Indian Motorcycle Racing’s 2019 Contingency Program 

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Indian Motorcycle Racing’s 2019 Contingency Program Offers $18,500 Per Race & $25,000 Championship Bonus

Indian Maintains Aggressive Contingency after 2018 Single-Season Privateer Payout Record of Nearly $150,000

Indian Motorcycle Racing, the back-to-back reigning American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Champion, today announced its 2019 contingency program. Following a record-setting season in which Indian Motorcycle Racing paid nearly $150,000 in privateer contingency, Indian’s 2019 program will continue to offer an aggressive $18,500 per race and include a $25,000 championship bonus. In addition, Indian Motorcycle Racing will increase its first-place payout from $5,000 to $10,000 in 2019.

Since its American Flat Track debut in 2017, the championship-winning Indian Motorcycle FTR750 has been the hottest race bike in the sport. After the Indian Wrecking Crew swept the 2017 season standings, many privateers turned to the FTR750 in 2018. Of those privateers, seven placed within the top 10 of the final standings, including Henry Wiles (second), Briar Bauman (third), Jeffrey Carver Jr. (fourth), Chad Cose (sixth), Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (seventh), Jake Johnson (eighth) and Davis Fisher (ninth).

“In 2018, we paid out more in privateer contingency than any other company in the history of professional flat track racing,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Many of our privateers had career years aboard the FTR750 and garnered consistent results throughout the season. That said, we’re excited to maintain an aggressive privateer contingency program and reward those who choose to ride the FTR750.” 

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s 2019 contingency structure breaks down by the following:

  • Championship – $25,000
  • 1st – $10,000
  • 2nd – $3,500
  • 3rd – $1,500
  • 4th – $1,250
  • 5th – $1,000
  • 6th – $500
  • 7th – $300
  • 8th – $200
  • 9th – $150
  • 10th – $100

To be eligible for contingency payouts, riders must run an Indian FTR750 at all races the team participates in for the 2019 American Flat Track Twins season. The bike must maintain the original red, white and black paint scheme and include the full “Indian Scout” logo across both sides of the tank panel. Additional logos on the bike are acceptable, but must be pre-approved by Indian Motorcycle Racing. Furthermore, riders must wear three Indian Motorcycle patches, including one on the upper chest on either the left or right side, as well as one on both shoulders.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter &Instagram.

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.

Sons Of Speed Back Again for Sixth Race During Biketoberfest 

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Sons Of Speed Back Again for Sixth Race During Biketoberfest 

At New Smyrna Speedway

Daytona, FL (October 16, 2018) – Billy Lane’s proven Sons of Speed vintage motorcycle boardtrack race is back for a sixth time during the 26th running of the annual Fall  Biketoberfest Event in Daytona Beach Florida. On Friday, October 19th, at 3:00 p.m., over a dozen daredevil vintage motorcycle racers will speed around the banked track at New Smyrna Speedway.

“We’re coming off a successful Sturgis race, which took place on dirt,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “The paved banks of the New Smyrna offers racers the chance to let it all  hang out. There is nothing like these 100 plus year old machines chasing each other down.”

Inspired 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 sixth SOS race will feature thirteen riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride 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.

Dozens of racers have raced in Sons of Speed races across the country including: Billy Lane, Xavier Muriel, Ken Curtis, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe, Buzz Kanter, Dan Toce, Rhett Rotten, Ebay Jake, Rick Petcko, Mark Hanna, Freddie Bollwage, Matt Walksler, Brook James, Matt Harris and Moonshiner Josh Owens.

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook page for breaking news and upcoming events. You can purchase general admission tickets online for $20. A limited amount of 50 VIP tickets will be available for purchase at the gate that will allow infield access.

About Sons Of Speed

Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. The inaugural Sons Of Speed race will take place in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway during Daytona Bike Week in March 2017. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, the first Sons Of Speed race will feature twenty of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts, including Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers) and Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time). For more information on the debut race and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

Indian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Sweeps Top Five At Minnesota Mile

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Indian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Sweeps Top Five At Minnesota Mile

Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew Rider Bryan Smith Takes First, Privateers Henry Wiles and Robert Pearson Finish 2-3

Indian Motorcycle Racing and the FTR750 swept the top five positions at the Minnesota Mile. Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith earned his second win of the season, while Indian privateers Henry Wiles and Robert Pearson rounded out the podium aboard their FTR750s placing second and third, respectively.

The main event kicked off with a heated battle for first between Wrecking Crew rider and 2018 Grand National Champion Jared Mees and Indian privateer Briar Bauman, who eventually got away from Mees in the first half of the race. Mees, who continued to trail Bauman for several more laps experienced a mechanical issue which took him out of the running, leaving Bauman to lead the pack with a comfortable gap. With a little over a lap to go, Bauman ran out of fuel, leaving the first-place position wide open for Bryan Smith who ultimately clinched the win.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the Minnesota Mile in Indian Motorcycle’s backyard and it was great to see Bryan take the win after an exciting night of racing,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Mees and Bauman fought hard and we look forward to seeing them back at the season finale at the Meadowlands Mile.”

Mees has already secured the 2018 Grand National Title and now has 346 points. He has the possibility of recording the highest single-season win percentage in American Flat Track history if he wins the final race of the season this weekend.  Indian Motorcycle privateer Henry Wiles currently ranks second with 259 points, while Brian Bauman ranks third with 201 points. Jeffrey Carver Jr. and Chad Cose are fourth and fifth with 194 and 168 points, respectively.

The final race of the season takes place on October 6 at the Meadowlands Mile in New Jersey. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

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 Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Sweeps Podium At Williams Grove Half-Mile

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Mechanicsburg, PA – September 8, 2018 – Williams Grove Half Mile -American Flat Track at Mechanicsburg, PA. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

Indian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Sweeps Podium At Williams Grove Half-Mile

Indian Motorcycle Privateers Briar & Bronson Bauman Place 1-2, Wrecking Crew Rider & 2018 AFT Champion Jared Mees Takes 3rd

MECHANICSBURG, Penn—Indian Motorcycle Racing continued its American Flat Track dominance as Indian privateer Briar Bauman, aboard his Scout FTR750, secured his first win of the 2018 season. Piloting a factory Indian Motorcycle, at Brad Baker’s request, Bronson Bauman placed second and secured the first Twins podium of his career. Indian Wrecking Crew rider and 2018 Grand National Champion Jared Mees rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.

In a main event that featured bar-to-bar action and multiple lead changes, it was Indian privateer Briar Bauman who spent most of the race locked in a battle with Mees, before ultimately pulling away. Briar’s brother, Bronson, also managed to push his way up to the back tire of Mees and ultimately made a pass with few laps remaining. It was his first career AFT Twins podium.

“The Bauman brothers ran a great race and put on a really good show. Both Briar and Bronson pushed hard to get their 1-2 finish,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle.  “It was exciting watching Briar battle Jared to get his first win of 2018.  Plus, Bronson riding Brad’s FTR750 and getting his first ever twins podium made for a really amazing day at Mechanicsburg.”

With two races to go, Mees has already wrapped up his fifth career Grand National Title, securing the victory at last weekend’s Springfield Mile II. The title win was his second consecutive aboard the Indian Scout FTR750. Indian Motorcycle privateer Henry Wiles currently ranks second with 239 points, while Brian Bauman ranks third with 196 points. Jeffrey Carver Jr. and Kenny Coolbeth Jr are fourth and fifth with 180 and 163 points, respectively.

The season continues on September 29 in Indian Motorcycle’s backyard at the Minnesota Mile at Canterbury Park. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

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.

