I recently had the opportunity to attend a pre-season practice session of the Harley-Davidson (H-D) King of the Baggers (KOTB) factory race team. I was able to observe the team and riders at work as they prepared for the 2023 KTOB season. I was given exclusive access and got to hang out inside the large tent the Harley-Davidson race team had set up for this practice week in Arizona. Inside the tent were the actual 2023 Harley-Davidson King Of The Bagger race bikes in all their glory! While inside the tent, I got to really walk around and examine these bikes and all their modifications. (See video below)
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It was amazing to see how dedicated the entire Harley race team and riders are to this sport. I watched as the Wyman brothers raced their modified Harley baggers around the track and oh what a sound that is. It's literally music to my ears. If you haven't heard it in person, you really need to get to a race.
After laps, the Wymans would bring their bikes either near or into the tent, where the very dedicated race team would make any changes or modifications to the motorcycle itself or hook it up to a computer for tuning or data acquisition. The entire team works together well and each member has their own duties.
The KOTB bikes are required to start with a stock frame. Here is a list of modifications done to the KOTB bikes:
- The 131 c.i. engine (approx. 150 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque)
- Compression is pumped up with high-performance pistons
- Racing cam
- Larger fuel injectors
- Larger Throttle Body and Intake
- Racing exhaust
- Upgraded cooling
- Larger oil cooler in the fairing
- Extended cooling fins
- Horn fangs (scoops air onto the rear cylinder)
- More ground clearance for improved lean angle
- 55 degrees as compared to the stock 32 degrees
- Ohlins Screamin' Eagle suspension
- Mid foot controls
- Reduced weight
- Removed non-essential parts
- Usage of carbon fiber and aluminum parts
- The bikes are around 645lbs as compared to a stock bike at 850lbs
- Chain Drive
- Aluminum swing arm
- Aluminum primary cover designed for maximum lean angle
- Brembo 4-piston brakes
- Race seat designed for individual riders
- Racing grips, levers, and controls
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