I acquired this brand new S&S V-111 touring engine for about the same price as retail on an Ultima. This 111 inch engine is billed as a detuned 124 that’s supposed to be built for old touring bikes. Its square displacement offers a shorter stroke, lower compression ratio, and smaller cam. It’s said to only make power up to 4000 RPMs, which is where I live. A hybrid Evo, it uses piston oilers like a twin cam. Supposedly this makes it run cooler than a stock Evo. A balanced engine, those who have them tell me they are considerably smoother than stock. The real question is, will it last as long as a mostly stock Evo and offer even comprable reliability? This is still the question no one seems to have an answer for. An Evo generally starts using oil around 100,000 miles and, if you don’t mind adding, is ready for a top-end around 150,000, but I’ve seen them go as high as 200,000. How long bottom ends last is unknown to me because I’ve never worn one out.
I’ve seen S&S give, and sometimes install, free promotional motors in custom choppers and other gurage bikes that will never see any real miles. However, I know those of the biker media who put a lot of miles on their bikes and have also petitioned S&S for an engine. All have been turned down flat. I myself petitioned S&S for not a free engine, but only a significant discount. In return I’d write a series of articles on how the engine held up over the Long haul. I too was immediately turned down. Coincidence? Maybe. One of the biker media guys told me that two of S&S’s reps advised him it’s best to stick with the stock engine for all the traveling he does. It would seem there is some concern that S&S does not really believe in the longevity of their product.
Because I got this engine with no help from S&S I am under no obligation to them. Therefore I intend to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the way this engine acts and holds up over the long haul. And we all know I’m gonna put a million miles on it.