Performance Times

    S&S Cycle has appointed Justin Bramstedt to the position of Racing Manager to oversee the design and sale of S&S Racing Products as well as to manage the entire racing program.

    S&S Cycle was built on racing. Back in 1958, company founder George J. Smith already had years of racing experience, with drag racing championships and a Bonneville land speed record to his credit. So it isn’t too surprising that S&S still supports a number of racing efforts around the world to...

    Story by Matt Polito

    Matt Smith’s third straight win was one of the biggest of his career as it allowed him to cinch his second NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. Smith rode his Viper Motorcycle S&S-powered Buell to the win at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and in doing so locked up...

    story and picture by Matt Polito

    After a two-race shutout, S&S power once again made it to the NHRA winners circle when Matt Smith took the win at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in St Louis.

    For many, the great migration to the prehistoric lake now know as the Bonneville Salt Flats began a year in advance in preparation for the 10th Anniversary of the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. For one man in particular, Denis Manning prepared for his BUB 7 Streamliner to run during the week of...

    A Special Sturgis Narrative By Chris Clemens of S&S

    By Matt Polito

    The rare air of Denver bedeviled the Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Raceway with surprise performances and outcomes throughout the event.

    By Matt Polito

    Hector Arana Jr.’s points lead continues to evaporate as Michael Ray scored his second win of the season to move into second place in the NHRA Mello Yellow Pro Stock Motorcycle championship chase at Route 66 Raceway outside of Chicago. 

    Just when it looked like Hector Arana, Jr. was going to dominate the season, two straight first-round losses by him combined with two wins by up-and-coming riders, and the NHRA Mello Yellow Pro Stock Motorcycle championship is instead wide open.

    by Matt Polito

    While Hector Arana Jr.’s undefeated streak was snapped at the NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown, NJ, S&S-powered Buells continued to dominate the 2013 season.

    Pictures and text by Matt Polito

    Hector Arana Jr. kept his win streak alive on his S&S-powered Lucas Oil Buell with a win at the NHRA O’Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.

    Text and photos by Matt Polito

    Written by: Jeff Bailey - Engineering Manager, S&S Cycle

    The goal was simple, set a Bonneville land speed record over 200 mph. We had two meets to do it at, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials (Aug. 26-30) and World of Speed (Sept 8-11), giving me eight days of racing to work with. The bike had the...

    Success stories are great and they’re the stories everybody wants to be able to tell. Racing is a test, with racers pushing their machines to the limit in order to get a passing mark. After all, almost setting a record is the same as not setting a record. Sometimes you win, but sometimes one of...

    One of the many racers who ran S&S parts at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials last August was Jimbo Fischer. This is a pretty cool story so we’ll let Jimbo tell it in his own words.

    Exciting news in the world of Land Speed Racing: Chris Rivas is the first person to push a "bagger" over 200mph! That's right, a bagger. (No rocket propulsion necessary. Just good ol' American made S&S horsepower.) With the offices at S&S HQ all a-buzz with the news, we called up Chris and wanted...