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New Harley Davidson Street takes Center Ice at X Games, Aspen

We are excited to bring the reveal of the Harley-Davidson Street motorcycle to the United States. Please see the attached press release about our exciting announcement in conjunction with the Winter X Games.

The official video from ESPN will post later tonight after its airing on TV. In the meantime, we have a teaser here: http://youtu.be/rfoVQq_9TWQ.

We are planning for the launch of Street motorcycles later this year for the United States. We are also excited to announce in conjunction with this reveal of Street at the Winter X Games, the Street motorcycle will start to be on display at the remaining International Motorcycle Shows this year: Phoenix, Cleveland, Chicago and Seattle.

 

NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET™ TAKES CENTER ICE AT X GAMES ASPEN

 

Dark Custom™ Bike Poised to Star at ESPN’s Flagship Action Sports Event

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 23, 2014) – The world’s hottest new motorcycle hits the ice today at X Games Aspen. Harley-Davidson – one of the newest X Games sponsors – is teaming with ESPN to feature motorcycle ice racing as an X Games Aspen exhibition sport. Following Harley-Davidson’s customer-centric approach, fans will help decide if the sport is extreme enough for future X Games winter events via social media.

Taking center ice for the exhibition is the all-new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 – the first all-new motorcycle platform from the company in 13 years. The new motorcycle will be available in dealerships nationwide later this year.

“While the Street was designed to handle urban environments, its instant throttle response, lean chassis and super-low seat height make it perfect to ride anywhere,” said Dino Bernacchi, Director of North American Marketing Communications, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We modified several Street motorcycles by adding steel screws to the tires and let the world’s best flat track racers tear up the ice at high speeds. We think fans will be captivated by the extreme attitude and beauty they’ll see on the ice.”

The Street 750 from Harley-Davidson features the all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X™ engine, designed to match the demands of stop-and-go traffic. The new engine is housed in a narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a new suspension and a broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves. It also has a premium, minimalist style that serves as a blank canvas for riders to customize.

 

Fans to Decide if Sport will Stick

Harley-Davidson will showcase the ice racing exhibition during ESPN’s X Games Aspen today,  Jan. 23.  Fans will influence whether the sport comes to future X Games winter events by sharing their comments via the Twitter hashtag #XGIceRace. ESPN will share comments from fans during the last day of the games. Learn more at www.darkcustom.com/iceracing.

The exhibition race will feature Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team rider Brad Baker, the reigning AMA Pro Grand National champion, AMA Pro star Jared Mees, winner of the 2012 AMA Pro Grand National Championship, and his wife and fellow AMA Pro flat track racer Nichole Mees.

“The attitude and capabilities of the Street were influenced by thousands of young adults in cities around the world,” added Bernacchi. “So while we think ice racing is hardcore, it’s only fitting that Harley-Davidson is having extreme sports fans around the world help decide the X Games fate of the sport.”

 


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Motorcycle Racing on Ice

While it’s difficult to pin down when and where someone had the idea of putting a motorcycle on ice, the first records of ice racing date from Sweden in 1924. Today, ice racing is primarily on quarter-mile, half-mile and road course tracks setup on frozen lakes or indoor arenas. 

 

The sport usually is divided into classes for full-rubber and studded tires with speeds regularly approaching 80 miles per hour on straightaways and 60 miles per hour in the turns.

“Harley-Davidson has been pioneering action sports before they were even defined as action sports,” added Bernacchi.  “In fact, archive photos in the Harley-Davidson Museum show enthusiasts racing on frozen lakes almost a century ago, so it’s exciting to see us back racing on ice with a new generation of riders on the newest addition to the Dark Custom motorcycle lineup.”

 

For more information about the Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 visit www.h-d.com/street.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

For Further Information

Contact: Jen Hoyer 414-343-7092ice

 jennifer.hoyer@harley-davidson.com

Contact: Mike Roach 414-581-0385

 mike.roach@harley-davidson.com

 

 

2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

For all you lovers of old machines here’s an event to mark down on your calendar. Its the 2014 edition of the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. A 16-day, 4,150-mile coast-to-coast ride that challenges both man and machine. This year’s run is open to antique motorcycles made before 1937. The run will leave from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 5 and finish in Tacoma, Washington on September 21. If you get a chance you should definitely take the time to see the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run as it is truly an awesome experience. If you have a bike that is eligible and want to enter you’re too late as all spots have been filled already.

Here is the route:

Stage 1 Fri Sept. 5     Daytona Beach, FL to Lake City, FL 175 Miles171FotoFlexer_Photo
Stage 2 Sat Sept. 6 Lake City, FL to Columbus, GA 275 Miles
Stage 3 Sun Sept. 7 Columbus, GA to Chattanooga, TN 250 Miles
Stage 4 Mon Sept. 8 Chattanooga, TN to Clarksville, TN     250 Miles
Stage 5 Tue Sept. 9 Clarksville, TN to Cape Girardeau, MO 200 Miles
Stage 6 Wed Sept. 10 Cape Girardeau, MO to Sedalia, MO 300 Miles
Stage 7 Thu Sept. 11 Sedalia, MO to Junction City, KS 250 Miles
Rest Day Fri Sept. 12 Rest Day; Junction City, KS
Stage 8 Sat Sept. 13 Junction City, KS to Burlington, CO 325 Miles
Stage 9 Sun Sept. 14 Burlington, CO to Golden, CO 300 Miles
Stage 10 Mon Sept. 15 Golden, CO to Grand Junction, CO 275 Miles
Stage 11 Tue Sept. 16 Grand Junction, CO to Springville, UT 300 Miles
Stage 12 Wed Sept. 17 Springville, UT to Elko, NV 300 Miles
Stage 13 Thu Sept. 18 Elko, NV to Meridian, ID 275 Miles
Stage 14 Fri Sept. 19 Meridian, ID to Lewiston, ID 275 Miles
Stage 15 Sat Sept. 20 Lewiston, ID to Yakima, WA 250 miles
Stage 16 Sun Sept. 21 Yakima, WA to Tacoma, WA 150 miles

Source: Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run
Images and post: Sam Kanish

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