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Honda extend MotoGP commitment

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Honda extend MotoGP commitment: Most successful MotoGP team to compete until 2026

Honda will continue to add to their illustrious history in Grand Prix racing, having extended their contract for the next five years until 2026

from https://www.financialexpress.com

Honda will continue to expand their illustrious history in Grand Prix racing having signed an agreement with Dorna Sports S.L. to compete for the next five years, from 2022 to 2026. Honda started in 1954 when Honda’s founder, Soichiro Honda, declared entry into the Isle of Man TT, the premier motorcycle racing event of the era, with the aim of becoming the best in the world. This journey has so far seen 100 different riders win on Honda machines and amass over 800 wins across all categories. In the premier class alone, Honda has claimed 850 podiums and 25 Rider World Championships, more than any other brand in history.

The journey will continue for at least five more years as Honda have agreed with commercial rights-holder and series-promoter Dorna Sports S.L. to guarantee their place on the grid until 2026.

Noriaki Abe, Managing Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.: “First, I would like to express my respect and gratitude to Carmelo Ezpeleta and everyone at Dorna Sports for their hard work in organizing races during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very pleased that we have renewed our contract to compete in MotoGP from 2022 to 2026.

“Honda has been competing in the FIM Grand Prix World Championship since 1959, and won its 800th grand prix last year. Honda believes MotoGP racing is vital to our motorsports activities. MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing – it allows us to develop various technologies, and through fierce competition, teach our engineers and nurture their skills. With these engineers working on the development of production vehicles, Honda can create better products for its customers. Honda will continue to bring dreams and joy to its customers worldwide through its motorsports activities, including MotoGP.”

Bagger Racing League

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The Bagger Racing League™ explodes onto the scene!

The Harley-Davison and V-Twin motorcycle community will now have their day at the racetrack!

Durango, CO (January 29, 2021) – On January 25, 2021, the biggest news to hit the Harley-Davison and V-Twin motorcycle community arrived in the formation of the Bagger Racing League™ at the V-Twin Only Track Day at Chuckwalla Raceway in Southern California on Monday. The idea was to bring the V-Twin Performance Community to a road race track and let the world know what the upgrades are all about. The V-Twin Only Track Day with the help of Tony from Shred Moto Co and Eric from Jiffy Tune, hosted over 100 American big twin bikes at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway and was the perfect opportunity for the big announcement.

Bagger Racing League™ welcomed DRAG Specialties, world leader in V-Twin aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel distribution, as their Title Sponsor.

Bagger Racing League™ founder Rob Buydos and Chief Operations Officer John Oakes welcomed representatives from the best aftermarket parts and accessory companies and race teams in the world as they all took part in signing a commitment to race with the Bagger Racing League™ for the 2021 Season. Race team conformations included:

Alloy Art

Barnett

Bassani

Feuling Parts

Performance Machine

Saddleman

Slyfox

The Speed Merchant

Trask Performance

More teams will be announced as they sign on.

Additionally, The biggest news in the custom bike game was also announced! Zach and Cory Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles have signed a commitment to host a massive custom motorcycle show at the 2021 event.

“With the rise of performance baggers we’ve seen over the last 5 years, we wanted an event that could help promote those parts that make these bikes so sought after. This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to see where it leads,” said Rob Buydos, Bagger Racing League™ founder.

Bagger Racing League™ race will be a 3-day event, featuring the world’s largest V-Twin vendor village at a road racetrack, stunt shows, camping, the Arlen Ness Custom Bike Show and much more. Each event will telecast live and feature a live audience. If the V-Twin Only Track Day is any indication, and with over 100 riders and nine separate Harley-Davidson dealerships with staff or their principals participating, as well as riders coming all the way from Maine, the Bagger Racing League™ is sure to sell out quickly.

“Bagger Racing League™ will allow Harley-Davidson and V-twin parts manufacturers to showcase their performance parts in a competitive atmosphere. I am excited to be a part of the team and to take my passions—for events, motorcycles, sponsorship, marketing and racing—and combined them all into one loud, fast and fun weekend,” said John Oakes with BRL™ .

BRL™ will feature 4 classes of racing:

1. Hooligan GP: Includes V-twin inspired platform.

2. Big Twin GP: Includes any large-displacement big twin.

3. Stunt GP: Is an invitational. Invited entrants will compete in a judged stunt competition on Friday night then take the same bike to the track for qualifying on Saturday and the main event on Sunday.

