Matt Smith pilots Victory Gunner into the Final Round in North Carolina
The second race weekend for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing Series, the Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., saw Matt Smith of Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team speed into the Final Round and gain some welcomed season points.
Showcasing Victory’s commitment to deliver Modern American Muscle, Victory drag racing 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, ending the 2015 season – his first with Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team – 4th in points with three runner-up finishes as well as a No. 1 qualifier. Angie, Matt’s wife and Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team partner, last year blasted down the strip to three quarterfinal appearances.
The unique Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway had four bikes battling each other during each pass. Rather than two riders side by side reacting to one Christmas Tree start, there were four riders responding to two separate Trees. Read More
A low-profile dash will do a lot to improve the look of your stock tank. Upgrade your tank’s console with a Klock Werks Curvaceous Kustom Metal Dash. Klock Werks makes a chrome ignition switch cover that compliments the dash perfectly. This custom pairing provides a clean, stretched look, for a fraction of the cost. “The Curvaceous Dash is a beautiful piece. Its simple, yet elegant styling flows perfectly with the shape of Harley’s touring tank. It looks great painted, and it looks even sexier when its chromed! The dash is remarkably sturdy. I’m certain Klock Werks could have gotten away with using a thinner piece of steel, aluminum, or even decided to use ABS plastic or fiberglass–but they didn’t. That’s just how Klock Werks gets down–quality, quality, quality. (The Bagger Blog)”
The Curvaceous Kustom Metal Dash by Klock Werks is made in the USA from 16-gauge stamped steel that is laser cut and e-coated to prevent rust and corrosion. The dash is available in a variety of lengths to accommodate different seat styles- two lengths (short and long) for ‘08 and newer baggers (08+ FLHT, FLTR, FLHX and HD FL Trike Models), and in three lengths (short, long, and extended) for ‘97–’07 FLHT, FLTR, FLHX. Low profile vented caps are recommended and sold separately.
Softail riders can achieve a more streamlined look that visually increases the length of the tank without actually stretching it. The Metal Dash for Softail comes as a dash and ignition relocation kit. The kit uses the stock ignition switch and key. The show-chromed ignition mount replaces the obtrusive horn mount (requires horn relocation). Fitments are available for ‘00+ FXST, FLST models (except FXS, FXSTD).
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This sleek, ready to paint, steel dash accepts most aftermarket low-profile vented fuel caps. Installation is made simple, and dash trim is included.
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Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines scorched the Pro Stock Motorcycle final to win the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMAX Dragway. Competing in a unique four-wide format aboard a Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle, Hines finished second in two elimination rounds to advance to the final and won the event for the third consecutive year while claiming his first win of the 2016 season. “I think the Four-Wide is the only event where you can lose a round and still win,” said Hines, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. “We put a fresh motor in my V-Rod on Saturday, and I had a strong-running motorcycle today. The Screamin’ Eagle team won the first two races this year, so we are off to a great start. We are really happy with our performance and the way the bikes are responding to tuning.”
Hines qualified fourth for the event with a best run of 6.837 seconds. Hines won the final with an outstanding reaction time of 0.002 seconds to launch his motorcycle on a 6.844-second run and a top speed of 195.42 miles per hour. The win this weekend was the 43rd career final-round victory for Hines and the fifth in his last six races at zMax Dragway.
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec, the Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader, also advanced to the Four-Wide final and finished second to Hines. Until the final, Krawiec was dominating the event, riding his Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle to the top spot in qualifying with a 6.818-second elapsed time on Friday, winning his first two elimination heats on Sunday and setting the quickest time of the weekend with a 6.810-second blast in the second round of eliminations. Krawiec has been the runner-up at the last four Charlotte Four-Wide events.
Hines and Krawiec race on competition motorcycles inspired by the unrelenting performance and sleek street style of the Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special, a motorcycle powered by a liquid-cooled 60° V-twin engine ready to breathe a little fire onto the street and available now at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships.
After two of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Krawiec leads the class with 232 points and Hines is in second place with 197 points.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team returns to action May 13-15 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
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.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Dunlop.
There is a fundamental misunderstanding by many in law enforcement that membership in a motorcycle club is to be treated as probable cause that a crime is occurring. This common misconception is perfectly demonstrated by public comments made by police in St. George, Utah relating to motorcycle clubs and the fact that they target them in order to discourage motorcycle clubs from riding their motorcycles in St. George. The arrogance of these statements proves a fundamental lack of understanding related to basic constitutional principles related to the 1st Amendment and the 4th Amendment. Utah motorcyclists should unify in an effort to pass legislation addressing the issue of motorcycle profiling and reduce the mentality currently exercised by the St. George PD.
