Harley-Davidson Creates A New Factory Race Team For King Of The Baggers

Screamin' Eagle will provide a monster 131 Milwaukee-Eight engine to seal the deal.

Race prepped 2021 Road Glide Special

King Of The Baggers

Last October, MotoAmerica debuted an event called “King of the Baggers.” The race consisted of American touring bikes with v-twins, full fairings, and saddle bags. Though the idea seems ridiculous, these race-prepped baggers are surprisingly fun to watch. As a result, King of the Baggers is set to return for a three race series in 2021.

Last year’s winner was Tyler O’Hara on the S&S tuned 2020 Indian Challenger. This year, however, Harley-Davidson is entering the race themselves to secure victory for 2021. The factory race team is using a Road Glide Special with the top dog Screamin’ Eagle 131 Milwaukee-Eight crate engine. Pro-rider Kyle Wyman will pilot the race modified 2,147cc v-twin and all of its 131lb-ft of torque.

Kyle Wyman, 31

Kyle Wyman is the son of Kim Wyman, the owner of Harv’s Harley-Davidson in NY. As a result, Kyle started his flat track racing career on Harley-Davidson XR750s at the age of 15. He has since gone on to win the Daytona 200 in 2019, as well as six races in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series.

“I am very excited and honored to be the rider of the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Road Glide Special,” says Wyman. “To be a Factory rider for Harley-Davidson is something I’ve dreamed of since I was little, watching my hero Scott Parker win Grand National Championships on the Harley-Davidson XR750.”

Any qualified AMA License holder may enter into King of the Baggers. In addition, Harley-Davidson says they “will offer a nearly $30,000 cash contingency program for qualified Harley-Davidson racers competing in the three-race King of the Baggers series.”

The first race begins at Road Atlanta from April 30-May 2. The following two races are Road America June 11-13, and finally Laguna Seca from July 9-11. In the meantime, check out our review of last year’s winner, the Indian Challenger Limited.