4. Premier Class Bagger GP: Harley and Indian touring bikes duke it out in the fight for dominance

Bagger Racing League™ Round 1 will take place June 25–27, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Utah Motorsports Complex. Presale tickets, hotel packages, camping and more will be available for an early bird presale on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Those interested can sign up for presale ticket access at http://www.BaggerRacingLeague.com.

If you missed the live announcement, see the video on the Bagger Racing League Facebook page.

Follow Bagger Racing League online:

www.Facebook.com/BaggerRacingLeague

On Instagram: @BaggerRacingLeague

Army of Darkness Race Team Joins Forces with Pirelli for the 2021 Racing Season

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AoD Yamaha R1-Equipped with DIABLO™ Superbike Slicks Seeks 16th National Title

ROME, Ga. (January 21, 2021) – Pirelli Tire North America has announced a new partnership that will see the Army of Darkness (AoD) racing team equipped with Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike slicks for the 2021-racing season. Founded in 1993, AoD is the longest running endurance motorcycle road racing team in America and have captured an impressive 15 national championships. The AoD Yamaha YZF-R1® machine will be fitted with DIABLO Superbike slicks, specifically using the new, larger 125/70-17 and 200/65-17 sizing.

“The Army of Darkness racing team has an impressive record that speaks for itself,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “I feel that this is the perfect time to spotlight our newer World Superbike and World Supersport tires in the endurance race series. The AoD team will be running the new, larger sized Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike slicks that have proven to be more durable with the additional grip. I am very excited about the new partnership and to see what we can do together on the racetrack.”

For 2021, AoD will have its sights set on returning to the WERA/N2 National Endurance series and look to defend the championship that it captured this past year. Pirelli’s DIABLO Superbike range of tires, including the new, larger sizing, has been developed through the brand’s role as the official tire supplier for the World Superbike Championship the past 17 seasons. Pirelli continues to pride itself on the motto “we race what we sell, we sell what we race”, meaning that riders competing in both local and national championships can purchase the same tires used in the world championship through their local Pirelli trackside vendor.

“Army of Darkness has won 15 national endurance championships, and each year, it has required effort to figure out a way to improve our average lap time from the previous year,” said Sam Fleming, team captain, Army of Darkness. “Of course, constant improvement is what racing is all about! Pirelli has always embraced this racing ethos and have innovated with new tire sizes, compounds, and construction. Their efforts yielded a number of new lap records across the USA in 2020. We were both, humbled and honored, when Pirelli partnered with us for what is sure to be our most challenging season ever in the WERA/N2 National Endurance series. We hope to put Pirelli’s rubber to good use as we set out to defend our championship. As my friends know, the ‘Q’ in my name is for Quarelli and I have a large family in Northern Italy. They will be very pleased that we will be flying the Italian flag, il Tricolore, even if it’s in black.”

To learn more about the Army of Darkness race team, Click Here.

For more information about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit Pirelli.com

Justin Brayton Charges to Podium Finish at Houston 2 Round of Supercross

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Justin Brayton Charges to Podium Finish with Pirelli SCORPION™ MX Tires at Houston 2 Round of Supercross

Pirelli Continues to Race on the Same Product that is Available to the Public

Houston, Texas (January 20, 2021) – For the second consecutive round, the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship visited the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for Round 2 in front of a limited capacity crowd. Pirelli rider Justin Brayton piloted his Muc-Off Racing Honda to a podium finish in the star-studded 450SX Class. Brayton’s CRF450 relied on the performance of Pirelli’s SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft 80/100-21 front and MX32 Mid Soft 120/90-19 rear tires equipped with standard tubes both front and rear.

“These podiums are not easy to come by when you have 15 factory riders who are all capable of being on the podium in any given night,” said Brayton. “Our starts have been solid and our lap times are competitive. Pirelli are proving their place in this championship. We sit third in points following Round 2 and that’s a testament to the new Honda and our power partners, which include Pirelli and their SCORPION™ MX range.”