Fifth Running of Sons Of Speed Set for Sturgis 2018 

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Sons Of SpeedFifth Running of Sons Of Speed Set for Sturgis 2018 

Daring Riders To Put Everything on the Line at 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Fresh off its fourth running at Daytona Bike Week 2018, Sons of Speed is set for its fifth race. The quinary contest will be held Thursday, August 9th, 3 p.m., at the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground racetrack during the 78th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Brand new, licensed Sons of Speed merchandise is now available from Hot Leathers.

“Our fourth race at Daytona Bike Week earlier this year was the biggest one yet,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “Hair raising and blood curdling, that’s how we like it. Can’t wait to run it again at Sturgis.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. The fifth race will feature riders sitting astride hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, a Hot 61” class as well as a 45” class. Most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

The fourth running of Sons of Speed saw some of the best riders and well-known personalities in the business participate, including: Billy Lane, eBay Jake, Go Takamine, Ken Curtis, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe, Dan Rose, Rhett Rotten, Brittney Olsen, Rick Petcko, Mark Hanna, Freddie Bollwage, Jody Perewitz, Matt Harris, Josh Young and others. Many of these same riders will participate at Sturgis.

Top honors at Daytona in the Hot 61” went to Matt Walksler on his 1924 Harley-powered Sons of Speed racer, earning himself the Sons of Speed Sturgis McCann Trophy from Bill McCann. Walksler managed to dethrone eBay Jake, who’d taken the checkered flag the last two times running. This time out, Walksler will find himself in the crosshairs, as every rider looks to dethrone and supplant him. This is motorcycle racing at its harrowing, blood-chilling best.

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates, breaking news and new merchandise. 

About Sons Of Speed

Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, Sons Of Speed races feature some of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts. Past participants include Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, eBay Jake (two-time Sons of Speed winner), Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers), Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time), “Moonshiner” Josh Owens and Matt Harris, to name a few. For more information on upcoming races and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

Indian Motorcycle 200 MPH at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week

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BonnevilleIndian Motorcycle And Lee Munro Attempting To Reach 200 MPH at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week

Legendary Land-Speed Record Holder’s Great Nephew Returns to Bonneville Salt Flats Aboard Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro”

America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle, announced today that Lee Munro, the great nephew of the legendary land-speed racer Burt Munro, will attempt to break 200 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats this August. Equipped with the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and the newly modified Indian Scout dubbed “Spirit of Munro,” Lee Munro is back and prepared to eclipse his previous official speed of 191.286 mph at the upcoming 70th annual Bonneville Speed Week.

In preparation for this year, Indian Motorcycle’s engineering team has worked on refining the Indian Scout Streamliner which will run in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. Lee Munro’s record-breaking run of 186.681 mph at El Mirage and an official run of 191.286 mph at last year’s Speed Week has motivated the team to update the bike with modifications to the intake and minor body adjustments, to help Munro break into the exclusive 200-mph club.

“Indian Motorcycle was honored to partner with the Munro family last year and pay tribute to Burt’s incredible accomplishments and land-speed record set in 1967. We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Sprit of Munro,’” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Our engineering team led by Wayne Kolden and Dan Gervais have put long hours into developing a bike capable of hitting the 200-mph mark and we’re excited to watch Lee pursue this goal.  I would also like to thank our sponsors Garry Robertson of Ocean Ridge and Jerry Stinchfield of Roofing Systems for helping us get to the salt.”

Lee Munro attributes his love for speed to the bloodline he shares with his great uncle, Burt Munro, who famously set a land-speed record in 1967 aboard a 1920 Indian Scout. In 2005, Burt Munro’s legacy was immortalized with the making of the popular film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and in 2017, Lee Munro celebrated the 50th anniversary of his great uncle’s record with a commemorative run at Bonneville Speed Week.

“My great uncle Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” said Lee Munro. “Partnered with the exceptional team at Indian Motorcycle, I know we can make our dreams of hitting 200 mph a reality.” 

Speed Week will be held August 11-17 in Bonneville, Utah. This six-day event is created for determined riders who not only have a quest to be record holders, but also to ride at one of the most legendary locations for speed runs.

The Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro” race bike and Lee Munro’s 2018 land-speed attempts are proudly supported by Ocean Ridge and Roof Systems. For more information on Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com, or follow on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.

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.

Hooligan Danny Mischler Is 2018 X Games Minneapolis Champion

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X GamesHooligan Danny Mischler Is 2018 X Games Minneapolis Champion

Jake Johnson Takes Bronze in Harley-Davidson Flat Track Race

Danny Mischler topped an all-Harley-Davidson podium in the Harley Hooligans final at X Games Minneapolis. Mischler, riding a modified Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle backed by Mischler Harley-Davidson of Beaver Dam, Wis., passed for the lead in a tough battle on a tight-and-rough 1/8-mile dirt track laid out on the floor of US Bank Stadium.

“Flat track racing is the original American action sport, and Hooligan racing gets down to the sport’s grass roots,” said Harley-Davidson Marketing Lead Eric Jensen. “The Hooligans put on a great show for both the fans here in the stands and the millions of viewers watching around the world. Our partnership with ESPN allows us to showcase this sport as part of X Games Minneapolis.”

Mischler, whose grandfather William Mischler opened a Harley dealership in Beaver Dam in 1958, grew up racing on local flat tracks in the state. The 34-year-old racer has become a top competitor on the Hooligan scene, building and tuning his own bikes.

Harley Hooligan racing is a grass-roots series for amateur riders aboard “run what you brung” home-built motorcycles. Hooligan racing has minimal rules and usually takes place on short oval courses on a dirt or hard surface.

A series of heat races paired 48 Harley Hooligan qualifiers down to six racers for the 20-lap final, broadcast globally both via ESPN and Facebook Live during the X Games coverage on Sunday. In the final, Benny Carlson took the lead on a modified Harley-Davidson Sportster but let Mischler by on lap six. Mischler stretched his lead to 1.6 seconds at the finish. Jimmy Hill was second on a modified Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle. Carlson finished third.

Veteran flat track star Jake Johnson, racing a Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle, won the bronze medal in the Harley-Davidson Pro Flat Track race on Sunday. Johnson was one of 24 top pro flat track racers invited to compete in the ESPN X Games event. The field also included Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team riders Sammy Halbert, Jared Vanderkooi and Ferran Cardus, and Harley-mounted racers Cory Texter, Johnny Lewis, Robert Pearson, Jake Shoemaker, Larry Pegram, and Kolby Carlile.

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.

Eight Days of Electrifying Buffalo Chip Racing

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RacingMoto Stampede Series Offers Eight Days of Electrifying Buffalo Chip Racing

The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling is Racing Central in 2018

Press Release: Eight days of adrenaline-packed racing events are making this year’s Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede race series the premier action center of the rally. From American Flat Track and RSD Super Hooligan to street drags, Dirt Riot Off-Road, Gambler 500 Mini Bike Show Down and AMA Supermoto, audiences will have an up-close viewing experience paired with hot rock concerts they won’t find in any other venue in the world. Some races are absolutely free to everyone. Other races are free with camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found at BuffaloChip.com.

“The rally racing tradition continues at the Chip,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “This is true ground-shaking racing excitement. Fans will have a trackside viewing experience you just can’t find anywhere else in the world. These are the world’s top racers, and they are going to be literally flying around the track right in front of you!”

The Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede Race Series offers the industry’s most concentrated series of motorsports events:

RacingDirt Riot Off-Road Racing

Off-road racers in UTV, Ultra Four Car and Truck Super Mod Trail classes will tear up the award-winning track at the Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4. Entry to the Aug. 3 time trials is free. Championships on Aug. 4 are ticketed separately from campground events. Children under 10 are admitted free and adult passes are $10.

Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races presented by Indian Motorcycle

AFT racing action will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, sending the nation’s top professional racing athletes through the Buffalo Chip TT track that winds through the center of the famous amphitheater. The Indian Wrecking Crew takes on Harley-Davisdon’s Factory Crew in a head-to-head battle for the podium. Theory of a Deadman will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage immediately following the races. Races will be broadcast on NBCSN on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Gambler 500 Mini Bike Racing

Sunday, Aug. 5 is open mini bike track day at the PowerSports Complex. Anyone with a mini bike will be welcomed to race. The Gambler 500 Mini Bike 100-mile Enduro Race, also at the PowerSports Complex will take place from noon through 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. These two events are free to the public.

The Gambler 500 Mini Bike Show Down is an exciting race on a harrowing track encompassing dirt, pavement and a thrilling twist of danger flying across the elevated walkways that hover over the amphitheater. Not for the faint of heart! Mini bikes provided by Coleman PowerSports USA.

 Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy JohnRacing

Crazy John Markwald will be back to pit even more of his friends in head-to-head hat drop street races that send bikes shooting down the middle of the Buffalo Chip amphitheater at speeds of up to 120 mph on Wednesday, Aug. 8 during the Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational.

RacingRSD Super Hooligan Races Presented by Indian Motorcycle

Immediately following the street drags on Wednesday, Aug. 8., Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the RSD Super Hooligan races. Passes include performances by Eric Church and Reverend Horton Heat on the main stage that evening.

RacingAMA Supermoto West Races

This high-energy race hybrid will bring fans face to face with the ultimate “through-the-streets” style racing on Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. Racers will be flying around a track built around the Buffalo Chip’s iconic Freedom Field at the free-access CrossRoads. Some of the top racing talent in the country will attend. Races are free to the public.

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The 2018 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery” curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Scout FTR750 Sweeps Top Eight At Oklahoma City Mile

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Oklahoma City MileIndian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Sweeps Top Eight At Oklahoma City Mile

Reigning Champion & Current Points Leader Jared Mees Records Seventh Victory, Indian Motorcycle Privateer Henry Wiles & Wrecking Crew Rider Bryan Smith Complete the Scout FTR750 Podium Sweep with Second & Third Place Finishes, Respectively

Indian Motorcycle Racing and its Championship-winning Scout FTR750 race bike continued its dominance of the American Flat Track season by sweeping the top eight positions at the Oklahoma City Mile. Reigning Champion and Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees won in commanding fashion and earned his seventh victory of the season. Indian Motorcycle privateer Henry Wiles (Bandit Industries/Wilco Racing/Willy Built) continued his impressive season with a second-place finish, while Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith rounded out the all-Scout FTR750 podium by taking third place.

Mees got away clean at the start of the Main and continued to lengthen his lead and ultimately won by 12.839 seconds ahead of Wiles. With the win, Mees ties Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Nila Racing/Columbia Avionics) for 37 career wins and now ranks fifth all time and is the winningest active rider in American Flat Track, along with Coolbeth.

“I really enjoy racing in OKC. The track is top-notch and I’ve had success here the last few years,” said Mees. “That said, nothing is ever easy in flat track. I have to credit my team for all their hard work in keeping my Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in.”

Not to go unnoticed, Wiles raced to an impressive second-place finish. Traditionally known as a “TT master,” Wiles has seen success when on the Scout FTR750, which he’s raced in eight consecutive events starting in Atlanta on April 7. Since then, he’s earned six top-five finishes, including two podiums on mile-long tracks.

“There’s no doubt Mees is having a career year, but there are many of other riders reaching new levels for the first time in their careers as well,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Halfway through the season, we’re not only excited to see Mees continue this incredible run, but also see who will emerge and compete for top positions.”

Wrecking Crew rider Brad Baker finished fourth, while Robbie Pearson (R/J Performance) earned his first top-five finish of the season. Indian Motorcycle privateers Davis Fisher (Double D Performance), Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing), and Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of OKC) rounded out the top eight sweep with sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes, respectively.

Through nine races, Mees leads with 195 points, while Wiles is second overall with 136. Baker’s fourth-place finish advances him up the season standings to third place with 116 points. Coolbeth and Carver rank fourth and fifth with 105 and 100 points, respectively. Smith’s third-place finish propels him from ninth to sixth with 90 total points.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the Scout FTR750 will continue its season on June 30th at the Lima Half-Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

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.

 

Wrecking Crew Sweeps The Red Mile

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Red Mile

Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures Fifth Consecutive All-Scout FTR750 Podium As Wrecking Crew Sweeps The Red Mile

Reigning Champion & Points Leader Jared Mees Earns Sixth Victory, Bryan Smith & Brad Baker Place Second & Third, Respectively

Indian Motorcycle Racing secured its fifth consecutive all-Scout FTR750 podium, as the factory Wrecking Crew placed 1-2-3 at the Red Mile. Reigning Grand National Champion and current points leader Jared Mees continued his dominating season by earning his sixth win in 2018. Fellow Wrecking Crew riders Bryan Smith and Brad Baker rounded out the podium with second and third place finishes.

After winning each Semi, Mees and Smith earned the top starting positions for the Main. Mees jumped out to an early lead and steadily increased his lead on Smith. Baker, who had a tough start from the third starting position, battled his way from the middle of the pack to the third-place position. After a red flag restart, Mees again stretched the gap between he and Smith, while Baker battled with Indian privateer Henry Wiles (Wilco Racing/Willy Built/Bandit Industries) and secured the final podium position by .008 seconds.

“The team was awesome tonight. It felt good to get another win and our first Wrecking Crew sweep of the season,” said Mees. “It was one of those nights where the Scout FTR750 was just incredible.”

Of the 11 Scout FTR750’s competing in the Main, 8 finished inside the top 10. In addition to the top four positions from Mees, Smith, Baker and Wiles, Indian Motorcycle privateers Chad Chose (Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City), Jeffery Carver Jr. (Roof-Systems, Indian of Metro Milwaukee) and Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Nila Racing/Columbia Avionics) placed sixth, eighth and 10th, respectively. The Red Mile marked the first race Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing, McCandless Truck Center) put the Indian Scout FTR750 into competition, where he finished in ninth place.

“The track was fast with a challenging and narrow groove. But Mees came out dialed in and ran the line to near perfection,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Our factory and privateers are consistently competing race-to-race, and we look forward to seeing what the OKC Mile brings us in two weeks.”

Through eight races, Mees holds a commanding lead with 170 points, while Wiles ranks second with 116 points. Baker’s third-place finish moves him up the leaderboard from sixth to third overall, with 101 total points. Carver and Coolbeth rank fourth and fifth with 99 points. Meanwhile, Smith is pushing his way up the leaderboard after suffering a broken left fibula and missing two races. Since returning three weeks ago, Smith has reached the podium twice and had a top-five finish. He currently ranks ninth with 73 total points.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the Scout FTR750 will continue its season on June 16 at the OKC Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.  

 

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.

Scout FTR750 Continues Its Dominance

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Dominance

Indian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Continues Its Dominance By Sweeping Top Seven In Back-To-Back Races

Indian Motorcycle Privateer Jeffrey Carver Jr. Secures First Win Aboard Scout FTR750, Reigning Champion & Points Leader Jared Mees and Privateer Kenny Coolbeth Jr. Complete the Scout FTR750 Podium Sweep

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Scout FTR750 continued its dominance at the legendary Springfield Mile, sweeping the top seven positions for the second consecutive race. Indian Motorcycle privateer and Illinois native, Jeffery Carver Jr. (Roof-Systems, Indian of Metro Milwaukee) captured his first win aboard the Scout FTR750. Reigning Grand National Champion and current points leader Jared Mees continued his impressive season with a second-place finish. Indian Motorcycle privateer Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Nila Racing/Columbia Avionics) found the podium for his fourth time this season as he finished third. The podium sweep marks the fourth consecutive race of an all-Scout FTR750 podium.

