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Product Review: Packing for Daytona

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By Rogue

I recently had a lady friend discuss going on a trip with me and of course the issue of how much clothes and stuff she could bring came up.

I do have a bagger with a tour pack but it is full of camera equipment and the saddlebags are packed solid as well.

I went shopping and ended up with a Harley Davidson ONYX Touring Bag #93300013.

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Indian Motorcycle introduces 2022 Lineup

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  • Indian Motorcycle introduces 2022 Lineup featuring Updated Technology.
  • New Ride Command Update, Adaptive Headlight for Scout.
  • All-New Accessories for Cruiser, Bagger & Touring.
  • Prices, Paint and Specs announced.

“Rider feedback continues to be at the forefront of what drives refinements and enhancements for our model year offerings, and that is once again the case for 2022. With the help of customer feedback, we aim to consistently enhance and improve the lineup with new technology and wider-ranging accessory options like these for 2022.” – Mike Dougherty, President for Indian Motorcycle

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First Ride Review of 2022 BMW R 18 B

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by Dustin Wheelen from https://www.rideapart.com

A Tour(ing) De Force – Conquering California’s coast with a Bavarian bagger.

BMW made no bones about moving in on the Harley-dominated cruiser market when it launched the R 18 in April, 2020. Drawing from the Motor Company’s Softail Slim, the Bavarians literally took a page out of Harley’s book to attract buyers. BMW then returned to the well in October, 2020, introducing the R 18 Classic. Equipped with leather bags and a large windshield, the variant shared more than a moniker with Harley’s Heritage Classic.

That first offensive wasn’t BMW’s endgame, however. To truly hit the Harley where it hurts, the company went after the Bar and Shield’s bread and butter: the grand touring segment. Released in July, 2021, the R 18 B added long-distance comfort and convenience to the platform’s repertoire. BMW did more than just slap on a full-size fairing and hard bags though. The House of Munich re-engineered the chassis to suit the cruiser’s new touring ambitions as well.

A 19-inch front wheel steps in for the R18’s 16-incher, the rake tightens to 27.3 degrees, and the wheelbase shrinks to 66.7 inches. That revised double-loop frame not only accommodates two-up touring but also lightened the standard model’s heavy steering. BMW addressed another common R 18 complaint when it increased the bagger’s rear suspension travel to 4.7 inches while adding position-dependent damping and hydraulically adjustable ride height.

The advanced technology doesn’t stop at the tail end though. The new front fairing houses the IMAX of all motorcycle displays, a 10.25-inch-wide, HD resolution (1920 x 720) TFT dash. On the left switchgear, BMW’s trademark WonderWheel makes its R 18 debut, allowing riders to scroll through the bike’s diagnostics, settings, and available navigation. The Marshall stereo system encourages users to jam out to local radio stations or Bluetooth-connected media while the optional radar-assisted adaptive cruise control outfits the R 18 B for the long haul.

Improved geometry and cutting-edge tech may lead BMW’s latest charge, but the Beemer still has to stand up to the class benchmark: the Harley-Davidson Street Glide. With that gold standard in mind, we set out for a 1,100-mile trip up the California coast to test whether the new BMW R 18 B is a checkmate in a brewing battle of the baggers.

On Tour
Despite all the changes that went into the R 18 B, the big-bore boxer remains unchanged. The air/liquid-cooled, 1,802cc opposed twin still produces 116 ft-lb of torque (at 3,000 rpm) and 91 horsepower (at 4,750 rpm). For that reason, the Beemer shines between 3,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm. Within that range, the bagger pulls like a freight train, but as the torque curve dives, the R 18 B’s direct throttle response trails off as well. Beyond the 4,000-rpm mark, the burly boxer still chugs up to its 5,500-rpm redline, but without all the gusto found in the mid-range.

Though the R 18 B idles at around 1,000 rpm, riders have to coax the 1.8-liter engine up to 2,000 rpm, or else it stutters and bogs away from the line. Lean fueling (due to modern emissions standards) may be the root of the issue, but riders can manage takeoffs with a conservative clutch hand and a liberal right wrist.

The narrow powerband may be a limiting factor, but the mid-range also dampens the boxer’s raucous vibrations. In the lower gears, the vibes are most prominent, buzzing through the bars and mini-floorboards. At highway speeds, however, the sensation is much more tolerable.