As the 450SX Class launched off of the starting gate and into the first turn, Brayton found himself off to another good start with his SCORPION™ MX tires and inside the top-five. He battled hard for position during the opening laps and eventually moved into a podium position on Lap 5. Just a few laps later his relentless efforts saw him climb into the runner-up position. When the checkered flag waved, Brayton crossed the finish to take a hard-earned third place and was the top finishing Honda rider. The soon-to-be 37-year-old collected his ninth 450SX career podium.

“It was incredible to watch Justin [Brayton] out there tonight and it feels great to get a podium so early in the season with the Muc-Off Honda Racing team,” said Nick Walton, off-road race manager, Pirelli. “From the minute we formed our new partnership this off-season, everyone on the team has been incredibly happy with the performance of our SCORPION™ MX tire range. Our goal was to bring the success we’ve had in the world championship over to the Monster Energy Supercross Championship. Our professional riders continue to race and develop the very same tires that anyone can purchase, which isn’t something offered by any other tire manufacturer’s. I think it shows just how capable our tire range is.”

In the 250 SX Class, Muc-Off Racing Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg found himself off to a strong start and charged to a seventh place finish at the end of the 15-minute-plus-one-lap race. BarX/Chaparral/Ecstar Suzuki Racing’s John Short narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish in 11th, just edging out fellow Pirelli riders Thomas Do and Jeremy Hand in 12th and 13th, respectively. Pirelli placed seven riders inside of the top-20 positions.

The Monster Energy Supercross Championship returns to action for Round 3 on Saturday, January 23, marking the third and final stop in Houston.

Results

Monster Energy Supercross Championship
Houston 2 – Houston, Texas
January 19, 2021

450SX Class Results

  1. Eli Tomac – Kawasaki
  2. Dylan Ferrandis – Yamaha
  3. Justin Brayton – Honda

450SX Class Standings

  1. Justin Barcia – 40
  2. Dylan Ferrandis – 38
  3. Justin Brayton – 38

250SX Class Results

  1. Jett Lawrence – Honda
  2. Colt Nichols – Yamaha
  3. Christian Craig – Yamaha
  1. Mitchell Oldenburg – Honda
  2. John Short – Suzuki
  3. Thomas Do – KTM
  4. Jeremy Hand – Honda
  5. Luke Neese – Honda
  6. Logan Karnow – Kawasaki
  7. Devin Simonson – Kawasaki

250SX Class Standings

  1. Christian Craig – 47
  2. Colt Nichols – 44
  3. Jett Lawrence – 43
  1. Mitchell Oldenburg – 31
  2. John Short – 24
  3. Thomas Do – 18
  4. Jeremy Hand – 12
  5. Logan Karnow – 11
  6. Kevin Moranz – 10
  7. Luke Neese – 8

For more information about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit Pirelli.com

Royal Enfield announces road racing participants

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Seven female motorcyclists have been selected for the road racing program

Milwaukee, Wis (January 19, 2021) Royal Enfield today announced its seven finalists for the BUILD TRAIN RACE (BTR) road racing program. The seven female motorcyclists come from diverse backgrounds and over the course of the next year are tasked with converting Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycles into road racing motorcycles, for a series of exhibition races to be held in 2021.

Royal Enfield launched the BTR program in 2019, challenging four women to build flat track motorcycles and compete in select exhibitions during American Flat Track events. After a strong response to the program, the second phase of BTR will showcase the road racing capabilities of the Continental GT 650 and the abilities of seven female motorcyclists to build, train and race the motorcycles they create. Melissa Paris, veteran road racer, and BTR flat track participant will serve as a mentor to the selected participants and provide valuable insights throughout the duration of the program.

“The BTR flat track program received an enormous outpouring of support and interest in the last year,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing Lead – Americas and Continental GT 650 global brand manager. “A panel of judges including myself, Melissa Paris and Anne Roberts have handpicked a group of fantastic female motorcycle enthusiasts from across the U.S. through a video submission process, and will be providing each of them with a Continental GT 650 motorcycle, so that they may begin the customization process.“

After careful review, the panel of judges selected Michaela Turnbull of Wyoming, CJ Lukacs of California, Kayla Theisler of Wisconsin, Becky Goebel of California, Trisha Dahl of Minnesota, Alyssa Bridges of California and Scarlett Grosselangehorst of New York to take part in the BTR program.

