Damn The Economy, Full Speed Ahead!
Every year S&S goes to the Black Hills Rally in Sturgis South Dakota to show off our new stuff and to have a good time. We were located right downtown on Lazelle Street. That’s smack dab in the middle of the action, and traffic at the S&S trailer was phenomenal. It looks like even in a down economy, our customers put the yearly pilgrimage to the best known rally in the country, pretty high on their priority list.
As usual the S&S crew was on hand to talk to customers - answering questions about our products and giving out tech advice. Anything from carburetor jetting to engine building tips. Of course most people visiting the S&S display trailer were looking for ways to make their Harley® faster. That's easy because we have a lot of ways to do just that. S&S offers go fast parts for 1930 to present big twins and 1957 to present Sportster models, so we have performance solutions for just about any bike and for just about any budget, anything from a performance air cleaner to a complete motorcycle engine.
As usual the S&S 4-Step Performance Program generated a lot of interest because you can achieve your performance goals in easy steps instead of writing out one big honkin' check for the whole works at once. Of particular interest are the S&S exhaust products for baggers. A complete line of slip on mufflers and the S&S Power Tune Dual header pipes. With a bike on hand equipped with both, you could actually see them and hear what they sound like
Don't tell anyone, but we were also previewing a new series of air cleaners that will be released later this year. We can't disclose any details yet, so you'll just have to ask someone who was there!
S&S did not sell anything at the rally, but if you saw an S&S product that really trips your trigger, you can still get it right away. J&P Cycles had a store just down the street from our location, and Speeds Performance Plus had a mobile shop and dyno right in Sturgis, where they did S&S installs and show you the dyno results in one go. How cool is that? (Watch the opening video below to see Speed's in action)
If you wanted to think about it and get your new S&S parts after you got home, you can always order it from your local S&S dealer. Don't know who or where your local dealer is? Check our dealer locator and find out in a hurry.
Of course it wasn't all business. When in Sturgis, do as the Sturgians do. That means S&S Night at the Broken Spoke Saloon, on Lazelle Street. A good time was definitely had by all. Food, music, burnouts, and one lucky guy, Dan "Z", walked away with a free S&S engine! Watch the videos below and see the action!
S&S Night at the Broken Spoke Saloon
Final Days / Heading Home
Random Burnout at the Spoke... just because.
Here we are, looking down the barrel of another year at Sturgis. This year we are going to bring some firepower of our own and one lucky person is going to come home from the Broken Spoke Saloon
(downtown) with a brand new, 1 of a kind, V113 engine made by yours truly, S&S Cycle.
Mark your calendar and set yourself a reminder to be at the Broken Spoke on Wednesday, August 10th
for this year's S&S Night. The giveaway starts at 9pm
but be sure to get there early. The only catch is your presence is required to be eligible to win. That's it.
"What sort of engine are we talking about here?" Well I'm glad you asked. It's the V113, replacement engine for Evolution
® big twins. The V113 yields a broad torque curve while maintaining excellent reliability, making it a great engine for any Evolution® equipped big twin. But this one is NOT the average V113 though. This engine is 1 of a kind, in a black finish not offered in our usual lineup. Another special feature is this one comes with the Tuned Induction System
that has nearly twice the filtering area as our teardrop air cleaner. Normally this engine, depending on options, retails for about $7,650.00. Not a bad haul for coming to party with us at the Spoke!FITMENT
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
- 1984–’99 carbureted chassis
- Custom chassis designed for Evolution® engines
- Shorter than stock height engine makes installation easy
- S&S Super G carburetor with tuned induction system
- S&S® Super Stock® ignition system
- black finish
| S&S V113 Engine Specifications
|| S&S forged
So we hope to see you front and center at the Broken Spoke Saloon, downtown Sturgis at 9pm (or sooner), Wednesday Aug 10th for the S&S Night and engine giveway! Good times will be had by all.
Jeremy from S&S Cycle stopped and chatted with custom bike builder Al Shank about his S&S T124 powered custom motorcycle at the Black Hills Harley-Davidson® dealership. Very nice build Al.
For more information on the S&S T124 engine, click here.
Wednesday night in Sturgis was S&S Night at the Broken Spoke Saloon. During the festivities, the S&S Road Crew took to the stage to talk about our 4 Step Program to better performance. They talked about how the 4 Steps consist of cost effective performance upgrades to your stock motorcycle such as slip on performance mufflers or a high flow air cleaner kit. They showed other improvements you can make would be making hard starting obsolete by installing Easy Start Cams or increasing your horsepower with our Big Bore Kits.
Then Scott rolled in the Dougz X-WEDGE Prototype Bike. This bike was built by Doug Wozney from Dougz Custom Paint & Fabrication. This is what Doug had to say about this powerhouse of a bike:
"After being one of the builders in the X-Wedge category for the S&S Cycle 50th Anniversary celebration I’ve fielded many questions about the X-Wedge engine from pro builders and hobbyists. Two of the most common remarks about the X-Wedge are “I wish it was available in a carbureted version” and “I wish it would fit in a Genuine Harley® chassis so I wouldn’t have to deal with the titling and insurance issues of a one-off custom”.
Well pay attention because we’re putting both of those issues to rest, right here – right now. First, lets tackle the EFI vs. Carburetor situation. The original 117 cu. in EFI version of the X-Wedge easily meets 2010 EPA standards while making 100 Horsepower at the rear wheel and from my experience in the saddle of an X-Wedge equipped bike it feels like that 100 HP starts just off-idle and never really ends, no matter how high you rev the engine before grabbing the next gear.
