Exclusive. S&S Launching the KN-Kone Engine. Vintage Vibe With Modern Muscle And Reliability.

In July 2007, I was the first to  inform you of the acquisition by S&S Cycle of Flathead Power, a Swedish Company that moved to Louisiana to service classic/vintage engine lines and components dating back to 1936. It was a perfect complement for the S&S brand and products line. Since 2008 the acquisition of Flathead Power’s assets and trade-name allowed S&S to begin to sell engine components from 1936 and up. And because the classic/old school style continues to inspire pro and backyard builders with retail clients approving and ordering this style of bikes, S&S Cycle had a great marketing opportunity to preempt the market of new old style engines offering coolness of the past and today’s reliability. And now, you read it here first, the company is launching the KN-Kone Engine with the look of a Knucklehead and a displacement of 93″.

One of the reasons many have continued to order old school type bikes equipped with non period correct engines was the justified fear of a lack of reliability and excessive maintenance required by pre-Shovelhead engines. Memory can be selective and the truth is that the good old days weren’t always as good as some remember. Cool engines? Yes, but cranky and temperamental…

Now S&S Cycle offers a way to tap into the coolness of the retro style while maintaining modern dependability. The new KN-Kone motor combines the look of a Knucklehead engine with the bullet-proof design and charging system of the 1970-’99 style alternator lower end. The KN-Kone motor features the S&S Super E carburetor and Super Stock single fire ignition system.

In spite of the larger 93″ displacement the KN-Kone is the same height as a stock 74″ or 80″ shovel motor. That means that it will bolt into any stock Big Twin chassis from 1970 to 1998, and will fit 1999 chassis originally equipped with an Evolution® engine. This engine can also be installed in earlier chassis if a transmission with a 1970-up mainshaft is used. The alternator style crankcase allows the use of modern primary, transmission, and clutch components, as well as a dependable electrical system. S&S® Super E carburetor. S&S® Super Stock® single fire ignition system. Available in August of 2010. Supplies are limited so get your order in now. MSRP $8750.00. S&S Cycle.

12 Responses to “Exclusive. S&S Launching the KN-Kone Engine. Vintage Vibe With Modern Muscle And Reliability.”

  1. 1 Dave Blevins Jun 18th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I’m gonna have to try one out, I did a generator slab/alternator case combo a few years ago on a PanHead and really worked out well.
    I have wanted to do a Knuck but just haven’t had an opportunity yet… Maybe this year will be it.
    They’re just beautiful engines.

  2. 2 martin Jun 19th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    This is great a great company I have the air cleaner,cams and stroker kit,and what a difference it all makes…………..Martin

  3. 3 Brandon Jun 19th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    It makes me think that Harley missed again a huge opportunity. They should have taken their Knuckles & Pans engines,modernize and sell them on a couple of new models and directly as motors in a crate to all builders

  4. 4 Vintage Bobbers Jun 19th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I Agree With Brandon, That Would’ve Been A Great Bike to Have…

  5. 5 burnout Jun 19th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    This is a WAY cool, overdue engine design! peace

  6. 6 Lance Dickwood Jun 19th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    >>They should have taken their Knuckles & Pans engines,modernize and sell them<<

    That would be to close to admitting they made a mistake in the first place. I'm surprised they still sell crate Evos in a MOCO twinkie world . . .

  7. 7 Fluke Jun 19th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    So this is basically one of their 93cu” evos modified with a knuckle looking top end? Or am I over simplifying?

    Cool anyway.

  8. 8 laurence zankowski Jun 19th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    from their site

    KN-KONE 93″ ENGINE… Dealer $7175.00 / MSRP $8750.00 310-0006

  9. 9 Dave Blevins Jun 20th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Dolly Parton said it best… It costs a lot to look this cheap!

  10. 10 John K. Endrizzi Jun 21st, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I can’t imagine who would choose a cone case matched with Knuckleheads over a original style flatside cased Knuckle. (My opinion…… yours may differ .) The alternator left /generator right case option that S&S offers for the KN Series Knuckle motors has all that a person could look for. That is unless the builder purposely wanted the motor to look like a mutt. One thing that does come to mind is that the shovel /cone cam selection is much more diverse than that offered for Knuckles. However between what S&S has along with the Andres offerings, there is a reasonable selection of profiles available for the traditional motors. No matter, I guess. The best to S&S with their new offering.

  11. 11 nicker Jun 21st, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    “… Cool engines? Yes, but cranky and temperamental…”
    Sure, if ya don’t know “the drill” or were too lazy to do the maintenance.

    “…new old style engines offering coolness …”

    No, the “Coolness” has always been in knowing the drill and the maintenance.

    “Coolness?”….. More like “convenience.”


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