7 in a Row! Bryan Smith Wins 2017 Sacramento Mile

Bryan Smith wins Sacramento Mile (American Flat Track/Scott Hunter Photo)

Indian Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith celebrates after winning his 7th consecutive Sacramento Mile. (American Flat Track/Scott Hunter Photo)

Shayna Texter earns back-to-back wins in AFT Singles

The massive crowd of American Flat Track fans who flooded the Cal Expo Fairgrounds for the Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear witnessed both a rider and a manufacturer in action at the height of their powers.

Once again, Bryan Smith demonstrated his mastery of the Mile with a tactically brilliant victory aboard his No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750.

And in doing so, the reigning Grand National Champion not only extended Indian’s 2017 win streak, he led the third Indian Motorcycle Racing podium sweep this season in AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines competition.

Smith and his fellow members of the Indian Wrecking Crew, Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750), were again in a class of their own on Saturday night.

Almost immediately, the Indian-mounted teammate/rivals ripped away from the rest of the Main Event field. They then waged an intra-team battle that alternately required pace, patience, slipstreaming and strategy for practically the entirety of the 25-mile distance.

While all three took their turns at the front, Baker appeared to be in control, even pulling a small gap as he sailed past the white flag. However, that was only an illusion, as Smith leapt past Mees to slot into second on the final trip down the back straight, and then blasted past Baker once they hit the front straight to steal away the win as they raced to the checkered flag.

Mees followed in Smith’s wake to tow past Baker as well, transforming what had seemed a likely win for Baker into a third-place run in just fractions of a second.

Smith’s victory came by a minuscule 0.025-second margin over Mees, with Baker a further 0.05 seconds adrift in third. The win was Smith’s seventh in succession at the Sacramento Mile, and his third in a row this season.

After securing sole possession of the championship lead, Smith said, “I played my cards just right. I sat back there, saved my tire, and went hard the last couple laps. That pace Brad set was pretty hard, and I didn’t know if the tires would hold up, so I just cruised back in third. I saw ‘five to go’ and wanted to inch up there. I led it there for a minute with three to go and knew I wanted to be back (in third). I was a sitting duck. So I waited to the last lap to make my move and fortunately drafted Brad. I’m so happy to get seven in a row in front of this great crowd in Sacramento. This place is definitely special to me”

Speaking for the field, the fans in the grandstands, and motorcycle racing fans around the world, Smith added, “We’re all thinking about Nicky Hayden. That one’s for him. Get well, buddy – we’ll be seeing ya.”

While he got pushed out of at least a share of the championship lead for the first time this season, Mees did manage to maintain his perfect 2017 podium streak with his runner-up result in Sacramento. And encouragingly, for the second consecutive weekend he showed the speed to push the likes of Smith and Baker right to the brink around a big track.

Mees said, “I’ve got to give a big shout out to my team. We were a little off in the Semi and Bryan really put it to us. In the Main Event, we turned things upside down, and we were able to be a player rather than just hanging on.

“It was a good race, and it’s great to get another Indian sweep with these guys. It stinks getting second, especially to a guy you’re battling in points, but it’s great for Indian Motorcycles. I’m honored to be a part of it. You can’t complain about seconds and thirds – we’ll get some wins, that’s for sure.”

Baker was again left with a bitter taste in his mouth following an otherwise stellar performance, especially after practically tasting his first Scout FTR750-mounted victory.

“I didn’t know if I was controlling the race, or if I was just the mouse getting chased,” Baker said. “It turns out I was just the mouse getting chased. Great job to Jared and Bryan.

“It kind of sucks, getting second and third over and over again, especially at these Miles where I want to win so badly… Jared and Bryan just had a little bit better strategy there at the end. I led over the stripe so many times, I thought I might be able to get there on the last one. But I guess I just spun it up a little bit too much and let those guys squeak on by.”

Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07) tracked down a quick-starting Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Carver’s BBQ Kawasaki Ninja 650) and then proceeded to outduel him over the Main Event’s second half to snatch away fourth place by a narrow 0.050 seconds.

Texter Scores Second Straight AFT Singles Win

While it took Richie Morris Racing’s Shayna Texter almost four seasons to claim her seventh career AFT Singles victory, it took just an additional week to earn her eighth.

