Monday, 2 March 2015

HOT BIKES Ultimate Challenge Five Way Winner Donated

HOT BIKES Ultimate Challenge Five Way Winner Donated 

Motorcycle build competitions like the 2004 HOT BIKES  Ultimate Challenge / S&S 124VFI Shootout can be the inspiration for fast and well styled machines. This Rob Schopf-built bike’s competition results? Highest Quarter Mile Top Speed Winner, Best Burnout Winner, Dyno Shoot-out Winner, Drag Race Winner, Overall Challenge Winner.

This beautiful and fast machine was recently donated to the National Motorcycle museum. How did it come to be?

Sometimes as S&S Cycle brings out new high performance engines they look for bike builders to showcase them in new builds. Only six of these $10,000 factory sealed engines were made and
then donated to some of the top builders.

Rob Schopf, master engine builder at Hal’s Speed Shop in New Berlin, Wisconsin built this striking, and very good performing street/drag bike using the fuel injected 124 cube S&S engine and an FXR-style chassis made by Gambler. Rake is 32 degrees. Swingarm and shocks are also from Gambler, but the fork and triple tree are all Storz Performance. Tires are Pirelli, the wheels are Performance Machine, Trinity design, with PM calipers and rotors. Trans is a six-speed by Baker with a Bandit clutch.

The fenders may look familiar; the front is a modified Buell and the rear is a re-worked V-Rod piece. Seat is by CRD Inc. Paint is by Jamie Strasser at Jamie’s Customs.

Some time after the shoot-out event, Bernie Cohen was working with Rob Schopf and Tom Bradford on the launch of an NHRA drag bike project and fell in love with the Shoot-out winner, ultimately acquiring it as a part of his collection.

 Engine: Four-Stroke 45 Degree V-Twin
 Type: Two Overhead Valves/Cylinder
 Bore & Stroke: 4.125 x 4.625
 Displacement: 124 Cubic Inches
 Compression Ratio: 10.8 : 1
 Ignition: S&S Electronic
 Carburetor: S&S VFI
 Starting: Electric
 Horsepower: 140.1
 Primary: Belt Driven
 Clutch: Baker; Dry, Multi-Plate
 Final Drive: Chain
 Transmission: Baker 5-Speed
 Frame: Steel Tubular by Gambler
 Suspension: Hydraulic Fork / Swingarm, Dual Shocks
 Brakes: Performance Machine
 Wheelbase: 67 Inches
 Wheels / Tires: 120/70×17 / 180/55 x 17
 Top Quarter Mile Speed: 131.75mph

Donated to the National Motorcycle Museum by Bernie Cohen, Wisconsin

National Motorcycle Museum Founded in 1989
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