Harley-Davidson is a household name in the world of Flat Track motorcycle racing, and its Screaming’ Eagle Factory Team is about to take that status to a new level.The factory race team will the Harley-Davidson XG750R this weekend during the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile race in Illinois. This is Harley’s first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years.
Based on the Harley Street 750 platform, the XG750R features a modified fuel-injected, Revolution X V-Twin. The power plant was designed by Vance & Hines Motorsports – the same manufacturer that partners with Harley for its drag racing efforts, the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team earning eight of the past 12 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competitions.“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,” said Kris Schoonover, Harley-Davidson racing manager.Piloting the XG750R is Davis Fisher, an 18-year-old racer from Warren, Oregon. Fisher won the 2015 AMA Pro GNC2 Championship, and moved to the factory Harley team in the GNC1 class.“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, 23-year-old Brad Baker, the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champion, will continue to race aboard the proven Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle while Fisher races the XG750R through its developmental stage, Harley reports..“The XG750R has shown great potential in testing and the first few races this season,” said Schoonover. “But as with any new racing motorcycle, there will be work to do. We’re excited to continue testing the XG750R in real world competition, and as we make our way through the season, we will evaluate the performance of the bike and our factory riders to see if Baker might switch to the new bike.”For additional information, including a full events schedule, visit Harley-Davidson. Also follow Harley-Davidson on Facebook for racing updates.
New 120th Anniversary H-Ds + Andrew Hewkin, Artist and philanthropist
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The new 120th Anniversary Harleys have been announced today, and in this week’s first segment Editor Don Williams takes us through the exciting updates to four models. The hero is probably the latest RoadGlide CVO with its spectacular 120th livery and badging.
In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with celebrated artist and philanthropist, Andrew Hewkin.
Andrew chats about his life of unusual coincidences which have taken him on an unexpected and entertaining journey. Traveling through more than one hundred countries, Andrew captured the flavor and essence of the world. He takes us through a few of his hair-raising stories of travel and intrigue that he has expressed visually through over fifty years of his art.
He is a regular contributor to Childline Rocks in his capacity as Cultural Attaché for the Sons of Royalty annual motorcycle ride, and paintings of Cuba, Marrakech, Mexico, and most recently Kerala in Southern India, have been auctioned off for the charity. His work has also contributed to ‘The Princes Trust’, ‘Heart on my Sleeve’, ‘Fight for Sight’, ‘Cancer Trusts’ and many others.
Andrew is a supremely talented, kind, and fascinating man.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!
Andrew’s biography “Before the Paint Dries…” is available on his website AndrewHewkin.com