Harley Davidson’s XG750R Flat Tracker Emerges
The New Harley Davidson XG750R Looks Menacing!
Updated August 13, 2018
Fuel-injected, liquid cooled, and race ready: this is the Harley Davidson XG750R. Based off of the Street 750 Revolution X™ V-Twin engine, and developed in partnership with Vance & Hines and the Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team, this awesome factory racer just made an appearance at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois. It’s the Milwaukee factory’s first brand new flat track racer in 44 years. And it looks awesome – it does have a striking similarity to the road legal XR1200, but it’s a different beast altogether.
The XG750R, affectionately called the “G-bike”, features a simple and elegant steel tube cradle frame, Showa suspension, and a 20 inch, rectangular swing arm with a linkless damper. The engine continues the unorthodox Harley “Street” trend, and features a liquid cooled, 60 degree V-twin engine, rather than the air cooled 45 degree V that Harley are more famous for. The XG’s engine has 85 x 66 mm bore and stroke, four valves per cylinder, titanium intake valves, and a stainless steel exhaust system – although the exhausts may change in the near future. The engine has been modified and tuned for racing, featuring CP pistons and Carillo rods.
Kris Schoonover, Harley Davidson’s racing manager said: “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.”
The bike will actually make its competition debut this weekend (Sunday 29th May, to be precise) at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile, and it will be piloted by the rookie rider Davis Fisher in the GNC1 series. Fisher will be seeing the XG750R during its development, while Harley Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team racer, Brad Baker, will continue racing with the already tried and tested Harley Davidson XR750.
“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,” – Schoonover added.
Sadly, the XG750R is a race only bike, and if you want to buy one, you’re out of luck. However, like many a race model, if there’s sufficient interest, a road legal version may appear in the near future. Generally, I’m not a massive Harley Davidson fan, but I’ve always been excited by the Street XR1200, so if a road legal version of the XG750R came along, I’d be happy to take one for a ride.