What is a bagger?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by quiticokid, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. quiticokid

    quiticokid Member

    What constitutes the definition of a bagger? Is it a roadking with hard bags on the side or does it have to have a tour pack or what? What is the true definition???
  2. bikerdad

    bikerdad Junior Member

    i Agree, a bagger without the bags is a sorry sight!
  3. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

    HEY SMITTY - your bagger is NEKED!!!!!!! :small3d031: haha!
  4. glyd-n

    glyd-n Junior Member

    IMHO, a bagger is big and fat, has a sturdier frame, bags (hard/soft) and can handle 2 up riding with no problems. I don't really like some of the bikes that start out as baggers but end up being stretched to 9 ft and has to be trailered to the show. Only good for looking at.
  5. rkrdr2

    rkrdr2 Active Member

    Over the years we referred to any touring bike as a bagger...But then we would call the Electra glide Classic and Standard(rip)...Dressers...and the Ultra as a Full Dresser...might have been a mid-west thing..
  6. silentflyer

    silentflyer Active Member

    According to my younger "friends" it's a "Geazer Glide"....
  7. Randall K. Wilson

    Randall K. Wilson Junior Member

    Imho, a bagger is also the original HD. And by that I mean, if you take the machine from their inception and follow the evolution of them from decade to decade...the true pedigree becomes a bagger.

    Re-quoting another party from this forum...The touring frame machines (baggers), are truly the "flagship" of the motor company.

    The first time I heard the term "Bagger", was about ten years ago. A gent at work traded his Softail Custom for an Ultra. His comment was, "Randy, I never thought I'd see the day I would be buying a "bagger"..."

    I worked with another colorful gent at work named Bill. Bill was an old Harley rider from way back. He always bought the Electraglide models and they were always set up for touring with hard bags, tour-pack, fairing etc. Now I never heard Bill ever say the term "Bagger". However if you ask him what kind of cycle he rode he always replied, with a twinkle in his eye..."Harley-Davidson (pause) FULLY DRESSED.":s
  8. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

    I'm leaning toward others statments that "bagger" is a relatively recent term. I don't remember hearing it before the mid 90's. "Dresser" was the usual term (geezer glide after they left). But like Smitty says, the touring frame is what defines it for me. I have a Dyna Glide with leather saddlebags, and a big leather bag mounted on the luggage rack, as well as the large convertible windshield. I have never thought of it as a bagger (or dresser).
  9. Randall K. Wilson

    Randall K. Wilson Junior Member

    Smitty, point well taken. However...if HD made a new touring frame machine that would look good without the bags, I would have bought one in a skinny New York minute, last August. Instead I bought a Softail Deluxe. But oooohhhh, the ride of a touring frame machine is SO much better. I kept my Roadking so I now have the best of both worlds...and I am a happy camper.
  10. billyd1

    billyd1 Active Member

    What Smitty said,:) the touring frame bikes are built for bags hence the name "baggers". When you first start and you're young you say "why would I want bags on a motorcycle? I might as well have a car! Then you ride for a few years and you realize what four doors and baggers are for. To have both a bagger and a bobber would be bliss but having to pick just one, baggers carry my baby doll and stuff in style! It's so nice to have those few essentials with you and be able to pick up a few things at the store--more excuses to ride!