Texter won out in a thrilling battle that saw her and Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R) run down early leader Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Ben Evans Honda CRF450R), who had built a sizable early advantage.

Once together on track, the three traded haymakers, including a memorable sequence in which Texter split her rivals as they momentarily ran three abreast before she emerged from third in first with just two laps remaining.

The final lap required that Texter pull one final rabbit out of her helmet. She launched the No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R off the final corner and shot past Avery to claim the checkered flag by 0.065 seconds.

Stollings, who led the bulk of the race, ended up third, 0.170 seconds off the win.

Asked about her strategy, Texter admitted, “I really wasn’t thinking; I was just trying to get up to the front and stay there. It took a long time to catch Kevin. He was riding his butt off and he was really strong in the corners and I kept spinning it up. It seemed like I caught Stollings, and then Tristan came out of nowhere.

“I knew that I could do it if I could get out there and make my marks right, but honestly, this Mile racing is a little bit of a gamble and luck. You just have to be in the right spot at the right time. I saw Tristan spun it a little bit coming out of four, and I just tried to do the opposite. I was able to get a nice drive off of him, and it was enough to hold off Stollings.”

The Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear will debut on NBCSN on Thursday, August 3, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. For race highlights click here: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFlatTrack/videos/1530071733693592/

Next Up:
Next week, the American Flat Track will make the first of two 2017 doubleheader stops in Springfield, Ill. with Saturday, May 27’s Springfield TT and Sunday, May 28’s Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at https://www.springfieldmile.org/.

Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack).

Award Updates:

AFT Singles
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #99 Kevin Stollings
Motul Move of the Race – #52 Shayna Texter

AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Ohlins Fastest Lap – #67 Davis Fisher
McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 – #6 Brad Baker

Ace Cafe Orlando Celebrates Grand Opening

Ace Cafe Orlando celebrates its grand opening.

Three-acre motor-centric dining, entertainment and retail destination features full-service restaurant, bars, live music stages, retail stores, motorcycle dealership, art gallery and more

Ace Cafe Orlando, the first North American location of the celebrated London-based motor-diner and the sixth Ace Cafe in the world, rolled its doors open May 19. The 35,000-square-foot dining, entertainment, and retail destination reinvigorates a key parcel in downtown Orlando now known as “Ace Corner,” where it expects to draw more than 400,000 people annually.

“The City of Orlando is committed to providing residents and our 68 million visitors with a diverse array of entertainment and dining options,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Ace Cafe is a welcomed addition to Downtown Orlando, adding to the vibrancy and quality of life in the area, and will help to generate increased visitation and economic benefits to the area with its festivals and events.”

Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll-loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal among motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world.

“We have built a special place for everyone, from Petrolheads and enthusiasts, to the after-hours work crowd, families, music lovers and everybody in between,” said Mark McKee, CEO and Chief Gearhead of Ace Cafe North America. “For those passionate about cool motors, great music, inspired food and drinks, and good times, Ace Cafe Orlando is the place to be.”

Much larger than its London namesake, Ace Cafe Orlando spans two floors and features a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, a mezzanine that overlooks the main floor dining area and stage, and private and semi-private spaces for groups both large and small.

Rounding out the offerings inside the Ace are: Rockers Speed Shop (selling official branded Ace apparel); a BMW motorcycle dealer; Dainese D-Store; EagleRider motorcycle rental company, and Stonebridge Motor Gallery, selling an ever-changing line-up of original motorsports and rock ’n roll-inspired artwork, photography, sculptures, and memorabilia, as well as collectable vintage and rare, one-off custom motorcycles.

SilencerCo’s Quiet Riot Event Offers Free Shooting at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

SilencerCo to hold Quiet Riot event at Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

First-time shooters and experts are invited to come and learn to shoot suppressed firearms in a safe and fun environment.

Visitors to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August will be offered the opportunity to shoot some impressive firearms, all sporting SilencerCo suppressors. The Quiet Riot event is open and free to the public but shooters are encouraged to register for an appointment as space is limited and the two-day event is expected to fill quickly. The Quiet Riot will take place Sunday, Aug. 6 and Monday, Aug. 7 at the Buffalo Chip’s shooting range near the east gate. Anyone interested may sign up for a shooting time at http://www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/SilencerCo-Gun-Shoot

All costs associated with shooting will be handled by SilencerCo. Company experts and range officers will be on hand to teach shooters how to handle and shoot the firearms safely.