Dominance

Springfield, IL – May 26 & 27, 2018 – American Flat Track At Illinois State Fairgrounds

In a thrilling start, Carver, Mees, and Coolbeth battled for the top position along with Indian Motorcycle privateer Davis Fisher (RMR/Double D Performance). Carver fought his way to first and created a gap between him and the rest of the pack in the second half of the race. Mees secured second place by overtaking Fisher in the 20th lap, who ended up in the fourth spot after Coolbeth worked his way to third place.

“To get my first win of the season at the legendary Springfield Mile is truly special. The history here is incredible and it’s always been a race I have wanted to win,” said Carver. “My team had the Scout FTR750 dialed in. We’re putting it all together and it’s giving me the confidence to race hard.”

Of the 12 Scout FTR750’s competing in the Main, 11 finished inside the top 12 positions. Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith finished fifth, while Indian Motorcycle privateers Chad Chose (Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City) and Henry Wiles (Wilco Racing/Willy Built/Bandit Industries) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. AFT Singles rider Kevin Stollings, who won the Arizona Mile for Singles, jumped over to the Twins Class and finished 11th in his first race aboard the Scout FTR750.

“It’s awesome to see Jeffrey get his first win on the Scout FTR750. He’s been a fierce competitor this season so to see him and his team put it all together and get the win is fantastic,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “With back-to-back races of taking first through seventh, it’s clear many riders are feeling comfortable and confident on the Scout FTR750.  With the Red Mile and OKC Mile approaching, it’s likely a few of these guys who have been close will break through and compete for that top podium position – just as Jeffrey did at the Springfield Mile.” 

Dominance

Springfield, IL – May 26 & 27, 2018 – American Flat Track At Illinois State Fairgrounds

Through seven races this season, Mees remains at the top of the leaderboard with 145 points, while Wiles holds second-place with 101 points and Coolbeth in third with 90 points. Carver, Brad Baker, Fisher and Chad Cose currently sit fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth place, respectively.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the Scout FTR750 will continue its season on June 2 at the Red Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.        

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 Motorcycle’s Second Consecutive Podium Sweep

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PodiumIndian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Secures Second Consecutive Podium Sweep 

Wrecking Crew Riders Jared Mees, Brad Baker & Indian Motorcycle Privateer Henry Wiles Finish 1-2-3 at Arizona Mile

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing continued its dominance in American Flat Track, as Wrecking Crew riders Jared Mees, Brad Baker and Indian Motorcycle privateer Henry Wiles finish 1-2-3, respectively. The Arizona Mile marked consecutive races of an all-Indian Scout FTR750 podium. 

After edging out Baker in Semi 1, Mees earned the first starting position and selected the outside spot on the front line of the Main. Mees held the first-place position in to turn one and never looked back, lengthening his lead and ultimately lapping through the 11th-place rider. Wiles aligned next to Mees, while Baker strategically selected the outside starting position on the second line. Baker made several passes early to gain control of the second-place spot, while Wiles battled for the final podium position through all 20 laps.  

“It was a long day on a tough track, so to be leaving the first mile of the season with a win is huge,” said Mees. “I cannot thank my team enough for continuing to have my Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in.”

Podium

Phoenix, AZ – May 12, 2018 – American Flat Track at Turf Paradise

Seven Indian Scout FTR750s made the Main, with all seven finishing in the top 10. Davis Fisher (Double D Performance), Robbie Pearson (R/J Performance), Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of OKC) and Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Roof Systems, Indian of Metro Milwaukee) finished sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

“Our factory and privateer riders continue to perform and compete at a high level,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “As we hit a stretch of Miles, we’re excited for Bryan Smith’s return next week in Sacramento. The ‘mile master’ will surely give the competition a run for their money.”

Indian Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith, who missed his second consecutive race with a broken left fibula, plans to return at the Sacramento Mile on May 19. Smith has won at Sacramento for the past seven years in a row and hopes to return to the track and extend his win streak to eight. 

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com

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 Motorcycle Takes First & Third Place At Texas Half-Mile

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Texas Half-Mile

Fort Worth, TX – April 28, 2018 – American Flat Track at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Scout FTR750 Takes First & Third Place At Texas Half-Mile

2017 Reigning Champion & Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees Takes Victory;

Chad Cose & Indian Motorcycle of OKC Finish Third

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and reigning 2017 American Flat Track (AFT) Champion Jared Mees secured the top leaderboard position with a win at the Texas Half-Mile. Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City Privateer Chad Cose secured his first career AFT Twins podium with a strong third-place finish after setting the top qualifying time. Meanwhile, fellow Scout FTR750 privateers Henry Wiles and Johnny Lewis placed inside the top 10 with a fifth and eighth place finish, respectively.

Mees and Cose each won their semi-final race and earned the top-two starting positions in the Main. After trailing initially, Mees was able to pass several riders and capture the lead. Cose ran the majority of the race from the third position and was able to hold off the fourth-place finisher, who was challenging for that final podium spot for the majority of the race.

Texas Half-Mile

Fort Worth, TX – April 28, 2018 – American Flat Track at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

“We’re entering an important stretch of the season right now, as Texas kicks off six straight weeks of racing,” said Mees. “To start this run off with a victory is huge. I want to thank Indian Motorcycle, my team and all the fans for their continued support. With Texas in the books, we’re on to Calistoga.”

Cose’s third-place finish marked the third time a privateer has podiumed with the championship-winning Scout FTR750. In 2017, on his first race aboard the Scout FTR750, Johnny Lewis reached the podium with a third-place finish at the Texas Half-Mile.

“To see Chad reach the podium for the first time in his career was amazing,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “He’s feeling comfortable and riding well on the Scout FTR750, and we couldn’t be more excited to see him compete in these upcoming races.”

In a highly competitive night, a number of riders crashed and were unable to finish. Among those were Wrecking Crew Riders Brad Baker and Bryan Smith. Baker went down in his heat and suffered a mild concussion, while Smith was involved in a multi-rider crash in Semi 1. Both have reported to be okay, though, their status for the Calistoga Half-Mile on May 5 is currently unknown.

Through three races Mees leads the pack with 50 points. Wiles, who has finished fourth and fifth the last two races on his Scout FTR750 is currently second with 46 points. Despite missing the Main in Texas, Kenny Coolbeth Jr. sits in the fourth position with 36 points.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the Scout FTR750 will continue its season on May 5 at the Calistoga Half-Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

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 Motorcycle Racing

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Indian Motorcycle Racing

WOODSTOCK, GA – April 7, 2018 – American Flat Track at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

Indian Motorcycle Racing & Jared Mees Repeat At Atlanta Short Track, Capture Back-To-Back Wins To Start 2018 Season

Mees & Kenny Coolbeth Jr. finish 1-2 aboard the Indian Scout FTR750

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and reigning 2017 American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees scored a repeat victory at the Atlanta Short Track on Sunday. The first-place finish marks back-to-back seasons Mees has started 2-0 with wins in Daytona and Atlanta. 

Joining Mees on the podium was Indian Motorcycle Racing privateer Kenny Coolbeth Jr, who put on a strong second-place performance.  Mees and Coolbeth each won their respective semi-final events. In the Main, Mees took an early lead and continued to extend his gap throughout the race.  Coolbeth was in a tight battle between third, fourth and fifth. Once securing third, Coolbeth continued and made an impressive pass to secure second place. 

