Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb debuts at X Games Aspen.. wait, what?

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1/20/2018 3:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/20/2018 3:30 AM



http://xgames.espn.com/xgames/aspen/article/22147211/harley-davidson-snow-hill-climb-debuts-x-games-aspen-2018

In an X Games first, Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will make its debut at X Games Aspen as a medaled event alongside ski, snowboard and other action-sports competitions. The new medal sport will close out X Games Aspen 2018, which airs January 25-28 on ESPN and ABC.

In the Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb, riders will race modified twin-cylinder motorcycles up the flat bottom of the SuperPipe course. In each heat, riders will line up side-by-side at the start line at the base of the SuperPipe for a head-to-head race.

The first racer to ride the length of the SuperPipe and clear the finish line at the top will earn the "W." Each Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb race motorcycle consists of an extended swingarm widen frame and a high-torque, twin-cylinder motor.

"For 115 years H-D riders from all walks of life have expressed their freedom from the seat of America's favorite motorcycle, so it's natural for us to continue to blaze trails -- this time off the road and in the snow," said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson director of marketing. "We've raced the ice and climbed virtually every kind of hill, and the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb is another way for us to grow the sport of motorcycling. We know our riders, and X Games fans and athletes alike share a passion for adrenaline and speed."

The gold-and-bronze-medal rounds of Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will air January 28 at 10:45 p.m. ET live on ESPN. Preliminary rounds and qualifying will stream live at 10:15 p.m. ET exclusively on facebook.com/harley-davidson.

The riders invited to compete in the Harley-Davison Snow Hill Climb are Logan Mead, Logan Cipala, Austin Cardwell, Jake Anstett, Dan Lauters, Josh Mueller, Louie Lauters and Travis Whitlock.

"There's a story behind every mile you ride on your Harley-Davidson, and I'm honored to be one of the first to ride mine up the Snow Hill Climb during X Games 2018," said Josh Mueller, who'll be racing a modified Harley-Davidson Sportster® motorcycle. "History will be made in Aspen, and every athlete will look on with envy as we race up the SuperPipe."
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Positively, absolutely 110% obsessed with anything MOTO.

1/20/2018 3:45 AM

Uphill, snow drag race. Interesting. And it’s nice to see Dianna working. She actually knows what she’s talking about. Please come back and replace the tweet reader!

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1/20/2018 4:28 AM

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1/20/2018 4:37 AM

Wait whut, was there a motorcycle in the video?

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1/20/2018 5:16 AM

Dianna is so much tighter than the lame new miss supercross, she's a sweet girl just has no personality. Cool event to add to the lineup......

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1/20/2018 5:29 AM

"Feel the power" pinch

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1/20/2018 6:37 AM

Harley going after the younger group.

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1/20/2018 6:41 AM

Forty wrote:

Harley going after the younger group.

For sure. Remember the Harley flat track from the summer games? Definitely a strategic marketing push. Kudos to the X Games promoters for trying something different

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Positively, absolutely 110% obsessed with anything MOTO.

1/20/2018 6:47 AM

If you want to use ancient technology to build a hillclimber why wouldn't you use this engine.


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1/20/2018 7:31 AM

bh84 wrote:

If you want to use ancient technology to build a hillclimber why wouldn't you use this engine.


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Because the title sponsor of the event isn’t Kawasaki lol

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1/20/2018 7:35 AM

Exactly. Because Kawi doesn't need to pay to be in the X games lol

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1/20/2018 7:46 AM

Quote from a friend who rode for Harley for their short expose into mx-

"I pulled a holeshot every race, but never finished one. The engines wouldn't last a race."

Guess the old man bagger company is trying their best to appeal to the younger generation.

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Sack up and roll with the boys.

1/20/2018 7:51 AM

ESPN is such a joke these days. They got rid of snocross for this? This appears to me to be an advertisement for HD disguised as a competition. ESPN is failing and desperate for $.

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1/20/2018 7:57 AM

It would have been a lot cooler if they actually held a qualifier rather then just selected guys to run it. . . Ya, I'm a little bitter that hillclimb is in the X games and I didn't even have a chance to qualify and achieve a lifelong dream.

The guys that are in it though are absolutely deserving and amazing riders, so the event should be really cool to watch. I'm just not happy with how they went about it.

