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Going to be building a chopper in the next few years, what is the best engine for long rides, and low maintenance. It's been about 30 years since I've even worked on a bike so I'm going to need some help on catching up on what's good and what's crap.
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Going to be building a chopper in the next few years, what is the best engine for long rides, and low maintenance. It's been about 30 years since I've even worked on a bike so I'm going to need some help on catching up on what's good and what's crap.
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Are we talking Harley / American v twin or metric choppers?
Is price for the motor an issue?
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I think the Evo is the best engine HD ever made. If your looking for power and money isn't a problem I'd get a S&S 124". Ultima makes a nice engine too. If your looking for cheap and reliable you could get a 88" evo crate engine.

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Definitely HD / American V-twin, and it's going to be ridged. And price is not an issue.
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if you want insane power, you can do what some of the guys have done and get an Ultima that range from 80-127, I want a 127 for my 85 FXR,

Prices range from 3500-4000 (roughly) and then trans.
I know harley has a program usually a 80 evo with a 5 speed for around 3k (what my local had)

Depending on how much riding your planning on doing, if your going to cruise short rides or want to do full state to state rides.

you can also look into a 6 speed in 5 speed case (Baker) and I think it has overdrive or a 6 in a 4(?) will have to verify.

It really depends on what you want to go with.
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Street worthy and durable motors perhaps should be less hot literally and figuratively.
Bar hoppers obviously can be hotter in the engine department.

I think I would not go beyond 113, normal compression.
Ultima and s& should be the most common choices- I presume s&s would cost a,most twice as much as Ultima.
S&S has a long standing reputation of quality. They outlived a lot of competition.

There are more exotic choices of machined from billet engine, much more $$.
I would not bother.. that,s for the high end custom builders and yuppie posers.

I have 2 s&s 1998 and 2000 and 2 bigger Ultimas- 2013 and 2014. I don,t ride much, besides the rides a divided among the 4 bikes. I,m more bike tinker than rider.

So I can,t speak of a real serious test of time, but I have no problems with any of them whatsoever.

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