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Harley-Davidson Presents Thursday Night Prime-Time Dirt-Track Double-Header Live From X Games Minneapolis

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Harley-Davidson offers fans double the X Games racing action this Thursday, July 13, with a Facebook Live stream of Harley Hooligan flat track racing at 7:30 p.m. EDT via Facebook.com/Harley-Davidson, followed by Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at 9 p.m. EDT broadcast live on ESPN.

“Showcasing the always-exciting amateur Hooligan racing via Facebook Live will take our partnership with ESPN X Games to a whole new level, while providing double the racing action for fans,” said Eric Jensen, Global Brand Lead at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Both the pro and amateur racing will take place on a specially designed ESPN X Games 3/8-mile dirt track created at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

“When Harley-Davidson approached us to create a Hooligan race broadcast on Facebook Live, we really liked the idea to further engage audiences with X Games around the globe,” said X Games Vice President Tim Reed. “This is a win-win opportunity for all of those racing fans who won’t be able to make it to Minneapolis to see the action in person this Thursday.”

Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing is an ESPN X Games medal event open by invitation to 25 of the world’s fastest professional flat track racers. The field includes Harley-Davidson® Factory Flat Track Racing Team riders Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Jake Johnson and Brandon Robinson, each racing on the Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker, a competition motorcycle powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled Revolution X™ V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750.

The rough-and-tumble Harley Hooligan race action will feature 40 amateur riders from across the country competing on race-modified Harley-Davidson street motorcycles. Participating race teams include Rusty Butcher, Leticia Cline, Suicide Machine Company, Speed Merchant, Noise Cycles and more. Each team is affiliated with a Harley-Davidson dealership.

Tickets to attend the live racing action at Mall of America are $10. For ticket information go to X Games Information. Follow along on all of action at #RIDEEVERYDAY.

Hollywood Bars for the 1928 Shovelhead

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I asked the Bikernet readers if I should chop the 1928 Shovelhead. They said, “Yes, definitely.” So, I called the master of the chopper world forever, Paughco.

I spoke to Steve Massicotte about changing the bars, the gas tank and the oil tank. I was going to attempt to leave everything else in tack. Then, as usual, life jumped into the fray. Read more.

Barnett Clutch Cables- 2014-17 Indian Chief/Chieftain/Roadmaster/Scout

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Barnett has introduced new clutch cables for the 2014-17 Indian Chief/Chieftain, Roadmaster and Scout. These cables feature their High Efficiency inner wire which Barnett was the first to introduce to the motorcycle industry. The “HE” wire is nylon coated and lubed with a super slick silicone lube and combined with the Teflon inner-lining, provides longer life, ultra-smooth cable action and reduced lever effort. On the outside, all fittings are chrome plated where applicable and two casing types are available- Traditional Black Vinyl and Classic Stainless Braid w/clear coat. As with all Barnett cables, the clear coat is guaranteed not to discolor from sun exposure. Available in stock and custom lengths, these clutch cables are made in the USA and available now through you dealer or at www.barnettcables.com.

 

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 Ninth Win For Indian Motorcycle Racing At Rolling Wheels Half-Mile

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American Flat Track Rolling Wheels Half-Mile presented by Old Carriage House Apartments at Rolling Wheels Half-Mile in Elbridge, NY.

Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 captured its ninth win of the American Flat Track season at the Rolling Wheels Half-Mile. Indian Wrecking Crew riders Jared Mees and Brad Baker finished first and third, respectively, tallying 23 of 30 podiums for the Scout FTR750 in 2017. Mees’ victory reclaimed the points lead over on-track rival and fellow Wrecking Crew teammate Bryan Smith, as the two continue to exchange leads throughout the season.

Mees and his Scout FTR750 outraced the entire field and passed the checkered flag nearly five seconds before the second-place finisher. With his fifth win of the season, Mees recorded his first career in-season Grand Slam, winning a TT, Short Track, Half-Mile and Mile, an accomplishment only three others have achieved in the history of the sport.

“It felt good to get my fifth win of the season at the Rolling Hills Half-Mile and take back the points lead,” said Mees. “Just over halfway through the season and already scoring a Grand Slam truly showcases how the Indian Scout FTR750 performs on all track types.”

Through 10 races this season Mees and Smith own nine of the first-place finishes. The two Wrecking Crew riders have been battling for the top points position all season long. They have leap-frogged each other the last three races since being tied in total points following the Red Mile. Mees currently sits eight points ahead of Smith, 202 to 194. While Baker earned his seventh podium of the season and remains third in total points with 149.

“Not only is our team extremely talented, but fiercely competitive – just look at Jared and Bryan exchanging points lead,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Jared came back following the Lima Half-Mile with a performance of the season and secured the rare in-season Grand Slam. Both Bryan and Brad will be looking to knock him off at the end of the month in Calistoga. It’s great competition within the team and great fun.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Calistoga Half-Mile at Calistoga Speedway in California on July 29.

Franky’s ’05 Dyna Fix, Part 2

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Franky’s Dyna took a nasty spill and was nearly totaled. We rolled our sleeves and went to town on it, thanks to many of our friends and Barnett, Brass Balls and Aeromach who came through on this ambitious rebuild project. The fight goes on and the Dyna is one step closer to being back on the road.

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Does Harley-Davidson Really Want In on Ducati?

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Harley-Davidson apparently learned nothing from its failed purchase of MV Augusta in 2005. Having gone down the road of buying a foreign sports-bike maker once before — and quickly turning tail and abandoning the venture — rumors persist that Harley is interested in making a bid for Ducati.

Although it’s hard to believe the American motorcycle king would want to make the same mistake again, let’s look at what it could possibly gain — and lose — if it goes through with an offer.

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Harley-Davidson Official sponsor of the Hall Of Fame Class of 2017

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For many, “Harley-Davidson” isn’t a name or a brand, it is a way of life. So it is with great honor that the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum announces The Harley-Davidson Motor Company as an official sponsor of the Hall Of Fame Class of 2017. In addition to supporting the induction ceremony on August 9th, Harley-Davidson has also commissioned a series of videos recognizing the Class of 2017 and Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Willie G. Davidson.

“Harley-Davidson logos symbolize more than just quality and heritage,” says Myrick Robbins, Executive Director for the Museum. “They stand for something important enough that people tattoo it on their skin. While it is difficult to express in words, the impact is felt in the soul.” Read more.

Indian Motorcycle ‘Wrecking Crew’ To Compete In X Games

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Indian Motorcycle Racing will make its X Games debut in its hometown of Minneapolis on July 13. The Wrecking Crew, featuring 2015 inaugural gold medalist Bryan Smith, 2016 gold medalist Jared Mees and two-time bronze medalist Brad Baker, will pilot the Indian Scout FTR750, a race-bike that has captured eight Grand National wins and 22 of the season’s 27 total podiums in its first American Flat Track season. Special guest rider and veteran road racer Larry Pegram will join the three Wrecking Crew riders. Read more.