At 70 mph in sixth gear, the R 18 B lumbers along at a steady pace, though throttle pick up slightly lags. As a result, I regularly cruised at highway speeds in fifth gear to stay within the 3,000-4,000-rpm sweet spot, which yields the best passing power for emergency situations. While the power pulses and delivery presented challenges, the optional adaptive cruise control (ACC) smoothed out all the rough edges.

The Bosch-developed system operates similar to standard cruise control, but with a following distance button at the right switchgear, the rider remains in control of the semi-automated functions. Even in the closest setting, the three-second buffer between the BMW and the vehicle ahead leaves enough time for the evasive maneuvers. If that following distance is too close for comfort, two additional settings enable users to extend that cushion to a more cautious gap.

On the open road, ACC proved invaluable. Those familiar with motorcycle cruise control systems know that the technology not only covers ground in the most efficient manner but also provides much-needed rest for the rider’s right wrist. With ACC, on the other hand, the user is even freer to set it and forget it. Gliding down the road at 75 mph, I regularly let the system take me along for the ride while I added intermittent steering inputs. Even when a car cut into my lane, the R 18 B throttled down to a comfortable 65 mph in a matter of seconds to maintain my buffer zone.

In those situations, ACC kicked in immediately but not abruptly. I never felt like I (or the system) was out of control. Of course, pulling in the clutch or brake lever disengages the cruise control, but users can also override the system with extra throttle if they need to escape a hairy situation. The ACC is also quite intuitive, slowing to the set speed after a throttle burst or ramping up once the vehicle ahead switches lanes.

The system not only accurately distinguishes between cars in neighboring lanes, but if the fairing-integrated radar detects a vehicle ahead picking up speed, it proportionately adds throttle as well. In its category, BMW’s R 18 B is the first to adopt the Bosch-developed ACC and that gives the Bavarian bagger a definite edge in technology. However, there’s more to touring than gizmos and gadgets, and the R 18 B brings its own bag of tricks to the party.

Every Twist And Turn
While the standard R 18 favored a stance and style perfect for bar-hopping, BMW had to outfit the touring variant for cross-country travels. To make the handling more responsive, the firm steepened the bagger’s rake by more than five degrees. The 19-inch wheel may seem counterintuitive to those goals, but the R 18 B changes direction with the slightest input at the handlebars.

Shod in Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 tires, the larger front wheel and 49mm fork did a commendable job of communicating the differing road surfaces. From super slab interstates to gravel-strewn backroads to tar-snaked twisties, I always understood the bagger’s available grip. At lean, the front end was just as accurate, providing predictable feedback and response. However, it’s hard to shower the rear suspension with similar praise.

The R 18 B’s updated monoshock certainly improves on the standard model’s harsh rear end. With just 3.5 inches of travel, the original shock sent each bump and pothole straight through the rider’s back. To atone for that oversight, BMW jacked up the bagger’s back end to 4.7 inches of travel, delivering an ultra-plush ride. The Beemer practically negates all road irregularities as a result, smoothing out even the hardest hits. Unfortunately, the soft rear end and direct front fork don’t always get along.

At tip-in, the R 18 B is planted and predictable. Conversely, if the rider deviates from the original line or encounters mid-corner bumps, the rear wallows with a slight undulating action. As a result, the feel out back becomes vague and disconnected. If you select and stick to a line throughout the curve, the bike plows right through without so much as a wobble. Unfortunately, unforeseen adjustments quickly expose the buoyant back end. Of course, we don’t expect a bagger to hustle around corners, but a manually adjustable monoshock could go a long way to addressing the issue.

It’s a similar story with the brakes. The dual four-piston calipers and twin 300mm front discs provide enough stopping power in the end, but they don’t provide much in the way of initial bite or feel. For those that favor the front brake, BMW’s system distributes a portion of braking power to the single four-piston caliper and 300mm rotor out back as well. The linked brakes help shed speed more efficiently, but you can also feel the system borrowing braking power at the lever. That’s a disconcerting sensation when you’re descending a steep hill. Luckily, the rider aid only intrudes in select situations and heavy braking zones.

Comfy Confines
Even if the R 18 B’s bag of tricks is a mixed bag, the infotainment system draws from BMW’s industry-leading interface. Unlike the R 18’s stripped-down controls and throwback circular speedometer, BMW throws the kitchen sink at the bagger’s new fairing. Four analog gauges report remaining fuel, speed, rpm, and voltage while the 10.25-inch TFT boasts enough room for a dual-pane layout. Using’s BMW’s intuitive Wonder Wheel and menu button, the user can access trip data, local radio stations, smartphone media, navigation, and bike settings.

