The King of the Baggers was intense. It seemed like an extraordinary idea from the jump. Our friend Rob Buydos of Parts Unlimited fame, who’s always down for a good time, crafted the crazy concept with the intention of firing up the performance bagger scene while also getting bike builders and product creators a little inspiration to get their knees down on a bike entirely not built for it. K.O.B. set the stage for what was to be history in the making at one of the most daunting tracks in America, Laguna Seca. Roland won his first 250 GP A.M.A. National in 1998 at Laguna Seca, so the bar was set for a true transformation and challenge for the team at RSD. and the Indian Challenger they would be converting. Built in 4 weeks at RSD shop by the RSD crew with help from industry friends, including Indian racing, S&S, Dunlop, Fox suspension, Airtech carbon bodywork, G.P. suspension, Saddleman, K&N filters, Motul oils as well as Sig Zane, who assisted with the unique Hawaiian-print graphic design. The RSD team transformed the Indian Challenger, a bike specifically developed for long street and highway excursions, into a legit track machine in a very short time.
With only one day of testing with rider Frankie Garcia in the books, we learned what we could. Back at the shop with the race looming only a week away, we fitted the remaining parts, including an S&S primary and exhaust modified by chief Mechanic Aaron Boss to increase ground clearance. Lightweight RSD race wheels were installed with Fresh Dunlop GP 4 supersport tires along with brand new one-off RSD riser kit equipped with Kraus bars and Renthal grips. ZLT graphics were applied to the Airtech carbon bodywork with Specbolt faster kit keeping everything in place and rounding out the mods. Saddleman delivered a modified seat and tail combo just in time for the team to get the bike in the race rig for a Thursday arrival at the track. There was a lot of talk and side bets on how much weight we could actually shed. In the end, we were able to lose more than 250 lbs. from the original weight of 840lbs fully loaded.