The BTR road racing program will kick off in the coming weeks, as the participants receive their motorcycles and begin the customization process. Melissa Paris will provide guidance during the build process and will mentor the ladies during the training and racing portions of the program. Upon completion of their builds, the women will partake in a series of training sessions lead by Paris. The culmination of the program will take place when the seven women participate in yet-to-be-announced race exhibitions.

To learn more about the program and to follow along throughout the year, visit BTR here.

CJ Lukacs – “This BTR program is beyond anything I could have imagined being part of. That it even exists is such a rad opportunity. Being on display to learn with, grow with, and inspire other women through the passion of motorcycling, is truly remarkable and the greatest honor.”

Alyssa Bridges – “This is certainly the opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn’t be more grateful and excited to participate. I am still in shock that we actually get to do this.”

Trisha Dahl – “Royal Enfield is creating a motorcycle movement to make riding simply about fun again, the Build. Train. Race program and the Continental GT650 are proof of that.“

Kayla Theisler – “I’m super excited to not only share my passion for bikes with the world but also to learn and grow as a rider and racer with such incredibly inspiring women!”

Michaela Trumbull – “I am beyond words excited and grateful to be a part of the Build Train Race Program! This company and the people involved are making my dreams come true and I can’t wait to work hand in hand with them!”

Scarlett Grosselangehorst – “I am enthusiastic about every part of Build Train Race. My favorite aspect of the BTR program is that Royal Enfield actively supports the female riding community by demystifying wrenching and racing.”

Becky Goebel – “I don’t know what the heck I just got myself into but I am excited! I closely watched last year’s Royal Enfield Build Train Race Program and thought it was an awesome idea to get women on bikes in these race realms and now I’m going to do it as well!”

King of the Baggers Returns in 2021 With 5 Races

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Last year, the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was host to a race between baggers for the first time. The event was part of the first-of-its-kind Drag Specialties King of the Baggers event, and this year it’s all coming back with a vengeance.

The 2020 event was a major hit, as it was watched online in massive numbers, with millions tuning in for the show.

“The popularity of the event was crazy so how could we not do more? We know there are plenty of Bagger fans out there as our videos of the debut Laguna event were watched by millions,” said in a statement MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey.

So, this year we’ll be enjoying the event five-fold. The series will be held in conjunction with the 2021 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series, kicking off at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on April 30.

Then the newborn series will burn through Road America, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and Pittsburgh International Race Complex before coming to an end at Barber Motorsports Park in September.

“Having five races gives us the opportunity to bring King of the Baggers to fans in several different areas of the country. We’ve also opted to make the series open to any qualified racer, which should bring new teams and new bike builds to the series from the aftermarket and motorcycle dealers who specialize in baggers,” Rainey added.

For now, it is too early to say who will be taking part in the coming races, but we reckon most of those present at last year’s event will be on the starting grid once more.

The already-held bagger race ended with Indian taking the win with an S&S- and Roland Sands-prepped Challenger ridden by Tyler O’Hara. A second Challenger, ridden by Frankie Garcia, finished in third position. They both had to fight off a pack of 11 Harley-Davidsons.

 

Pirelli Offers a Trio of Options for the New Ducati Multistrada V4

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The Latest Evolution of the Multistrada Family will be on Sale Equipped with SCORPION™ Trail II as Original Equipment Tires, While Also Being Homologated for SCORPION™ Rally STR and SCORPION™ Rally Off-Road Use

MILAN, Italy (November 30, 2020) – The new Ducati Multistrada V4, recently presented to the public on the digital platforms of the company from Borgo Panigale, represents the fourth generation of Multistrada and is an important step forward in its offering for the maxi enduro segment. The Multistrada V4 is an even more high performing motorcycle compared to its predecessor; designed to show a sporty attitude and versatility at the same time, capable of tackling all conditions in complete safety, on- and off-road.

Pirelli has worked closely with Ducati since the inception of the Multistrada project in 2003 offering to the company from Borgo Panigale tires focused on supporting the attributes of this machine in terms of performance and safety. The first version of the Ducati Multistrada in 2003 was equipped with Pirelli SCORPION™ Sync, the new 2010 model adopting Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail, while the Multistrada 1200 in 2012 was the first to have as original equipment the revolutionary Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail II tires. With the recent introduction of the fourth generation Multistrada, the partnership between this motorcycle family and SCORPION™ Trail II is increasingly strengthened, and it is joined this time by the motorcycle additional homologations for SCORPION™ Rally STR and SCORPION™ Rally tires.

