Sturgis First Annual Big Bagger Show.

On thursday August 9th, about 50 extreme custom baggers participated to the 1st Annual Big Bagger Show organized by Eddie Trotta from Thunder Cycle Designs and by John Shope from Sinister Industries. Taking advantage of a prime location on Lazelle Street & 4th street the show attracted a big crowd of admirers, amazed by the level of customization that can be brought to these machines.

Crazy tall front wheels up to 30″ in all types of treatment and finition, fancy body modifications on saddlebags, fairings, side covers & gas tanks, custom fitted top of the line sound systems/GPS/Gizmos of all types, one-off custom parts all over, crazy very high end paint jobs by the best in the business, etc.

I would define the show as “Baby-boomer builders offering baby-boomer riders dream 2-wheel luxury liners” and judging by the public comments I heard around these extreme touring machines (Wow, being the most often used word!), no doubt that this show is going to get very big and one of the main attractions of the Sturgis Rally. Eddie & John, what about doing a Daytona edition?

Like in all outdoor shows, bikes were displayed too close to each other and the crowd too big to be able to give you good pictures without feet/arms belonging to the frames. So, for now, just a series of close-ups until all these baggers go in studio for professional photography. Then, I will feature the ones I consider the best or the craziest. Be patient…


17 Responses to “Sturgis First Annual Big Bagger Show.”

  1. 1 Laurence Zankowski Aug 11th, 2012 at 9:35 am


    Really like that industrial grid/grate floor board look. I would put those on my road king. All the mud i go through out here in New Mexico, would be a plus.


  2. 2 Sharrack Aug 11th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Shope / Sinister produces some nice bikes.
    I get to see quite a few of ’em here in the phx area.
    Add Yaffe, Rooke, Nasi and others to the mix and the phx area is a hot zone for cutting edge fab work!

  3. 3 Colemanfu Aug 12th, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Daytona, good idea.

  4. 4 10377586 Aug 12th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    bagger bagger bagger, guess I’ll be ready for one someday. Just not now.

  5. 5 Iron Horse Aug 12th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I agree with Laurence…those grid/grate floorboards are Bad Ass! The rest of what I see, not so much, although I would like to see the rest of what that springer front-end is attached too.

  6. 6 1550tc Aug 12th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    and the phx area is a hot zone for cutting edge fab work!

    not to slam these guys in AZ but most of these products the az guys are producing for sale are plastic bolt on pieces……its a trend that has really made az the hot bed for these baggers

    Brian Jenkins of Hatred Customs has one great looking bagger around with a super cool dash gauges and radio layout in the dash…………… and best of all he rides it, the bike had 8200 miles on the clock and he rode in and won a show in sturgis……….nice to see a non trailer queen bike win a show

  7. 7 Septic the Sceptic Aug 12th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Not into Bag bikes, but it’s great to see those that are having some fun.

  8. 8 Sharrack Aug 12th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve seen hatred’s bikes at a couple of local phx shows……very cool.
    Lets face it……selling bikes will never keep any of these companies in business.
    The parts business keeps the average joe on your site buying stuff and talking about you.
    There are clearly different methods and materials used to make these parts and thats where each company is trying to define itself. Sinister for instance.
    If i were Hatred…..Change the name while you can……..The “i hate the world ” cycle name is old and dated. Get a website as well…..last ad i read had nothing more than an e-mail addy.
    Lots of people chasing the same bagger nickel in phx!

  9. 9 Kevin Boyle Kustoms Aug 13th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    the next level !

  10. 10 1550tc Aug 13th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Lots of people chasing the same bagger nickel in phx

    yeah lots of nickels from rich tourists & younger snow birds there, so these guys should all thrive………..its the hot bed for these baggers

    Hatred isnt for everybody but get to know him and he is a pretty down to earth guy, beats talking to one of the TV prima donna builders of the early 2000’s…….Brian is the only guy i have ever met that won a major show on a bike he was riding around on all week at a rally…….him and Shope are the new kids on the block, they have the looks, bikes and attitude for their bikes and businesses….somebody had to replace Ron Simms LOL

  11. 11 hk Aug 13th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Cool ,our bike made the pics ! thanks for noticing Cyril


    those bear trap looking foot boards and springer front end are made by Glendynne Design . They also make wheels and a bunch of other interesting CNC parts .

  12. 12 smithncustom Aug 13th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    just like the candy ass “choppers” with the 2ft wide tire and more billet than an Alcoa wearhouse….. another dying fad…. hopefully soon!!!

  13. 13 Bigalyts Aug 13th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Cyril, you got to admit Our Local Boy Eddie Trotta is always in the Center of all angles and directions and Trends in Motorcycle Industry. That’s a good thing, of course to all the Basher’s out there.

  14. 14 Bigalyts Aug 13th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Those Baggers are Gorgeous and what a great thing a Bagger Class and all that goes with the Baggers. They are the money Guys!

  15. 15 Road Rash Aug 13th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I dont think its a matter of someone just building a custom bagger, i mean where else is there to go, weve been through the choppers, weve been through the bobbers, the pro streets, cafe racers, trikes, whats left that no has done ? you got it BAGGERS, so its no big deal just another big trend till it gets worn out like all the rest, and to me why would anyone take a touring bike, a bike thats made for the road and travel and turn it into a bar hopper, makes no sense to me with the big wheel front tires, but then again thats just my opinion. whats next on the agenda ?

  16. 16 Blackmax Aug 13th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Considering the aging demographic, I don’t think this is a fad that is going to fade away
    There is a awful lot of interest and hence so many magazines dedicated to baggers.
    Kudos to promoters and Eddie T. and John Shope for putting it to the forefront.
    Where it had been a side catagory in a lot of shows, I think baggers have pushed their way forward & are here to stay

  17. 17 Paul in AZ Aug 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I would say it takes some talent to build one of these bikes but on the other hand all you’re doing is cutting up a stock Harley bagger to fit bolt on parts I think these bikes are going to be just like the 300 mm rear tire choppers. These motorcycles will come and go and unfortunately with the costs involved to have one of these builders customize your Harley-Davidson bagger when you go to sell it it will be worth not near as much as you’ve put into it so I hope they have deep pockets and don’t mind wasting money. I feel if you’re going to spend this kind of money on motorcycle do it into an old Panhead or knucklehead spend 25 grand restoring a bike that actually has some history and will continue to last the test of time and will be worth the money when you’re done!

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