Sponsored by Indian Motorcycle The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, conveniently takes place on the same weekend as the famed COTA Moto GP as well as the COTA GNC Flat Track. The event is a mash up of racing, custom and culture creators. You have the crème de la crème of custom motorcycles from builders like Max Hazzan, Shinya Kimura, our own Roland Sands and of course the shows originator, Revival Cycles. Moto GP and Moto America is happening right down the street so guys like Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwartz, Jason Lee and Keanu Reeves are in attendance. You throw in the American Motordrome Wall of Death with some craft cocktails inspired by Paul D’Orleans of the Vintagent, some original motorcycle inspired artwork and one would think it couldn’t get any better. Right?
We thought so too… and then the city of Austin allowed us to run an RSD Super Hooligan short track in the middle of downtown. And race on it. It took the team from Indian Motorcycle, Revival Cycles and Roland Sands Design a hell of an effort to make it happen, but happen it did.
In 48 hours Brian Bell and the relentless crew of IV League Flat Track took a gravel parking lot, too many tons of dirt to count, over one hundred orange and white barriers and built a solid sure bet of a race track. Our money? On the Indians, of course. The sun was setting, the light draping the bodywork of machines in dust in a way only found at a race track covered in dirt. Indians, Harleys, Hondas, Ducatis, you name it, it was there. This is the epitome of Hooligan racing. Run what ya brung, boys and girls. Expect a hard, short and fast race with the only real trophy being to call your claim, a Hooligan.
RSD’s own Roland Sands, #10 was seen battling it out with GNC legend Joe Kopp in the initial track turns. Both mounted on Indian Scout 60’s, rider pitted against rider. Pushing their 500lb machines to the max on the short make-shift track, they found traction where they could and made it where they couldn’t. All the while the crowd pressing on the chain-link fences begging for more.
In the midst of Indian Scout 60’s several other bikes showed up for race day. A BMW R nineT stood out amongst the V-Twins with its opposed cylinders, but most noteworthy had to be Jamie Robison’s Ducati Scrambler. Armed with not much more than knobby tires and what appeared to be a gas tank attacked by an angle grinder, Jamie was able to tame his Italian machinery and the dirt saw him through the heats and into the night.
As if having legendary racer David Aldana #13, the first true Hooligan show up to race wasn’t enough, the Hooligan crew advanced a few shutter clicks with Dimitri Coste, infamous Flat Track photographer and racer, hanging it all out there. He piloted his loaned Indian Scout Super 60 around the IV League built flat track like he’d been riding it for months. You’d never know it was his first time on a track built two days ago.
Despite sporting a soon-to-be-released Bell Moto3 helmet, RSD leader Roland Sands wasn’t fast enough to claim the checkered flag under the lights. (These races aren’t fixed folks!) Jamie Robinson took first place at the end of the “A” Main on his Ducati Scrambler. Behind him, exhaust bellowing, Roland Sands and in third spinning wheels sliding sideways, Cameron Brewer. Not only were these riders racing for Hooligan glory, but they were also knocking elbows and kicking up dirt to qualify for Saturday’s half mile AMA Pro Nationals race at COTA. The Indian Motorcycle sponsors Super Hooligan Tour by Roland Sands Design put on such a memorable race in Daytona, that they were invited back to put on another Super Hooligan show at the pro races again! FansChoice.tv streamed both the AMP Pro Austin Heat Races (Hooligan Heats start at 52:40) and AMA Pro Austin Main Event live on Saturday, April 9th.
The Hooligans came out, raced hard and gave the fans an exciting evening! The only thing topping it was the fact that Steve Bonsey, #80 from Salinas, CA on his XR750, a hard-working, race-living young man, who survives race to race on what he earns, took home the bacon. $2,500 from Indian and another $1,000 from K&N in the “Dash for Cash”! (Indian paid out $5k in total purse to the Pro-racers who showed up.)
Super Hooligan Friday Night Flat Track Main Results: Super Hooligan
1. Jamie Robinson
2. Roland Sands
3. Rennie Scaysbrooke
GNC Pro Twins
1. Stevie Bonsey
2. Jarod Vanderkooi
3. Kale Kolkman
Run What Cha Brung
1. Jeff O’Leary
2. Shawn O’Leary
3. Travis Hayes
So there you have it folks, if we can get the city of Austin Texas to let us throw a Flat Track race in the middle of down-town, chances are we can do it just about anywhere.
