A new-generation Harley-Davidson flat-tracker has just been unveiled ahead of its racing debut – and it looks absolutely stunning.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team is unleashing the new XG750R, its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years, to battle on the dirt ovals across the USA, and will make its official competition debut this Saturday, May 29 at the AMA Pro Springfield Mile in Illinois. Powered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson Revolution X engine, it will be raced by Davis Fisher on the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines flat track series.
Harley say that the XG750R is strictly for race competition, and will not be offered for sale to the general public – but it seems unlikely that that’s a medium or longterm plan.
The 750cc Revolution X engine is taken from the Street 750, and retuned for the track, housed in a racing frame developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. Vance & Hines also is the partner for the factory Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing program where V-Rod motorcycles have won eight of the past 12 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing championships.
“Vance & Hines has unlocked the potential Harley-Davison engineers designed into the Revolution X engine,” said Kris Schoonover, Harley-Davidson racing manager. “After decades of flat-track racing success behind the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat track motorcycle, we knew it was time to develop the next-generation Harley-Davidson to compete in one of the best spectator racing sports out there today.”
Fisher, in his first season racing with the team and a rookie on the GNC1 series, will be the first racer aboard the XG750R. The 18-year-old won the 2015 AMA Pro GNC2 championship.
“We wanted a young rider with plenty of raw ability for the XG750R program, and Davis proved himself in the GNC2 class,” said Schoonover. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring an emerging talent like Davis up to the GNC1 series to develop the new bike alongside an experienced champion like Brad Baker.”
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team rider Brad Baker, the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champion, will continue to race aboard the proven Factory Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle while Fisher races the XG750R through its developmental stage.
We can't wait for the road bike version – come on Harley-Davidson, get it built.