While the system puts endless options at the rider’s fingertips, navigating those options with the Wonder Wheel and menu button can become cumbersome. Accessing certain submenus requires punching the menu button while others involve a lateral press on the Wonder Wheel. With practice, your left thumb develops the muscle memory necessary for jumping through the folders quickly, but a simplified interface would also speed up the process. Additionally, the turn Wonder Wheel is located next to the turn signal switch, and I embarrassingly pushed the wrong control during many a left-lane change.

As for the infotainment system’s performance, the Marshall speakers deliver crisp, clear audio. With two fairing-mounted speakers and optional subwoofers in each bag, the sound literally envelopes the rider. During testing, the system worked seamlessly with Apple iOS devices but frequently encountered connectivity issues with Android smartphones. Upon connecting, the interface offered full operation of the phone’s media, but functionality would suffer after a second startup. Disconnecting and reconnecting the device restored full control to the rider, but I eventually switched to the radio to avoid the hassle.

The rest of the R 18 B’s cockpit prioritized comfort and convenience as well. With wide buckhorn bars sweeping back to the rider, the upright position suits long-distance road trips. The broad fork-mounted fairing mitigated buffeting but the short windshield left turbulent air dancing on the top of my helmet. A taller windscreen from BMW’s catalog will easily remedy that situation for taller riders, but anyone under five foot, eight inches will be just fine with the stock shield.

Further back, BMW raised the seat 1.1 inches over the standard model’s saddle to relax the bend at the rider’s knees and the adjustment worked. Due to the massive outboard cylinders, the bagger’s legroom hasn’t increased over the R 18, but the taller seat does help relieve stiff knees during long journeys. On the other hand, extra padding on the touring seat would have gone a long way as well, but my bony back end typically endured the 225 miles between fill-ups.

The features that I can’t praise enough are the heated seat and hand grips. During my travels, I hit spots of rain and heavy winds. The chill temperatures eventually receded by the afternoon, but the five-level heated accessories allowed me to maintain my mileage quota in relative comfort. The premium features made the long stints in the saddle more enjoyable than ever, but they all come at a price.

Bringing It Home
Starting at $21,495, the 2022 BMW R 18 B slightly undercuts the 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide’s MSRP ($21,999). However, BMW’s Premium Light Package (hill start assist, adaptive headlight, reverse assist, and Marshall subwoofers) tacks on $2,300. The Select Package (alarm system, locking fuel cap, heated seat, tire pressure monitor, and electric bag locks) adds another $1,275 to the price tag. Throw in Roland Sand Designs milled cylinder covers, an engine housing cover, a two-tone black wheelset, and Vance & Hines slip-ons, and the asking price swiftly approaches $30,000.

Many riders will opt for the base package, but a fair share will also order the works, and for good reason. Features such as the tire pressure monitor system, heated seat, and Marshall Gold Series Audio amplify the R 18 B’s touring chops. However, it’s a solid package in stock trim. No, the new Beemer isn’t a death blow to Harley-Davidson, but it’s a worthy competitor. At 877 pounds, it has 22 pounds on its main rival, but it’s also the only bike in the category to offer adaptive cruise control and a 10.25-inch TFT display. The R 18 B may not be BMW’s endgame either, but it definitely changes the game for bagger customers.

BMW Debuts R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B ‘Bagger’ touring motorcycles

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by Florina Spînu from https://www.autoevolution.com

According to BMW, the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B will be available worldwide as special R 18 Transcontinental First Edition and R 18 B First Edition models when they hit the market in September. The two new R 18 family members will be unveiled to the public for the first time on August 6th in Sturgis, South Dakota.

BMW is expanding the R 18 family with the new R 18 Transcontinental and the R 18 B “Bagger,” one ideal for long-distance rides and one perfect for touring and cruising. You can watch some high-octane scenes with the new models in The Cadillac Three’s new music video, “Get After It.”

The collaboration between the American Southern rock group and BMW only came naturally as the new models are built to appeal to those looking for a sportier ride and those going for a more touring-oriented machine. The southern country music is a perfect addition for these bad boys that star in the clip, riding just outside Nashville.

The new R 18 Transcontinental is a luxurious tourer that comes with a high windshield, wind deflector, and flaps. Compared to the standard R 18, it has additional lights, a top case, and four analog round instruments. The ride has seat heating as standard to ensure long-distance riding comfort even when two people get on it.