For the full story and first hand quotes from the riders go to Super Hooligan Austin Blog. For more photos from the Super Hooligan Flat Track race click on the link HERE.
First Quarter 2016 Highlights: North American retail sales increased 6% in the quarter with Indian motorcycles up over 50%. Dealer inventory was down year-over-year. Motorcycle sales increased 18% during the quarter. ORV/Snowmobiles and Global Adjacent Markets sales were down, in-line with expectations. First quarter results included additional expenses totaling approximately $30 million related to certain product liability settlements, ORV related warranty accruals, severance costs and acquisition related costs. Repurchased 1.0 million shares of Polaris common stock during the first quarter. Maintaining guidance range for full year 2016 earnings of $6.20 to $6.80 per diluted share, on sales in the range of down 2% to up 3% for the full year 2016.
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today reported first quarter net income of $46.9 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to $88.6 million, or $1.30 per diluted share reported in the first quarter of 2015, in-line with Company expectations. Sales for the first quarter 2016 totaled $983.0 million, down five percent compared to last year’s first quarter sales of $1,033.3 million. “We remain focused on an all-out assault on costs and rededicating the business to drive growth, not only for this year but as part of a renewed commitment to achieving our 2020 objectives. The entire Polaris team is united, and determined, to grow sales and expand margins.” “Our first quarter results were in line with our projections, in spite of increased expenses for warranty and product liability. Our Customer Excellence initiatives and new products drove a six percent increase in North American retail, and in conjunction with shipment reductions, better demand forecasting, and process control improvements, enabled us to continue reducing dealer inventory levels year-over-year. During the quarter, we improved shipment lead-times, met retail demand from our Spirit Lake motorcycle facility, and completing the acquisition of Taylor-Dunn. I still believe 2016 is likely to be another volatile year in powersports, but we are seeing pockets of strength. The North American ORV industry was up in the first quarter, with March experiencing the strongest improvement,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain focused on an all-out assault on costs and rededicating the business to drive growth, not only for this year but as part of a renewed commitment to achieving our 2020 objectives. The entire Polaris team is united, and determined, to grow sales and expand margins.”
Hopnel sewn products, the creator of highway bar covers, now offers their Black Classic Pac-A-Derms for the Victory forged square highway bars found on Cross Country, Cross Roads, and Magnum models. A nice feature is the included pair of Hopnel’s EZ Mount Black Classic Storage Pouches that are 6’’ x 5 ½’’ x 2’’. When combined with the Pac-A-Derms, these pouches provide great access to a convenient storage pouch. Made in the USA. Pac-A-Derms for Victory Forged Bars Cross Country, Cross Roads, Magnum
One lift is all it takes to feel the difference with the all-new Kuryakyn Tour-Pak Lid Grips. Cast from A380 aluminum, the discreet finger-holds provide a convenient lifting point to grasp when opening Harley-Davidson Tour-Pak lids. The sleek, unobtrusive handles blend in perfectly while providing ideal leverage to easily unlatch and open the lid in one fluent motion. Lift with one hand, load or unload with the other, and prevent prolonged abuse and eventual wear to the painted side of the Tour-Pak and lid.
Kuryakyn Tour-Pak Lid Grips are currently in stock and available in Chrome or Gloss Black finishes for ’06-’13 Harley-Davidson models equipped with King or Ultra Tour-Paks. The Lid Grip is secured by the lock mechanism bolt inside the lid, reusing the factory nut and washer for a hassle-free install. Applications for ’14-’16 Tour-Paks are coming soon, and will also be available in Chrome or Gloss Black finishes.
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The Denver District Attorney’s office announced yesterday that no charges will be filed against “an off-duty Colorado Department of Corrections employee” who killed Victor Mendoza after provoking a conflict at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo on January 30th of this year.
The DA’s decision flies in the face of the Denver Police Departments investigation. At a news conference Commander Ron Saunier said, “The Denver Police Department conducted hundreds of hours investigating the brawl and presented it to the district attorney’s office on Monday as a first-degree murder case.” “We have considered this a homicide investigation throughout,” Saunier said. “I believe we have done a complete and thorough investigation.”
But the District Attorney is claiming that the shooting was self-defense. Read more: