rod drag bike, Krawiec was the top qualifier for the event and then blasted through Sunday elimination rounds, defeating his Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines teammate, Andrew Hines, in an all-Harley-Davidson motorcycle final round.

“Any time I race Andrew in the final it’s fun because we can line up and know that the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle team has already won,” said Krawiec, who leads in Pro Stock Motorcycle points with three wins in four final-round appearances after five events this season. “As a team we had a great weekend. I set a quick qualifying time on Friday night when it was about 20 degrees cooler than it was Sunday, and we were able to adjust our tune-up and maintain that V-Rod motorcycle power through the weekend.”

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Announces Historic Return To AMA Pro Flat Track

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FTR 750 2 (Large)Indian Motorcycle Racing to utilize proprietary new liquid-cooled 750cc V-Twin competition engine
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce its re-entry into the AMA Pro Flat Track series with its first full-factory racing effort since the 1950s.

AMA Pro Flat Track is highly competitive and has evolved into a demanding, technical and specialized event that typically sees bar-to-bar action and sublime motorcycle control at high speeds on varied dirt surfaces. The Indian Motorcycle Racing Team will contest the series with the all – new and proprietary Scout FTR 750 liquid-cooled 750cc four-valve V-Twin competition engine specifically designed for flat track and engineered into a specially built chassis.

Indian Motorcycle has a significant history in flat track, at one time dominating the sport with legendary riders and motorcycles. Perhaps best-known was the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew, consisting of Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman, who won race after race and carried the message of power, balance and quality that lives on in today’s Indian Scout. Read More

Victory Motorcycles Takes Second Place And Runs Highest Speeds At Isle Of Man SES TT Zero

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AQ5I2390 (Large)Back-to-back podiums for Victory Racing as it takes 2nd place in the 2016 SES TT Zero race at the Isle of Man

· William Dunlop rode a 115.844mph lap

· Fastest top speed in class just under 160mph

· “The Victory RR bike is a massive step forward,” says Dunlop

Victory Racing has surged to a podium finish at the SES TT Zero after William Dunlop rode a 115.844 mph lap to take second place.

JJ2_5263 (Large)The team have been hot on the heels of Mugen throughout practice all week and during the race John McGuiness unexpectedly started slowing past Sulby with a technical issue making it a close race between Bruce Anstey and Victory rider William Dunlop.
John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey set off from the start line ahead of William and at Glen Helen William had closed the gap on Bruce to 7 seconds and then down to 5 seconds just after Ramsey.

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William Dunlop Powers To A 112.85mph Lap On The New Electric Victory RR

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  • IOM TT RacesElectric Victory RR hits 158.3mph through the Sulby speed trap
  • Third fastest electric motorcycle during first practice
  • “It’s a great step up,” says William Dunlop

Victory Racing has successfully run its new Victory RR bike in the first of three practice sessions ahead of the TT Zero race, beating the fastest lap speed set by the team last year.

William Dunlop rode one lap of the course, achieving an average speed of 112.85mph – some 8.7mph faster than his 104.18mph lap last year. His laptime was 20:03:630 – just three seconds over the 20 minute mark.

William was 18mph faster through the Sulby speed trap compared to last year – hitting 158.3mph.

And the Victory RR bike was the fastest machine through the Grandstand at the end of the lap hitting 142.52mph compared to John McGuiness’ 125.90mph.

Much of the increase in speed has come from the upgraded Parker GVM electric motor coupled to a more advanced battery, developed by Brammo.

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Harley-Davidson Racers Dominate Flat-Track At X Games Austin

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Fisher_BakerAustinXGamesH-D Wrecking Crew riders Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Brad Baker Claim Silver and Bronze

A trio of Harley-Davidson racers filled the medal podium as Harley-Davidson Flat-Track racing opened 2016 ESPN X Games Austin. Jared Mees rode a Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle to the win and an X Games gold medal following a race-long battle with Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Wrecking Crew rider Kenny Coolbeth Jr., who finished second to claim the X Games silver medal. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team rider Brad Baker won X Games bronze for a third-place finish.

“That’s a sweet gold-medal win for Jared Mees and a great performance by all of these talented flat-track racers,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson U.S. Marketing Director. “Flat-track racing is America’s original action sport. What a great way to kick off the X Games.”
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Victory Motorcycles And William Dunlop Team For The Isle Of Man SES TT ZERO

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IoMTT2Dunlop ready to tackle “some unfinished business” on the Victory RR electric racer
William has been having great road racing results all season and the 30-year-old is making his ambition very clear for this year’s Isle of Man TT; he’s looking for a win, in particular on-board the all-new electric Victory RR.

“I’m very happy that Victory has decided to return to the TT,” said William, who was part of Victory’s inaugural TT Zero race team with Lee Johnston in 2015. “I had a good time on my first ride with the electric bike last year, and I’m looking forward to getting another chance to race as I only got one lap of the course due to my accident in an earlier race. I feel as though there’s some unfinished business to take care of this year in the TT Zero race.”

Team manager Brian Wismann says he has been working closely with William over the past few months, briefing him about what to expect from the new Victory RR. The team has also carried out some testing this week at Jurby Airfield ahead of the first TT Zero practice lap on the evening of Friday 3rd June. William finished the test saying he’s happy with the bike and he has no problem taking it around the TT course for the first practice. He also said he felt more comfortable on the bike straight away this year. Read More

Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing Returns To X Games Austin With H-D’s New Next Generation Flat Track Motorcycle

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X Games Austin 2015With a furious burst of moto thunder Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing is set to open ESPN’s X Games Austin tomorrow night. In its second year as an X Games medaled event, Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing will feature top motorcycle racers from around the world going head-to-head on the challenging Circuit of The Americas dirt half-mile. Competitors will race for the first gold medal awarded at this year’s X Games Austin and for a key to a new Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle. The race will air live Thursday, June 2, on ESPN and ABC at 9 pm (CST).

Harley-Davidson is an official sponsor of X Games Austin, taking place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, June 2-5. Featuring some of the best skateboard, motorcycle and BMX competitors, plus nightly concert events, X Games Austin is one of the world’s premier action-sports festivals. Read More

Choose Your Fuel: Victory Racing’s Electric-Powered Empulse RR Ready To Get It On Against The Gas-Powered Project 156

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image003Victory Empulse RR rider Don Canet preparing to ‘Take Back the Hill for America’ June 26

Press Release: Victory Motorcycles intends to contest the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) later this month with two very different motorcycles in an epic gas vs. electric battle dubbed “Thunder vs. Lightning.”

Victory Racing’s electric Empulse RR will be raced up the mountain by Cycle World’s Road Test Editor Don Canet while the gas-powered Project 156 will be piloted by former Pikes Peak Champion Jeremy Toye. Since lightning precedes thunder, let’s take a closer look at the Empulse RR.

BM6U0195 (Large)A race-prepped version of the Victory Empulse TT, the Victory Empulse RR is being brought to Pikes Peak to build on last year’s podium finish at the Isle of Man TT (IOMTT), where Lee Johnston rode the bike to a 111.620 mph average lap speed and 145 mph top speed for a third place finish in the SES TT Zero Challenge race.

While the base frame and overall design of the Empulse RR are essentially the same as the production Empulse TT, a more aerodynamic and lighter monocoque carbon-fiber subframe is used and the battery, controller, and Parker Hannifin-sourced motor have been upgraded with repackaged battery cells offering more capacity, new motor windings and an updated control system and wire harness. Visual differences from the IOMTT version raced last year include an upright riding position, reduction of bodywork and the addition of hand guards. Read More

Next Generation, Liquid-Cooled Harley-Davidson XG750R Flat Tracker Breaks Cover At AMA Pro Springfield Mile

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XG750R right side profileA new-generation Harley-Davidson flat-track motorcycle is ready to race. The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team is unleashing the XG750R, its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years, to battle in fierce, adrenaline-filled competition on dirt ovals across the U.S. The XG750R will make its official competition debut Sunday, May 29, at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois.

XG750R enginePowered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson Revolution X V-Twin engine, the XG750R will be raced by Factory Team rider Davis Fisher on the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines flat track series. The new XG750R motorcycle is strictly for race competition and will not be offered for sale at this time.

The new flat tracker is powered by the 750cc Revolution X V-Twin engine designed for the Harley-Davidson Street 750, a motorcycle built for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom attitude. Tuned for the track, this modified Revolution X engine will power the new XG750R as it fights to be first to the finish line. Read More