S&S Cycle Stops The Rumors. Good.

ssenginesS&S Cycle would like to address recent rumors stemming from the auctioning of several pieces of manufacturing equipment.  In a down economy rumors fly, so here are the facts: 

Like other companies in the manufacturing industry, S&S has conducted layoffs, and is selling excess equipment.  “These are appropriate measures that we took in response to the slowing economy” says CEO George Smith.  Smith went on to say, “people may not be aware of this, but while we are clearing out some of our machinery, we are also investing in new machines, and increasing our efficiency and overall capability. Although slowing sales are a factor, some of the machines being sold have already been replaced in production by a new manufacturing cell that was made fully operational just last summer.  This system allows for the consolidation of machining centers and results in greater efficiency.  A redesign of the plant layout is also being implemented to increase the flexibility and scope of S&S manufacturing capacity. S&S is about to launch an aggressive and dynamic marketing program which will start with a dual presence at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio.  S&S Cycle will be showing performance enhancement products under the S&S name as well as vintage engines and parts under their recently acquired Flathead Power™ brand.  The following week at the Dealer Expo 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana, S&S will debut a new line of off-road performance products and parts for metric cruisers.
Director of Business Development and Sales, Michael Scaletta summed it up. “We are introducing great new products and are even expanding into new markets.  S&S has been here for over 50 years, and we are in it for the long haul. S&S Cycle

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14 Responses to “S&S Cycle Stops The Rumors. Good.”


  1. 1 Kirk Perry Jan 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    At X-po, can someone from S&S walk over to the V-Twin booth (escort some S&S girls along with you) and grab that set of 3.5 gallon tanks they’re in the process of making, and fit them to the S&S Knucklehead frame being made in Australia? We (the Knuckle & Panhead minority) just want to make sure that the 3.5 gallon tanks V-Twin is making will fit not only the OEM and V-Twin frames, but any replica frames in existence. I know the V-Twin tanks are probably for Panheads only, at present, but the mount holes on a Knuckle and Panhead frame are in the same spot (clever, those Harley-Davidson engineers were, since it makes many of the 1936-1964 parts….interchangeable!).
    If anyone says anything at V-Twin, as you’re dragging off their exhibit, tell them you’ll bring it right back, that you’re just borrowing it for a “fitment check”. Leave the S&S girls as collateral.

  2. 2 Lyle Jan 27th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    While your at it, grab a 4 speed V-Twin made tranny plate and test fit it too the V-twin reproduction 4 speed straightleg rigid frame and show them where they need to machine both the plate and relocate the bosses on the frame…..Oh, then ask them why the straightleg frame (late pan style) has the earlier (48) rear axle plate spacing (less than 9″) rather than the normal 9 1/4″ spacing of the later straightleg frames….Then while your still there, see if their front springer reproduction drum will bolt up to their own reproduction star hub without the bolt bosses needing to be clearanced so they don’t hit the flange of the star hub before the bolts get tight. And while your at it……

  3. 3 Troy Jan 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know they had S&S girls!

  4. 4 harry Jan 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    S&S Girls? Wish I was there to see that…the females over here in Germany are a little “too clothed” right now, guess that what’s happens during the winter/lol. On a serious note, good to hear that S&S are doing what they can to ensure long term success during these lean times.

  5. 5 Road12 Jan 27th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Why is it that every time S&S announce something, nobody believe them… very strange way to communicate. This blog had to give the guys at S&S a lot of space to defend themselves this year, long letters, heated discussions.

    Doesn’t really look good when a company has to constantly justify itself in its decisions. With HD being down that much and with that many shops closing down, they have to be down as well. There is no shame informing the public you’re selling machines, no matter if you are buying new ones for something else.

  6. 6 Jeff Nicklus Jan 28th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Road12,

    Spot on !!!!!!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  7. 7 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co Jan 28th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    S&S is a very good company as well as the personal who work there, some of which I call good friends. Extremely knowledgeable folks who do their jobs extremely well and with a lot of passion. They’re a no monkey business company who just get down and get the job done.

  8. 8 Slag Jan 28th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Long Live S&S. State of the art that all others are judged by.

  9. 9 fuji Jan 28th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Not knowing the in’s and out’s like some on this site, my question is how much or how long has S&S been involved with HD in their R&D? I do remenber when HD threatend a law suit for infringement. Has all of this come to pass ?

  10. 10 Nicker Jan 31st, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Kirk,

    What ‘s 48E762/478E761 cast into the sidecar lugs tell ya about a frame…???
    (Knuckle or Pan….???)

    -nicker-

  11. 11 Kirk Perry Jan 31st, 2009 at 11:28 am

    “While your at it, grab a 4 speed V-Twin made tranny plate and test fit it too the V-twin reproduction 4 speed straightleg rigid frame and show them where they need to machine both the plate and relocate the bosses on the frame…..Oh, then ask them why the straightleg frame (late pan style) has the earlier (48) rear axle plate spacing (less than 9″) rather than the normal 9 1/4″ spacing of the later straightleg frame….”

    Sounds like an experienced mechanic/builder’s encounter. To this, I say to the entire building world. DO NOT ORDER A REPLICA RIGID FRAME, UNLESS YOU HAVE A SHORT-BLOCK (and heads) MOTOR, TANKS AND TRANSMISSION PLATE AND WHEELS ON HAND. I repeat……IMMEDIATELY, FIT YOUR MOTOR AND TRANSMISSION, tanks, wheels, etc. Put the short-block into the frame. Put the heads on the short block.
    IF THEY DO NOT FIT…………RETURN THE FRAME (you pay shipping) to Northland Industries in Conn.
    They can make the frame work.
    Sometimes you can ship the frame raw, without a box, via FedEx, sometimes not. Luck of the draw on that.
    Do Not Live With a Bad Frame. Do not cop an attitude with Northland®. Go quietly with an open checkbook.

  12. 12 Kirk Perry Jan 31st, 2009 at 11:42 am

    “What ’s 48E762/478E761 cast into the sidecar lugs tell ya about a frame…???
    (Knuckle or Pan….???)”
    ••••••••••••••••••••••••
    i have no idea, Nicker. To me, a solo ridert, I don’t care about sidecar loops and whatever numbers are cast. I don’t want to ever have a sidecar.
    Restoring Harley-Davidson is a walk in the park. All the parts have been pre-fit by someone at sometime in their life. Your task as restorer is to bead-blast the rust off, paint them, cad plate them, or parker them, and install them. Whoop-E.
    If you want to test your mechanical aptitude, order a jillion parts in boxes and assemble a 1955-57 Panhead replica by yourself. Your world will then begin to turn.

  13. 13 duh Feb 2nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    now, now, ladies…simmer down.

  14. 14 Ron Bowen Feb 5th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    S&S really screwed their long time small dealers years ago with the pricing system.
    Got to the point, I just could not sell their engines, as “on line sellers sold for less” then I could buy them for.
    I havnt sold any of their products for several years, yet, they still list me as a dealer!
    I do hope “old George” will get it back together! As is, there is simply no profit in it.

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