On the other hand, the R 18 B has no top case and a lower windscreen that adds to the style of a bagger. Among other features, it sports a smaller seat, wider and more comfortable footrests, and a matt black metallic engine.

Like the previous R 18 models, both rides combine the power of the 2-cylinder “Big Boxer” engine with a classic chassis design based on BMW’s historical motorcycle models. The engine generates an output of 67 kW (91 hp) at 4,750 RPM, and between the 2,000 to 4,000 RPM range, it produces more than 150 Nm of torque.

Tech-wise, they feature a 10.25 inch TFT color display that provides all the information the rider needs. The motorcycles come with three riding modes, Rain, Roll, and Rock, and a Hill Start Control function that turn one’s journeys into a memorable experience.

What can make that experience even better is the new Marshall sound system. Developed in collaboration with the British manufacturer Marshall (yes, the same brand that makes the renowned guitar amplifiers), the audio system uses 4 loudspeakers and 2 subwoofers to produce great sound quality and “good vibrations.”

First Bagger Racing League Race Goes to Harley-Davidson by a Tiny Margin

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

On June 27, the inaugural Bagger Racing League (BRL) event took place at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville. Like in the other series, King of the Baggers, this one was a battle between Harley-Davidson and Indian machines and riders.

Unlike King of the Baggers, where riders go after each other in a single race, BRL comprises five classes: Hooligan GP, Big Twin GP, Stunt GP, Premier Class Bagger GP, and Pro Stock Bagger.

The eyes of the people on-site for the event were, of course, affixed on the last two classes, which allow entry of proper bagger motorcycles, equipped with a fairing and bags. It is here where the most fierce battles were fought and won.

The Premier Bagger class race, which was the main event, went to rider Michael Barnes with Hoban Brothers Racing/DTF Performance Harley-Davidson. He rode a race-prepped Road Glide to the win, ending the race just 0.356 seconds ahead of S&S/Indian Motorcycles’ Tyler O’Hara—both riders take part in King of the Baggers as well, but there Barnes seems not to manage things as well as he did this past weekend.

It’s worth mentioning Harley led the field for the entire 8-lap duration of the race, despite the fact the Indian trailed at times inches behind.

In the BRL race, O’Hara was the only one on the back of an Indian to compete the race, with all the other eight riders chasing the win on the backs of Harleys.

Below you can find the Premier Bagger class race results in the inaugural Bagger Racing League race in Utah.

1. Michael Barnes (Hoban Brothers Racing/DTF Performance Harley-Davidson)
2. Tyler O’Hara (S&S Indian)
3. Cory West (Saddlemen Racing/Slyfox Harley-Davidson)
4. Ben Bostrom (Feuling Parts Harley-Davidson)
5. Jake Johnson (Alloy Art Harley-Davidson)
6. Shane Narbonne (Trask Performance Harley-Davidson)
7. Patricia Fernandez (Saddlemen Racing Indian)
8. Anthony Sollima (Speed Merchant Harley-Davidson)
9. Zack Nation (Zack Nation Racing Harley-Davidson)

Pirelli takes Top Two Positions in Bagger Racing League at Utah Motorsports

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Michael Barnes (34) and Tyler O’Hara (29) gave Pirelli a 1-2 finish in the Bagger Racing League Bagger GP race at Utah Motorsports Campus.

Michael Barnes narrowly edged out Tyler O’Hara for the victory by 0.3 of a second.

ERDA, Utah (June 30, 2021) – Pirelli Tire North America showed its commitment to racing across all spectrums by dominating the competition in both the Bagger Racing League BAGGER GP Class and the PRO STOCK BAGGER Class at Utah Motorsports Complex on Sunday, June 27. Pirelli controlled the top two positions in BAGGER GP with Michael Barnes racing to victory aboard a Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycle rider Tyler O’Hara finishing a close second.

Both Barnes and O’Hara relied on the performance of Pirelli’s DIABLO Superbike range. In PRO STOCK BAGGER, Benny Carlson rode his Sly Fox-backed Harley Davidson to the top step of the podium with Pirelli shod Oleg Pianykh taking second, also using the DIABLO Superbike Range of tires.

Michael Barnes and Tyler O’Hara led the way with a Pirelli one-two finish in the Bagger GP class.

