AmericaThe Harley-Davidson Road Glide or Indian Challenger stands in front of the starting line, then accelerates on the Laguna Seca race track, California.
A total of 12 motorbikes stood before the starting line of the first King of the Baggers race held on October 24th. Only two Indians participated, but one came first, and one in three. The rest is Harley-Davidson.
Tyler O’Hara was the winner of the S&S Cycles Indian Challenger, as he was ahead of rival Hayden Gillim with the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. The time gap between the two was only two seconds. Frankie Garcia returned with the Roland Sands Design Indian.
Drivers will have to complete 8 times of the track, and calculate the fastest time of a lap. O’Hara is one minute 36 seconds, while Gillim is a minute 38 seconds.
King of the Baggers is a race only for baggers – full-sized long-distance motorcycles. The style of the bagger line is usually the footrest forward, the upright posture, and there are two rear cargo boxes. In addition, the car is often equipped with windshield, large fuel tank, high-end suspension.
With such a design, although very powerful, the bagger line is not the ideal motorcycle to race, because it does not optimize the aerodynamics, is heavy, too hard for the driver.
The baggers are inherently very powerful, like the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special, which uses a V-twin engine with a capacity of 1,745 cc, with a capacity of 154 hp and 142 Nm of torque. Or the Indian Challenger also has a 122-hp V-twin and 173 Nm of torque. But racing cars are usually custom versions with upgraded details.
It is not clear whether King of the Baggers will take place annually or just by series.
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