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Harley Runs Strong In Flat Track Debut At Daytona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Victory For Indian Motorcycle Racing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drag Specialties Motorcycle Lift

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Motorcycle LiftDrag Specialties’ Motorcycle Lift

Press Release: Take your hog to new heights with the Motorcycle Lift from Drag. This lift takes bikes up to 1,500 pounds and lifts them from 5.5” to 17” off the ground so you can get to work on every angle. Featuring rubber cushions to protect your motorcycle’s frame, this lift has a low, wide profile with rear mounted swivel casters for extra stability. Lift can be locked in with safety locks at four different heights, and has four loops to safely secure your ride with tie-downs. This lift comes with detailed assembly and usage instructions for easy and safe setup, and operation. The suggested retail price is $279.95.


For more information, go to www.dragspecialties.com or contact your local
Drag Specialties dealer.

Black Satin Highway Bar Pegs

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Highway Bar PegsBlack Satin Highway Bar Pegs From Big Bike Parts

Press Release: Big Bike Parts offers their popular 1 ¼’’ Highway Bar Pegs in black satin powder coat finish. These 1 ¼’’ highway clamps are made from CNC milled billet aluminum and secured to the highway bar or engine guards with four recessed socket screws adding to the clean look of these clamps. The rail style peg with seven EDPM rubber pads, pivots out of the way when not in use. Will fit any 1 ¼’’ bar and can be easily positioned for individual riding comfort.

Black Satin 1 ¼’’ Highway Pegs
Part # 21-334BK

Chrome 1 ¼’’ Highway Pegs
Part # 21-334

MSRP $139.95

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Pappy Hoel Speed Classic

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Flat Track Racing In Sturgis Comes Full Circle

On a dusty summer day in 1938, local Indian motorcycle dealer J.C. Hoel set the wheels of history in motion when he promoted a flat track race at the Sturgis Fairgrounds. History comes full circle this year as the Pappy Hoel Speed Classic returns to the same historic dir
t track where it all began. The event set for August 3-5, 2017 in downtown Sturgis kicks off a full week of racing during this year’s Rally.

Pappy Hoel

Pappy Hoel

“For Sturgis Rally founder J.C. ‘Pappy’ Hoel, the focus for the Rally was always on racing,” says Tigra Tsujikawa, Marketing & Development Director for the Sturgis Museum & Hall Of Fame. “From Johnny Spiegelhoff’s win on an Indian back in 1938 until today, flat track is an integral part of Sturgis history. We are honored to partner with the White Plate Motorcycle Club and Steve Nace Racing Promotions to present The Pappy Hoel Speed Classic, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.”

A full slate of racing with top Professional, Amateur and Vintage classes will be at the Sturgis Fairgrounds. As a three-time AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year, Steve Nace Racing Promotions strives for perfection. “The objective of the AMA All-Star Series is to bring a professional show… we are known for having great tracks and rider safety is always our number one concern,” says Nace.

In 1938, the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club – coincidently founded by “Pappy” as the father of the Rally was affectionately known by racers and Rally goers alike – hosted a Gypsy Tour through South Dakota’s majestic Black Hills. The first “Black Hills Motor Classic” brought out 200 participants. Pappy and his wife, Pearl, provided camping behind their shop on Junction Avenue. “Weenies, Sloppy Joes, potato salad and watermelon for dessert, is what Pearl and the other Gypsies ladies served that first year,” says Tsujikawa. The riders washed their free meal down with iced tea or coffee, served in a tent behind the Hoel’s garage.

“The Pappy Hoel Speed Classic is the perfect way to start the 77th Sturgis Rally, but it is only part of the program,” she notes. Displays, entertainment, swap meet and more are being hosted by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum throughout the week, culminating with the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Strider Sports. “However, just like Pappy Hoel envisioned back in 1938, flat track racing is the focal point that brings it all together as we have come full circle.”

The Induction is being held August 9th at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota. Breakfast tickets are available for a $45 donation, tables of eight for $350. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001.

Or they can be purchased online here

For more details on the races and to register to compete, contact www.stevenaceracing.com

Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain Sells Out

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Indian_JD_Chieftain_Flag_3Indian Motorcycle Reaches Pre-Order Capacity For Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain In 10 Minutes

Iconic Brand Collaboration Drives Record-Setting Demand for Show-Stopping, Custom-Inspired Bagger, Designed by Brian Klock

Press Release: On Monday at Noon Eastern, Indian Motorcycle dealers began accepting pre-order deposits for the company’s recently unveiled Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain. By 12:10 p.m. Eastern, pre-order capacity of 100 units was filled.

