Sinister Mopar Bagge, American Bagger Magazine, March 2012


John Shope and his company, Sinister Industries, have established themselves as one of the top companies for Bagger parts. John had the foresight to know that as the Chopper and custom markets were dying, the Bagger market was the next frontier. Sinister is kicking out new Bagger parts at an unheard of rate, and every time I turn around, John has built a new $70,000 or higher custom Bagger. When we saw John's display at Reno Street Vibrations, we knew we had to shoot his two green Baggers together.

Story by: Dave Withrow
Photos by: Jesse B. Nelson
Sinister Mopar Bagger 2

Stephan/56.7 is the owner of Mopar. Built on a 2010 Road Glide chassis, Mopar was inspired by the Dodge/Plymouth muscle cars of the late '60s and early '70s. Names such as Charger, Barracuda, Super Bee, Superbird, and even Duster and Gremlin come to mind. Mopar was the best of the best and signified high performance. The Sinister Mopar Bagger is based on the legendary Cuda. The 140 on the side represents the original 440 Big Block, in this case the 140 equals the horsepower. The stock motor was rebuilt by Trask Performance. The stock heads were ported and polished and a ProCharger supercharger was installed. Mopar now produces 140 horsepower and 149 ft.-lbs. of torque. A Performance Machine hydraulic clutch makes the big motor shift effortlessly. The frame was stretched two inches up and 1.5" out.

Sinister Mopar Bagger 3

The neck rake was increased to 41 degrees. The frame was shaved and smoothed and all of the wiring was routed internally. An additional nine degrees of rake was gained in the raked trees. The front wheel is a 26" Sinister Mopar with a Glenndyne Design rotor and a 16"/six-piston Wilwood caliper. Sinister Industries' Drag Bars with SI grips and Performance Machine hand controls handle the steering. The raked fairing, windshield, headlight bezel, floorboards, foot controls, horn cover, bag latches, slam blocks, side covers, gauge bezel, ignition switch cover, points cover, front and rear fender, taillight and tank kit are all from Sinister Industries. The bag liners and seat use the original material found in most Cudas and early big-block Mopars. Sinthium Inc. applied the Sublime Mopar Green with black accent paint job and the 140 graphic.