Now for the more user-friendly carbureted version. First of all, when S&S makes a change, its usually not one little change, it’s a big one. For instance when they decide to test the carbureted X-Wedge market they don’t just slap one carb on it, that’d be too easy. Scott Sjovall at S&S said “Well, we’ve already got a prototype of a dual intake runner that we’re testing twin EFI throttle bodies on, I can’t see any reason why hangin’ a couple of Super G’s off of it wouldn’t work as well.” So that’s what they did. Then Scott went on to mention they have pistons to bump it up to 132 cubic inches. They use the same cylinders – just bore ‘em out for the bigger slugs. So this bike became the test bed for the new combo and at this writing they’re finishing up a more aggressive cam profile and a CNC porting program for the X-Wedge heads.
What is commonly known about the X-Wedge is its great torque curve and the fact that it is a virtually ‘silent’ engine mechanically. Most early efforts in the development of this engine were aimed at EPA and California ARB standards. With that accomplished, the focus is shifting towards unleashing the numbers this monster is capable of. Preliminary computer models show the 132 inch version should be near the 150 lb/ft on the torque side of the graph and between 130-140 Horsepower range.
Now what about that Genuine Harley® chassis you ask? Well all you have to do to an H-D FXR or FLH Chassis is simply stretch the backbone and bottom rails a minimum of two inches to accommodate the extra length of the X-Wedge. This particular chassis received the 2 inch stretch and while it was in the jig the neck angle was kicked out from the stock 28 degrees to 32 degrees and a custom 2 inch stretched swingarm was created, giving the bike an aggressive stance.
The swingarm stretch meant we needed to move the rear fender rearward but that allowed us to retain the stock oil tank. The tank needed to be moved rearward to clear the rear cylinder, and that in turn gave us the opportunity to widen it for more capacity and better oil cooling. If you wanted to leave a stock swingarm in it there’s ample room under the transmission for a custom oil tank.
An S&S XW-R transmission case replaces the stock FXR unit and the short primary is replaced with the longer Softail inner and outer covers." -Doug Wozney
Well said Doug. Now let's see this thing start up! Here's the video of the S&S Night at the Broken Spoke Saloon, Sturgis 2010. Keep watching for Ken Wolfe's dancefloor circle burn! (Sorry for the low light. It's dark on the dancefloor)
Here's a quick slideshow showing the S&S Road Crew at Sturgis this year. They've had a long week in the heat but have been doing some tremendous work for S&S Cycle.
We've got some video coming up from the S&S Night at the Broken Spoke, a gallery of bikes from the rally, and some more to come. Check back soon.
This year at Sturgis, S&S Cycle sponsored the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The competition is held at Champions Park, Lazelle Street on Sunday August 8th thru Wednesday the 11th.
Here are some photos of the custom bike entries of the opening day and the Partner Pick of Excellence Awards with S&S Cycle's Gary Wenzel.
Thursday 5th August 2010
Saturday August 7th
10:00am - 6:00pm Bike move-in (closed to public)
Sunday August 8th
10:00am - 6:00pm World Championship of Custom Bike Building - Opening Day
7:30pm VIP Party (closed to public)
8:00pm Partner Pick of Excellence Awards
Monday August 9th
10:00am - 6:00pm World Championship of Custom Bike Building - H.O.G. Day
Tuesday August 10th
10:00am - 6:00pm World Championship of Custom Bike Building - Judgement Day
11:00am Judging Meeting
6:00pm Judging Ballot return deadline
Wednesday August 11th
10:00am - 6:00pm World Championship of Custom Bike Building - Awards Day
3:00pm Main Awards Ceremony
4:30pm Bike move out
Master Bike Builders Mondo Porras, Ron Finch, and Bob McKay joined the IMBBA (International Master Bike Builders Assoc) Hall of Fame and they were greeted by top bike builders and fans at the Broken Spoke Campground in Sturgis.
The S&S Road Crew were there in support and took a couple quick snapshots of the ceremony.
Mondo receiving the IMBBA lifetime achievement award.
Ron Finch accepting his award.
Congratulations to all 3 inductees! They truly deserve the Master Bike Builder recognition. For more information about the IMBBA or the inductees of the hall of fame, click here.
Well, the Road Crew made it to Sturgis! The road from Viola, WI was long but everyone is accounted for and ready for the gauntlet known as the 70th Sturgis rally. This year S&S Cycle is in 2 locations. One on 1535 Lazelle St. in downtown Sturgis and the other at Black Hills Harley-Davidson® in Rapid City.
Location 1: We brought some 4 steps to better performance products to showcase. We also have an Easy Start Cam bike hooked up to the Easy Start counter showing consecutive starts.
The Easy Start Cam Counter in action:
Performance complete engines on display:
A preview or some of our new S&S apparel:
Location 2 @ Black Hills Harley-Davidson with Crane Cams:
If you are in the neighborhood, come on by and visit us. Visitors will be given 10% off any purchase on www.sscycle.com. Many more things coming up this week. We've got the S&S Night at the Broken Spoke, the Smoke Out, and much more. Check back here and we'll have more pictures and videos of the 70th Sturgis Rally.
More to come!
The S&S Road Crew has left Viola, WI and is on their way to Sturgis! And on the way, they took a pit stop at Klock Werks for an open house in Mitchell SD, home of the world famous Corn Palace! Something worth noting is that Mitchell, SD was recently flooded out but dried up just in time for people making the trip to Sturgis.
Keep an eye out for Klock Werks at Bonneville this year because I hear they are packing some S&S performance parts.
More to come!