Draggin’ Harley Baggers | When Pigs Fly

Cruisin’, a quarter-mile at a time

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Harley-Davidson

Drag racing full-dress touring bikes doesn’t make any sense. Don’t the acceleration-obsessed usually strip off saddlebags, fairings and any other superfluous components to save weight? But if NASCAR runs pickups and nut-job Germans roadrace semi-trucks, why shouldn’t the All Harley Drag Racing Association create a class to capitalize on the popularity of baggers? That’s the logic behind the AHDRA’s Draggin’ Bagger division, a limited spec series exclusively for 1999-and-later Harley-Davidson touring models equipped with The Motor Company’s $5495 Screamin’ Eagle 120R crate race engine. Bikes must be stock-appearing, and limited chassis mods keep costs low and competition high. And although you might expect acceleration akin to a Mack truck, Harley claims its 120-cubic-inch race motor produces 135 bhp and 137 lb.-ft. of torqueenough to deliver ETs in the low-10-second range. And quicker yet if you hide a nitrous bottle in one of the bags

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