Harley Davidson now has its own event at the Winter X Games
Debut in 1995, the X Games is an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN. A couple of years later, they started the winter edition of these games where the most celebrated winter action sports athletes from around the world compete in a myriad of sporting activities on the icy Buttermilk Mountains in Aspen, Colorado.
Events include Shovel Racing, Snow Mountain Bike Racing, Skiboarding, Ice climbing, Snow skating, and other such sports on the snow. The 2018 edition is right around the corner, and this time Harley Davidson has decided to be part of the action and is introducing a new event: The Snowhill Climb.
Harley Davidson enters the Snowquake 2018
What it is, is a Dirt Quake on Ice. As simple as it sounds, the dirt track race bikes challenge each other on Europe’s finest snow and ice race track in the Italian Alps.
For 2018, the event is in its third edition and has managed to grab a few eyeballs already. Including the folks of Harley Davidson, who have committed to giving 8 ice track-spec Street Rod 750s. They have invited journalists along with ex WSBK and MotoGP rider, Ruben Xaus to take their chance at each other on the ice.
Harley-Davidson to spend more than half a million to beat Indian
In its return to professional flat track racing after more than 6 decades away from the sport, Indian Motorcycle Racing swept the 2017 American Flat Track Championship. It won 14 races of the season aboard the brand-new Scout FTR750 premier race bike, and this has hurt Harley Davidson of its dominance in the race until now.
Folks at the Milwaukee firm seems to be disappointed by this humiliating defeat by the Springfields and have come up with a contingency program to lift themselves up for the 2018 season. Making sure it doesn’t repeat again, Harley Davidson is reportedly spending $562,500 for the 2018 American Flat Track race schedule.
Harley-Davidson is spearheading a move to bring flat track racing back to a national audience after announcing that it will sponsor a new flat track bike racing event at this year’s ESPN X Games.
Harley-Davidson marketing director Dino Bernacchi told the Los Angeles Times that the American bikemaker renewed its ties with ESPN a year after partnership with the sports network brought about an ice racing competition at the 2014 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. This time, the two sides are creating a new event that will have a far longer shelf-life than the one-off ice-racing competition.
Naturally, flat track racing was the clear choice since Harley-Davidson already has a long and successful history in the sport and is still one of the few motorcycle racing events that the company regularly competes in. For those unfamiliar with flat track racing, it’s premise is pretty simple. Riders race with lightweight dirtbikes on one-mile long dirt ovals, hitting speeds in excess of 130 mph in the flat straightaways before going on long power slides, often with one foot skidding on the dirt to create the necessary support for both the rider and the bike.
It bodes well for Harley that the racing style is undergoing a renaissance of sorts as more and more competitions are starting to create their own versions of flat track dirt racing.
But the company, together with ESPN, isn’t settling for periodic races in a small number of race courses. It wants the racing style to have its moment in the spotlight, one that can only be provided by an event as big as the X Games.
As such, expect to see flat track races at this year’s games, which will take place from June 4 to 7, 2015. Word has it that the event will kick off the festivities on the first day of competition, giving Harley ample time to promote the sport to a national TV audience and in doing so, probably sneak in some time to showcase some of its track bikes like the XR 750.
There is nothing like the nitro sucking, make your ears bleed sound of two Harley-Davidsons leaving the line to get your adrenaline pumping. In "Harley-Davidson Drag Racing" Scooter Grubb – who has been shooting the AHDRA for about 10 years – uses over 300 color photos and 144 pages to capture that same raw energy of unleashed V-twin power. From your neighbor’s Sportster to the Top Fuel machines, the bikes are all here.
Each chapter describes one of sixteen classes, with pictures of the bikes and an explanation of the rules that make that class unique. Sidebars scattered throughout the book take the action inside the pits. Meet the riders capable of turning a 6 second quarter mile, the mechanics that keep it all running at 200 miles per hour, and the track officials who make each event possible.
With an abundance of color photos, Harley-Davidson Drag Racing is a visual feast. Whether you just want to drink in the action or learn more about the bikes and the classes, this book is sure to satisfy that need for speed.
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Are all of you HOGS prepared for the Tucker County incursion this weekend? You’d better be as Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts from across the United States plan to get together at Canaan Valley Resort for the 2008 West Virginia State Harley Owners Group Rally.
Attracted by two previous experiences from the Davis resort, riders will surely be there in the greatest number. As Troy Cardwell - Canaan Valley general manager- says, riders enjoy the scenery and the country roads.
Group members will start arriving on Wednesday. They’ll partake in a 300-mile round trip “Raw Hide” ride on Thursday and another, shorter, ride on Friday that will be followed by a dinner hosted by the Tucker County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tucker County Rotary. Field events and a bike show are planned for Saturday.
One of the greatest motorcycle events of the summer, the Harley Owners Group Rally is a must for everybody who wants to stay true to its statute of member.
A biker is not a biker without the leather: leather jacket, leather vest, leather chaps, leather boots, leather belt. Studded, fringed, pinned, plain and covered in patches.
Some stretch across the backside of a jacket. Some are the size of a palm, circular or square, and even shaped like flames. They are as different as the bikers who don them this week at the Outer Banks.
It’s Bike Week and the North Carolina State H.O.G. Rally. In motorcycle, H.O.G. spells Harley-Davidson Owner Group. (...)