Indian Motorcycle Racing

WOODSTOCK, GA – April 7, 2018 – American Flat Track at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

“The rain delay made for a long weekend, but we stayed focused and were able to have the Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in on Sunday,” said Mees. “We couldn’t be happier to be walking out of Atlanta with consecutive wins, just as we did last year. It’s a good spot to be in, but there’s a lot of talent on the track gunning for us, so we can’t let up at any point.” 

Coolbeth’s second-place finish marks his first podium in over a year. The 41-year-old rider is the winningest active rider in the sport, and is in his final season after announcing his planned retirement following the 2018 American Flat Track season. In his first year on the Indian Scout FTR750, Coolbeth has seen early success, as he currently sits in second of the season’s point standings. 

“Jared and Kenny are not only two of the most accomplished riders in the sport, but two of the smartest and most technical riders,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “With their Scout FTR750s dialed in, they each got better as the racing continued. Jared extended his lead and Kenny skillfully completed impressive passes to reach second place in the Main Event.”

Including Mees and Coolbeth, six Indian Scout FTR750 racers finished within the top 10. Indian Motorcycle Racing privateers Henry Wiles and Johnny Lewis placed fifth and sixth, while factory Wrecking Crew Riders, backed by Allstate Insurance, Brad Baker and Bryan Smith finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Through two races, Mees is the season points leader with 50, followed by Coolbeth and Wiles each with 31, and Baker with 26.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the championship-winning Scout FTR750 will continue its season on April 28 at the Texas Half-Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

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.

Introducing Harley’s 2018 AFT Factory Team

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20181205-FlattrackIntroducing Harley-Davidson’s 2018 AFT Factory Team  

Halbert, Robinson and Vanderkooi to Compete on Harley XG750R Race Bikes 

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will combine veteran savvy with youthful potential in a three-rider effort contesting the 2018 American Flat Track (AFT) Twin series. Returning rider Brandon Robinson will be joined by seasoned pro Sammy Halbert and rising star Jared Vanderkooi on the Harley Factory squad for the coming season.

The team was announced to the Harley-Davidson dealer network during meetings held today in Nashville.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Team will engage in flat track battles aboard all-new Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycles on the 19-race AFT Twins series and at the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at  ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 15 AFT Daytona TT on a new, enlarged course constructed inside Daytona International Speedway.

“American Flat Track has new energy behind the sport and fans responded. They’re heading to the track to see the action live and tuning in from around the globe to the catch the racing broadcasts,” said Scott Beck,  Harley-Davidson Director of Marketing. “Harley-Davidson made an investment to help build AFT and we are excited to see this growth in a truly all-American motorsport.” 

Entering its 65th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing. Preparing for what promises to be one of the most competitive flat-track seasons ever, Harley-Davidson and its Factory Team partner, Vance & Hines Motorsports, devoted this off-season to extracting more performance from the team’s Harley XG750R race bikes.

The XG750R flat tracker used by the Factory Team is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X V-Twin engine, an engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street 750, a motorcycle built for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom attitude. 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 Revolution X engine was designed and engineered at the Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center in Wauwatosa, Wis. 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.

AFTSammy Halbert (National #69) 

Sammy Halbert  brings his veteran experience to the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team in 2018. Since his first pro season in 2006, Halbert has won 13 times in Grand National competition. Always a tenacious competitor, he placed third in the Twins championship chase in 2015, scored four wins and finished second in the championship in 2012. He had four wins and a third-place finish, in 2011. Halbert was named AMA “Ricky Graham Rookie of the Year” in 2006 and won his first Grand National race at the 2007 Castle Rock TT. Racing for Estenson Logistics in 2017, Halbert placed fourth in AFT Twins points with five podium results and 14 top-10 finishes. Halbert is 30 years old and lives in Graham, Wash.

AFTBrandon Robinson (National #44) 

Brandon Robinson returns for his second season with the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team. In 2017, Robinson delivered consistent results with nine top-10 finishes and ended the season in seventh place in AFT Twins. Robinson had a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both Twins races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016, Robinson earned his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in GNC1 points. In 2008, Robinson was the AMA Basic Twins class champion. Robinson is 27 years old and lives in Oxford, Pa.

AFTJarod Vanderkooi (National #20) 

Jarod  Vanderkooi (VAN-der-koy) has been a rising star on the AFT circuit since winning the 2015 “GNC1 Rookie of the Year” Award after scoring four top-10 finishes and placing 12th in the points. The 2014 GNC2 Twins  champion, Vanderkooi won his first pro event on the Springfield Mile, his first of two victories at Springfield that season. In 2016, he finished 10th in the standings and scored three top-five finishes.  Vanderkooi posted eight top-10 results and finished the 2017 AFT Twins season in ninth place as a member of the Richie Morris Racing Team. Vanderkooi is 20 years old and lives in Mount Gilead, Ohio.

The Harley-Davidson 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 Scout FTR750

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FTR750Indian Scout FTR750 Quickly Becoming The Bike Of Choice For Growing List Of American Flat Track Privateers For 2018

Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles, Jeffrey Carver, Jake Johnson, Chad Cose & Jay Maloney to Run Flat Track’s Most Dominant Motorcycle

Following one of the most dominant seasons in flat track history, American Flat Track privateers are turning to Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Championship-winning Scout FTR750 for 2018. The Scout FTR750 captured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship and swept the 2017 standings with Indian’s Wrecking Crew Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finishing first, second and third, respectively.

The privateers running the Scout FTR750 include three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr., 2017 fifth-place finisher Jeffrey Carver (Roof Systems of Dallas, TX), Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City) and Jay Maloney (Indian Motorcycle of Springfield, MA). Additionally, flat track’s TT master Henry Wiles and two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing) will ride the Scout FTR750 intermittently this season.

“After seeing the Scout FTR750’s capabilities last year, I couldn’t be more excited to be riding it this season,” said Coolbeth, who will ride the Indian Scout FTR750 throughout the entire 2018 season. “I’ve been training hard this offseason, and I’m looking forward to competing this year and giving the Indian factory team some competition now that we’re all on the same bike.”

Kenny&Mechanic Dave AthertonThe Indian Wrecking Crew swept the top three spots in the American Flat Track Championship and combined for 14 total wins, 37 podiums and six podium sweeps. Jared Mees, the 2017 Grand National Champion, won 10 races and set a new single-season record with 17 total podiums.

“We’re extremely excited to see so many talented riders turn to the Scout FTR750 this season,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle.  “We’re committed to supporting not only our factory team, but the privateers, as we have an aggressive contingency program in place that will reward these riders with performance incentives.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing has committed more than $350,000 in contingency incentives, including $25,000 for a Championship, $5,000 for first-place wins, $4,000 for second-place, $3,000 for third-place finishes, and payouts for up to 10th-place finishers.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

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.

Hines Wins All-Harley Pro Stock Motorcycle Final At Pomona

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Pro Stock MotorcycleHines Wins All-Harley Pro Stock Motorcycle Final At Pomona

World Champion Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Team Closes Season with a Dominating Performance

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines defeated teammate Ed Krawiec in an all-Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle final at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway for his first final round win of the 2017 season. Hines rode a Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle to reach his 48th career win and move up to second place in the final season standings.

“My side of the team went through a dry spell this season but we never stopped working,” said Hines, a five-time world champion. “This weekend my Street Rod was really hooked up and working well, and there’s nothing better than an all-Harley final. We made a statement to end the season, with the championship for Ed and the two of us racing for the last win. We let everyone know we are carrying a lot of momentum into the off-season.”

