Indian, S&S Reveal Race Challenger | King of the Baggers

Indian Motorcycle and S&S Cycle just unveiled their completed Indian Challenger for Drag Specialties King of the Baggers invitational. If you haven’t been following along, the race takes place at Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend. The modified Indian Challenger will be piloted by racing champion Tyler O’Hara.

S&S Ain’t the Only Challenger

S&S Cycle will be racing one Indian Challenger. But like Yoda said in The Empire Strikes Back, “There is another.” Roland Sands Design is the other team with an Indian Challenger. Frankie pilots it; final photos to be released soon. The King of the Baggers event takes place during MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey from Oct 23-25. The Challenger boasts excellent out-of-the-box performance, including an inverted fork and an adjustable FOX rear shock.

S&S Indian Challenger

“When the Indian Challenger was released last October, it set a new standard for performance-oriented, stock baggers,” said Paul Langely of S&S. “That said, we’re leaving no stone unturned when evaluating the modifications needed to be successful at Laguna Seca.”

The Need for Speed

S&S Indian Challenger

Road racing veteran Tyler O’Hara brings a diverse racing background to the field. He’s won titles in supersport, supermoto, motocross, and flat track racing. O’Hara also brings significant experience at Laguna Seca to bear as well.

“I’m thrilled to not only be racing in the King of the Baggers event, but to be piloting the Indian Challenger. It’s an incredible opportunity for me, and I expect it will be a ton of fun,” said O’Hara.

“Just like the rest of the racing community and motorcycle industry, we cannot wait to see 14 baggers ripping around Laguna Seca,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle.

S&S Indian Challenger

The inaugural bagger race joins the premier MotoAmerica Superbike, Supersport, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Stock 1000, Twins Cup, and Heritage Cup racing.

S&S Indian Challenger

King of the Baggers serves up a compelling extension of Indian Motorcycle’s Challenger Challenge program. The effort encouraged riders to test ride the Indian Challenger versus the H-D Road Glide Special.

“We’ve seen incredible consumer response to the superior features and benefits of the Challenger when compared directly against the Road Glide,” said Gray. “King of the Baggers takes that comparison to an entirely different level, as we face off against the field at Laguna Seca.”

S&S Indian Challenger

For more information and ticketing for the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers, visit Learn more about S&S Cycle at, and Indian Motorcycle at, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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