BAGS OF POWER

It’s Godzilla on Two Wheels! Less

It’s Godzilla on Two Wheels!

Story by Mike Seate

Story by Mike Seate

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Photos by Dain Gingerelli

Photos by Dain Gingerelli

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As the owner of a mildly modified 2004 FLH, Jason Hanson has heard his beloved bagger referred to as an old man’s bike. But he has a quick comeback: “I always said this old man’s bike has 133 horsepower and is laying down over 100 foot-pounds of torque, and can roll down the road all day at 100 miles per hour.” What’s the secret behind those numbers” Well, Jason’s family runs Speed’s Performance Plus, the V-Twin performance shop that’s been feeding you with Twin Cam tech articles in this very magazine (page 20). The shop is as serious about go-fast Harleys as an AHDRA top fuelser, priding themselves, Jason says, on building motors that produce bags of power minus the hassles normally associated with high-performance engines.

As the owner of a mildly modified 2004 FLH, Jason Hanson has heard his beloved bagger referred to as an old man’s bike. But he has a quick comeback: “I always said this old man’s bike has 133 horsepower and is laying down over 100 foot-pounds of torque, and can roll down the road all day at 100 miles per hour.” What’s the secret behind those numbers” Well, Jason’s family runs Speed’s Performance Plus, the V-Twin performance shop that’s been feeding you with Twin Cam tech articles in this very magazine (page 20). The shop is as serious about go-fast Harleys as an AHDRA top fuelser, priding themselves, Jason says, on building motors that produce bags of power minus the hassles normally associated with high-performance engines.

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Jason’s personal ride has a 114-cubic-inch mill that received the full Speed’s top-end treatment; the stock Harley heads wer modified using a vortex generator for additional volume, what Jason says is the best means for generating more power from a Big Twin. In addition, the stock 42mm throttle body was replaced with a Speed’s wide-mouth 56mm unit. Inside that fire-breathing mill you’ll find a 4” stroke with 4.5” bore courtesy of Wiseco alloy pistons that slide inside specially coated sleeveless cylinders.

Jason’s personal ride has a 114-cubic-inch mill that received the full Speed’s top-end treatment; the stock Harley heads wer modified using a vortex generator for additional volume, what Jason says is the best means for generating more power from a Big Twin. In addition, the stock 42mm throttle body was replaced with a Speed’s wide-mouth 56mm unit. Inside that fire-breathing mill you’ll find a 4” stroke with 4.5” bore courtesy of Wiseco alloy pistons that slide inside specially coated sleeveless cylinders.

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At the heart of the beast that Jason calls “Godzilla on two wheels” is a rebuilt crank with Timken bearings and balanced flywheels. Even the Speed’s air cleaner had enough R&D time invested to impress an aerospace engineer—the breather box has a two-stage induction system and special crank vents that help ventilate the engine’s bottom end. The headwork alone can run as high as $1500, Jason says but the result is a hy-po Hog with the reliability to turn tens of thousands of trouble-free miles.

At the heart of the beast that Jason calls “Godzilla on two wheels” is a rebuilt crank with Timken bearings and balanced flywheels. Even the Speed’s air cleaner had enough R&D time invested to impress an aerospace engineer—the breather box has a two-stage induction system and special crank vents that help ventilate the engine’s bottom end. The headwork alone can run as high as $1500, Jason says but the result is a hy-po Hog with the reliability to turn tens of thousands of trouble-free miles.

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Modifications go beyound the engine, and include a 200mm, low-profile Metzler radial tire on a 5.5 inch Performance machine rim, made possible thanks to a Custom Valley wide-tire conversion kit.

Modifications go beyound the engine, and include a 200mm, low-profile Metzler radial tire on a 5.5 inch Performance machine rim, made possible thanks to a Custom Valley wide-tire conversion kit.

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D&D Performance Exhaust Systems supplied the 40mm Borzilla exhaust system, and even with 11.6:1 compression ratio Jason swears the bike starts easily with its OEM battery and stater combo. Randy Smith of Milwaulee Iron supplied the all-steel front fender and faring console that contains a Kenwood sound system. And to help thwart bad guys, Jason equiped his monster bike with a scorpio keyless security system that he says uses an FM frequency so it always broadcasts a strong signal.

D&D Performance Exhaust Systems supplied the 40mm Borzilla exhaust system, and even with 11.6:1 compression ratio Jason swears the bike starts easily with its OEM battery and stater combo. Randy Smith of Milwaulee Iron supplied the all-steel front fender and faring console that contains a Kenwood sound system. And to help thwart bad guys, Jason equiped his monster bike with a scorpio keyless security system that he says uses an FM frequency so it always broadcasts a strong signal.

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There’s more, including Klock Werks fillers and rear blinkers, and to clean up the front Jason mounted a set of Kuryakyn’s new mirrors with integrated turn signals. And those swirl hand grips from Nees with Magnum Shielding’s sterling white cables lend a striking contrast to the black-on-flat-black paint job that john Hovdenes of Lophat Kustoms applied.

There’s more, including Klock Werks fillers and rear blinkers, and to clean up the front Jason mounted a set of Kuryakyn’s new mirrors with integrated turn signals. And those swirl hand grips from Nees with Magnum Shielding’s sterling white cables lend a striking contrast to the black-on-flat-black paint job that john Hovdenes of Lophat Kustoms applied.

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“I think baggers have become the new big thing because there’s nothing like being able to take your tunes, a couple of locking saddlebags full of clothes and anything else you’ll need on the road with you. Istarted customizing baggers back in 1994 when everybody was into choppers, and I knew they’d end up being considered cool,” Jason said. Well this one sure is.

“I think baggers have become the new big thing because there’s nothing like being able to take your tunes, a couple of locking saddlebags full of clothes and anything else you’ll need on the road with you. Istarted customizing baggers back in 1994 when everybody was into choppers, and I knew they’d end up being considered cool,” Jason said. Well this one sure is.

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