Harley-Davidson introduces its first new pro flat-track bike in 44 years

If you aren’t familiar with flat-track motorcycle racing, you really should do some Googling after reading this article. Fearless riders manhandle high-powered bikes around a dirt oval, drifting every corner and providing some of the closest wheel-to-wheel action of any motor sport.

What makes pro flat-track racing even more unique is the fact that it’s been done in nearly the same format, with almost identical machines, for decades. For that reason, news of a brand new flat-track bike from Harley-Davidson is pretty significant.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team has introduced the XG750R, its first all-new flat-track race bike in 44 years. The XG750R will make its official competition debut Sunday, May 29, at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois before getting some special attention at the ESPN X Games event on June 2.

Powered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson Revolution X V-Twin engine, the XG750R will be raced by Factory Team rider Davis Fisher on the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by the Vance & Hines flat-track series. The new XG750R motorcycle is strictly for race competition and will not be offered for sale — yet.

The 750cc Revolution X V-Twin engine was designed for the Harley-Davidson Street 750 bike, but has been tuned for track duty. The engine and racing frame come from Vance & Hines Motorsports (who also partner with Harley for motorcycle drag racing programs).

“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’s racing manager.

Fisher, in his first season racing with the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team and a rookie on the GNC1 series, will be the first racer aboard the XG750R. The 18-year-old racer from Warren, Oregon, won the 2015 AMA Pro GNC2 championship.

“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 Brad Baker, who is 23 years old and the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champion, will continue to race aboard the Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle while Fisher races the XG750R through its developmental stage (something tells us Baker will be a bit jealous of Fisher).

Schoonover stressed the importance of development work on the XG750R, which, like all other motor sports vehicles, will have some kinks to work out as it engages in competitive settings for the first time. Before long, though, the new flat-track bike should be among the leading machines in races across the U.S.

Product Review

Dell’s 38-inch Ultrasharp is the new king of massive monitors

LG was first to make a 38-inch ultrawide monitor, its display stood alone for almost a year. That’s no longer true. Our Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW monitor review finds that LG may need to hand over the crown.
Mobile

Samsung looks to Huawei for inspiration, and the new Galaxy A7 is born

Samsung has launched the Galaxy A7 smartphone, its first with a triple-lens rear camera, which, although sounds similar to the one fitted to the Huawei P20 Pro, works in a different way.
Outdoors

Inspired by origami, Oru’s newest foldable kayak is built for you and a friend

Oru Kayaks has launched the Haven, its first-ever tandem model that offers enough capacity for two paddlers without compromising the company's origami-inspired folding design that makes its products so unique.
Mobile

Google brings its high-accuracy emergency location tracking to the U.S.

Google has announced that its Emergency Location Service is coming to Android phones on T-Mobile, marking the service's U.S. debut. The service allows for high-accuracy location information to be sent to first responders.
Smart Home

Amazon reportedly will introduce an Alexa-enabled microwave, amp, and more

Amazon's Fall 2018 Alexa device rollout is about to begin, sources say. Look for an Alexa microwave, an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer, and an Alexa voice-responsive device for your car. Amazon is maximizing its voice-command presence.
Cars

Elon Musk: Tesla is bringing most collision repair in-house, outsiders too slow

Dissatisfied with third-party collision repair shops, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the firm is bring most repair work in-house. The goal is a car as good or better than new with repair completed in under an hour.
Cars

Audi is finally taking the wraps off its Tesla-fighting e-tron electric SUV

The 2019 Audi e-tron is an electric SUV aimed at the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz EQC. It's Audi's first mass-market electric car, but will it make a good first impression?
Cars

Volkswagen built a 210-mph Jetta, and broke a land-speed record with it

A modified 2019 Volkswagen Jetta just set a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the G/BGC class. Boasting a 600-horsepower engine, the Jetta hit 210 mph on the salt.
Emerging Tech

Smart sound system will give every car passenger their own wireless audio stream

Can't agree on what to listen to in the car? Imagine if each passenger could get their own way, courtesy of a personal audio stream — no headphones required. Sounds impossible, but it's almost here.
Emerging Tech

No more scraping? Anti-frosting advance could mark end of frozen windshields

Hate frozen windshields in winter? Researchers at Virginia Tech may have found a way to banish them for good, thanks to the world’s first passive anti-frosting surface. Here's how it works.
Cars

Ferrari’s latest special editions are stripped down, old-school sports cars

The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are inspired by some of the Italian automaker's most legendary sports cars. They mix old school rawness with modern carbon fiber construction and 789-horsepower V12 power.
News

Lucid Motors accepts $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabian fund

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia will invest $1 billion in upstart electric car company Lucid Motors. Lucid hopes to launch a Tesla-fighting luxury sedan called the Air by 2020.
Cars

Lyft offers some fun stats to celebrate its 1 billionth ridesharing journey

Lyft cars have made a billion journeys since its ridesharing service launched six years ago. Announcing the milestone on Tuesday, September 18, the company revealed a few fun stats about its rides so far.
Cars

Nissan will invite Google into its cars’ dashboards starting in 2021

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has joined forces with Google to develop a brand-new infotainment system. Scheduled to launch in 2021, the yet-unnamed software will boast navigation via Google Maps over-the-air software updates.