Postcards From Daytona Bike Week. Crazy Baggers (Part 3)

2tallwheel1tallwheelThree Bagger only bike shows in 3 days, plus 4 bike shows in which they compete against each other in their own category.

Tall wheels up to 32”. To match, brake brake rotors up to 18”. Lots of very fancy graphic or cartoonish paint jobs with a lot of space to tell you a long story. Plethora of electronics, of boom sound systems, of gadgets to open and close the saddlebags. The extreme baggers are showing off in Daytona.

I let you judge and formulate your opinion about how far this trend may go… (photography Manfred Graf & Horst Roesler for Cyril Huze) 

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19 Responses to “Postcards From Daytona Bike Week. Crazy Baggers (Part 3)”

  1. 1 John Hubbard Mar 15th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Yep. Crazy baggers…

  2. 2 RUB Mar 15th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    that exhaust by the neck is interesting ……………………………………hold your breath @ red lights ?

  3. 3 Rodent Mar 15th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    An example of making a perfectly useful motorcycle into an unusable, unsaleable hunk of parts.

  4. 4 Sharkey Mar 15th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Crazy expensive sculpture that screams “look at me”
    It’s their expression with their money but I’ve much more interest in riding than strutting

  5. 5 1550tc Mar 15th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    bagger graphics are starting to look like mid 2000’s ……stretched out 300 tire busa’s and other rice rockets

  6. 6 Bleeding Ears Mar 15th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    The three stages of custom bike building:
    1. Cool
    2. Too Cool
    3. Total Fool

    I like LOUD pipes!

  7. 7 Terence Tory Mar 15th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Why do kids build super-cool CB350 Honda twin café racers?
    To avoid “art” that has all the élan and charm of Elvis toilet roll holder radios or Keane big eyed felt paintings,I guess.

    A visit to a toy store on mescaline with a fat tattooed lady would be a bit more entertaining and a whole lot cheaper.

    Don’t ask me why I know of such things,just trust me.

  8. 8 Devil's Plaything Mar 15th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Looks like a bunch of wicked stuff down south. Wish I could be there.

    There are certainly some bad ideas out there but that comes with anything. A stupid bike is better than no bike at all.

  9. 9 mack Mar 15th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    And the band playede on…..

  10. 10 highrpm Mar 15th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    google images lowbrow art.

  11. 11 KSW Mar 15th, 2014 at 9:14 pm


    I didn’t see you this trip mate but I need to speak up here. I was over on Mary Bethune Blvd walking, talking and shooting the scene where most just ride thru enroute to the park or what have you. The bikes, including rideable baggers, are top notch, off the chain good and it’s about time that what we see in print is more than the “White” Daytona experience. It’s too bad you didn’t get over there for some pics, seafood, and other good eats and treats you’re not getting at the usual places we see every year.

  12. 12 Tim Mar 16th, 2014 at 7:17 am

    FYI the bigger story is the bike with the exhaust by the neck is all handmade steel. Each piece is perfect (I do mean perfect) as you have a very hard time telling it from the stock plastic piece
    And all his steel parts will directly bolt on to ANY stock HD flth type bike (sorry for copyright violation add it to my tab HD) the factory has a hard time with that claim. Do I need to tell
    You the builder works for NASCAR Great story Cyril to check out He won that show these we’re taken at the “Battle of the Baggers” at cabbage patch and a big thanks to Radical Randy and Roger from the Patch for another great show

  13. 13 Blackmax Mar 16th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    There are people who are going to take anything & everything to the extreme
    32 inch wheels ? If that’s you & you’ve gt the “wherewithall” to do it, more power to ya.
    But don;t expect me to like it, or try to emulate it .
    I like 23 inch profile and it works better that any configuation bigger than that
    but a 23 won;t even get a 2nd look at most of these type of show/contest.
    like the 300 rear tire, it’ll be gone soon

  14. 14 Blackmax Mar 16th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    But there really are some good looking bikes there
    (art work / paint-wise )

  15. 15 sue Mar 16th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Artistic extremes are needed to expand our minds. It is a good thing.

  16. 16 HD Rider Mar 17th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    “it’s about time that what we see in print is more than the “White” Daytona experience”

    Sorry to disagree, but I go there for the “white” experience — don’t start diluting it just to be politically correct.

  17. 17 BCinSoCal Mar 17th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    One word for these horrible “things”………………….HORRIBLE! Truly would be embarrassed to be seen on one!

  18. 18 KSW Mar 17th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    HD Rider,

    Sorry you’re state of mind is so shallow. I’d say that to your face regardless of how big or tough you think you are. There is so much more than what is shown regularly. Some of the finest bikes I saw where not part of your “white” experience but that’s your misfortune not mine nor those who do have a broad open arms approach to the world. There are amazing, great people everywhere if you have an open mind.

  19. 19 Terence Tory Mar 17th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    HD Rider,the Easyrider movie bike was built by a black dude.Captain America is about as much a “white” experience as you can get.

    I guess when it comes down to white experiences,there’s white experience and white experiences.

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