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    Brainerd International Raceway in Northern Minnesota is no stranger to top-level racing, with a drag strip, two road courses, and even a jet ski lake tucked into the facility. What is new to BIR this year was King of the Baggers, arguably the biggest, wildest, two-wheeled race series in recent...

    What is Build Train Race? Why is S&S involved? Are the racers really all girls?

    These are just some of the questions we’ve been asked regarding our involvement in the BTR program. The brainchild of Royal Enfield’s US marketing guru, Bree Poland, the race series is far more than, well, a race...

     

    Jon gives us a lesson on the S&S Stealth Air Cleaner and launches new camo gear. Dave falls in love with the new HD ST, but still hasn't finished his Dyna build. Matty gets pelted in Lima and the guys sign him up to stay in a teepee in Sturgis. 

    It's no secret that we love riding and encourage our entire company to participate in the annual Ride To Work Day. In light of current fuel prices, we've been forced to cut the Ride to Work Day budget, and the marketing team is doing it on Groms this year!

     

    Jon and Dave are back at it with episode 18 of the Performance Times. They cover a crap ton of racing, donate Strider balance bikes to a local school and decide fuel costs may force them to ride Groms to work for the foreseeable future. 

    American Road Racing has a unique vibe, a very specific soundtrack, and until recently, a fairly purist approach to motorcycle competition. Across the last few decades, US-made V-Twins have come and gone from this upper echelon of two-wheeled racing, rarely drawing significant attention and...

     

    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...

    Events

    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...

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