“Our main goal is to educate the public on suppressors and firearms in general,” says SilencerCo Events Coordinator Chris Conran. “We feel the motorcycle industry loves guns almost as much as we do, and can really take advantage of the many benefits a suppressor offers.”

Quiet Riot shooters are invited to be some of the first to test out SilencerCo’s newly-released Maxim 9, the world’s first integrally suppressed 9mm handgun. After years of research and development, the gun will be available for order for the first time in 2017’s second quarter.

“SilencerCo is offering the public a rare opportunity; free shooting of some very sophisticated suppressed firearms,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “Not only is it free but they are offering to let people shoot a new gun that hasn’t even been released yet. We’re thrilled to have them at the Chip’s shooting range.”

In addition to the Maxim 9, SilencerCo carries a wide range of suppressors for everything from .22 rimfire guns to .45/70 Government rounds. Their suppressors dramatically decrease the decibel noise and recoil of guns. Everyone from the casual shooter to big-game hunter can benefit from the suppressors SilencerCo has to offer.

World’s Fastest Motorcycle TOP 1 ACK ATTACK Going for Record at Top of the World

Records are made to be broken – especially Land Speed Records. The world’s fastest motorcycle, the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK, is bound for Bolivia for an epic adventure to exceed its own record of 376.363 mph/605.697 km/h. The twin-engine streamliner is going to make a run for the record on the remote Salar de Uyuni salt flats high in the Andes Mountains between August 3-8, 2017.
The TOP 1 ACK ATTACK’s previous record-breaking runs took place on the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats, but the team is now travelling to Bolivia to conquer this new challenge.

“Bolivia has been selected because it has a much longer run up and down of 16 miles versus about seven miles at Bonneville,” explains ACK ATTACK pilot and three-time World Land Speed record holder Rocky Robinson. “This makes it safer, too. Wheel spin on driven – not thrust/jet – streamliners is a danger, so the acceleration has to be very gradual to avoid awkward handling. Distance is your friend!”

TOP 1 ACK ATTACK

The TOP 1 ACK ATTACK team is headed to the “Top of the World” in Bolivia in an attempt to break its own record as the “World’s Fastest Motorcycle.”

“Honestly, we would have preferred to set the record in Bonneville,” adds TOP 1 VP of Sales & Marketing Frank Ryan. “TOP 1 lives and breathes the American lifestyle. We produce and package our products in the USA before distributing them to 60 countries around the world. However, several years of bad conditions at Bonneville, coupled with record rainfall this year, means we have to travel to the top of the world to find optimal conditions. Those conditions just happen to be at 12,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

Breaking down Bolivia by the numbers: Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 square miles) with an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 feet) above sea level. The high elevation will play havoc with fuel management, and the harsh conditions will take their toll on the entire team, but Robinson says they are on a mission to not only defend the current World Land Speed Record of 376 mph/605 km/h, but also to be the first motorcycle to break the 400 mph speed barrier!

“When we started to build the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK in 2003, our goal was to exceed the record of 322 mph that had stood for 16 years,” said Mike Akatiff, builder of the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK, “but in the back of my head was the thought that we could build a bike to actually go 400 mph. We began challenging the record in 2004, and, with the backing of TOP 1 Oil, we have broken the record three times: in 2006, 2008 and 2010. The 2010 record still stands today at 376.363 mph, but I believe the bike is now ready to go much faster, and with a suitable race track we feel we can make history once again.”

Follow along in the quest for 400 mph at https://www.facebook.com/top1ackattack/

Wounded Warrior Project & Harley Surprise Vet with New Bike to Launch Mission: “Thank You”

Harley-Davidson MISSION; THANK YOU

Harley-Davidson kicked off its MISSION; THANK YOU in San Diego by surprising veteran Shane Kruchten with the keys to a new Street Glide.

Harley-Davidson has teamed up with Adam Sandoval – the founder of ScootinAmerica, an initiative that focuses on giving back to our military members – to launch MISSION: “THANK YOU.” At Harley-Davidson, we believe every American should be able to experience the profound freedom of motorcycle riding, especially those who risk their lives to protect ours.

