Next Generation Liquid Cooled Harley-Davidson XG750R To Debut Racing May 29, 2016

1-XG750R-right-side-profileA new-generation Harley-Davidson® flat-track motorcycle is ready to race. The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team is unleashing the XG750R, its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years, to battle in fierce, adrenaline-filled competition on dirt ovals across the U.S. The XG750R will make its official competition debut Sunday, May 29, at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois. The new XG750R motorcycle is strictly for race competition and will not be offered for sale at this time.

2-XG750R-right-side-profile3-XG750R-right-side-profilePowered 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 Vance & Hines flat track series. The new flat tracker is powered by the 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine designed for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle built for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom™ attitude. Tuned for the track, this modified Revolution X engine will power the new XG750R as it fights to be first to the finish line.

xr750The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed by Vance & Hines Motorsports. Vance & Hines also is the partner for the factory Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines drag racing program where V-Rod® motorcycles have won eight of the past 12 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing championships.

xrbis“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 racing manager. Fisher, in his first season racing with the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team and a rookie in the GNC1 series, will be the first racer aboard the XG750R. The 18-year-old racer from Warren, Ore., 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, 23 years old and the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champion, will continue to race aboard the proven Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle while Fisher races the XG750R through its developmental stage.

“The XG750R has shown great potential in testing and the first few races this season,” said Schoonover. “But 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.”

Check Harley-Davidson for a full listing of this season’s races

26 Responses to “Next Generation Liquid Cooled Harley-Davidson XG750R To Debut Racing May 29, 2016”

  1. 1 Sharkey May 27th, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Well; this looks interesting…

  2. 2 Terence Bohler May 27th, 2016 at 9:20 am

    It feels like the competition (Indian & Victory) is motivating Harley.

  3. 3 JohnnySpeed May 27th, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I’d rather have an XR750 any day.

  4. 4 Knucklehead May 27th, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Yes it’s time. Competition is what motivates us all.

  5. 5 Tom Ryan May 27th, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This would make a real nice bare bones street bike if you just added some lights, gauges and front brake.

  6. 6 nicker May 27th, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    A Radiator…. 🙁
    And here i thought motorcycling was a basic transportation experience.

    What next… two more wheels for extra stability?
    Or a roll cage for extra operator protection?
    But we already have that, its called a Sprint Car.

    Where will it end, “Slide by wire” to allow the inept to also enjoy the thrill of dirt racing…???

    How about a new class C rule “Air Cooled Only.”


  7. 7 Chris May 27th, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    After having ridden one of the new liquid cooled Harleys, I’m here to report, in what may be a major surprise to some, that the radiator did not negatively impact my level of enjoyment when riding the bike. In fact, due to the radiator, the emissions compliant engine is able to run more compression and more aggressive cams which improved my riding experience.

    I’m an evo and carburetor guy myself because I suspect, probably much like some here, that the fewer the moving parts, the more likely I will be to keep on moving down the road within a reasonable time frame if something does go awry. After all, self-sufficiency is a good thing.

    That said, radiators on Harleys are a reality and those who will go to their graves condemning any new contraption invented or put into use after 1985 or so should perhaps trade in their bike for a horse; perhaps an even more manly expression of one’s independence and self-reliance. And that’s what this whole being a real biker thing is about right, refusing to accept progress so as not to be confused with the inept?

  8. 8 skeeter May 27th, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Not for sale at this time so it is a one of a kind exp. factory racer in class C ????
    Only for vance and hines harley at their worst again all the riders on XRs will go to
    Kawasaki to be competitive.

  9. 9 Blackmax May 27th, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Competition makes everyone & everything better !
    Love that Polaris is pushing / forcing H-D to do something / anything to improve

  10. 10 Woody's May 27th, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Looks fantastic, what specific bikes will it be racing against?

  11. 11 nicker May 27th, 2016 at 11:36 pm


    “…so should perhaps trade in their bike for a horse…”

    My farm neighbor turned 6 of those beasts loos on my property while he’s been revamping his pasture.
    You wouldn’t believe the amount of poop those things produce.