“The weekend off started really good and I was able to get pole position,” said Barnes. “I was fast right out of the gate and the switch over to the DIABLO Superbike SCX rear helped us find even more speed on the racetrack. It got hotter heading into the main race, but it seemed to help the tire become even more consistent and proved to be no issue. Along with Oscar’s [Solis] help, we continued to make improvements all weekend long and did a lot of little fine-tuning with air pressure. It was an incredible weekend!”

Barnes, who was able to control the pace out front, used a 125/70-17 DIABLO Superbike SC1 front tire paired with a 200/65-17 DIABLO Superbike SCX rear. O’Hara opted for a 120/70-17 DIABLO Superbike SC2 front and a 190/60-17 DIABLO Superbike SCX rear to keep the pressure on Barnes for the majority of the race.

“That was the fastest I’ve ever gone on my Indian Challenger,” said O’Hara. “The new Pirelli DIABLO Superbike SCX is next level. My tires provided me with the most lean angle and edge grip I’ve ever had in bagger racing. Thank you, Pirelli, for the support!”

O’Hara managed to clock the fastest lap time of the race and of any rider throughout the weekend with a 1:38.550. Barnes recorded a best lap time of 1:38.635. The duo finished with more than 30-seconds to spare over their nearest competitor.

“What Pirelli riders were able to accomplish this weekend was nothing short of amazing,” said Oscar Solis, senior racing manager, Pirelli. “Bagger racing is something that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface with and it’s really satisfying to have this kind of success right away. Pirelli’s commitment and dedication to racing are second to none and I believe that this weekend just further showed when racers have a choice, they choose Pirelli. Congratulations to Michael [Barnes] and Tyler [O’Hara] on their great rides!”

Pirelli continues to set the bar in roadracing throughout North America, and when spec tire rules do not apply, has been the go-to tire choice for racers looking to reach the top step of the podium. Over the weekend, Pirelli took the lion’s share of podium spots, with a total of four riders on the Bagger Racing League’s first podium presentations.

RESULTS – Utah Motorsports Campus – Erda, Utah June 27, 2021

Bagger GP
Michael Barnes
Tyler O’Hara
Cory West
Ben Bostrom
Jake Johnson

Pro Stock Bagger
Benny Carlson
Oleg Pianykh
Logan Lackey

For more information about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit Pirelli.com

Harley-Davidson Dealerships From Across The United States Join Bagger Racing League

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Harley-Davidson Dealerships From Across The United States Join Bagger Racing League™!

Bagger Racing League™ Hits Harley-Davidson and V-Twin Motorcycle Community With Big Bang—Now Expanding Fast

Durango, CO (March 11, 2021) – After the formation of Bagger Racing League™ was announced on January 25 at the Harley Only Track Day at Chuckwalla Raceway in Southern California, racing teams and sponsors are signing on fast. Live from Daytona Bike Week Bagger Racing League announced nearly twenty independent motorcycle shops, bike brands, parts and accessory manufacturers, as well as Harley-Davidson dealerships from across the United States who are fielding teams and racing with the BRL in 2021. All told, over 100 riders from all over the nation are slated to participate, and that number is expected to grow.

“We’re thrilled with the response,” says BRL founder Rob Buydos. “We thought there was a demand for this, and we’re excited to be proven right. The proliferation of performance baggers we’ve seen over the last half-decade inspired us to create an event that could help promote the parts that make these bikes so sought after. This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to see how much it can grow.”

Bagger Racing League™ Round 1 takes place at Utah Motorsports Complex, June 25–27, in Salt Lake City. Tickets, Hotel Packages, Camping and VIP Experiences for BRL Round 1 are available now on www.BaggerRacingLeague.com

Each Round will be a 3-day event, featuring the world’s largest V-Twin vendor village at a road racetrack, stunt shows, camping, the Arlen Ness Custom Bike Show and much more. All the rounds will telecast live and feature a live audience.

Originally, BRL™ was set to feature 4 classes of racing:

Class 1. Hooligan GP: Includes V-twin inspired platforms.

Class 2. Big Twin GP: Includes any large-displacement big twin.

Class 3. Stunt GP: Invitational. Invited entrants compete in a judged stunt competition Friday night, then take their bike to the track for qualifying on Saturday and the main event on Sunday.

Class 4. BRL’s premier Bagger GP class : Harley-Davidson and Indian touring bikes duke it out in a fight for dominance.

