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What’s A Boss Hoss? 1 Bike

The 1,100-pound Motorcycle Has A Engine. It Goes From 0 To 50 Mph In 1.5

March 4, 1997 | By Blake of The Sentinel Staff

DAYTONA — NASCAR driver Mark describes his recently purchased as a machine that »makes a look like a mo-ped.»

And the is so powerful that Martin, a veteran of auto racing, is to find out its top speed.

»It’s bad,» Martin said one of the many conversations he had about the with crew members and drivers during the recent »It’s outrageous.»

Martin was talking about the Hoss, a custom brand of fitted with an eight-cylinder Corvette engine as standard

Tom Shaffer, one of about a dozen Hoss distributors displaying in the Daytona area during Week, isn’t surprised Martin doesn’t want to the bike’s limits.

»They everybody,» said Shaffer, who has models on exhibit daily the Harley-Davidson dealership on Beach »It’s just the feeling of something with that horsepower.»

How much horsepower?

said the 350-cubic-inch engine he in base Boss Hoss churns out about 345 horses. enough to get the Boss Hoss zero to 50 mph in 1.5 seconds — and to 100 mph in 4

Still, Shaffer realizes won’t satisfy everybody’s for speed. So he also sells models fitted with or 406-cubic-inch engines.

Shaffer’s sell for $31,000 to $35,000. on the options included, some will let one go for somewhere in the low-20s.

runs Mountain Boss Cycles, a distributorship based in Pa. He’s also the franchisee for the Beach area. He hopes to a year-round local dealership by April — and Martin has interest in investing in the enterprise.

A Boss Hoss dealership has open in Orlando for about two

So how does anyone ever of shoehorning an oversized sports car into a motorcycle, anyway?

The apparently originated with Warne, a former airplane and crop-dusterfrom Dyersburg, Tenn.

thinks he understands why.

was an aerial sprayer,» Shaffer »I think he sucked up too spray.»

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Actually, Warne his inspiration came while he was in school. He spent 10 years his design while working jobs, then went the Boss Hoss business time in 1991.

»They’re pretty well with the Harley groups they’re all American-made and they’ve got sound,» said Warne, who has his set up outside Billy Bob’s on U.S. Highway 1 in South

Boss Hoss currently has 27 and eight foreign distributorships, are responsible for assembly of the cycles kits manufactured at a plant in

Warne said about 800 of the have been sold so

So to help out one of Boss Hoss’ famous customers, how fast can one of bikes go?

Stock models top out around 140 mph the hot rod versions are capable of 160 to 180 mph, said.

Shaffer, the local said it’s not easy to those claims, though.

get going 130 or 140 mph and it’s hard to on,» Shaffer said. like trying to hold a clothesline during Hurricane

Al Mason, a visitor from who was studying one of Shaffer’s cycles Bike Week, shared belief that such a should best be handled caution.

»The speedometer up to 120 mph,» Mason noted. think that would be to get you in trouble.»

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