Harley-Davidson Expands 2011 Contingency for AMA XR1200 Series

$45,000 fund pays out to top 10 in Vance & Hines Spec Class

Milwaukee (December 17, 2011) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company is pleased to announce a $45,000 contingency fund in support of the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, which expands to nine rounds of the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season schedule with a kickoff at Daytona International Speedway March 10-12.

The contingency program will pay out $5,000 to the top ten finishers in each of the series’ nine rounds, with each race winner earning $1,250 from Harley-Davidson. Second place will receive $1,000, followed by $750 for third, and $500 for fourth. Fifth through tenth place finishers will each receive $250.

"After an exciting debut season, Harley-Davidson is proud to increase its commitment to the XR1200 series for 2011 and expects the series to build on the momentum established last year," said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience. "Our contingency fund doubles the fund offered by Vance & Hines and should provide an extra incentive for racers contemplating joining the series."

In addition to running at Daytona for the first time, the XR1200 Series also expands westward to Northern California’s Infineon Raceway (May 13-15) and Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park on May 28-30 in conjunction with the United States round of the FIM’s World Superbike championship. The complete 2011 season schedule is as follows:

March 10 - 12, 2011: Daytona International Speedway
May 13 - 15, 2011: Infineon Raceway
May 28 - 30, 2011: Miller Motorsports Park
June 3 - 5, 2011: Road America
TBD: Barber Motorsports Park (tentative)
July 8 - 10, 2011: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 22 - 24, 2011: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
August 12 - 14, 2011: Virginia International Raceway
September 2 - 4, 2011: New Jersey Motorsports Park

*Season Finale Location, Date and Banquet TBD

The Vance & Hines XR1200 Series features Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles specially modified with racing kit parts supplied exclusively through Vance & Hines. For more information on the series, email xr1200@vhmotorsports.com or visit www.amaproracing.com

**Harley-Davidson and AHDRA Announce New Draggin’ Bagger Class

Drag Racing Class Features Screamin' Eagle 120R Race Engine **

Milwaukee (December 17, 2010) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company is pleased to announce the continuation of its long-standing sponsorship of the All Harley Drag Racing Association along with the launch of a new Draggin' Bagger drag racing class for the 2011 racing season.

The foundation of the Draggin’ Bagger class is Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle 120R engine, a fully assembled performance engine designed for off-road racing use. Assembled at Harley-Davidson’s Pilgrim Road facility in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin, the 120 cubic-inch V-Twin engine provides the capability for an awesome 135 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel when equipped with a high-flow throttle body and injectors and tuned intake and exhaust systems.

Reserved for 1999-and-later Harley-Davidson Touring model motorcycles equipped with the 120R engine, the Draggin’ Bagger class features limited performance modifications to ensure low entry cost and a high level of competition. Original equipment frame, fairings, saddlebags and other bodywork are required, and limited modifications are permitted to the brakes, suspension, transmission and other components to maintain an externally stock appearing motorcycle.

"This is Harley-Davidson’s first time in several decades to offer a crate racing motor, and we’re excited to work with AHDRA to launch this new racing class to support the Screamin' Eagle 120R engine," said Tony Nicosia, Category Manager for Screamin' Eagle Parts & Accessories. "Together we’ve created a class that allows even a novice team to enjoy affordable racing. We anticipate strong participation and some exciting action during the 2011 racing season."

"AHDRA is proud to continue carrying the Screamin' Eagle banner to the racing community, and we are excited to finally let the cat out of the bag on the 120R. This engine makes a great package when paired with a Harley-Davidson Touring bike that will economically put its rider in the saddle of a wheelie popping, 10-second racing machine," said AHDRA’s Craig Tharpe.

The Draggin' Bagger class debuts at the AHDRA's Screamin' Eagle Bike Week Nationals in Orlando, Florida, March 4-6, 2011. For more information about the AHDRA, including complete class rules, visit ahdra.com

Retail price for a complete 120R engine is $5,495.95. For more information on the Screamin' Eagle 120R engine and other race-use components, see the 2011 Screamin' Eagle Pro Racing Parts Catalog [visit hd.com/screamineagleparts to download the complete 2011 racing parts catalog].

**Harley-Davidson Re-Signs Hines, Krawiec, and Coolbeth to Factory Race Teams

Former Drag Race and Flat Track Champs Returning for 2011 Campaigns**

Milwaukee (December 17, 2010) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company is proud to announce that all three of its factory sponsored riders will be returning to their respective race teams to compete under the Harley-Davidson Bar and Shield banner in 2011.

In the National Hot Rod Association’s Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) class, three-time PSM champion Andrew Hines (2004-6) and 2008 PSM champion Eddie Krawiec will return to the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson squad.

Hines, the 2010 PSM runner-up by a slim 4-point margin, hopes to avenge his narrow championship loss at the season-ending race in Pomona. Despite coming up just short in pursuit of his fourth NHRA Full Throttle series championship, Hines produced what he believes was his career-best performance in 2010 with five race wins and nine final-round appearances.

"My career with the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team has been memorable. It’s been great to be part of such an elite team," Hines said. "2010 was a great year with the achievements we earned from beginning to end, and I’m looking forward to continuing our pursuit of another NHRA Full Throttle series Championship in 2011."

The Screamin’ Eagle drag racing team’s most recent champion, Krawiec bookended 2010 with wins at the season’s opening and closing rounds, and hopes to carry that momentum forward to the PSM season opener in March at Gainesville, Florida.

"This marks my fifth consecutive season as a factory rider for the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team. By winning at Pomona and resetting the national E.T Record, the final race of the 2010 race season couldn’t have ended much better for me, and I’m looking forward to starting the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle race season right where I left off last year," Krawiec said.

In the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track series, three-time Grand National Twins champion Kenny Coolbeth returns for his 5th season with the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track racing team. Fifth in the final points standings, Coolbeth notched a win at the Canterbury Mile and six podium finishes in 2010.

"We didn’t have a lot of wins in 2010, but we had consistent performances, came from the back of the pack in a lot of the races, and got a few podiums. I’m pleased to remain a factory rider for Harley-Davidson for the fifth straight year, and I’m anxious to get the 2011 season rolling," said Coolbeth. "I want to win at least five races in 2011 and I’m focused on winning the championship."

"Although we didn’t win any championships this year, Andrew, Eddie and Kenny all displayed the hearts of the champions they are, and we are confident they will continue to perform at the highest level in 2011," said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience.

Company Background
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit harley-davidson.com