The New Bagger Trend. Convertible, Long, Low, Lean & Mean.









I just wrote a magazine article about the new radical bagger trend. When I stumbled on this black beauty during a bike show at Daytona Biketoberfest, I thought that it was the perfect illustration of what I was writing about. Beyond customized Harley & Metric dressers, a bagger built from the ground up with only after-market parts can be one of the coolest things on the road. I even said to Mike Beland, the builder from A1Cycles, that I wish one like that waiting for me in my garage. My remark seemed to make him very happy, but he still didn’t give it away to me! But I can build one for myself, right? This custom bike is called the Team Player Convertible (you guess why) and, no surprise, it was a winner during the Rat’s Hole Show. If you want a pro like Mike Beland to do one for you, it will set you back $35,999, I think a very reasonable price. Doing one yourself? Here the partial shopping list to inspire your bagger dreams. Frame by Independent Cycle with 42-degree rake and 5" stretch, air ride rear suspension by the same Independent Cycle company, HHI front end & controls, Wheels by Renegade wrapped with Metzeler tires, removable bags & fairing (in 3 minutes top) are modified Corbin pieces, TP 121" engine, Baker hydraulic 6-speed transmission RSD.      

13 Responses to “The New Bagger Trend. Convertible, Long, Low, Lean & Mean.”

  1. 1 DJ CHOPPER GOD Nov 1st, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I think that’s the first bagger I’ve ever liked. Why did it take so long???
    I can’t believe I’m saying this but that is KOOL!!!

  2. 2 Sid Nov 1st, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Is that a rigid? A rigid bagger?

  3. 3 A 1 CYCLES Nov 1st, 2007 at 11:52 am

    no its a full egend air ride rear suspension system add a passenger add air..add gear to the bags add air..ride solo let some out.

  4. 4 Dan Nov 1st, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Simply beautiful.

  5. 5 James - Nov 1st, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Yeah but how far will it go on a tank? What is the point of bags to put your stuff in when you can only make it to the other side of town?

  6. 6 A 1 CYCLES Nov 1st, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    4 gallons should be enough for you long distance guys and the seat has a gel pad and fitted to the correct shape…its a comfortable bike

  7. 7 Custom Mate Nov 1st, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Saw the bike in Daytona. It’s gorgeous.

  8. 8 Nicker Nov 1st, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Well, the European market for “Luxury Goods” was estimated at 270 million Euros (at 1.3:1 on Tuesday)for 2007.

    Does $36k qualify it….?


  9. 9 Nebula Nov 2nd, 2007 at 12:48 am

    This is definitely a trend…I think these guys were the first to do a produced long, “cool” bagger:

    They have really been on the forefront of some trends, I give Kevin credit for knowing about the next “big” thing at least a year or two before anyone else…

  10. 10 Criss Cross Nov 2nd, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    I am not sure about the sitting position of a passenger. Except this, it’s a very cool bagger.

  11. 11 jatinder pal Nov 3rd, 2007 at 2:47 am

    this one is the second i like after big bear bagger.truly a nice lookin.

  12. 12 Chris Callen (Source Editor) Nov 3rd, 2007 at 10:36 am

    I think these cats are the first builders to really combined cool with function. The other bagger/ customs I’ve seen so far are still a step away but this is f’n bad man. Great lines, great use of the space and the best part, seeing the bike first hand in Daytona, is that it is fully convertible. These cats showed me how in two minutes the fairing and bags pop off, leaving a Low Life style custom. Great build A1!!!!


  13. 13 Bob Nov 4th, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Very Nice lines, but seems to me a little bit long to be comfortable for the long run.

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