The Ducati Multistrada V4 range features as original equipment tires Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail II in the sizes 120/70 ZR19 M/C 60W TL (D) front and 170/60 ZR17 M/C 72W TL (U) rear, a specification developed specifically for the new Multistrada. The sizes chosen for the new Ducati Multistrada have now become the reference for the maxi enduro segment. For this reason, the motorcycle is homologated also for the Pirelli enduro on/off tires SCORPION™ Rally STR and SCORPION™ Rally in the same sizes, which are more suitable for off-road use and for the needs of bikers who love adventure.

The Multistrada V4 S and Multistrada V4 S Sport models offer motorcyclists the possibility to be purchased with light alloy cast wheels or alternatively with spoke wheels, which will be directly assembled in the factory. In both cases, the original equipment tires remain Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail II.

The three different Pirelli tires homologated for the Ducati Multistrada V4:

SCORPION™ TRAIL II

ON-ROAD 90 / 10 OFF-ROAD

SCORPION ™ Trail II is the perfect combination of the best features offered by an off-road product and those guaranteed by a sport touring tire, specifically designed to meet the most demanding market expectations, and for years the original equipment of prestigious enduro road bikes. Since its market introduction, SCORPION™ Trail II has achieved 11 victories in the enduro street tire comparative tests. The first one was the one promoted by Motorrad in 2015, the year of its debut. From 2016 until 2019, it’s the winner of 10 additional comparative tests organized by the most authoritative industry publications from Europe, achieving results that make this tire one of the most successful products ever from the Pirelli motorcycle range.

SCORPION™ RALLY STR

ON-ROAD 70 / 30 OFF-ROAD

SCORPION™ Rally STR is a tire of the enduro on/off segment that is able to combine the best performance of a rally competition tire with that of an enduro street tire. It’s designed for those motorcyclists that desire a knobby tire with an aggressive look, while being versatile, which translates to a balanced behavior on and off-road. SCORPION™ Rally STR provides optimal off-road performance combined with excellent handling, grip and stability on the road.

SCORPION™ RALLY

ON-ROAD 50 / 50 OFF-ROAD

Pirelli SCORPION™ Rally can rely on the pedigree of the SCORPION™ family, which carries with it all the experience developed through decades of participation in different off-road racing on different types of terrain, from soft sand to hard rock. Born specifically for desert racing and rallies, the SCORPION™ Rally range is enriched with new sizes that have been designed especially for high displacement enduro street bikes. This was made possible by the constant research & development work of Pirelli engineers, which pursued an evolution of all the tire aspects: from tread pattern design to tire structure, from profile to compounds. These sizes, including the ones for the new Ducati Multistrada V4, were designed to guarantee excellent off-road performance including better traction, tear resistance and less wear on the tread, and at the same time to provide high mileage and excellent road stability, even at high speeds and fully loaded.

Porsche vs Harley-Davidson Drag Race Video

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by Vlad Mitrache from https://www.autoevolution.com

Up until very recently, the thought of a drag race between a Porsche (any model) and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (any hog) was one of the most preposterous ones that anyone could come up with.

On the one hand, you have a German automotive brand with a strong history and deep roots in motorsport. Sure, it’s guilty of also building SUVs – with some even powered by diesel – but you’d be pushing it to call any of its models “slow”.

On the other hand, you have an American motorcycle specialist with an equally strong history and plenty of racing connections throughout its history, though less so in the more recent years. Indeed, these days Harley-Davidson is better known for its range of cruisers and choppers, the type of machines that don’t necessarily value speed.

However, when things go electric, speed always has a knack for making its way into the center of it. That’s probably because making electric vehicles go quick is surprisingly easy – there is no complicated transmission, no engine with a million moving parts – just an electric motor and tons of instant torque.

There’s also the fact that you can’t get too much range out of a 15.5 kWh battery pack – and you can’t fit a larger one on a bike – so if reaching faraway places is out of the picture, you still have to offer the buyer something. And that something is speed.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in roughly three seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 114 mph (183 km/h). Its motor produces 105 hp and 86 lb-ft (117 Nm) of torque to battle the 549 lbs (250 kg) that the rig weighs.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo, its competitor for the day, has obviously got very different figures, but the one that matters the most in this case is actually identical. Like the LiveWire, the Turbo will reach 60 mph from a complete stop in three seconds. Does that mean we have an even race on our hands?