MISSION” “THANK YOU” launched at San Diego Harley-Davidson this morning. Harley-Davidson and Sandoval worked with Wounded Warrior Project to honor a WWP alumnus and veteran from San Diego with a new Harley-Davidson powered by the Milwaukee-Eight engine. Shane Kruchten, the surprised recipient and U.S. military veteran, was in shock and full of gratitude learning about his new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Veteran Shane Kruchten, a WWP alumnus, receives a big hug from a brother in arms.

Veteran Shane Kruchten, a WWP alumnus, receives a big hug from a brother in arms.

Kruchten is the first of eight honorees that will get bikes this year. Sandoval is asking every American to nominate a military member – past or present – who has dedicated their life to protecting our freedom by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage of service. His cross-country MISSION: “THANK YOU” aims to thank those who have served, and are serving, to protect our freedom by giving away eight Harley-Davidson motorcycles powered by new Milwaukee-Eight engines. A panel consisting of Sandoval, Wounded Warrior Project representatives and Harley-Davidson leadership will select which seven other deserving military members will be honored with new motorcycles. The honorees will also receive a lifetime membership to the Harley Owners Group and they can give a free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy class to a loved one.

Based on America’s nominations, Sandoval will make seven special stops along his cross-country journey to give away the new Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Follow the mission on AdamSandovalRides.com or follow Adam’s journey on Facebook or Twitter.

Along with MISSION: “THANK YOU,” Harley-Davidson does a lot to serve our veterans and active duty personnel. Harley-Davidson is offering the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course to all current and former U.S. military personnel and first responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) and their spouses for just $99. H-D can also provide free motorcycle storage for deployed military personnel. Additionally, Operation Extend the Ride extends the factory warranty for the number of days deployed to account for the balance of the remaining warranty period.

Adam Sandoval and Shane Kruchten MISSION: THANK YOU

ScootinAmerica’s Adam Sandoval helped Harley-Davidson get its MISSION: THANK YOU off to roaring start by presenting the keys of a new Street Glide to veteran Shane Kruchten.

American Flat Track Heads to California for Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile

American Flat Track heads to California for the Sacramento Mile. (American Flat Track/Tom Stein Photo)

(American Flat Track/Tom Stein Photo)

Bryan Smith looks to score seven-straight Sacramento Mile wins; Harley-Davidson’s Factory Flat Track Team ready to fire back

American Flat Track is approaching Turn 2 on its dash around four Miles in four weeks as the series heads to the Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, Calif., on May 20.

Located in one of flat track’s traditional hotbeds, the Sacto Mile is rich with Grand National Championship history and has been the site of many thrilling down-to-the-wire battles. The dominant force over the decades, Harley-Davidson has claimed an impressive 39 victories out of the 51 races held since the event joined the series calendar in 1959.

This year, the decorated Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team of Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) heads to Sacramento poised for a comeback.

At the same time, Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) returns to Sacramento justifiably confident and surrounded by something of an aura of invincibility. Yes, the reigning Grand National Champion recently took a share of the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines title lead, and yes, he’s riding a two-race win streak. But Smith’s recent sterling form barely hints at the full extent of his overwhelming status as race favorite this weekend where he’ll attempt to claim a seventh-consecutive Sacramento Mile victory.

Smith, who earned his first Sacramento Mile victory in 2011 on the legendary Harley-Davidson XR750, has proven his mettle with success on multiple manufacturers over the years. If the Michigan native is victorious this weekend, he’ll set a Sacramento Mile record by claiming victories at Cal Expo on three different makes: Harley-Davidson (2011), Kawasaki (2012-2016) and Indian Motorcycle.

Lesser riders might crumple under the weight of those expectations, but Smith embraces the opportunity. He said, “I wouldn’t call it pressure – every race I go to I want to win. I want to win all the Miles. I want to win all the damn races, let alone the Miles. So going there it’s going to be cool if I can get the seventh win. I’ll be going for it just like it’s any other race.”

The primary threats to score the upset and snap Smith’s Sacramento streak are his fellow Indian Wrecking Crewmen, Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750).

