Bagger Racing League motorcycles coming to Milwaukee Mile road course

It’s difficult to have lived in the Milwaukee area for any significant time over the past century or so and not have at least some fleeting knowledge of the speedway at State Fair Park in West Allis.

Midgets and big cars, USAC stockers, NASCAR, ARCA, ASA and local stock car racers, and even semis have taken a turn racing at the Milwaukee Mile, as it’s known now, the country’s longest-running racetrack.

Less widely known about the facility is its road course.

And for all the types of vehicles that have raced there, almost no one thinks of motorcycles.

And when people think about racing motorcycles, they rarely think of big, ol’ touring bikes with saddle bags and wind screens.

So when a group called the Bagger Racing League World Wide says it’s putting on a weekend of competition for V-twin motorcycles from Harley-Davidson and Indian on the course that uses part of the oval and part of the infield at the Mile, well, it’s one of those what-the-heck-is-that moments.

Which brings us to Sept. 2-4.

“Years ago they said, let’s go race indoors on Coke syrup like they do (now) at Fiserv Forum, which we all said, OK, fine … (and) that’s kind of what this is,” said Joe Houpt, service manager and race team manager at Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Thiensville.

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