The Anatomy Of A Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb Bike

Harley is at X Games with a very cool custom…pun intended

Harley-Davidson custom snow hill climb Sportster
Harley-Davidson custom snow hill climb SportsterCourtesy of Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson is making its snow hill climb debut at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, in one of the newest medal sports: the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb.

That’s right, not only did Harley build a bike for a snow hill climb race, it’s actually created the category altogether. In it, twin-cylinder motorcycles will race head to head up the snowboard SuperPipe ramp in a series of heats until a winner is crowned king of the hill.

Why is Harley getting involved in the snow hill climb scene?

“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’s 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.”

Josh Mueller, who will be racing for Harley-Davidson on a heavily modified Sportster, said: "I'm honored to be one of the first to ride mine up the Snow Hill Climb during X Games 2018. History will be made in Aspen, and every athlete will look on with envy as we race up the SuperPipe."

The Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb will air January 28 at 10:45 p.m. ET live on ESPN for the medal rounds, while the prelims can be found live at 10:15 p.m. ET exclusively on Facebook.