The all-Harley final came a day after Krawiec topped qualifying and won his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. Krawiec led the field after qualifying his Street Rod drag bike with a 6.781-second elapsed time (ET) at 197.68 mph, and carried an insurmountable 156-point into the final Sunday elimination rounds of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Hines qualified second for the finals at Pomona with a best ET of 6.799 seconds at 197.13 mph aboard another Screamin’ Eagle team Street Rod bike.

Pro Stock MotorcycleThe Street Rod competition drag bikes 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.

Hines and Krawiec charged through the field on Sunday to meet for the 21st time in an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle final, and for the ninth time Hines prevailed, with a 6.868-second ET to best Krawiec’s 6.930-second run. Krawiec recorded the low ET of the weekend with a 6.803-second blast in the third round on Sunday. Hines set the top Pro Stock Motorcycle speed of the weekend at 197.42 mph in Sunday’s first round.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team closes out the season with its ninth world championship and eight final-round wins in 16 events. In 2017 Krawiec won seven times in eight national event finals. Krawiec won at the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend and made five of six final rounds in the Countdown playoffs, winning four times, to secure his championship. He was the top qualifier at five races and went 41-9 in elimination rounds. Since joining the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team in 2008, Krawiec has not finished lower than third in the standings and has 43 career victories, third-most behind Andrew Hines (48) and the late Dave Schultz (45).

Hines’s Pomona win keeps alive his streak of 14 consecutive seasons with at least one victory.

Following the final event of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Krawiec topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings with 2,783 points. Hines finished in second place with 2,614 points.

image001About 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.

Krawiec On Verge Of Fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship

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KrawiecWin In Las Vegas Puts Krawiec On Verge Of Fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship

Harley-Davidson Street Rod Takes Krawiec to Seventh Win of the Season

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec took a big step closer to securing the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship with a final-round win at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Krawiec can clinch his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship by qualifying for the elimination rounds at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. on Nov. 8.

Riding a thundering Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle, Krawiec has now won four of five 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoff events and will hold a 150-point lead when qualifying begins for Pomona.

“I told my guys this weekend we just need to stay focused and get through the race,” said Krawiec. “We capitalized on every round and came out further ahead from where we started. The team put me on a great Harley-Davidson Street Rod today. All I had to do was stay on top of it.”

KrawiecKrawiec was the top qualifier at Las Vegas with an Elapsed Time (ET) of 6.936 seconds at 191.76 mph, the 37th time he has topped with qualifying list in his career. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines, also on a Harley-Davidson Street Rod drag bike, qualified fourth at 6.955 seconds and 193.82 mph.

The team’s Street Rod competition drag bikes 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.

Racing before a sold-out crowd on Sunday, Hines scored a win in the first round of eliminations but lost in round two. Krawiec used consistent reaction times and the strong performance of his well-sorted Street Rod to advance through the field and score his seventh win in eight final-round appearances during the 2017 season, and his third win at Las Vegas. Krawiec also posted the top Pro Stock Motorcycle speed of the event at 194.24 mph. With the 43rd Pro Stock Motorcycle win of his career Krawiec moved into third place on the career wins list behind the late Dave Schultz (45 wins) and Hines (47 wins).

After five of six rounds in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings with 2,628 points. Hines is in third place with 2,427 points.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team will close out the 2017 season on November 8-11 at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, 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.

 

Inaugural Moto Beach Classic

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Moto Beach Classic Event PosterThe Inaugural Moto Beach Classic At Bolsa Chica State Beach Brought To You By Roland Sands & Friends

The inaugural Moto Beach Classic started out as a wild idea and developed into a Southern California cultural explosion. The one-day festival brought together Super Hooligan street bike flat track racing, drag and mini bike racing, No Limit stunt shows, surf comps, art, music, food, custom motorcycles and of course, the love for two wheels. From sunup to sundown, SeaLegs at the Beach in Bolsa Chica was at capacity and filled with lovers of all types of creativity and counterculture. At any given moment, engines could be heard on the purpose-built hooligan flat track while waves were crashing as some of the West Coast’s best surfers competed for bragging rights in the WCBR Surf Competition. Live music from talented bands such as Black Uhuru, Unwritten Law, and Lit performed until the doors closed on what many thought was one of the most entertaining and authentic moto events to hit the coast of California in years.

At the core of the festival were the race pits, with over 120 hooligans, veterans and professional racers from across the nation orchestrated into a compact carnival. With over 40 Super Hooligan racers signed up, the points series finale of the Roland Sands & Indian Motorcycle Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) was primed to be one of the most exciting race events held in recent years. The ultimate prize, an Indian FTR750 was up for grabs to the SHNC Series Champion. Super Hooligan was not the only race on deck. The BMW Boxer Cup Challenge had a host of talented riders, and the Law Tigers Mini Moto Race brought out its fair share of characters. The Moto Beach Classic provided entertainment for everyone.

The Architects of Inspiration was one of the centerpieces of the Moto Beach Classic event with a curated collection of unique installations inspired by surf and motorculture. Initially structured to solely be an art collective and bike show, the Architects of Inspiration grew to be a larger platform that included more creatives, such as live muralist painters, local music gurus, as well as international builders. The vendor village expanded from asphalt to sand with industry leading manufactures, local dealerships and iconic style makers. This eclectic grouping of large companies and individual shops lent to a high energy atmosphere where attendees could enjoy a cold beer at the Pacifico Airstream or opt for a spiked drink served up at the Red Bull Energy bar. It truly was a feast for the eyes and ears, surrounded by breaking tides and the vibrations of motorcycle racing and great music. Read the full story HERE.

 

2017 Super Hooligan National Championship Winner

RSD Super Hooligan by Indian Motorcycle Bolsa Banzai Winner

  • #214 Frankie Garcia (Won contingency prizes from Indian Motorcycle, Dunlop Tires & Bell Helmets)

RSD Super Hooligan Sponsor Awards/Prizes

  • Dunlop Dash for Cash – #86 Mikey Virus
  • K&N Holeshost – #86 Mikey Virus
  • Motul Cleanest Bike – Smokey Elford

BMW Boxer Cup Challenge Winner

Frankie Garcia (Won a Baume & Mercier custom engraved Clifton Club Watch, Custom Bell Helmets)

Flat Track Race Winners

  • Open Pro – #98 Kayl Kolkman (Won a Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watch)
  • Run What Ya Brung – Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Cycle Zombies Degenerate Choppers – #79 Rob Bush (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Born Free Tank Shift – #3x Scott Jones (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • VonZipper Vintage – #262 Craig Bouman (Won a custom AJS Moto Trophy)

Law Tigers Mini Moto Race Winners

  • Mini Moto 65gp – Ichi Horiba (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Mini Moto Unlimited – Michael Henao (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Mini Moto Street 125 – Chris Corum (Won a custom FMF Trophy)

WCBR Surf Competition Winner 

  • Huntington Board Riders

Krawiec Extends NHRA Championship Points Lead

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NHRAKrawiec Extends NHRA Championship Points Lead With Big Pro Stock Motorcycle Win In Dallas

Harley-Davidson Street Rod Carries Krawiec to His Sixth Win of the Season

Press Release: Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec stretched his Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs with a final-round win at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Krawiec rode a Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle to his sixth win of the season and now holds a 107-point Countdown points lead.

“This was a perfect weekend for our championship run,” said Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion who last won the title in 2012. “My closest competitor lost in the first round, so for me every win after the first was a bonus, and to race the Street Rod all the way to a win in the final is huge. I like our position with a commanding points lead and two races left on the schedule. Now the pressure is on anyone trying to catch us.”

The Street Rod competition drag bikes 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.

