Daytona Bike Week 2006 — Popular Mechanics

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Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4

Daytona Bike Week

October 1, 2009 12:00 AM

The annual Daytona Bike begins today, March 3. big dog Harley-Davidson is there with and activities. First up: If you’re for great places to ride (in to the beach down in Florida), new Great Roads interactive Web now lives in the Experience section at The tool encourages you to explore the on your bike; you can also 20 of ’em.

Next, H-D will a variety of events going on at Center, the Speedway and Destination from Mar. 4 through 11. In if you’re riding there, the Show takes place on the 8th and you’re encouraged to enter bike in the contest.

Or just the latest customs.

Also, motorcycle photographer Michael has 13 large limited-edition prints on at The Orlando Museum of Art in conjunction The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit. Of course, Hoss will be there its unbelievable small-block and big-block V8 monsters. We had the opportunity to test a Boss Hoss once. what we said:

Well, we’ve reported on big before. And we thought we’d one of the biggest after getting off the Screamin’ Eagle Road a couple years ago. But wrapping our legs around the V8-powered production motorcycle, have to say that Boss is the boss.

We picked up a new-for-2005 ZZ4 model yesterday for a test. got a Chevy small-block 350 with a cam for 385 hp and 405 lb.-ft. of torque—and practically mufflers, so it’s LOUD. And the tunes play in stereo. get quadrophonic between two buildings or of bumper-to-bumper traffic. The car engine and its automatic trans (First and overdrive, plus Reverse) the bike tip the scales at 1100 dry.

But don’t forget to add the weight of 8.5 of fuel. There’s also a trunk that’ll hold an pair of gloves or our lunch. everything except the new Joker hand controls switchgear very well.

The new buttons are too which means we have to our eyes off the road too much to ’em—especially with winter on. That’s bad. Boss should definitely go back to its design, which incorporated buttons similar to what you on a Harley. Big rocker switches are best.

By the way, you’ve got to up at least 34 grand for a Boss after which you’ll be to a ride as stiff as the Honda Rune (yes, the ZZ4’s is adjustable). The whole shebang on an 80-in. wheelbase.

One thing we’re not crazy is that its bellhousing (where the geared flywheel resides) has no As a result, we already see some residue that’s migrated the belly-pan sheetmetal. And this hasn’t even galloped miles yet. We think the should be closed up completely, if the small block’s rear seal ever lets go, the tire is going to get blasted oil and. we can’t even about it.

By the way, that tire (as well as the front) is an Venom X—highly regarded rubber.

Contrary to what you think, our BHC-3 ZZ4 test does not feel like it was together in some guy’s It’s easy to ride and well bolted together. The fit and are impeccable, from the pearl paint to the chrome to the clean on the custom frame (Boss builds its own frames from

Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4

4130 chromemoly tubing). more. The lefthand fuel (with a lefthand thread) to reveal just a dummy The righthand fill is the real

They both click like a car’s gas cap. actually took the time to the clicking mechanisms so that the position the words Boss and Hoss (right) horizontally every time. In our book, speaks quality. On the other this bike doesn’t to run cold. It’s got a big ol’ Quadrajet 795 with an electric sitting on the vee.

Once the temperature gauge hits 150 F, she a nice lumpy idle. But to get ‘er started after outside in 30 F weather for a couple is a chore. Thankfully, fuel is optional.

Brakes are dual 2-piston calipers in the front and a single in the

PM’s associate automotive Mike Allen, mentioned morning how diametrically opposed our Hoss V8 test bike is another tester we’ve had recently: the Vespa Granturismo scooter. Allen said funny how one is so perfectly suited for around easily here in the big while the other is exactly the of bike you don’t want to to wrestle through Manhattan. But we do it we have to.

How else could we up with such brilliant

In other motorcycle news, Honda and the Honda Riders of America have posted than $11 million in 2006 contingency money for both and amateurs. For more information, go to and click on contingency.

And the Buell XBRR will its competition debut in the Daytona the opening round of the 2006 AMA Phillips USA Formula Xtreme scheduled for March 11.

Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4


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