Well, motorcycles very rarely manage to keep up with their four-wheeled counterparts during these drag races, and it’s usually in the second part of the competition where they make up ground as finding traction stops being a problem. With the Taycan Turbo being the grippy monster that it is, it’s hard to imagine the LiveWire stands any chance.

As the driver of the Taycan says (opinions about how likable or not he is in the comments below, please. I want to know if it’s just me), the most important thing to take away from this race isn’t so much the winner, but the performance potential of electric drivetrains for both cars and motorcycles.

 

Here’s What It Takes to Drag Race a Harley-Davidson LiveWire

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Electric cars have been around for about a decade now, but electric motorcycles are sure taking their sweet time to come into existence. There are a number of startups in the market of making electric two-wheelers now, but the established names of the industry are just beginning to dip their toes into the segment.

To date, only one of these established names has ventured into the electric motorcycle sector: Harley-Davidson. Its LiveWire came into the spotlight last year, and came with high hopes in tow. Hopes that, for better or worse, are yet to be met.

The LiveWire is not killing it sales-wise, and Harley knows it. That’s why the bike maker embarked on an intensive effort to promote the EV through unconventional means.

First, Harley handed two of them (modified) to Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman for their 13,000 miles (21,000 km) trip from the city of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego all the way to Los Angeles, captured on film under the name Long Way Up. Apparently, the bikes not only survived, but they also handled their jobs beautifully.

Then, the company took the LiveWire to the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis for some live audience action. There, rider Angelle Sampey (who usually rides an FXDR Pro Stock) accelerated the LiveWire to the records of best elapsed time and top speed for an “electric-powered production motorcycle on a drag racing course.”

Following the run, Harley became even more convinced electric drag racing is definitely the future in the motorcycle world. So the company released a dedicated episode of its Science of Speed YouTube series, describing “the mental and physical techniques used by top racers” before, during and after the race.

“Let me tell you what’s amazing,” said Sampey about her experience with the electric bike. “That was the first time I rode the LiveWire. I could not wait to get it on the track. The LiveWire is so easy to ride. Just twist the throttle and go – and you really go!”

You can have a look at the 10-minutes clip below.

 

Indian Challenger Beats Harley And Wins King Of Baggers 2020

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At the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Race at Laguna Seca 2020

A nearly two-second lead over the competition is pretty impressive.

The first-ever Drag Specialties King of the Baggers race is officially in the books, and Indian Motorcycle’s only two entries in the entire field took first and third. Any rider or team would have to be pretty pleased with that kind of performance, exhibition event or not.

Tyler O’Hara raced the S&S Cycles Indian Challenger and quickly got out in front of the pack at Laguna Seca, but ran wide at Turn Two. He was able to get back on track and win, but not before dropping back down to third for a short time.

The most exciting moments of racing typically happen when racers have to pass each other—not go around in a big, fast parade around a track. O’Hara managed to claw his way back up to the front, eventually finishing the race with a healthy 1.9-second lead over Hayden Gillim, who piloted his Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to second place. O’Hara’s best lap time was a 1:36.211, while Gillim’s was a 1:38.815.

Frankie Garcia followed in third on his Roland Sands Design Indian—definitely a good end to what could have been a rough weekend for the guy. While doing a practice start prior to race time, Garcia had a big get-off that involved his ginormous race steed going over completely backward and landing on him at the start line, as you can see in this video. Thankfully, he was completely fine afterward—but that’s a pre-race trick that no one wants to do.

Three racers who took the start line did not finish the inaugural King of the Baggers event. Ben Bostrom was the first racer out, followed by Michael Woolaway and Josh Herrin. Racer Michael Barnes was unfortunately unable to start the race at all. The eight-lap race completed its run in just over 15 minutes from when racers first rolled off to when the final racer crossed the finish line.

Will this become a regular annual event—or perhaps even a short series? All that remains to be seen, but no matter how you cut it, it does seem like this event was pretty well-received by all concerned.

by Janaki Jitchotvisut from https://www.rideapart.com