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.