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    Jon and Dave survive two weeks of Daytona Bike Week, drag their Social Media guy Matt to every chopper event and celebrate S&S race victories in Flat Track and King of the Baggers. Also, don’t ask Jon about camo hats.

    What's new with the Indian/S&S King of the Baggers racing program? Better grab a beverage and get comfortable for this one. Looking back a few months, the team was asked to test on the banks of Daytona, and since then, MotoAmerica has locked down a doubleheader King of the Baggers race (first of...

     

    Somehow Jon and Dave made it to season two of the Performance Times. Who let this happen? 

    They talk Daytona prep, Dave gushes over the new LowRider ST and Jon finally drops the new S&S Dixxon collab. Plus, the guys talk about the kabillion dollars of contingency money getting thrown at...

    S&S has been building complete engines for decades and there are quite a few in the field. Many are now on their third and fourth owners and more often than not the original information on the engine has not made it to the new owner.  Not surprisingly one of the most frequently seen tech questions...

     
    Jon and Dave and S&S Social Media guy Matty take a look back at S&S events, parts, and race efforts in 2021. Jon swears that installing brakes is "a build" and the guys plan a Grom Gang run to the Road America King of the Baggers race. 
     

    Events

    Mama Tried and Tried...

    by David Zemla / December 14, 2021

    Only a handful of bike shows have the energy of Mama Tried, maybe because it’s held in the dead of winter in the Midwest and we’re all jonesing for the two-wheeled life, maybe it’s the historic venue that frames the show, or maybe it’s just the insane caliber of bikes on the floor. No matter the...

     
    S&S Podcast crew does a huge Flat Out Friday and Mama Tried download. We're pretty sure Dave may try and build a jet ski bike, and Jon drooled on an Evo chopper. They also talk to Hooligan Racer/Acrobat JJ Flairty and Jon still thinks he can build five bikes this winter.

    If you're a fan of motorcycle racing antics, Flat Out Friday never disappoints. Born from the Mama Tried bike show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, FOF has evolved into a must-see winter event. For the uninitiated, Flat Out Friday has taken Hooligan racing (small track, big Sportsters) and added Boonie...

     
    Jon and Dave interview the bombastic crew behind Mama Tried and Flat Out Friday as well as taking on the biggest, dumbest winter build ever (spoiler alert, it's a truck). They also share an S&S insider view from a long-term employee and talk about sound laws for 2022. 
     
     
    Jon and Dave Recap the American Flat Track season, Sand Show in California, and Congregation show in North Carolina. Dave leaks some new parts (the S&S sales team is probably mad). Jon thinks he's going to build four bikes over the winter and we need your vote for paint color on our...
     
    Jon and Dave bring in the S&S Social media and video team to talk lane splitting, Alpacas, and other Born Free shenanigans. They also cover new parts for the M8, the Indian Wrecking Crew doing wrecking crew things, and get asked which cam will be the loudest. 
     

    The 2021 American Flat Track Season has seen plenty of excitement, a few race cancellations (rain!), and a handful of spectacular get-offs (Johnny Lewis huck at the Atlanta TT comes to mind), but the last few doubles have been spectacular. We're talking about the Memphis Shades Springfield Mile II...

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    Born Free 2021

    by Matt VandenHeuvel / September 4, 2021

    It's no secret that 2020 was a rough year for motorcycle events. So when we rolled into Orange County for Born Free 12, none of us were quite sure what the weekend would have in store. Would it be the biggest collection of the coolest choppers to date? Would just a few die-hard chopper dudes be...

     

    The S&S crew jumps in their social media guy with his first Sturgis, did he survive? Listen for the details! They also interview an S&S employee who’s been there over forty years and has some stories to tell! Catch that as well as racing highlights in episode ten of the Performance Times! 

     
    Episode number 9 of the Performance Times Podcast is now live! This week Jon & David have the opportunity to talk about big shows and small bikes with the one-and-only Marilyn Stemp! They also deep dive into the ins and outs of the S&S Off Road Division UTV Exhaust.

    Although the King of the Baggers championship was only three races this year, each was action-packed, unpredictable, and absolutely record-setting. Our own Mission Foods/S&S Indian Challenger piloted by Tyler O'Hara has gone from winning to DNF (Did Not Finish). Much of the grid is fighting...

     
    Episode number eight of the Performance Times Podcast David & Jon talk with Mike Davis, co-founder of the Born Free Motorcycle show, we cover the trials and tribulations of creating a world class bike show as well as his pet cows and distaste for Canadian Bacon. We also cover the Bagger...

    Motorcycle racing is rumored to have been born right around the time the second motorcycle was built. We'd be hard-pressed to argue that and S&S itself can trace our lineage to two-wheeled competition (it's a good story, we'll re-tell it here soon).

    Race two of the 2021 King of the Baggers series happened to fall conveniently in our backyard. A few hours East in scenic Elkhart Lake. The Road America facility has stood as a premier motorsports facility since the mid-fifties and remains one of the best in the US. This storied racing facility...

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