MCN’S flat-tracker Harley takes shape
While everyone else was making new yearõs resolutions to drink less booze or eat fewer pies, Team MCN were making promises of an altogether cooler kind. Yes, this year we have resolved to join the flat-track revolution Ð and weõre going to make our debut on this HarleyDavidson Street 750 at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling in May.
In the next four months between now and the first day of the Festival on May 13, weõll be transforming this 52bhp entry-level Hog into a super-stylish and stupendously slidey Hooligan-class racer. Hooligan racing is a relatively new category of flat-track, and if you were at last yearõs Festival you will have seen the inaugural round where everything from Ducati Scramblers to Harley Sportsters and Triumph Bonnies battled it out. The class is for street-legal 750cc+ twins running stock frames, which means our Harley Street 750 is ripe to become a racer.
Weõve been inspired by some of the pukka, full-factory Street 750s being raced in America, and also a couple of Hooligan racers built closer home. Krazy Horse of Bury St Edmunds (www.krazyhorse.co.uk) have serious form in building bonkers, sideways race bikes, having prepared a Harley 1200 Sportster for Guy Martin to ride in Dirt Quake 2015, and also creating the Wall of Death Indian for Guyõs televised stunt. Krazy Horse have also made their own stunning Super Hooligan Indian Scout racer, so the Suffolk specialists were our natural choice when it came to asking for some help with our build.
Krazy Horseõs Lee Kirkpatrick has assessed our Street 750 and given us a steer on what we need to do next: Òspoked wheels are an absolute must to allow the fitment of flat-track tyres, then we need to boost some ground clearance and I think we can do that by getting a custom exhaust made. Then weõll strip all the non-essential parts to make it lighter, and look at improving the suspension too. A flat-track style seat will complete the look.ó
Now all thatõs left to do is start tracking down partsé the clock is ticking and thereõs only 92 days left until the lights go out at this yearõs MCN Festival. ■ Book your tickets now at www.mcnfestival.com
The race is on to transform this Street 750 in time for the MCN Festival
Lee at Krazy Horse says those wheels have got to go
Indian Scout shows Krazy Horse skills
Pro flat-track inspiration from the US
2016 HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET 750
PRICE £5995 WEIGHT 223kg SEAT 710mm POWER 52bhp TORQUE 43ftlb