Harley-Davidson Posts Largest Contingency Package in American Flat Track History. $562,500 Payout To Privateer Riders.

Harley-Davidson announced today its 2018 American Flat Track Contingency Program totaling $562,500 – the largest contingency posting in the 65-year history of the sport. The contingency payouts are available exclusively to privateer riders mounted on either Harley-Davidson XG750R or XR750 machines. Of course, to be eligible to collect contingency payouts while competing riders are required to run the official Harley-Davidson factory bodywork.

A total of $31,250 will be offered by Harley-Davidson at each of the 18 American Flat Track rounds in 2018. The contingency payout is structured as follows:: 1.$10,000, 2.$8,000, 3.$6,000, 4. $2,000, 5.$1,500, 6. $1,250. 7. $1,000. 8.$750. 9.$500. 10.$250.

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14 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Posts Largest Contingency Package in American Flat Track History. $562,500 Payout To Privateer Riders.”


  1. 1 NoH2Oh Dec 10th, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I think their $$$ is safe. Sadly not too many XR’s any longer. Good luck with the XG.

  2. 2 Mark Dec 11th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I hope that as in the past 75 years, Harley-Davidson will again offer a real production dirt track racer such as the WR, KR and XRs of the past. These were purpose built racers, not modified serial production bikes such as the factory is racing these days. The latest motor design, the XR750, was released around 1970 with no substantial updates since!

    Indian did it right.

  3. 3 Mike Tomas Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Dec 11th, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Harley is feeling the pressure by Indian. This is desperation even reaching out to the privateers for HELP. They will make it to the podium and be competitive eventually. Well let’s hope???

  4. 4 Mdkuder Dec 11th, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Wow how much money did H-D make last year?

  5. 5 Guzzigreg Dec 11th, 2017 at 10:59 am

    The factory can’t do it,maybe the privateers can.

  6. 6 Biggles Dec 11th, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Wrecking crew reign supreme.

  7. 7 Hillbilly Jim Dec 11th, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    With the help of V&H Harley took the street powered race bikes from not being reliable enough to finish a heat to top 10 finishes. Indian did something amazing but it did not help with sales as much as they hoped. The Thunderstroke is just ugly and people are fearful of Polaris after leaving Victory owners holding the bag. Triumph has Joe Kopp on board and their motorcycles look good while not breaking the bank all in all still an exciting time to be a flat track fan!

  8. 8 Pat h Dec 11th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Harley has always used privateers for help and outside contractors for the most part just as Polaris went to swiss auto for the ftr 750 motor smart money by both manufacturers

  9. 9 NoH2Oh Dec 11th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Polaris owns Swiss Auto. Also, the XG racing for V&H is not the same cases and such you get on the street/Street. Not sure if privateers can get those. V&H has a history with that. See NHRA.

  10. 10 Pat h Dec 11th, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Yes no h2o I remember reading that polaris owns swiss auto now that you say that, are the cases on the ftr 750 the same as the scout

  11. 11 HD Money won't matter Dec 12th, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Pat h, Harley has had the XG in development with VH for several years, they are just failing to deliver a competitive race bike. They asked for and got every exception that they thought they needed. Polaris did same and the results speak for themselves. Harley can offer all the money in the world in contingency, if the bikes don’t place, they don’t have to pay. That size contingency is a smoke show to distract from their pathetic showing last year.

  12. 12 Pete Dec 12th, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    The Indian bike was built in Switzerland. So much for American racing.

  13. 13 Matt W. Dec 13th, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Pete: Co-designing and developing an engine is different than building a bike. Otherwise why not just claim that V-Rods are built in Germany while you are at it.

  14. 14 Kent Dec 14th, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Sore losers, listen to the crying! 😭

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