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1/20/2018 8:00 AM

I think it's stupid they only allow Harley's in the event. I want to see Shawn out there on the 990 Nitro Bike!Photo

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1/20/2018 8:54 AM

Typical H-D. Can't actually compete against other brands in any racing arena so they simply attempt to buy their way into whatever the wheezing old farts in management think that the kids are into. For F-sakes, Indian motorcycles destroyed them in Flat track last year in their first full season of competition. This is as ridiculous as saying you can't compete in Halfpipe unless you ride a Burton snowboard.

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1/20/2018 8:55 AM

It's being run on Sunday night after all the events are done. Going right up the superpipe. Not sure how many people will attend the H-D Hillclimb but personally it doesn't interest me one bit.

It's a winter event. You want Hillclimb then do it with sleds.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

1/20/2018 9:02 AM

Harley Davidson is bleeding as their buyer pool goes away....they have to make some moves to get another group interested....the group they're after doesn't tolerate poor performance or old tech.....time to step it up Harley.

Anyone ridden the Yamaha FZ-09? I like the direction Yamaha is taking their road bikes, the line has vastly improved.

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1/20/2018 9:06 AM

Harley only just like the Hooligan Flat Track this summer. Oh well should be an interesting event.

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1/20/2018 9:37 AM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

It's being run on Sunday night after all the events are done. Going right up the superpipe. Not sure how many people will attend the H-D Hillclimb but personally it doesn't interest me one bit.

It's a winter event. You want Hillclimb then do it with sleds.

None of the snowmobile companies busted out the checkbook. Sad what this world has come to.

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1/20/2018 9:49 AM

I keep coming back to this post looking for more Diana pictures

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1/20/2018 9:59 AM

I've enjoyed watching the Top Fuel Harley class on the NHRA circuit. Entertaining to say the least. Here's Vance and Hines latest entry for Pomona in a few weeks:
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1/20/2018 9:59 AM

Still hot!

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1/20/2018 10:24 AM

They got rid of Snocross for this shit? As if snocross wasn’t hurting enough, XGames said “hey let’s not support them this year.” So stupid.

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1/20/2018 10:25 AM

nrosso391 wrote:

They got rid of Snocross for this shit? As if snocross wasn’t hurting enough, XGames said “hey let’s not support them this year.” So stupid.

So the snow bikes are officially out of the program?

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1/20/2018 10:27 AM

nrosso391 wrote:

They got rid of Snocross for this shit? As if snocross wasn’t hurting enough, XGames said “hey let’s not support them this year.” So stupid.

I agree. Snocross belongs at the X-Games. It was snocross' biggest stage. I'm hoping they'll eventually bring it back.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

1/20/2018 10:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/20/2018 10:30 AM

nrosso391 wrote:

They got rid of Snocross for this shit? As if snocross wasn’t hurting enough, XGames said “hey let’s not support them this year.” So stupid.

Jmicmoto13 wrote:

So the snow bikes are officially out of the program?

No, the snowbikes are still in. Snobike-cross and snocross are 2 different things.

Snocross = snowmobiles
Snobike-cross = motocross bikes with track kits

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

1/20/2018 10:35 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/20/2018 10:35 AM

And from what I could dig up it looks like this HD deal isn't even televised?!??!?! Now THATS a deal!!!

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1/20/2018 10:42 AM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

No, the snowbikes are still in. Snobike-cross and snocross are 2 different things.

Snocross = snowmobiles
Snobike-cross = motocross bikes with track kits

Oh got ya. Thanks for the clarification. Seems sacrilegious to not have snowmobile racing at Winter X.

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1/20/2018 10:53 AM

nrosso391 wrote:

They got rid of Snocross for this shit? As if snocross wasn’t hurting enough, XGames said “hey let’s not support them this year.” So stupid.

Jmicmoto13 wrote:

So the snow bikes are officially out of the program?

-MAVERICK- wrote:

No, the snowbikes are still in. Snobike-cross and snocross are 2 different things.

Snocross = snowmobiles
Snobike-cross = motocross bikes with track kits

Thanks for that. Jmicmoto13 didn’t know there was a difference between snocross and snowbike-cross... He probably doesn’t know who Blair Morgan or Chris Vincent is either.

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