Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth has been racing – and winning – on motorcycles since he was five years old. The 33-year-old Connecticut native is a third-generation motorcycle racer and has been a member of the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson flat track team since 2006.
Coolbeth, a three-time Grand National Champion riding for the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Factory Team (2006-2008), finished the 2010 season in second place in the Twins class. Coolbeth won on the Canterbury Mile in Shakopee, Minn., on Sept. 11, and had six other podium appearances in 16 races. He has 24 wins in seven seasons of racing at the Grand National level. Coolbeth was named the AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year in 1994, and began a steady climb up the ranks in Grand National competition. He won his first Grand National race in 2002.
Coolbeth once worked construction jobs between races, but now races full-time for a living, training between events on both flat-track and motocross motorcycles. During the long New England winters, ice racing on local ponds keeps his skills sharp.
“Riding for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team is still the best opportunity in the sport,” said Coolbeth. “They give me excellent equipment and put me in position to win the championship every season. This team has produced so many Grand National champions over the years, I feel like all those great riders are with me every time I zip up the factory leathers.”
Name: Kenny Coolbeth
Birthday: March 30, 1977
Birthplace: New Milford, Conn.
Residence: Warren, Conn.
Marital status: single
2009: Finished second in the AMA Grand National Twins Championship, winner of two national events and made four other podium appearances.
2008: Earned third consecutive AMA Grand National Twins Championship, winner of six national events.
2007: Earned second AMA Grand National Twins Championship, winner of six national events.
2006: Earned first AMA Grand National Twins Championship; Collected three national event wins in six podium appearances; Joined Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson as factory rider
2005: Finished second in the AMA Grand National Championship series with two victories; Earned two wins in the AMA National Hot Shoe 505 Expert series
2004: Finished third in the AMA Grand National Championship series with one victory; Earned one win in the AMA National Hot Shoe 750/1000 series
2003: Earned two wins in AMA Grand National competition; Finished in the top five of the final standings; Earned two wins in the AMA National Hot Shoe series 2002: Earned one win in six podium appearances in Grand National competition
2001: Made six podium appearances for his first career top five points finish; Collected five wins in the AMA SuperTracker series and finished second in the series; Earned one win in the National Hot Shoe series
2000: Took one win in the AMA SuperTracker series
1998: Earned the AMA 600cc National Hot Shoe championship of his career with two season victories
1997: Won the AMA 600cc National Hot Shoe championship for the first time
1994: Named AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year