Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Street Rod® races the flat track

Sideburn magazine teamed up with Grant Martin for the DTRA European Hooligan Championship. His ride? A modified Harley-Davidson® Street Rod® 750 motorcycle. 

SIDEBURN MAGAZINE AND GRANT MARTIN TO FIELD HARLEY-DAVIDSON® STREET ROD® IN EUROPEAN DIRT TRACK ASSOCIATION HOOLIGAN CHAMPIONSHIP ASSAULT

Sideburn magazine, the flat track specialist publication, has today announced it is joining forces with Grant Martin and UK dealership Maidstone Harley-Davidson to contest the 2018 DTRA European Hooligan Championship.

Grant will be racing a modified Harley-Davidson® Street Rod® 750 in the five-round series. The 30-year-old professional tattoo artist from Maidstone, Kent, joined the DTRA in 2017 and caught the flat track bug. He won his hooligan debut race meeting, beating an international field.

Having got my feet wet last year, racing only the final round of the DTRA Hooligan championship, I’m super-excited to get cracking with this year’s series,’ says Grant. ‘It’s going to be great fun racing with some fast dudes and I want to win. I think the Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750 has a really great shot at the title.’

Grant’s Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750 has been modified by Maidstone Harley-Davidson to suit the short dirt track it will compete on. The main modifications are a side-mounted fuel tank; 19in rims laced to stock hubs and fitted with dirt track tyres; chain drive conversion; longer, adjustable Öhlins shocks; Öhlins cartridge kit in Street Rod forks; S&S air cleaner; flat track bars; custom-made alloy seat unit and stainless exhaust system, both made by T&S Engineering. The Harley-Davidson Street Rod’s liquid-cooled 750 engine, frame, swingarm and rear brake have been left standard.

‘We decided to partner with Grant for his 2018 Hooligan championship after he helped create a fanzine project last year and we became friends,’ explains Sideburn’s editor, Gary Inman. ‘I’d admired his riding and the way he went about things. He looks like he was born on two wheels. This is only the second year of Hooligan racing in the UK and already the level of competition has gone through the roof. Grant offers the perfect mix of laid-back attitude, pure skill and his own unique style on and off the bike.’