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Motorcycles The MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Racebikes

19:30  23 october  2020
19:30  23 october  2020 Source:   motorcyclecruiser.com

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The final teams have been announced and MotoAmerica is on the gas with the rescheduled King of the Baggers Invitational event, which will be bringing bagger roadracing to Northern California’s famously kinked-up Laguna Seca track very, very soon. In fact, the highly customized V-twins are set to bang bars this weekend—October 24.

a man riding on the back of a motorcycle: Michael “Woolie” Woolaway of Saddlemen is setting up the Saddlemen Road Glide bike for the big race this weekend. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Michael “Woolie” Woolaway of Saddlemen is setting up the Saddlemen Road Glide bike for the big race this weekend. a man riding on the back of a motorcycle: Michael “Woolie” Woolaway of Saddlemen is setting up the Saddlemen Road Glide bike for the big race this weekend. © Saddlemen Michael “Woolie” Woolaway of Saddlemen is setting up the Saddlemen Road Glide bike for the big race this weekend.

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The contest will be held in conjunction with round 6 of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series, and Hall of Famer Don Emde has signed on as grand marshal of the inaugural event; he’ll be pacing the field on the warm-up lap of the race on a rare three-cylinder Feuling W3 machine provided by Feuling Parts, one of the teams taking part in the performance bagger race. Fourteen teams in total have signed up for the big throwdown, so let’s take a closer look at the entries they’ll be fielding for this first-ever event.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The No. 29 S&S Cycle bike in its final race livery, ready to be ridden by Tyler O’Hara. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The No. 29 S&S Cycle bike in its final race livery, ready to be ridden by Tyler O’Hara.

Although it’s a Harley-heavy field—there will be 12 Milwaukee machines barreling down Laguna’s hair-raising Corkscrew section (assuming they make it that far)—two teams are bringing built Indian Challenger baggers to the race: Roland Sands and S&S Cycle.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The No. 29 S&S Cycle bike in its final race livery, ready to be ridden by Tyler O’Hara. © Indian Motorcycle The No. 29 S&S Cycle bike in its final race livery, ready to be ridden by Tyler O’Hara.

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For the S&S bike, we already know the Wisconsin-based outfit is working to drop some weight (the bike is down to 600 pounds), while heavily tweaking ergonomics and maximizing power output by swapping out the cams and porting the heads. They’ve raised the chassis, moved the foot controls, and increased lean angle to 58 degrees—a huge improvement over stock. Onboard will be veteran MotoAmerica racer Tyler O’Hara, who said, “I think we’re in a really good place.… The bike’s feeling really comfortable and we’re looking forward to Laguna.”

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: S&S made heavy mods to the Indian bagger. From the factory, the Challenger claims 122 hp, but S&S has been aiming for 150 hp for the race. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser S&S made heavy mods to the Indian bagger. From the factory, the Challenger claims 122 hp, but S&S has been aiming for 150 hp for the race.

The other Indian-mounted competitor vying for the podium will be veteran flat track and roadracer Frankie Garcia, who’ll be piloting an Indian Challenger built and prepped by the Roland Sands Design team. They too have been sorting out and playing with the racebike’s weight and dimensions, with changes to rake, tire sizes, and weight, as well as the addition of upgrades like a race-tuned S&S exhaust, RSD race wheels with Dunlop supersport tires, and a hydraulically adjustable Fox X RSD rear shock.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: S&S made heavy mods to the Indian bagger. From the factory, the Challenger claims 122 hp, but S&S has been aiming for 150 hp for the race. © Indian Motorcycle S&S made heavy mods to the Indian bagger. From the factory, the Challenger claims 122 hp, but S&S has been aiming for 150 hp for the race.

As for Garcia, he feels he’s got some serious advantages, saying, “Baggers are my favorite kind of motorcycle…and Laguna Seca happens to be my home track.”

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The other Indian entry comes from Roland Sands Designs. It’ll be piloted by Frankie Garcia. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The other Indian entry comes from Roland Sands Designs. It’ll be piloted by Frankie Garcia.

Make no mistake—lots of other top-level talent is coming out for this race too. Former AMA Superbike champ Ben Bostrom will be wrestling the 124ci Feuling Parts Harley-Davidson Road Glide (see him testing it here), and 2013 AMA Superbike champ Josh Herrin will be at the helm of the Performance Machine 2009 Street Glide, with MotoAmerica Supersport rider Haydem Gillim set to drag a knee on the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson (see it here.)

Even Saddlemen’s head of industrial design (and former racer as well as custom whiz at Deus Ex Machina), Michael “Woolie” Woolaway, will be in on the action, heading the charge on Saddlemen’s Road Glide-based entry, which he’ll also ride.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: Trask Performance is fielding this rip-roaring 200 hp, 652-pound monster Road Glide. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Trask Performance is fielding this rip-roaring 200 hp, 652-pound monster Road Glide.

Other builders are stoked to be involved as well, with Brandon Holstein, owner/builder at The Speed Merchant, getting particularly pumped: “I am beyond excited to be…a part of the first-ever Drag Specialties King of the Baggers race.” Holstein’s setting up a Harley Electra Glide Standard that’ll be ridden by Tony Sollima. And Trask Performance is going all out with a claimed 200 hp Road Glide fitted with top-shelf bits from Öhlins, Beringer, and Kraus Motor Co.—and, no surprise, a turbo! Pilot Travis Wyman will no doubt have his hands full.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: Feuling Parts’ entry is a 2019 Harley Road Glide running a 124ci V-twin with ported heads and intake manifold (this is an older photo of the pre-modified bike, floorboards and all). © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Feuling Parts’ entry is a 2019 Harley Road Glide running a 124ci V-twin with ported heads and intake manifold (this is an older photo of the pre-modified bike, floorboards and all).

Per MotoAmerica, the Baggers series rules allow all years of Harley-Davidson FL Touring and all years of Indian bagger or touring models. The Harleys must have the originally equipped V-twin engine with a maximum displacement of 131cc or S&S Twin Cam engine with MSO, while the Indians must also run with the originally equipped V-twin engine, but there’s lots of room for modifications within.

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a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Tony Sollima will be on The Speed Merchant Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Tony Sollima will be on The Speed Merchant Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard.

The eight-lap Drag Specialties King of the Baggers race is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. (Pacific) on Saturday, October 24. MotoAmerica Live+ subscribers will get to see it live, as will Harley-Davidson TV viewers. The final practice session for the Baggers will also air live on MotoAmerica’s Facebook page at 4:40 p.m. (Pacific) on October 23.

a motorcycle parked in a parking lot: Another look at the No. 87 Saddlemen Road Glide. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Another look at the No. 87 Saddlemen Road Glide. a man riding on the back of a motorcycle: Ben Bostrom testing the now-modded, race-prepped Road Glide on the track. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Ben Bostrom testing the now-modded, race-prepped Road Glide on the track.

For more info see: motoamerica.com.

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