The way to Construct a Bagger Racing Bike, with S&S Cycle


The Mission Meals King Of The Baggers race sequence started as a single invitation-only occasion in 2020. However, for the three-stop 2021 season, the invitational idea was dropped, making the occasions open to anybody and everybody who needs to remodel an Indian Challenger or Harley-Davidson Massive Twin from a touring bike geared up with arduous luggage right into a KOTB racebike with top-shelf street racing elements.

A bagger racing motorcycle built for King Of The Baggers.
Need to be a Challenger? Construct a Bagger and race it within the 2021 King of the Baggers Championship. Picture by Brian J. Nelson

Simpler mentioned than finished? Sure. However knowledgeable recommendations can go a great distance within the racing sport. For that, we sought out the experience of S&S Cycle, Inc.

They’re those who constructed the #29 Indian Challenger that Tyler O’Hara raced to victory within the 2020 King of the Baggers Invitational.

Learn on for insider information from S&S Cycle on constructing a race-winning bagger.

Floor Clearance

Street racing is never concerning the straightaways, and racing a Bagger isn’t any exception. The not-so-secret to success is to hustle the massive machines by means of the twisties as shortly as potential, and that requires cornering clearance.

So, step one is to lean your Bagger over on either side and decide which arduous components contact first. Clearly, the floorboards are the primary OEM components that may have to be eliminated. After that, the vast OEM main cowl and low-slung inventory exhaust system usually make contact subsequent.

S&S Cycles’ options for the Indian Challenger are:
● A billet-aluminum main cowl that’s beveled on the underside radius to maintain the massive 108-cubic-inch V-twin engine off the bottom
● A 2-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust system that’s designed to be mounted excessive up on the chassis
● A billet-aluminum ignition cowl that permits the exhaust to tuck in excessive and tight on the precise facet of the engine

Steering Angle

Touring bikes usually have a really relaxed, barely kicked-out steering angle, which is sort of the exact opposite of the steering angle on most sportbikes.

S&S Cycles’ options for the Indian Challenger are:

  • A set of Indian FTR1200 forks (tuned for the burden of the Bagger)
  • Billet-aluminum triple clamps that adapt the FTR1200 forks to the Indian Challenger head tube and supply changes for rake and path to extra intently match the specs of a correct street racing bike
  • 17” Efficiency Machine wheels, which allow using Dunlop street racing tires
  • Billet-aluminum hubs that adapt the Efficiency Machine wheels to the Indian Challenger
  • A valve and spring change on the Indian Challenger’s OEM Fox rear shock
  • An adjustable suspension hyperlink that raises the rear finish of the bike up for faster steering and improved floor clearance
Driving Place

The feet-forward driving place of a touring bike is snug out on the open street, however, it’s all flawed for street racing, which requires a way more aggressive physique placed together with your knees bent and your toes up increased and beneath, or barely behind, your hips.

S&S Cycles’ options for the Indian Challenger are:

  • Adjustable-position, billet-aluminum rear seats which can be excessive sufficient to not contact down and in addition put the rider in an extra lively place to manage the bike with their physique
  • Klock Werks Kliphangers handlebars can be adjustable for peak and pullback to maintain the rider decrease and out of the wind whereas nonetheless being snug
  • A Saddlemen custom-built seat that’s taller and fitted to the person rider

The OEM entrance and rear brakes on the Indian Challenger are completely suited to touring, however, for race-level corner-entry speeds, upgrades have to be made.

S&S Cycles’ options are:

  • A Brembo entrance grasp cylinder, stainless-steel brake traces, Brembo radial-mounted entrance calipers, Galfer floating entrance rotors, and Galfer brake pads
  • A Brembo rear grasp cylinder, stainless-steel brake line, Brembo rear caliper, Galfer rear rotor, and Galfer brake pads
Lowered Weight

Touring bikes are heavy, and to show them into street racing bikes requires using light-weight supplies instead of a number of the inventory elements.

S&S Cycles’ options for the Indian Challenger are:

  • A custom-built, small-volume, aluminum gasoline cell wrapped in a carbon fiber shell that mimics the Indian Challenger’s inventory gasoline tank
  • Carbon fiber entrance and rear fenders
  • Carbon fiber arduous luggage
  • Titanium and/or aluminum fasteners instead of heavier metal OEM fasteners

The Indian Challenger’s liquid-cooled Energy Plus 108-cubic-inch V-twin engine is a very stable motor and almost race-ready in OEM kind. However, because the engines run at a lot of increased RPMs within the King of the Baggers Sequence, just a few primary mods are required.

S&S Cycles’ options are:

  • A light porting job on the cylinder heads
  • Indian Stage 2 camshafts
  • A Ok&N high-flow air cleaner, which mixes with the 2-into-1 exhaust system to take extra air in and pump extra air out, thereby rising horsepower

Not able to construct your personal Bagger? Then, how about another choice?

By means of a unique partnership between S&S Cycles and the Indian Bike of Metro Milwaukee, you should purchase your personal Indian Challenger King of the Baggers bike constructed to your specs proper at their dealership.

Bristling with all the identical go-fast components as Tyler O’Hara’s 2020 King of the Baggers Invitational race-winning S&S Cycles Indian Challenger, your bike could be race-ready from the get-go.


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