Iconic American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson unveiled its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years. Christened as the XG750R, the new race back is based on the Street 750 of the company and it will make its official competition debut on Sunday, May 29, at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois.
To be ridden by Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle factory team rider Davis Fisher, the XG750R motorcycle is strictly for race competition and will not be offered for retail sale. The flat tracker is powered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 750cc Revolution X, V-twin engine specially developed by Vance & Hines Motorsports. The racing frame for the XG750R is also developed by Vance & Hines Motorsports.
Visually, the flat tracker does not look like the Street 750. The XG750R gets dark-themed colour combination in line with Dark Custom design language. It looks like a stripped down version and the headlamp has been replaced by number plate. It also comes with high-mounted exhaust system with twin canisters, flat seat and off-road tyres.
"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," Harley-Davidson racing manager Kris Schoonover said in a statement.
Last year at the EIMCA show, rival Ducati also unveiled a flat track motorcycle based on the Scrambler. The bike featured one-sided twin exhaust system, front and side number plates, mini fenders front and rear and cast-aluminium 10-spoke wheels.