Unleashing the Beast: Powering Up Your Motorcycle for Maximum Performance

If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast seeking to squeeze every ounce of power from your ride, you’re in the right place. There are various strategies to boost your motorcycle’s horsepower, and in this blog, we’ll explore four top-notch options that can transform your bike into a true powerhouse.

1. Exhaust and Air Intake Upgrades:

One of the most popular and effective ways to enhance your motorcycle’s performance is by upgrading the exhaust system and air intake. After-market exhaust systems reduce back pressure, making it easier for the engine to receive oxygen. This increased airflow leads to more power at the wheels and can even improve fuel economy. Investing in a high-quality exhaust and air intake system not only adds horsepower but also gives your bike a more aggressive and throaty sound.

2. Cams for Increased Power:

Cams, or camshafts, play a crucial role in determining engine performance. Upgrading your motorcycle’s cams can significantly boost horsepower by increasing cylinder pressure as the engine’s RPMs rise. The scavenging effect from precise valve timing and overlap in the cam enhances cylinder pressure, resulting in a power-packed performance. Before choosing a cam upgrade, consider your riding style and preferences, as different cam profiles cater to various RPM ranges.

3. Increasing Cubic Inches:

If you’re looking for a more radical approach to power enhancement, increasing your engine’s cubic inches is the way to go. There are two primary methods for achieving this: boring and stroking. Boring involves increasing the cylinder diameters, while stroking involves increasing the crankshaft stroke. Both methods result in a larger engine displacement, leading to more power. However, it’s essential to consult with professionals to ensure that your motorcycle can handle the increased stress and heat generated by the larger engine.

4. Dyno Tuning for Peak Performance:

To optimize the newfound power from your modifications, a dyno tune is crucial. A dyno tune involves adjusting various parameters such as fuel and ignition timing to ensure maximum performance, durability, and reliability. This process also helps diagnose any potential issues in the drivetrain. The dyno graph provides a visual representation of your motorcycle’s performance, allowing for fine-tuning and adjustments to achieve peak power. A proper dyno tune ensures that your motorcycle runs efficiently, avoiding issues like fuel wastage or performance limitations.

In conclusion:

Don’t leave the performance of your beloved ride to chance. Our team of professionals understands the intricacies of motorcycle upgrades, ensuring that every modification is tailored to your bike’s specifications. From exhaust and air intake upgrades to cam enhancements and engine displacement adjustments, we’ve got you covered.

2002 Big Dog

Mileage: 20605

Engine CI: 107 Cubic Inch

Transmission: 5 Speed

Paint Color: Black

Accessories: Custom Center Dash, Custom Flame Mirrors, Custom Grips, 2 in 1 Exhaust, Dash Bag, Front Tire M8 90/21, Rear Tire 230/16/15

Price: $8500 OBO

For More Information call Jan At: (636) 462-1648

Engine Upgrades Then & Now

by Jan Knobbe
Going into the new year, we thought it would be interesting to look at how far technology has come over the years we have been upgrading engines. We opened in 2005, and a lot has changed over the past 18 years!

Fifteen years ago we were working on twin cam and evo engines. Engine upgrades often included valve jobs and hand porting. We took 88 cubic inch motors to 96 cubic inches or 96 cubic inches to 103 cubic inches. Big builds then produced 110 cubic inches to 117 cubic inches.

Now we are working with twin cams and M8s. Engine upgrades often include CNC porting of heads; air research benches to see what the air flow is; big valves and four valve heads. Technology in cam shafts have progressed. Cam shafts now allow more air in and out of cylinders causing much better cooling of exhaust chambers which then increase horsepower with less octane detonation.

M8s have come a long way in five years with two over and four over valves along with CNC porting heads. This allows almost doubling what the air flow is in the factory head. With the M8 cam configuration of a single cam there is less drag on the cam chest which allows freeing up of horsepower very different from the factory twin cam. M8 standard upgrades are 107 cubic inches to 124 cubic inches and 114/117 cubic inches to 128 cubic inches. These upgrades are dependable daily drivers. We know this because we have modified our personal bikes. Major engine upgrades can exceed 155 cubic inches.

Years ago 88 cubic inch motors were built up to 96 making maybe 95 horsepower. Now factory motors are 107 cubic inches and 114 cubic inches making 100 horsepower. When built up to 155 cubic inches they make 200 horsepower at the ground. There are also pro chargers and turbo chargers available for you gear heads.

