Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic gets a 6.5-hp Harbor Freight makeunder

The blokes at the Bikes and Beards YouTube channel examine the remarks remaining on their movies, and ultimately offering into the tide, declared “We are lastly performing what everyone’s been inquiring us to do.” Closer inspection reveals the reviews ended up together the traces of, “You chat much too considerably. Bla, bla, bla, like a sheep,” and, “Why am I looking at this.” So what Bikes and Beards made a decision to do was yank the 110-cubic-centimeter V-twin engine out of a 1995 Harley-Davidson Extremely Common and exchange it with a Harbor Freight 212-cubic-inch Predator engine. The small lump’s pull-twine starter built the leap, as well. We’re not expressing we would do the exact matter in their circumstance, but we recognize. And the term “YouTube” is virtually as handy as “science” for justifying something.

The crew bought the Extremely Classic at auction for about $2,000, and a previous operator had performed an engine swap as properly. Instead of the Harley’s primary 82-cubic-inch V-twin that made 60 horsepower and 69 pound-toes of torque, the auction bike housed a RevTech 110-cubic-incher. Bikes and Beards didn’t point out output, but Chopper Surplus sells a RevTech 110 with 115 hp and 120 lb-ft. 

The $99 Predator engine, frequently thrown into go-karts and minibikes, rocks 6.5 horsepower in stock trim. For this make, the restomodders used about $400 to boost the pony rely to around 18. Naturally, it took some fiddling to make all the things kosher, like laying the motor on its front, applying a TIG welding filler rod in the throttle linkage, and fitting the custom made exhaust from a drift trike. As a sop for the Harley-Davidson admirers they knew would tune in, Bikes and Beards still left some rough edges, stating, “we designed guaranteed it nevertheless leaked oil.”

The resulting bicycle attained the proclamation, “This suitable right here is the future of motorcycles.” If so, two-wheelers might want to stick with the existing. The Predator is “2 times as loud” and “vibrated ten instances as considerably” as the stock motor — amazing when a person begins with a Harley. Nor does the Predator agree with the 22-tooth sprocket in the RevTech 6-speed transmission, so commences are gradual, and our sunlight will go supernova right before the bike hits 60 miles per hour. Then there are the fuel mileage and dependability problems…

But observe this online video. Since science. And these men could be onto some thing. At some point.

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