NHRAKrawiec led all qualifiers for the event with a best elapsed time (ET) of 6.860 seconds at 196.53 mph. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines qualified third on the team’s other Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle with a 6.878 ET at 195.87 mph.

In Sunday eliminations Hines won in the first round but lost in round two. Krawiec charged through the field to advance to his seventh final round of the season. Krawiec got the 42nd win of his career when his opponent fouled at the starting line. With a 6.785-second blast in round two Krawiec posted the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle ET of the day and the fastest top speed at 196.50 mph.

After four of six rounds in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings with 2,506 points. Hines is in third place with 2,364 points.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team returns to action October 25-28 at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

Sons Of Speed

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Sons Of SpeedSons Of Speed Back at New Smyrna Speedway for Third Race During Daytona Biketoberfest 

Inaugural Old Speed Show Debuts as Well

Press Release: Billy Lane’s thrilling Sons of Speed boardtrack motorcycle race is back for a third running during the 25th Chrome Anniversary of Daytona Beach Biketoberfest. On Saturday, October 21, at 3:15 p.m., thirteen daredevil motorcycle racers will take to the banked track at New Smyrna Speedway in Daytona Beach.

“We’re coming off the second SOS race, which took place at Sturgis this year,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “That was a lot of fun, but nothing beats the banked track at New Smyrna—this is where riders let it all hang out.”

Inspired 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 third SOS race will feature thirteen riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride 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.

The thirteen Sons of Speed racers feature some of the best riders and well-known personalities in the business—they are: Billy Lane, Xavier Muriel, Ken Curtis, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe, Buzz Kanter, Dan Toce, Rhett Rotten, Ebay Jake, Rick Petcko, Mark Hanna, Freddie Bollwage, Matt Walksler, Brook James, Matt Harris and Moonshiner Josh Owens.

And SOS isn’t the only excitement going down on Saturday—in the New Smyrna Speedway parking lot, on the same day, the inaugural Old Speed Show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for people and machines, and the event is open to any and all racing motorcycles of any style or age, including roadracers, dirt trackers, hillclimbers, Moto X and drag racers. And, in addition, the show will feature interesting and cool handcrafted motorcycles, hot rod cars and trucks. Presented by American Iron Magazine and brought to you by Dennis Kirk, American Iron Garage, Choppers, Inc., and Greaserag.com, the Old Speed Show is the perfect way to get revved up for the third Sons of Speed race.

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook page for breaking news and upcoming events. You can purchase general admission tickets at the gate for $20. A limited amount of 50 VIP tickets will be available for purchase at the gate that will allow infield access.

About Sons Of Speed

Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. The inaugural Sons Of Speed race will take place in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway during Daytona Bike Week in March 2017. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, the first Sons Of Speed race will feature twenty of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts, including Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers) and Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time). For more information on the debut race and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

Lowbrow Customs Founder Recaptures Land Speed Record

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LowbrowLowbrow Customs Founder Recaptures Land Speed Record

Press Release: Tyler Malinky, founder and CEO of Lowbrow Customs, has successfully reclaimed a land speed record on his 1955 Triumph motorcycle. Starting his land speed racing career in 2010, he has set record speeds in five different classes, including the A-VG 750 record back in 2011. “It feels great to set a goal and then accomplish it, especially when that goal is difficult to achieve, such as a land speed record,” said Malinky.Lowbrow

The new record is 124.593 mph on his 1955 Triumph, which was originally only 33 horsepower at the crankshaft. Malinky’s custom-built race bike ‘Poison Ivy’ touts almost double the power and torque of the original. “Going fast is fun no matter what, but taking something slow and making it go faster than it should is what I enjoy,” said Malinky, “especially when I built it in my home garage out of swap meet junk, tubing and sheet metal.” The prior record, just over 1 mph slower, was set at Bonneville Speed Week in 2016 by the Cheetah race team out of Switzerland on a 1950’s Triumph motorcycle with a speed of 123.534 mph. They had increased the record from the 117.108 mph speed set on Poison Ivy by Malinky back in 2011.

“We’ll be back on the Salt in 2018 with Poison Ivy to bump up the speeds on this new gas record and try and take the fuel record as well” said Malinky, not missing a beat, “The real competition is between myself, my bike and the salt flats. The trouble with speed is that once you get going, you always want more.”Lowbrow

Indian Motorcycle Racing

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Indian Motorcycle RacingIndian Motorcycle Racing Secures First American Flat Track Championship With Jared Mees’ First-Pace Finish At Williams Grove Half-Mile

Mees Captures Ninth Victory of Season and Earns Fourth Career American Flat Track Championship

After more than 60 years away from professional flat track racing, Indian Motorcycle has won the 2017 American Flat Track Championship after Jared Mees’ first-place finish at the Williams Grove Half-Mile. The 2017 title marks Mees’ fourth career national championship.

Although it looked like it was going to be Mees’ day to shine after he won both his Heat, Semi, and left everyone in his dust during the Main, multiple red flags threw some uncertainty into the mix. And even after his teammate and championship rival Bryan Smith crashed out of the race – pretty much sealing the deal on the championship with Mees only needing four points – Mees didn’t go easy. He held on to the win and crossed the line 0.232 seconds ahead of teammate Brad Baker.

Indian Motorcycle Racing

SEPTEMBER 03, 2017 – American Flat Track at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.

“Entering the year, our team goal was to be competitive and refine our purpose-built Scout FTR750 to eventually become a leading bike,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s safe to say we’ve far exceeded expectation by securing the Manufacturer’s Championship through 14 races and now the AFT Championship through 16 races. It’s an incredible accomplishment by the entire Indian Motorcycle Racing team.”

American Flat Track recognizes a Rider Championship in each class. The rider that accumulates the most points in each class over the course of a season is declared the National Champion of the class. With only two races remaining, and Mees (342 points) ahead of the next racer – teammate Bryan Smith – by more than 50 points, Mees has guaranteed a Ride Championship.

Indian Motorcycle Racing

SEPTEMBER 03, 2017 – American Flat Track at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Aboard the Scout FTR750, the Indian Wrecking Crew has combined for 35 of the season’s 48 total podiums, including six sweeps. Mees has nine victories on the season. Fellow Wrecking Crew Riders, Bryan Smith (276 points) and Brad Baker (247 points) will battle through the final two races of the season for second place.

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, has its sights set on inching closer to a season sweep as American Flat Track returns to the Lone Star Half-Mile on September 23.

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.

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures 6th Podium Sweep

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PodiumIndian Motorcycle Racing Secures 6th Podium Sweep Of 2017 Season At Springfield Mile II

Jared Mees Captures Eighth Victory of Season – Inches Closer to Fourth Career American Flat Track Championship 

The Indian Wrecking Crew and the Scout FTR750 secured its 12th first-place finish and sixth podium sweep of the 2017 American Flat Track season at the Springfield Mile II. Season points leader Jared Mees captured his eighth win of the season, while fellow Wrecking Crew riders Bryan Smith and Brad Baker placed second and third, respectfully.

After finishing second at the Springfield Mile I on May 28, Mees got redemption when he edged out fellow Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith by .021 at the Springfield Mile II. With three races remaining, Mees is in control to earn his fourth career American Flat Track Championship.

“Hats off to my team for having my Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in,” said Mees. “After getting edged out by .005 back in May, this was the race I had circled on the calendar and really wanted to win. With three races remaining, we’re preparing to finish the season strong.”

Through 15 races this season, Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 have secured 33 of the season’s 45 podiums. The Indian Wrecking Crew holds the top three positions in the season’s point standings with Mees at 317, Smith at 271 and Baker with 227 total points.

