What happens when the Island of Misfit Toys, meets Biker Build Off, and
goes racing? Can a rag-tag confederation of enthusiasts build a great
street legal, race bike? With a limited budget and meager resources? But rather, make the attempt by applying American ingenuity, elbow grease,
and enthusiasm to a humble, antiquated, British designed, Indian made
We don’t know either.
We want to make a film that documents the journey
and story of “The Badger”. This film will chronicle the building of a no frills
cafe “racer” that will be driven to the track, actually raced (!) and then
The Badger is Royal Enfield "Bullet" based, with a 500cc “iron barrel” engine. Built
in a rat cafe style, and built to be both road and vintage race legal. Kitted
for a license plate, and a number plate. Hi quality, lowbrow. Ride it to the
track, flog it in the heat of battle and ride it home. Possible in this day and
The film features: Leon Stanley, who runs a great vintage and specialty
bike shop in Trenton, New Jersey, called Cycle Icons. "Chumma"
Janardhan of Ace Engineering, an engine building virtuoso. Art Director
and jack of all trades Mark Rounds. And newly drafted Badger Race Pilot, Stu Carter.
This film follows the journey from the shop, to road, to track, and back
Leon claims the concept came to him in the middle of a sleepless night; restless, and thinking about the direction in which to take a stalled shop project.
Leon wondered: can we build a Royal Enfield Bullet ( which, let's face it, has a dubious reputation for durability on a good day) that is street legal and registered, yet can go
like hell on the track? Can it be made to hold together? Can we do it on a
very limited budget and race competitively against well-funded and better
pedigreed teams? Can we raise the game even higher? Forgo trailering
the bike to and from the track, and ride the damn thing? Truly conjure the
spirit of Post-War British motorcycling and club racing?
The name hit like a lightning bolt. “Project Badger”.
A Badger: cranky, mean, stubborn, fearless. Most assuredly- badass. And
not particularly pretty.
Team Badger’s plan of riding to the track will be no walk in the park, with
North America’s largest vintage race meets all hundreds and hundreds of
miles away. Our plan is to follow the build, then hit the road, and shoot The
Badgers first race at Mid-Ohio’s Vintage Motorcycle Days in July, then to
Mosport in Canada for August, and if the bike holds up, and the team holds
out, the Barber Vintage Festival in Alabama this October.
Track the Badger's progress here:
This film follows the journey:
From the shop
and back again.
Kickstart us and join in this great American story.