Building on the success of MotoAmerica’s King of the Baggers race last year, the Bagger Racing League (BRL) is expanding. Although there’s only a single race announced so far—June 25-27 at the Utah Motorsports Campus—there is great interest in the developing series.Over two-dozen Harley-Davidson dealers, aftermarket companies, and other organizations are planning to participate in the Bagger Racing League.Harley-Davidson dealers in BRL
Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Memphis
Harley-Davidson of Yuba City (California)
Iron Steed Harley-Davidson (Vacaville, CA)
Las Vegas Harley-Davidson
Quaid Harley-Davidson (Loma Linda, CA)
Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson (Thiensville, WI)
Zion Harley-Davidson (Washington, UT)
Other companies in BRL
Blakline Speed Shop
The Chopper Place
Fab 28 Industries
Leading Edge V-Twin
Miller Built Performance Cycles
My Garage – Ventura
Pistol Pete’s Custom Cycles
The Speed Merchant
Team Dream Rides
The Warrior Built Foundation
Sponsoring companies include Barnett, Drag Specialties, Fite, Lucas Oil, and Shred Moto.So far, the Bagger Racing League has established five classes:
Class 1. Hooligan GP: Includes V-twin-inspired platforms.
Class 2. Big Twin GP: Includes any large-displacement big twin.
Class 3. Stunt GP: Invited entrants compete in a judged stunt competition Friday night, and then take their bikes to the track for qualifying on Saturday and the main event on Sunday.
Class 4. Bagger GP. The premier class in the series, with Harley-Davidson and Indian touring bikes competing.
Class 5. Pro Stock Bagger.
With over 100 racers slated to hit the track in the various classes, enthusiasm is high. “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 is planning each race to be a three-day event. There will be a V-twin vendor village, an Arlen Ness Custom Bike Show, and stunt shows in addition to the racing. Camping will be available to the live audience, and they are putting together a television package. Various packages for the Utah Motorsports Campus range from $70 for a two-day pass to $2400 for an all-inclusive experience.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!