The evolution of motors is never ending. There are always better and smarter ways of gaining horsepower. We are proud of our efforts to stay current and knowledgeable about what is out on the market so that we can continue to provide the best possible service to our customers. We work with each individual customer to fit their needs.

If you’re interested in making some changes, come talk to Jan to see what modifications will work for you and your machine. Call us at 636-462-1648 and ask about our January engine upgrade specials.

Rev Up Your Ride: Now Is The Perfect Time For Projects 

The days are shorter, and there’s a crispness in the air that signals the arrival of winter. While many motorcycle enthusiasts may be stowing their bikes for the season, for those with a yearning for adventure and a passion for their ride, this is the perfect time for some exciting winter projects. Whether you’ve been dreaming of an engine rebuild, new handle bars, suspension, wheels or an exhaust upgrade, now is the time to make those dreams a reality. And to sweeten the deal, we’ve got some exclusive specials of the month to make your winter motorcycle projects even more enticing.

Why Winter is Ideal for Big Motorcycle Projects

1. Engine Rebuilds: The Heart of the Ride

Your motorcycle’s engine is its heart, and a winter engine rebuild is like a revitalizing winter’s nap for your beloved machine. We can unlock hidden power, improve performance, and enhance reliability. We can meticulously disassemble the engine, inspect every component, and make necessary replacements or upgrades. When spring comes, you’ll be hitting the road with a rejuvenated engine that’s ready to roar.

2.  Customize your ride with new handlebars, suspension or wheels.  Comfort is the name of the game for long distance riding.  As you plan your dream vacation for next riding season now is the time to think about what will make the ride comfortable.  Getting your handlebars to the perfect height for comfort in the arms and shoulders is one area.  Handlebars can also change the look of the bike.  So many choices!  We can help you choose the right fit with a style that works for you.  The right suspension can also make the difference between a comfortable ride with a relaxed back at the end of a long day of riding versus an achy back or jarred neck.  Our vendors are always coming out with new wheel designs.  Come see us to change the look of your ride.  Anyone of these upgrades can work wonders making your motorcycle feel like a brand new ride come spring.  

3. Upgrade Exhaust: Performance and Sound

The exhaust system of your motorcycle not only influences its performance but also contributes to its unique sound. An upgraded exhaust can make a significant impact in both areas. While your bike is safely stored away for winter, you have the freedom to research and choose the perfect exhaust system. Whether you’re looking for a throaty roar or a sleeker look, this project can be completed in time for the riding season.  Come see us to help you choose the best exhaust system for your riding style.

Exclusive Specials of the Month

As if the prospect of these exciting winter projects weren’t enticing enough, we’re offering some exclusive specials of the month to make your winter motorcycle endeavors even more appealing:

– 15% Off Battery Tenders: Keep your battery in prime condition during the off-season and ensure your bike starts effortlessly when spring arrives.

– 29 Point Check with Stabilizer for $29.95: Get peace of mind with a comprehensive 29-point check, including stabilizer, at an unbeatable price.

– 29 Point Check with Oil Change for Most Models – $159.99: For most motorcycle models, we’re offering a comprehensive 29-point check along with an oil change, all for an incredible price.

– Free Towing for Service Work: When your bike needs service work, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy the convenience and peace of mind with our free towing service.  Now through March first.

Conclusion: Turn Dreams into Reality

Don’t let your motorcycle hibernate this winter. Embrace the season and turn your dreams into reality. Whether it’s an engine rebuild, new handlebars, suspension, wheels or an exhaust upgrade, winter is the ideal time for these transformative projects. Plus, with our exclusive specials of the month, there’s no reason to delay. Call us today and start gearing up for a thrilling spring ride on your freshly rejuvenated, upgraded motorcycle. Winter has never looked this exciting for riders!

Get the Wobble Out

by Jan Knobbe

Does you bike have a wobble? Is it scary to ride? Make ya nervous? Can you turn in one direction better than the other? There are multiple areas on the bike to look into in order to determine how to fix this issue. One of the main reasons is because the alignment is most likely off. Harley Davison’s are known to come off the assembly line with the alignment off. It may be off just a bit, but it will get
worse over time and put wear and tear on other parts of the motorcycle. The reason they are off is because all of them are heavy on the left side of the motor. Think about it. The primary and swing arm are all one unit and where do they sit? On the left side.

