We'll now take a look at the bikes that can be used to make these extraordinary preparations.
The most common basis for a performance bagger is the Harley-Davidson Road Glide.
In Harley-Davidson basics, we distinguish between Touring and Softail. Touring models are generally used for Performance Baggers, and Softail models for Clubstyles.
The Harley-Davidson Touring range includes the Harley-Davidson Road Glide and the Harley-Davidson Street Glide.
Performance Bagger Street Glide
The Harley-Davidson Street Glide is a popular touring motorcycle known for its iconic design, comfortable ride and generous storage space. It features a V-twin engine, modern technologies and customization options. This top-of-the-range motorcycle is popular with long-distance riders.
There is a performance bagger version of the Street Glide:
Older Harley Touring models are also popular for bagger preparation, as they are more affordable.
Road King Performance Bagger
The Harley-Davidson Road King is a classic cruiser-style motorcycle, appreciated for its iconic design, detachable windshield and comfortable riding characteristics. It's prized by bikers who love the combination of nostalgia and long-distance capability.
The Indian Challenger is a bagger-style motorcycle renowned for its modern design, powerful engine, comfort features and advanced technology. It competes in the high-end segment and appeals to riders who enjoy long-distance cruising in style and comfort.
Less responsive than Harleys, Indians also make for competitive Performance Baggers.
In fact, this is the model used in the "King of Baggers" competition against the Road Glide.
The Performance Bagger phenomenon is fairly recent. No tuner has yet produced a Performance Bagger based on a Honda or Yamaha. This should happen in the future, even if the limited availability of parts may be an obstacle.
How much does it cost to buy a base for a performance bagger?
The price of a Road or Street glide starts at around *10.000 for a model around twenty years old.
The price can go up to over $40.000 if you start your preparation with a new model like the Road Glide CV0 2023.
Have you chosen the base for your Performance Bagger? Which do you prefer?