No question about it, the 1996 Boss Hoss motorcycle is the biggest, baddest bike to ever roam the streets. And lest it be discounted as some kind of one-off custom-built absurdity, rest assured the Boss Hoss is a production vehicle -- though production is admittedly limited.
At the heart of what is perhaps the ultimate expression of the "bigger is better" philosophy is a Chevy V-8. Most, such as the example pictured, use the venerable small-block variant of 350 cubic inches -- that's 5700 ccs -- but newer versions are available with a big-block V-8 of 502 cubic inches.
Horsepower output ranges from 355 for the base small-block to 502 for the hottest big-block. Yes, of course that's absurd.
Boss Hoss was founded in 1990 by Monte Warne, who decided to begin selling copies of his outrageous V-8 motorcycle after it drew crowds -- and numerous potential buyers -- at that year's Daytona Speedweek celebration.
Approximately 1,750 have rolled out of the Dyersburg, Tennessee, factory since then, though production is now up to about 300 per year. Recently, V-6 versions (with "only" 200 horsepower) have been added to the roster, as have three-wheeled trikes.
Early versions had a one-speed transmission with hand-operated, vacuum-assisted clutch, but the clutch was later replaced by a torque converter, and current machines get a two-speed automatic.
None are light on the road -- or on the wallet: A small-block V-8 version of the seven-foot-long motorcycle tips the scales at 1,100 pounds and starts at around $28,000, while a big-block adds 200 pounds and $7,000 to those figures.
But such is the price to be King.
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