MCN’S flat-tracker Har­ley takes shape

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - emma.franklin@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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

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