The new limited-edition offering is the latest collaboration between America’s first motorcycle company and the iconic Tennessee whiskey distillery. In 2016, the collaboration produced a Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage with pre-order capacity of 150 units filled in merely 8 hours. This year it only took 10 minutes.

“This overwhelming level of demand is an incredible testament to the power of these two iconic American brands,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Without a doubt, this brand collaboration and motorcycle are tapping directly into a deep sense of patriotism and American pride. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.” Read More

One Percenter Revolution

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one percenterOne Percenter Revolution – Riding Free in the 21st Century

Just got my hands on  Easyriders Editor in Chief, Dave Nichols, latest book, One Percenter Revolution – Riding Free in the 21st Century, and it is hard to put down. For one thing it is lavishly illustrated by Ben Zales, who’s work is featured in the pages of Easyriders and our sister publication Wrench monthly. He has become one of our fav photos.

From the forward: 

“This is the third book in a trilogy that delves into the outlaw biker lifestyle and one percenter motorcycle clubs. We explored the long history of rebellion in One Percenter: The Legend of the Outlaw Biker and discovered that there is a real need for those rare rebel breeds of humans who dare to venture off any known map to discover what lies beyond. Rebels stir the bubbling caldron of society and add freethinking pepper and spice to conventional thought. The second book, The One Percenter Code: How to be an Outlaw in a World Gone Soft, examines the creation of a strict code of honor for the warrior class known as the modern biker.

As the original post World War II wild ones of the 1940s and ‘50s became grampas and then great-grandpas, a new generation of outlaw bikers arrived on the scene. Many were the sons of the originals, who followed in their fathers’ engineer boots. Others felt a sense of brotherhood found in the clubs, witnessed in biker movies and magazines, and entered the biker lifestyle. These free spirits exist to push the envelope of convention and twist the throttle of their loud motorcycles. They just like to shake things up!”

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The Fox Run Story

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Fox-Run-MainThe Fox Run Story

By Leticia Cline
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

It’s in our DNA to be part of a tribe, and back in our cave days, tribal culture was necessary for survival. Today we need it to be able to culturally grow. We constantly are searching for a connection to others to fulfill that sense of belonging. Every single one of us craves the feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves but over time we have become disconnected from our tribe. When you are in a subculture you need that connection even more when you are a minority inside of a subculture.

We have a women’s movement upon us with no signs of slowing down. Sure, women have been riding motorcycles since motorcycles were created — but today women are the fastest growing segment in the industry. With any uprising there is a need to meet and support the cause, to connect with other like—minded people and to celebrate the dichotomy of freedom and unity.

Fox-Run-3-newOne of those gatherings is The Fox Run. An east coast camping and riding event geared towards women and all things two wheels. I have to be honest and admit that I have never been to a gathering of ladies like this, mostly because of my crazy scheduling but I want to know what drives these events and why they are so successful. So I sat down with Lucy Sarah, founder and one of the seven women who make it all happen, to ask her some questions and find out more. I ended up leaving with a new date scheduled on my events calendar for 2017 and an even greater appreciation for women riders.

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Screamin’ Eagle Drag Team Thunders Into Gainesville

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Undated photo H-D Media site

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

Sturgis Buffalo Chip to Give Away Indian Scout Sixties

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SBC Hart Indian_01 SMSturgis Buffalo Chip to Give Away Indian Scout Sixties Customized by Roland Sands and Carey Hart

Moto Stampede giveaway bikes come complete with hooligan race battle scars and wild stories

Creative motorcycle madmen Roland Sands and Carey Hart are molding identical 2017 Indian Scout Sixty motorcycles into wicked racing machines for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip ‘s Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. Before being given to two fans on the Chip’s Wolfman Jack Main Stage these two hooligan race bikes, known as the “Evil Twins,” will face off during the RSD Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle at the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede on Wed., Aug. 9. Fans may enter to win the bikes online now at www.BuffaloChip.com/EvilTwins.

RSD_Chip_Indian_7 SM“The stories these Evil Twins will tell will be unlike any others out there,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Designed, built and raced by the biggest names in motorcycling and racing, these Indian motorcycles will sport real battle scars from having been run in Super Hooligan races. You just can’t buy a bike with history like that, but you could win one.”

“The Scout Sixty is already a force to be reckoned with, and now Roland and Carey’s modifications will truly add to the fun that can be had on these bikes,” said Reid Wilson, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “We can’t wait to give away these bikes on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage and pass on the good times after the Moto Stampede races.”

BUFFALO CHIP LOGOMore info about the Moto Stampede racing events at the Buffalo Chip can be found at www.buffalochip.com/events/moto-stampede

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