Mees retained a piece of the ’17 AFT Twins championship lead by upping his season-long string of podium performances to four with a third-place run last weekend at the Arizona Mile. Perhaps even more encouraging than his actual placement was the fact that he pushed both Smith and Baker to the checkered flag in the Main Event, flashing the capacity to steal one of these upcoming Miles.

“We’re definitely going to Bryan’s hometown place,” Mees said. “That’s his race. I’m pretty excited to go to Sacramento. We’re dead even. I won the first two, he won the next two. It’s going to be fun.”

While some early misfortune cost him dearly in the points race, Baker makes it three factory Indian Motorcycle pilots inside the championship top five in fifth. Despite some inconsistent results in 2017, Baker remains a rare talent, and his two recent runner-up finishes suggest that he’s on the verge of claiming a victory of his own aboard the Scout FTR750. Baker narrowly missed grabbing that win last weekend in Phoenix and will be motivated to get some payback in Sacramento.

Slotting in between the Indian Wrecking Crew in the title fight are third-ranked Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07) and fourth-ranked Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Richie Morris Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650).

Halbert has not finished any lower than seventh yet this season while teenager Vanderkooi is knocking on the door of his first-career AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines podium finish.

AFT Singles

Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) storms into the Sacramento Mile with the AFT Singles championship lead on the strength of her first race victory in years. Texter doesn’t expect to wait so long to claim another win, and the Sacramento Mile should play directly into her strengths as a rider.

Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R) continues to hold down the runner-up position following yet another steady ride. Brandon Price (No. 92 DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki KX450F) is on the rise in third with two podiums, including a win, in his last two outings.

Exclusive Entertainment

In addition to the racing, the opening ceremonies for the Sacramento Mile will be action packed. Legend Kenny Roberts and Kenny Roberts Jr. will be on hand as the Grand Marshalls of the event. The pair are the only father-son duo to win premier Grand Prix World Championships and be inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame.

Also making a special appearance is a legendary machine – the infamous Yamaha TZ750. The legend of the TZ750 was spurred by Roberts Sr.’s epic win at the 1975 Indy Mile. Ray Abrams (A&A Racing), a longtime supporter of Roberts Sr. and instrumental in the TZ750 project, will be on hand with his famous motorcycle. Joe Kopp, the 2000 Grand National Champion, will mount the beast to show off the raw power of one of flat track racing’s most legendary builds. Following Kopp’s ride on the TZ, the action continues with the Joe Leonard Memorial Dash for Cash, honoring the sport’s first Grand National Champion who recently passed at the age of 84. Roberts Sr., a two-time Grand National Championship himself, will wave the green flag to start the race.

Another longstanding tradition – 7th Annual Alamo Alarm Night Before the Mile at the Lodi Cycle Bowl will take place on Friday, May 19. For the first time ever, FansChoice.tv will live stream the event, with opening ceremonies kicking off four hours of coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT (9:00 p.m. ET).

American Flat Track’s on-track action will begin on Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) with the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines and AFT Singles practice sessions. Opening Ceremonies will start the night’s racing action at 6:00 p.m. PT (9:00 p.m. ET) and Main Events are slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. PT (11:30 p.m. ET).

Tickets for the Sacramento Mile are now on sale and can be purchased at http://sactomile.com/tickets/.

Catch all the Action on NBCSN and FansChoice.tv

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events from the Sacramento in a one-hour telecast scheduled for early August. The complete television schedule for American Flat Track on NBCSN will be released in the coming weeks.

Live streaming coverage of every second of race action from the Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear will be aired on FansChoice.tv at www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/american-flat-track. The stream will go begin at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) and will also be simulcast on Facebook Live.

Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack).

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.

Young Guns Show Off Indian Scout Racer

Scout sprint racer built by the Young Guns unveiled at Art & Wheels show

It’s been in the making for six months and this weekend at an art and motorcycle show in Switzerland, Indian Motorcycle and the Young Guns Speed Shop unveiled their Scout sprint racer called “Miracle Mike.”

This special machine – with a nitrous oxide system mated to the Scout’s 1133cc v-twin engine – is set for a summer of sprint racing with the first race at the Café Racer Festival near Paris in mid-June.

“It’s been an incredible six months with over 700 hours of work invested in this build,” exclaims Nik Heer. “Myself and Fabian have built many bike projects before but Miracle Mike has been our most ambitious. We’re blown away by the reaction we’ve had here at Art & Wheels.”

