Harley-Davidson XG750R

What you see here is the first purpose-built Harley-Davidson race bike to come from the Milwaukee for quite some time, as its been several decades since the Bar & Shield brand formally offered flat track racing machines – 44 years, to be precise.

Called the Harley-Davidson XG750R, the flat track racing machine is based off the Harley-Davidson Street 750 platform, and it will make its racing debut this weekend at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois.

As the name suggests, the Harley-Davidson XG750R features the same 750cc v-twin engine that is found in the Harley-Davidson Street 750 street bike, though it has been tuned for racing duty.

In addition to the tuned engine, the chassis has also been modified, both getting worked over by the minds at Vance & Hines Motorsports. As you can tell from the photos, there is a lack of street-going switchgear, and the front brakes are noticeably absent.

This is because the Harley-Davidson XG750R is for race-use only, and Harley-Davdison at this time does not plan on selling a street version to the public. Sad trombone.

“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 Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Kris Schoonover.

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

Harley-Davidson XG750R

Harley-Davidson XG750R

Harley-Davidson XG750R

Harley-Davidson XG750R

Harley-Davidson XG750R

Source: Harley-Davidson

  • LeDelmo

    So why cant Harley make street bikes this cool?

    I never understood why companies can make these race bikes look so incredible yet they cant ever seem to make a decent looking street bike?

    MT-10 anyone?

  • crshnbrn

    H-D has made street bikes this cool. The XR1200 and XR1200X were dropped because of low sales. How does that saying go about a horse and water?

  • LeDelmo

    Those bikes were nothing like this… Not even in the same league

  • exstrat

    To call the XR1200 and XR1200X cool, and anything similar to this bike (besides possibly the “look”), is a bit of a stretch. What with its close to 600lb wet weight and, what was it, 80hp? Kinda kills the cool and fun for me.

  • keithfinnie

    After having ridden an XR1200 (briefly, to be fair) I can only say that for my money, its appearance and rumbling exhaust note are all it has going for it. Overly stiff suspension, clunky transmission, uncomfortable riding position, clumsy handling come to mind.

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  • coreyvwc

    Why would Harley make an honest effort to sell you something nice when they have millions of loyal customers who are still lining up to buy the same old thing that is really easy for them to make?

  • LeDelmo

    Seriously though, All Harley has to do is slap on a simple head light and tail light. Get the power out-put to the 100-120 Hp mark and have the toque around the 80-90 Ft.lbs. While some how doing the unthinkable with a Harley. Making it actually reliable than they would be in business.

    I have never liked Harley’s but a bike like that would make even me ponder a possible purchase.

    And that’s saying allot.

    I also want to mention. My interpretation of “Cool” is a bike that doesn’t try to mask what it is. I like simple clean bikes that simply show what its all about. A bike built with a purpose in mind.

    Unapologetic performance

  • MrDefo

    I think this is pretty clever on HD’s part. It adds a level of credibility to their 750 bike. I noticed that people were already modding the street bike for flat track, and now HD’s going to cash in one of America’s favorite motorcycle sports.

  • irksome

    It’s an odd phenomenon; selling a bike with appeal outside their (admittedly sizable) niche would dilute the brand.
    See: ’77 XLCR, V-Rod, Buell…

  • Mike McFadden M&M Customs

    I’m in the process of working with some companies for a Track Day edition of the XG750 myself. Once the fairing layout is finished I will cast a mold and the fairing will be done in Carbon Fiber and we are going to see what this little 750 is like on a track with some tuning. The second shot is an idea of the paint scheme.

  • Brett Lewis

    I kinda liked the XR too, especially the last one they were putting out, it was the most interesting Harley to me. Have you seen the new Roadster? It’s a better looking Sportster with with better ground clearance, a little better tuning, less rake, 10 lbs lighter, and should compete well with the Octane and Scout I think (in the marketplace).

  • Paul McM

    Heck, toss a front brake on that and a lower-mounted Norton-style exhaust and I’d buy one. This is so much more interesting than the cafe racer nonsense you see all over the interwebs. I bet this would be a hoot to ride — it would redefine “Hooligan”. Nice work HD — hope a street version is in the offing…

  • LeDelmo

    I would like to add. If Harley ever wanted to get into the main stream for motorcycles this could be it.

    I mean its very been better for these bikes. Cafe and Street Trackers are hot right now. So they could use this to get their foot in the door and make it stick this time.

    If fact think I am going to E-mail them about this. I suggest you do the same.

  • Grendel Medlord

    I can see why HD wouldn’t want to make a street version of this. It reminds me of the Ducati Scrambler and I think we all know how big of a flop that thing has been. /s

  • Seriously though. How difficult would it be to lap on some lights and brakes on this this thing and get it registered as a customized Harley-Davidson Street 750 or “chopper”?

    Not difficult I’d imagine

  • ‘Mike Smith

    You forgot the front brake. Gonna need one, although fishtailing and leaving long black streaks while braking is pretty awesome.

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  • Scott

    Omfg. I’m glad I wandered back in here from another article, and saw your finished result by chance!
    That’s straight-up awesome. Maybe send it to the editors here at A&R? They seem to feature builds sometimes… ;-)