Due to overwhelming demand, however, a fifth class, Pro Stock Bagger, has been added.

“We’ll go as big as we need to,” says Bagger Racing League COO John Oakes. “We can always expand these events based on demand and participation.”

Bagger Racing League welcomes the following Harley-Davidson Dealerships from across the United States who will be fielding teams and racing with the BRL in 2021:

Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Memphis
Durango Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson of Yuba City

Iron Steed Harley-Davidson

Las Vegas Harley-Davidson

Quaid Harley-Davidson

Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson

Zion Harley-Davidson

Carter Crafton from Durango Harley-Davidson signs a contract to join the Bagger Racing League.  Carter will race in the Big Twin GP with the BRL on his Harley-Davidson Dyna.

And some of the independent bike shops, brands and parts and accessory manufacturers from across the United States who will likewise be fielding teams and racing with the BRL in 2021 include:

Blakline Speed Shop
Collective PHX & Leading Edge V-Twin

Fab 28 Industries

Hofmann Designs

Kruesi Originals

Miller Built Performance Cycles

My Garage – Ventura

Pistol Pete Custom Cycles

Ramjet Racing

RPM & Arlen Ness

Speed Kings Cycle

Team Dream Rides

The Chopper Place

The Warrior Built Foundation

TOL Designs

Tucker Speed

These 20+ new teams join the previously announced parts and accessory companies who will be fielding bikes in the premier Bagger GP class of racing with the BRL: Alloy Art, Barnett, Bassani, Feuling Parts, Performance Machine, Saddleman, Slyfox, The Speed Merchant, Trask Performance

Bagger Racing League™ Round 1 will take place June 25–27, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Utah Motorsports Complex. Get your Tickets, Hotel Packages, Camping and VIP Experiences and more at http://www.BaggerRacingLeague.com.

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Indian Motorcycle debuts new 100th anniversary Chief lineup

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by Carter Jones from https://www.bizjournals.com

Indian Motorcycle is commemorating the 100th anniversary of its influential Indian Chief models with three reimagined bikes for its 2022 lineup.

Indian is the vintage motorcycle brand owned by Medina, Minnesota-based motorsports company Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), which revived and positioned the brand as a direct competitor to Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG). Indian introduces the 2022 Chief models three weeks after Harley-Davidson introduced its lineup for 2021. Indian’s 2021 model rollout came back in September.

According to the motorcycle maker, Indian’s new Chief, Chief Bobber and Super Chief were designed with a simplistic and mechanical aesthetic that harkens back to the glory days of American motorcycles with a timeless, simplistic steel-tube frame.

“The Indian Chief is a truly iconic motorcycle and what better way to celebrate its 100th birthday than unleashing an entirely new Indian Chief lineup,” said Mike Dougherty, president of motorcycles. “These bikes capture the mechanical simplicity and attitude of classic American V-twins, yet bring it all forward with modern sophistication and features. We could not be more thrilled to bring this new platform into our lineup.”

The lineup features dual exhaust, LED lighting, keyless ignition, cruise control and adjustable ride modes: sport, standard or tour.

The Chief starts at $14,499 and provides a stripped-down riding experience, due to analog gauges and the option to not have ABS.

The Chief Bobber has bulky tires on spoke wheels, a larger front end and a solo bobber seat that pay homage to post-war bikes.

Meanwhile, the Super Chief includes a saddlebags and a windshield for more versatility on longer rides.

“We wanted to capture a timeless look that never goes out of style, and looks beautiful whether naked or fully dressed,” said Ola Stenegard, director, industrial design for Indian. “We also wanted to keep it simple enough to allow riders’ imaginations to take flight with personalization options and possibilities. Ultimately, this is a bike that evokes emotion with simple mechanical styling and raw American muscle. It’s a pure riding machine.”

Indian Motorcycle is also debuting a new line of Chief apparel with shirts and hats that coincide with each model.

 

Bagger Racing League

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The Bagger Racing League™ explodes onto the scene!

The Harley-Davison and V-Twin motorcycle community will now have their day at the racetrack!

Durango, CO (January 29, 2021) – On January 25, 2021, the biggest news to hit the Harley-Davison and V-Twin motorcycle community arrived in the formation of the Bagger Racing League™ at the V-Twin Only Track Day at Chuckwalla Raceway in Southern California on Monday. The idea was to bring the V-Twin Performance Community to a road race track and let the world know what the upgrades are all about. The V-Twin Only Track Day with the help of Tony from Shred Moto Co and Eric from Jiffy Tune, hosted over 100 American big twin bikes at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway and was the perfect opportunity for the big announcement.

