All part manufacturers will tell you that custom bikes sell their parts. And on the show tour, when visiting a booth people will always stop first to check the custom bikes even before looking at the parts. And it’s true even for the most well known after-market manufacturers like engine maker S&S Cycle.
George Smith Jr. (Interim President of S&S Cycle Inc.) wanted a new custom motorcycle to showcase the company X-Wedge engine and XW-R Transmission. He called Doug Wozney of DOUGZ Custom Paint & Fabrication requesting a meeting. The bike featured here is the result of that meeting.
“Where should we start?” The consensus between S&S team Scott Sjovall, Jeff Bailey and Doug Wozney was to start with a Genuine FXR chassis, stretch it for the required 2’ to accommodate the X-Wedge powerplant and to use as many Harley Genuine components possible during the customization process. The objective was to create a motorcycle looking custom at 1st glance, requiring a reasonable budget by our economic times standard, and of course a motorcycle that can be titled and insured.
Doug started with a 1992 chassis, sent it to Rolling Thunder Frames for the modifications. The custom frame masters cut the FXR frame, modified the front section for the X-Wedge motor and S&S rubber mounted transmission and built a 2 ” stretched swingarm. (It is a service that Rolling Thunder Frames offer to clients with FLH bagger or FXR frame who want to use the S&S X-Wedge motor. As a matter of fact, I think that this company is the only frame manufacturer modifying stock frames to take other motors as well as bigger tires.) Works Performance adjustable shocks are used for a comfortable ride. Doug used lightweight genuine Harley cast aluminum wheels, stock sheetmetal and brakes, modifying and massaging those and many other stock components to save a chunk of money.
The engine displaces 132 cubic inches and has an all new twin carburetor induction system. Exhaust is made of a Bassani muffler with primary pipes built by Doug. “The combination sings a very sweet 56 degree tune” remarked Scott Shovel fron S&S. Preliminary computer models suggest this engine will make 130 to 140 HP and approximately 150 tree stump pulling foot pounds of torque. More on that in a couple of months once its through the break-in period.
S&S Cycle will be traveling the country this year and this custom FXR will be on display at all major events and rallys, beginning with Daytona Bike Week. (On Beach Street across Carl’s Speed Shop)