Miracle Mike, named after Mike the Headless Chicken, has been built with the official support of Indian Motorcycle and is a true American/European collaboration with parts sourced from motorcycling brands such as Öhlins (Sweden), Brembo (Italy), Wizards of NOS (UK), LSL Motorcycle Parts (Germany), Metzeler tyres (Germany) and Motogadget (Germany).

From their workshop in Rapperswil, just south of Zurich, the Young Guns have completely re-wired and reshaped a standard Indian Scout transforming it in to a snarling sprint machine.

“We’re super happy with the bike,” adds Nik, who with Fabian Witzig, rebuilt the Scout using in-house machined parts, a fabricated fuel tank and the addition of a NOS system. “We will now start some engine tuning and speed runs over the coming weeks. We cannot wait to see Miracle Mike fire down its first eighth mile sprint.”

Grant Bester, general manager for Indian Motorcycle in Europe said: “We always knew the Young Guns would do something out of the ordinary with this Scout. They haven’t disappointed. From here this bike will appear at Bike Shed London in a few week’s time and then at the Café Racer Festival and Wheels & Waves in June. We love the Young Guns’ headless chicken logo and we cannot wait to hear Miracle Mike snarl its way to some wins this summer. Indian is certainly re-firing up its racing spirit, both in America on the flat track and here in Europe with this sprint racing and the DTRA Hooligan championship. This is something you’ll be seeing more of from Indian.”

One of the three organisers of Art & Wheels, Marc Baier, says he was thrilled that Indian chose his show to unveil the bike for the first time. “Our show began to share our love of art and motorcycling,” he says. “We’ve known the Young Guns for a while now and were happy they wanted to unveil this bike for the first time in their home country and at a show they’ve supported for many years.”

The build has had support from Öhlins Racing, Akrapovič and Brembo. In particular, this Scout has a set of Brembo’s best brakes. Roberto Pellegrini, Brembo Performance Motorcycle Market Manager said it was a pleasure for Brembo to collaborate with Indian Motorcycle on this new challenging project adding: “The bike is equipped with the best brake components in terms of performance, with also a particular attention to the design of the products. The front caliper is the Brembo GP4-RX, which represents a significant development in brake caliper design, thanks to the use of software derived from Brembo’s racing experience. This new solution has enabled Brembo to optimise the shape of the brake caliper machining and marks a radical change from standard racing caliper shapes. The braking surface of the SuperSport brake disc is drilled and connected with 10 floating aluminium bushes, the same used in top racing machines.”

The Young Guns will now travel to Bike Shed London (Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May) and their first Essenza race is soon after at the Café Racer Festival in Montlhery on Saturday 10th June (rider to be announced).

Nik and Fabian will also enter Miracle Mike in the Punks Peak race on the Friday of the Wheels & Waves festival (which Indian Motorcycle is sponsoring). This race takes place along the GI-3440 mountain road between San Sebastian and the airport in Spain.

Follow the Young Guns on Facebook at www.facebook.com/younggunsspeedshop/ or on their website www.ygspeedshop.com.

Indian Wrecking Crew Sweeps Flat Track Podium for 2nd Time This Season

Indian Wrecking Crew sweeps podium at 2017 Arizona Mile

The Indian Wrecking Crew (L-R) of Brad Baker, Bryan Smith and Jared Mees swept the podium for the second time this season in American Flat Track. (Ricky Fuentes Photo)

Reigning National Champion Bryan Smith Secures Second Consecutive Victory, Brad Baker & Jared Mees Finish 2nd & 3rd, Respectively

Indian Motorcycle Racing continues its dominance in American Flat Track racing with its second podium sweep of the season. Indian’s “Wrecking Crew” is living up to its legendary nickname, as Bryan Smith, Brad Baker and Jared Mees finished 1-2-3, respectively.

After two red flags, and as the sun began to set, the main event was forced to reconfigure to a five-lap shootout. Smith earned his second consecutive victory by ducking inside Baker with two laps remaining – edging him out by .057 seconds.

“My team has done an incredible job, and the Scout FTR750 is performing like nothing else I’ve ever been on,” said Smith. “The mile races are my favorite, and with four of the next five races being miles, we’re excited to keep it rolling.”