Bagger Racing League™ welcomed DRAG Specialties, world leader in V-Twin aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel distribution, as their Title Sponsor.

Bagger Racing League™ founder Rob Buydos and Chief Operations Officer John Oakes welcomed representatives from the best aftermarket parts and accessory companies and race teams in the world as they all took part in signing a commitment to race with the Bagger Racing League™ for the 2021 Season. Race team conformations included:

Alloy Art

Barnett

Bassani

Feuling Parts

Performance Machine

Saddleman

Slyfox

The Speed Merchant

Trask Performance

More teams will be announced as they sign on.

Additionally, The biggest news in the custom bike game was also announced! Zach and Cory Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles have signed a commitment to host a massive custom motorcycle show at the 2021 event.

“With the rise of performance baggers we’ve seen over the last 5 years, we wanted an event that could help promote those parts that make these bikes so sought after. This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to see where it leads,” said Rob Buydos, Bagger Racing League™ founder.

Bagger Racing League™ race will be a 3-day event, featuring the world’s largest V-Twin vendor village at a road racetrack, stunt shows, camping, the Arlen Ness Custom Bike Show and much more. Each event will telecast live and feature a live audience. If the V-Twin Only Track Day is any indication, and with over 100 riders and nine separate Harley-Davidson dealerships with staff or their principals participating, as well as riders coming all the way from Maine, the Bagger Racing League™ is sure to sell out quickly.

“Bagger Racing League™ will allow Harley-Davidson and V-twin parts manufacturers to showcase their performance parts in a competitive atmosphere. I am excited to be a part of the team and to take my passions—for events, motorcycles, sponsorship, marketing and racing—and combined them all into one loud, fast and fun weekend,” said John Oakes with BRL™ .

BRL™ will feature 4 classes of racing:

1. Hooligan GP: Includes V-twin inspired platform.

2. Big Twin GP: Includes any large-displacement big twin.

3. Stunt GP: Is an invitational. Invited entrants will compete in a judged stunt competition on Friday night then take the same bike to the track for qualifying on Saturday and the main event on Sunday.

4. Premier Class Bagger GP: Harley and Indian touring bikes duke it out in the fight for dominance

Bagger Racing League™ Round 1 will take place June 25–27, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Utah Motorsports Complex. Presale tickets, hotel packages, camping and more will be available for an early bird presale on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Those interested can sign up for presale ticket access at http://www.BaggerRacingLeague.com.

If you missed the live announcement, see the video on the Bagger Racing League Facebook page.

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Harley-Davidson Daytona Bagger

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Are 30 inches too much when it comes to a motorcycle wheel? It depends, I guess, on how one uses it to get the desired effect.

Visually, the choice of wheels for a custom bike is extremely important. More than when it comes to cars, the wheels are crucial components for sending the right message across.

What you’re looking at here is called the Daytona. Initially, it was a Harley-Davidson Street Glide, but after it landed in the shop of German specialist Thunderbike, it got severely mutated.

Like many of Thunderbike’s other builds, this one too revolves around the wheels. That’s because the garage makes and sells its own, and what better way to advertise the products than fitting them on incredible builds?

In the case of the Daytona (that’s also the name of the part), the front wheel is a massive 30-inch piece of hardware in a design the Germans call Spoke Light. It’s a forged aluminum piece designed to be a fit in the shop’s bolt-on bagger rake kit.

On its own, the wheel would have been enough to capture all our attention, but as usual, Thunderbike did not stop there. Most of the motorcycle’s body elements were changed, starting with the front fender, going to the fuel tank, and ending with the rear hardware, now pierced by the longer exhaust.

Needless to say, the modifications reshaped the entire Street Glide. From a rather upright, proud bagger, the bike went for a much more feline-like appearance, with a design that seems to flow smoothly from the front to the rear. A major part in this perception is played by the paint scheme used, one that sandwiches strips of yellow between the black of the frame/engine and the seat/top of the fuel tank.

We’ve covered Thunderbike’s builds quite extensively over the past year, and usually we are able to give you an estimate on how much a project is worth. Uncharacteristically, the shop did not list the parts used for this build, thus making it harder for us to venture a guess.

For reference, though, the Daytona rake kit is worth close to €2,000 ($2,400), and the wheel adds about the same amount.