    Before i could roped off the ground floor of the new shop i’m building they managed to wonder on in and fill it with poo. Try doing a break job on a 51 Studebaker farm truck on your back, in dirt and manure…. 🙁

    Those buggers are going back home ASAP.
    If it doesn’t have a motor and throttle i’m not getting on it….. 🙂
    (their only saving grace is they are eatable)


  12. 12 NoH2oh May 28th, 2016 at 5:06 am

    So, is Vance & Hines going to play the same game they do w/ the prostock Harley engines? Try and buy one…..

  13. 13 zipper May 28th, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Love the water pipe on the left side. ..Z

  14. 14 Chief Waldo May 28th, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I wonder if they’ll build them in India?

  15. 15 Gym May 28th, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I certainly don’t have a dog in this fight but I wonder if these guys that are against radiators and modern technology drive cars or trucks with carbs and points ignition?

  16. 16 fuji May 28th, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Gym. point well taken. some will only progress as their minds will let them. lets go back to the early 1900’s and will the naysayers be happy.

  17. 17 BobS May 28th, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Looks a hell of a lot better than the showroom seep aides.

  18. 18 James just another crazy kiwi May 29th, 2016 at 12:03 am

    That would give a ten day old corpse a chubby.

    Put out a street version, stop pretending you aint lol

    Bout Time, go kick some arse and give vindian a wake up………………………………………………back

  19. 19 nicker May 29th, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    “… lets go back to the early 1900’s and will the naysayers be happy…”
    Well the 42 FL works fine for me….. (except for the cork float ….. 🙂


  20. 20 John May 30th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I always have and will love the XR but I guess it was time. I would like to se a comparison of weight and horse power between the two. I have read of a new Big Twin supposedly coming in September. The few details are 107 cu in. pushrod 4 valve per cylinder, new crank and valve train design, liquid cooling but finned heads and cylinders and balance shafts.

  21. 21 Andy Fat Boy May 30th, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    The XR750 is 44 years old. It’s a viable contender on the flat tracks end it should be with 44 years of development. It is now past its limits it’s given gobs of torque and the most speed it can produce. The new XG750R had a respectable debut placing in the main event and coming in eighth. Of course it has a lot of development work to be done but the factory riders agree it is a good start. The factory has no problems making the V-twin torque peak and holding it in the turns. From watching the Springfield mile this weekend it appears the HD factory needs to concentrate on top end speed whilst keeping the torque. Every lap the HD’s pull ahead in the turn and lose it by the midpoint of the straightaway.

  22. 22 nicker May 30th, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    How much better can it get than this…???
    Class-C The Greatest Show On Earth…… 🙂

    (what could radiators possibly add?)

  23. 23 fuji May 31st, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Water cooled bikes [more horse power] must run cooler .
    All this time and I didn’t get it.

    Did I see throttle control to steer the rear tire and brakes to keep the rear tire from spinning plus they were pushing down on the left handle bars and turning right.

    What a show now that I have found flat track.

  24. 24 Steal Your Face May 31st, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Love how they call the AHDRA drag bike a V-Rod. The engine is S&S. Along with Buell and Victory.

    Like this bike is an H-D engine with custom frame, fork, wheels, brakes, etc.

    It is cool, but for those saying they should make a street version, that is what the street 750 is.

  25. 25 tundra May 31st, 2016 at 10:56 am

    –John – “I have read of a new Big Twin supposedly coming in September.”

    I’ve heard about a new HD touring platform as well. Ply an HD employee with enough alcohol, and they start to talk…lol. Project “Slingshot” – given the name, I’m guessing it’s been in the works for a bit. Hardly a sniff of it on the Inter-web, though.

  26. 26 cafesportytc May 31st, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Having put a lot of saddle time in on a XG750, there is TONS of potential there, I personally feel like they left alot of performance untapped in stock form. I would love to see what cams,and porting could accomplish on this bike.
    I’ll be honest though, I ride a XR1200, and this is definitely no XR… let alone XR750. But the potential is there, and to the folks stuck in the last century… this is a sign of things to come from Harley, My generation isn’t exactly tied to the Air Cooled only mantra and if you want real performance …at some point you have to move away from tradition and get going on innovation.

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