After four races this season, the Indian Scout FTR750 has secured 10 of 12 podiums. Smith and Mees are neck-in-neck at the top the American Flat Track leaderboard – having reached the podium in every race with two first place finishes, a second and a third. Baker has earned two second place finishes.

“After the long break following the Charlotte Half Mile, we were all excited to see how the guys would perform on the season’s first mile,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Their dominant success at each race is a tribute to how hard each rider and his team are preparing.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to stay on top as American Flat Track heads to the Sacramento Mile on May 20.

AMA Supports National Historic Vehicle Register Act That’d Preserve Moto-History

Bill would create registry at Library of Congress to preserve records, history, culture

The American Motorcyclist Association supports a federal bill that would create a national register to preserve the records of historic vehicles, including motorcycles, that have made a significant impact on U.S. history and culture.

The National Historic Vehicle Register Act (S. 966), introduced by U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would require the U.S. Department of the Interior to establish a register housed in the Library of Congress to preserve examples of American history and engineering innovation by documenting historically significant automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and commercial vehicles.

“As a long-time motorcyclist, Sen. Peters knows there are few things better than the freedom of two wheels on the open road,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Whether traveling cross country or just across town, motorcycles are a part of America’s transportation culture.

1995 Britten V1000 #10 Significance in Racing Award 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

This 1995 Britten V1000 superbike, No. 10 of 10, is a prime candidate for the National Historic Vehicle Register Act. 

“The American Motorcyclist Association thanks Sens. Peters and Portman for their leadership on this important issue, and we are pleased to support the National Historic Vehicle Register Act to help highlight America’s motorcycling history,” Allard said.

The Historic Vehicle Association has been working with the Interior Department on the register proposal since 2013, and the American Motorcyclist Association has been providing support.

The Historic Vehicle Association has documented 18 historic vehicles through the Interior Department’s Historic American Engineering Record. The record recognizes a broad range of historical engineering-related sites and structures, including bridges, ships and roads.

The National Historic Vehicle Register Act would create a standalone register to preserve the records of historically significant vehicles that would include short narratives, photographs and engineering drawings of each vehicle. To be eligible for the register, vehicles must be connected to a significant person or event in American history, have a unique design or be a rare model.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Corbin Launches Fire & Ice Dual Touring Saddle for 2014-17 Indian Chiefs

Another Corb-innovation! This newest version of our extremely popular Dual Touring saddle is the World’s first production Heated AND Cooled motorcycle saddle*. That’s right, Corbin was first to bring the luxury of heated seating to your motorcycle and now we’ve created an option for relief of your burnin’ bum during the summer months. Like all Corbin break through innovations, this system is designed for simple installation and is fully self-contained in the saddle.

Our new Dual Touring saddle is the perfect blend of form and function for the new Chief models. As always, we’ve maximized the seating area and positioned the rider bucket in the sweet spot to offer the best possible ergonomics and long range comfort. Sculpted seating platforms conform to the shape of your body to give more square inches of even support and eliminate hot spots and pressure on your tailbone.

Corbin Launches Fire & Ice Dual Touring Saddle for 2014-17 Indian Chiefs

Corbin’s Fire & Ice Dual Touring Saddle for 2014-17 Indian Chiefs

* NOTE: This version of Corbin’s Dual Touring Saddle is designed to work with two Corbin backrests or our Tourbox, but will not work with the Indian sissy-bar or Roadmaster trunk. Click HERE for a Dual Tour saddle that will work with the sissy-bar.

About Fire & Ice : Ever hear of the Peltier Effect? If so, you’ve probably already figured out the basics of how the Corbin Fire & Ice system works. With just a couple of fans and some clever application we can include both heat and cool in the same saddle without pumps, compressors or fluids. It should be noted the cooling effect is affected by ambient temperature. In our samples the room temperature was 74 degrees and it took just a few minutes to cool the seating surfaces down to a chilly 63 degrees. In our continued tests, the system quickly cooled the surface 10-15 degrees below ambient temperature. On the heat side we thermostatically set it to top out at approximately 110 degrees.

Dual Touring Saddle with HEAT & COOL, 2014-2017 Indian Chief
MSRP: $993