This documentary is about a small enthusiast driven motorcycle shop and its quest to build a British born, Indian made rat cafe racer.
Team Badger - The Film
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 workhorse?
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 ridden home.
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 age?
We want to find out!
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.
Track the Badger's progress here:
This film follows the journey:
From the shop
and back again.
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