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    George Smith

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    Just a week after the NHRA saw it’s first husband and wife Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle final, the sport had it’s first father-son PSM final when Hector Arana, Jr. took the win over his dad a the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, IL.

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    S&S power returned to the winners circle in historic fashion in the NHRA Mello Yellow Pro Stock Motorcycle series when Angie Smith won over husband Matt Smith in the first-ever husband-wife pro final in NHRA history. 

    For many of you who have been following George's Blog on the S&S website, you may be surprised to find that it is now called the Performance Times blog. The reason for that is that I'm not the only one here at S&S Cycle who has something to say. A couple of weeks ago my brother Ken wrote a blog...

    One of the things that have always set S&S Cycle apart from other companies in the v-twin high performance aftermarket is the fact that we made parts that nobody else did and we would make S&S parts the way our customers wanted them.  Many of the guys buying S&S parts were either racers or very...

    One of the most popular features of the S&S website is the Flathead Power® forum.  This surprises some people, but it doesn't surprise me.  Flathead Power is S&S Cycle's brand for motorcycle vintage parts and since nobody throws a Harley® away, it makes sense that all those old bikes that are...

    Every now and then someone asks me why we call our big bore cylinders Sidewinder® Kits.  The naming of that product was one of those things that just sort of happened.  An idea or a circumstance occurs and it just sticks.

    For the last three weeks I have been talking about the S&S 4-Step program to improve performance in Harley® Twin Cam 88® and Twin Cam 96™ engines. This week I want to tell you about our CNC cylinder head porting service, which is the fourth and final step in the program. Cylinder head porting is...

    Last week I talked about Step 2 in our 4-Step program for better performance.  That's where we added a set of S&S cams to the performance exhaust and intake installed in Step 1.  If you still want more power, let’s go over Step 3. 

    In my last blog, I covered the gains you’d get by installing a set of S&S performance slip-on mufflers and an S&S intake system - either a teardrop air cleaner kit or our tuned induction system.  That's step 1 of our 4-Step performance program.  Today I want to talk about taking the next step. ...

    Let's face it - stock motorcycles aren't very exciting for performance.  For some people stock is OK, for others improved power and performance matters big time!  That's why S&S Cycle has been so successful in the high performance aftermarket business for over 50 years.  There are enough riders...

    Back To Basics

    by George Smith / June 1, 2010

    My father, George J. Smith  founded S&S Cycle in 1958 with a friend of his named Stan Stankos.  Smith and Stankos - that’s where the S&S originally came from.   My dad had established a reputation for having the fastest Harley in the Chicago, Illinois area and there was demand for the innovations...

    It all started over 50 years ago when my father, George J Smith, tested his own go-fast parts on his Harley at the local dragstrips throughout Illinois and the punishing high speed runs at the Bonneville Salt Flats. S&S designed parts proved their superior performance at the race track. We...
    One thing you will notice as you look at the offerings on our website is that we sell some items directly via e-commerce, but we direct customers to our dealer locator for others.  The reason for that is pretty straightforward.  We sell apparel and bolt on parts like mufflers directly through our...
    If yo u are reading this blog entry (my first), you probably noticed we updated the S&S website. This is a project that we have been working on for some time. We realize the importance of the internet as a way to provide information to our valued customers and we’re striving to use our website and...

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