Update: Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle ice racing as X Games Aspen exhibition sport (video)
Harley-Davidson, one of the X Games sponsors has teamed with ESPN to feature motorcycle ice racing as an X Games Aspen exhibition sport. Turning to a customer-centric approach, fans will via social media (Twitter hashtag #XGIceRace) help decide if the sport is extreme enough for future X Games winter events.
Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team rider Brad Baker reigning AMA Pro Grand National champion, AMA Pro star Jared Mees, winner of the 2012 AMA Pro Grand National Championship, and his wife and fellow AMA Pro flat track racer Nichole Mees will partake in the exhibition race. Do take a look at the video below.
“While the Street was designed to handle urban environments, its instant throttle response, lean chassis and super-low seat height make it perfect to ride anywhere,” said Dino Bernacchi, Director of North American Marketing Communications, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We modified several Street motorcycles by adding steel screws to the tires and let the world’s best flat track racers tear up the ice at high speeds. We think fans will be captivated by the extreme attitude and beauty they’ll see on the ice.”
“The attitude and capabilities of the Street were influenced by thousands of young adults in cities around the world,” added Bernacchi. “So while we think ice racing is hardcore, it’s only fitting that Harley-Davidson is having extreme sports fans around the world help decide the X Games fate of the sport.”
“Harley-Davidson has been pioneering action sports before they were even defined as action sports,” added Bernacchi. “In fact, archive photos in the Harley-Davidson Museum show enthusiasts racing on frozen lakes almost a century ago, so it’s exciting to see us back racing on ice with a new generation of riders on the newest addition to the Dark Custom motorcycle lineup.”
Harley-Davidson Ice Racing featuring the H-D Street