The third annual SnowQuake event took place on 17th January set against a wintry backdrop of frozen mountain ranges, scenic ski runs and almost blizzard-like conditions. One thing is for sure, SnowQuake lived up to its billing of motorcycle racing on ice. And while the snow-covered Rosa Rink proving ground isn’t your everyday motorcycle race circuit, it provided quality racing and fun for all the competitors and spectators that massed in Riva Valdobbia, two hours north of Milan.
Snowquake follows a similar race format as the original DirtQuake race series, where four categories of bikes compete to net a winner from each category. The categories took the form of: Inappropriate Road Bike, Vintage, SnoPro and, of course, Harley. The main difference between the oval-run flat track-based DirtQuake and SnowQuake is that the ice event is run on a corner-filled, twisting track with elevations. Which makes for even more spectacular action and fun.
The Harley class for media and invited guests was supported fully by Harley-Davidson. The supplied race bikes were the same Street Rod bikes converted to flat track specification for last year’s DirtQuake. Saying that, the bikes featured even more race spec modifications, mostly to suit the ice conditions…
For the race and custom fans amongst us, and an indicator to similar styling and performance modifications that can be provided by our in house Custom Kings, here is a brief specification of the Harley-Davidson ice racing Street Rods:
All road parts removed – mudguards, lights and indicators, front brake, complete exhaust muffler and guards, ABS pump, rear seat unit, left-hand switchgear, pillion pegs, standard airbox and clocks.
High-rise Renthal bars and grips, modified factory throttle tubes. Ohlins piggyback rear shocks. Continental TCK80 tyres, double layered and studded – approx. 500 studs per tyre. Standard air filter reinforced with carbon fibre. Twin foam air filter covers. Front and rear wheel guards. Chain and sprocket conversion. Tethered kill switches. Right-hand lockstop removed. Both footrests locked down. Adapted XG750R seat unit, fabricated brackets and modified sub-frame. Custom Street Rod tank designed to follow factory XG racing tank profile while retaining original fuel pump and mountings. Orange/Black paint with replica XG graphics. Front number board.
As you will have read, the racing Street Rods were kitted out for maximum performance… on ice. The 15 riders from all areas of the motorcycling press across Europe, including three from the UK: John Hogan (Superbike), Kane Dalton (Bike Social) and Mark Graham (Bike). There were also several guest riders of some note e.g. Ruben Xaus, former MotoGP and WSB rider, arguably more famous for his single-handed two-wheel drifts! Enduro and all-dirt action specialist David Knight MBE also joined Team Harley-Davidson for a spot Street Rod racing on ice. The resulting race action was, quite literally, hot enough to melt ice!
See SnowQuake in comfort
The results and action highlights from this year’s SnowQuake event can be seen and heard in the comfort of your home by way of a superb North One TV programme, due to be aired next month, 7th February on ITV4 8pm (Freeview channel 24).