Live from the V-twin Expo tonight. Had a great day at the show. The unveiling of the Knuckle motor was a little less fanfare than I'd hoped.There was always a crowd around the booth wanting information. I spent a lot of time picking the brain of the engineer working on the FHP knuck. Looks to me like they are on the right track to get it going. Eric and, I think, Mark are sort of off to the side working on the Knuck motor. Charlie told me they went back to gray iron to cast the heads. This, in my opinion, is a very good move. Pretty smart fellas with a lot of good ideas. The project is definitely moving toward production. Cast iron oil pumps that look original are coming The FHP Knucle motor should be available for sale in April from S&S dealers.
The Big Twin Flat has been put off until 2010, but heads and cylinders will be available later this year, MAYBE.
They have a deal going with a company in Australia that is making a Knuckle frame that looks darn close to perfect to me. I'm not the greatest guy at spotting flaws in early frames, but this one looks close. Those will also be available from S&S dealers.
I heard from several of the people in the company how much they value to mind trust of this tech site. They will be calling on us to give opinions and input on getting products to market that will help our sport. They are reading what is being said on here and indicated that they have acted on some of the ideas presented here.
Brett Smith was named V-Twin "Innovator of the Year"
The X-Wedge was named "motor of the year"
Lots and lots of Knucks and Panheads The variety of motor choices for custom bikes was wide and varied. I've got lots of photos to post, but won't get around to it till after I get back.
We went over to Kentucky tonight and scored some Buffalo Trace Bourbon. It's said to be nectar of the Gods. We didn't get invited to any of the private parties, so we're evaluating the quality of the golden gift.