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Performance Times

    David Zemla

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    The M8 engine platform is capable of serious power, but with that also comes the need to beef up critical moving parts in the top end. The latest from S&S Cycle does just that by combining our roller rockers, bearing quality rocker shafts, rocker arm studs, and cold-formed head bolts into one...

    Storied motorcycle racers, particularly in the US, have been few and far between in recent years, but that very likely changed this past weekend as low key but high-speed Tyler O'Hara took on an insanely competitive American Flat Track TT and the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers road race IN THE...

    Shortly after the Royal Enfield 650 Twin was launched, the crew at S&S Cycle began pounding out performance parts! Our latest is the Qualifier, an all-stainless 2:1 exhaust that looks and sounds the part. Hand fabricated in the US, each system is a TIG-welded brushed stainless piece of...

    Big bore engines are all about the flow, more air in and more air out, anything that slows that down, robs horsepower. The factory M8 intake manifold does a decent job in stock form but starts getting in the way when trapped between 124" and larger cylinders. The stock polymer unit is also less...

    Building bikes has been a staple of the S&S brand since before there was an S&S brand and that sixty plus year tradition of customs continues to this day. The latest generation of builds run the gamut of styles from choppers to race bikes to performance baggers and naturally the venerable...
    Can the “new normal” feel a little bit more like the old normal or are we destined for milquetoast lives of Zoom calls and sterilized virtual events?  American Flat Track seems to have pondered this very question and would like to present to you their version of the new normal, and I for one...
    The latest out of the S&S house of horsepower is an all Stainless Steel version of our popular SuperStreet exhaust for the Softail® platform. Combining the stainless header with stainless shields and muffler make for a great look without the punishment of melting boots most of the other...

    Stealth air cleaner kits have been a solid performance addition for the v-twin market since their launch in 2012 and each year we add a few more to the collection. The Air Stinger takes the existing high flow Stealth air cleaner and replaces the air smoothing stinger with a similarly shaped...

    Our first track day was now scheduled for early September at the Blackhawk Farms in Beloit Illinois and we had chosen Tyler O’Hara as our rider for his experience with the XR series as well as an incredibly diverse racing resume. The pieces were coming together and flew Tyler into Wisconsin for...

    Baggers at Laguna Seca? Monster touring machines lumbering through the hallowed curves of California’s most famous race track? The pundits would dub it as blasphemy and the purists took to their keyboards to express their utter dismay. If there had been an internet in the early days of NASCAR,...