Harley-Davidson has unveiled its new XG750R flat tracker based on the water-cooled Street 750 engine in a new frame, although it is only for racing and not production … yet.
The XG750R is the new-season model for the American AMA Pro Grand Nationals flat track competition, immortalised in the cult film On Any Sunday.
It looks a whole lot like the XR1200 production bike which was a short-lived Harley model from 2008 to 2012.
It was widely lauded by the critics as their best-handling bike, but was withdrawn from sale through a lack of customer support.
Surviving models fetch good prices on the second-hand market, particularly the twin-disc XR1200X model.
We suspect that Harley may be tempted to make a production model to compete with Victory who is threatening to produce a water-cooled sports bike based on their Project 156.
The bike was developed by Roland Sands Design in LA and it is returning to have another crack at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in July, which shows their intent to make a production model at some stage.
Both would be interesting water-cooled American-made sports bikes for a new generation.
Harley says it won’t be offered for sale “at this time” which kind of leaves the door a little ajar.
However, you could understand their reticence given the troubles that Erik Buell Racing has had over the past year selling American-made sportsbikes.
Harley is rumoured to be ending the water-cooled V-Rod line this year although that seems unlikely. If they do, they will need another water-cooled motorcycle to replace them.