It’s been 50 years since the debut of the wildly successful Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker. To celebrate the special anniversary, the H-D XG750R has been updated, featuring the historic Jet Fire Orange color painted on its carbon fiber bodywork, and is now available through dealerships.
In 1970, Harley-Davidson rolled out the XR750 to replace the outgoing KR750 to compete in flat track competitions. For decades, the XR750 earned its title as one of the most successful race bikes of all time — accumulating more wins than any other motorcycle in the history of AMA racing. Its successor, the XG750R, was unveiled back in 2016.
The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team is fielding the updated XG750R for 2020 and will compete in the 18-event American Flat Track (AFT) SuperTwins series which begins on March 14 at Daytona. The new SuperTwins class will be limited to top professional teams, excluding privateers (with some controversy) in order to grow the sport’s audience around the world via live broadcasts. Meanwhile, privateers can join the Production Twins and Singles classes.
For the first time ever, Harley-Davidson dealerships will be able to sell flat track race bikes. The 2020 XG750R is powered by the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, 798 cc Revolution X 60º V-twin. It is equipped with a 4-speed gearbox, multi-disc slipper clutch, 38 mm throttle body, Öhlins suspension, Vance & Hines 2-2 exhaust, and Performance Machine Flat Tracker wheels. The carbon fiber bodywork is painted in historic Jet Fire Orange.
The 2020 Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker costs race teams $36,000 and supply is limited. H-D dealerships are given priority. Oregon-based Latus Motors became the first to purchase the XG750R which they’ll be entering into the AFT Production Twins class this season to be ridden by James Ripsoli.