A closer look at the ‘King Of The Baggers’ winning Indian Challenger

King Of The Baggers

Indian recently took line honours at the inaugural Drag Specialties King of the Baggers invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway. Facing a field of 11 Harley-Davidsons, highly accomplished racer Tyler O’Hara captured the win onboard the S&S Cycle Indian Challenger.

S&S Cycle Indian Challenger – Tyler O’Hara

Veteran rider Frankie Garcia put his Roland Sands Design Indian Challenger on the box with a third-place finish. That made it two out of three podium positions for the Indian Challenger to kick some sand in the face of the Harley faithful.

2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca

The historic race played out in truly dramatic fashion. Barely, 24-hours after an accident where he “looped” his 272 kilogram machine during qualifying, Frankie Garcia rebounded taking the holeshot. But it was O’Hara who immediately established a commanding lead through the first three laps.

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With five laps remaining, an off-track mishap sent O’Hara back to third and Garcia to second, allowing veteran rider Hayden Gillim to take the lead.

S&S Cycle Indian Challenger – Tyler O’Hara

From there, O’Hara began a patient, methodical comeback, working his way past Garcia and dramatically passing Gillim while diving into the famed “Corkscrew” during the penultimate lap.

S&S Cycle Indian Challenger – Tyler O’Hara

O’Hara held strong for the final lap winning the inaugural race by 1.9 seconds, earning the title “King of the Baggers.”

S&S Cycle Indian Challenger

Technical Specifications
S&S Cycle Indian Challenger

  • Bike: 2020 Indian Challenger
  • Engine: Stock bore Indian 108″/1768cc PowerPlus
  • 
Stage 2 cams
  • CNC ported heads
  • K&N air filter
  • 
S&S engine covers for ground and pipe clearance
  • One-off stainless race exhaust
  • Full Spectrum Battery
  • 
Chain drive conversion to allow easy final gear ratio changes
  • Chassis: Custom tuned Fox shock valved and extended to increase ground clearance
  • 
FTR 1200 forks on S&S machined triple clamps  valved for weight and riding style
  • Brembo Calipers – upgraded specification
  • 
Custom aluminium fuel cell for weight reduction and air flow to engine
  • 
PM billet wheels on S&S built hubs 17″ F&R
  • Dunlop Tyres
  • Body & Cockpit: Air Tech Carbon Fibre bags, fenders & tank cover For weight reduction
  • Saddleman Seat shaped to get rider in correct position
  • Custom made S&S rear set foot controls to provide ground clearance and better position for racing
  • Klockwerks Bars – Klip Hangers to adjust height and pullback to suit rider position

S&S Cycle Indian Challenger Image Gallery


King of the Baggers Results

Pos Name Make Time/Gap
1 Tyler O’Hara IND 13:m8.0
2 Hayden Gillim HD +1.994
3 Frankie Garcia IND +14.246
4 Travis Wyman HD +46.5
5 Cory West HD +56.032
6 Eric Stahl HD +01:21.8
7 Tony Sollima HD +01:29.7
8 Josh Chisum HD +01:46.0
9 Logan Lackey  HD  +1 Lap

Source: MCNews.com.au

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