“Jared and Bryan have been competing all season long, so it was no surprise to see those two at it again at the Springfield Mile,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “To capture our sixth podium sweep of the season is remarkable and a testament to all the hard work and preparation from our team.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Williams Grove Half-Mile on September 9.

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.

RSD Super Hooligan Night At Costa Mesa Speedway

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Super HooliganRSD Super Hooligan Night At Costa Mesa Speedway

Costa Mesa Speedway is hosting a Super Hooligan Night on Saturday, September 9th for Round 8 of the Super Hooligan National Championship series presented by Indian Motorcycle. The most exciting, diverse and unpredictable live action racing event in Southern California. Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of an Arena style grandstand seating since 1969- it’s a spectators dream! Bring out the entire family, grab some food and drinks and take a seat to watch both the Speedway Motorcycles and Super Hooligans rip around the track.

Gates open at 6pm and dirt flies for the first race at 7:30pm. Spectator fee is $20 at the gate.

Space is limited for the Super Hooligan class, so get your entry in now for a chance to reach for Super Hooligan glory!

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SHNC Contingencies & Prizes

Indian Motorcycle

  • One Factory Indian FTR750 professional GNC flat track race bike will be awarded to the Super Hooligan Series Champion at the final round in Bolsa Chica, CA on October 14th.

*Winner must be present at final round

  • Indian Motorcycle $1,000 Winner-Takes-All bonus to winner of Super Hooligan Main Event.

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.
  • $2,500 bonus to be awarded to Super Hooligan Series Champion at the final round in Bolsa Chica, CA on October 14th.
  • Custom painted helmet trophy for Super Hooligan winner at each 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.
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Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures Manufacturer’s Championship

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Manufacturer’s ChampionshipIndian Motorcycle Racing Secures Manufacturer’s Championship With Jared Mees’ Second-Place Finish At Peoria TT

The Indian Wrecking Crew & Scout FTR750 Obtain the 2017 AFT Manufacturer’s Championship with 11 Victories & 30 Total Podiums Through 14 Races

Press Release: After more than 60 years away from professional flat track racing, Indian Motorcycle has won the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship after a second-place finish at the Peoria TT.

Indian Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees locked in the title for Indian Motorcycle with a strong second-place finish. Teammates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finished strong in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

“Securing the Manufacturer’s Championship through 14 races is an unbelievable accomplishment,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “To return to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport and win the championship on a brand-new Scout FTR750 race bike is a testament to all the hard work from the entire Indian Motorcycle Racing team.”

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 four races remaining, and Indian ahead of the next manufacturer by more than of 100 points, Indian Motorcycle has guaranteed a Manufacturer Championship.

Aboard the Scout FTR750, the Indian Wrecking Crew have combined for 30 of the season’s 42 total podiums. Mees, the season’s point leader, holds a 41-point lead ahead of Smith, while Baker rounds out the top three in the season’s standings.  Mees and Smith have tallied 11 first-place finishes, with seven going to Mees and four to Smith.

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, has its sights set on an individual championship as American Flat Track returns to the Springfield Mile on September 3.

Indian Motorcycle Celebrates Burt Munro’s Legacy

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Burt Munro’s

Photo credit: Lee Munro & Team Photo – Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle Celebrates Burt Munro’s Legacy and the 50th Anniversary Of His Land Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats

Historic Tribute Highlighted by “Spirit of Munro” Land Speed Runs and Capped Off by Moonlit Screening of “The World’s Fastest Indian” with Director Roger Donaldson

Press Release: This past weekend, Indian Motorcycle kicked off the 69th annual Bonneville Speed Week by paying tribute to its iconic heritage and the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s historic land speed record in grand fashion. The tribute was highlighted by commemorative land speed runs by Munro’s great nephew Lee Munro on a modified 2017 Indian Scout appropriately named “Spirit of Munro.” America’s first motorcycle company capped off the weekend with something that had never been done before – a moonlit screening of “The World’s Fastest Indian” under the desert sky for Speed Week campers.

Burt Munro’s

Photo Credit Alfonse Palaima

The World’s Fastest Indian,” staring Sir Anthony Hopkins, immortalized Burt Munro and the historic under-1000 cc world record run of his 1920 Scout Streamliner in August of 1967. Prior to its special commemorative screening on the Bonneville campground, the film’s director Roger Donaldson and Burt’s son and grand nephew,

John and Lee Munro, shared anecdotes about the making of the film, Burt Munro and the impact his achievements have had on Indian Motorcycle and motorcycling in general. The talks and screening drew throngs of Speed Week attendees who were captivated by the feature film, cheering and clapping throughout as they watched under an immaculate starry night sky.

Burt Munro’s

Photo credit: Lee Munro & Team Photo – Indian Motorcycle

“I’ve seen the movie countless times. But to watch it with Speed Week attendees, the Munro family and the film’s director on the very Bonneville grounds that the film was based upon, was a surreal experience,” said Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director. “It was a special way to honor Burt and the perfect way to compliment the efforts of Lee Munro and our Spirit of Munro racing team on the Salt Flats that weekend.”

Indian Motorcycle teamed up with Kiwi road racer Lee Munro, Burt Munro’s great nephew, to celebrate the 50th anniversary and recreate the historic run during the 69th annual Speed Week. A team of engineers worked nights and weekends to create and refine Lee’s “Spirit of Munro” Motorcycle, a modified and partially streamlined 2017 Scout. The team’s goal was to match Burt’s land speed record of 184 MPH to fully pay tribute to his run. To qualify for Bonneville, Lee achieved his speed licenses through runs at El Mirage Dry Lakebed in California, while even securing a land speed record of 186.681 MPH in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350cc class during his rookie run and surpassing the team’s original goal.

Burt Munro’s

Photo Credit Alfonse Palaima

Entering Bonneville, the team’s new goal was to eclipse the 200 MPH mark. However, Lee’s runs proved to be a battle against the elements. Lee attempted his first two runs on the five-mile short course, resulting in his top performance of the weekend at 191.28 MPH and an unofficial run due to timer technical error. The following day, Lee and team made gearing changes and took the modified 2017 Indian Scout out on Bonneville’s nine-mile long course. Unfortunately, high winds and rough overall conditions hindered the motorcycle, resulting in 186.415 MPH in his lone run of the day. On Monday, the team took another attempt on a newly routed long course, yet rough surface conditions forced Munro to exit his run before completing the timed section.

“It was my greatest honor to represent Indian Motorcycle in such an incredible tribute to my great uncle on this historic 50th Anniversary,” said Lee Munro. “We may not have had the results we were after, but piloting a modified Indian Scout on the same salt as my great Uncle Burt will forever be one of my most-cherished experiences. I’m looking forward to future runs and more success with my teammates and friends at Indian Motorcycle.”

For more information on Indian Motorcycle and its commemorative Burt Munro 50th Anniversary visit IndianMotorcycle.com, or follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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 Motorcycle Racing Secures Fifth Podium Sweep

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Indian

Photo: Scott Hunter/AFT

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

Photo credit American Flat Track/ Scott Hunter

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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Land Speed

Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

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.

Land Speed

Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

“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

Indian Motorcycle

  • $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

Photo credit: American Flat Track

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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Indian Motorcycle RacingIndian Motorcycle Racing Sweeps Arizona Mile

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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Brittany Olsen

Brittany Olsen (Facebook)

Avon Tyres Sponsors Vintage Racer Brittany Olsen

Brittany Olsen

Brittany Olsen (Facebook)

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-Davidson Jake Johnson DaytonaTT

Harley-Davidson Jake Johnson DaytonaTT

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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Peter Geiss

Peter Geiss

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.

Johnny Vickers

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