Neck bearings and swing adjustments can also cause a speed wobble. More commonly know as the “death wobble”. This is due to the bearing not being tight enough allowing it to rock back and forth within the neck. All bikes 2014 and later do not have a specified torque for the neck which makes this more common. One of the issues we are finding more often is the rear axle alignment not being set
properly. With the new eccentric style axles, the parts seem to have excessive wear or to wear out completely which causes the rear wheel to be misaligned. This leads to the bike “dog walking”.

Additionally, as you put more and more miles on your bike the rear swing arm bushings will get worn. When this happens, it allows play in the swing arm in a side-to-side motion. This is more commonly felt when you hit a bump going around a turn (think about hwy 70 and hwy 61 overpass). As bearings get worn you’ll notice the rear shocks over working. This will feel like bottoming or topping out, but in actuality it could be the bearings and not the shocks. One more area to look at. Be sure to have your front forks properly serviced and aligned in order to keep your front suspension tracking properly. When the oil
breaks down it dampens at different rates and allows one shock to dampen faster than the other leading to a wobble in the front end. Misaligned forks can also have the same effect.

Next time you are out enjoying your ride, think about the above. If you are experiencing any sort of wobble, when is it happening? How, exactly does it feel? When does it happen? In the turns; at higher speeds; when you hit a bump? Make a mental note or write it down. That way when you come by to ask us to fix you bike our technicians have an understanding of what to look at. We want your riding experience to exhilarating and fun and most importantly, safe.

2014 Ultra Classic

Owner: Don Aulbert

Upgrades: Front Wheel, Rear Fender & Bags, Custom Lighting, Chromed Out Complete Front End

Pinstriping by: Van Gogh, Florissant, MO

Paint by: Bullseye Custom & Collision, St. Peters, MO

Bike Spotlight: Don Aulbert’s 2014 Ultra Classic

Meet Don Aulbert and his remarkable 2014 Ultra Classic, a motorcycle that’s been transformed into a true work of art. Let’s take a closer look at some of the awe-inspiring modifications that make Don’s bike stand out from the crowd.

Custom Front Wheel, Rear Fender & Bags

One glance at Don’s Ultra Classic, and you’ll notice something unique: a custom front wheel that adds an extra touch of style. The rear fender and bags have also been meticulously tailored to create a harmonious visual appeal that’s hard to ignore. These modifications not only enhance the bike’s aesthetics but also demonstrate Don’s dedication to crafting a one-of-a-kind ride.

Chromed Out Complete Front End

Chrome has a special way of catching the eye, and Don has embraced this fact wholeheartedly. The entire front end of his Ultra Classic has been chromed out, creating a stunning contrast with the rich, dark hues of the bike’s body. It’s a testament to Don’s attention to detail and his commitment to making this bike shine in more ways than one.

Pinstriping by Van Gogh, Florissant, MO

Artistry knows no bounds, and Don’s Ultra Classic is a canvas on two wheels. The pinstriping work, done by the talented Van Gogh in Florissant, Missouri, adds a touch of flair and personality to this motorcycle. It’s a testament to the collaboration between passionate bikers and skilled artisans that can yield truly extraordinary results.

Paint by Bullseye Custom & Collision, St. Peters, MO

Behind every stunning motorcycle paint job is a skilled painter with an eye for detail. Bullseye Custom & Collision in St. Peters, Missouri, has left their mark on Don’s Ultra Classic with a paint job that’s nothing short of exceptional. The intricate details and flawless finish make this bike a true work of art.



Best Fall Rides In Missouri

As the summer heat gives way to cooler temperatures and the leaves begin to change to their vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold, motorcyclists anticipate the arrival of fall. Missouri offers some of the most picturesque and exhilarating motorcycle routes in the Midwest.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the best places to ride motorcycles in Missouri this fall, ensuring that you make the most of this enchanting season.

1. Ozark Mountain Highways:
The Ozark Mountains are a haven for motorcyclists, and fall transforms this region into a breathtaking tapestry of colors. Starting in Springfield, head south on Highway 125 towards Bradleyville. This route takes you through the Mark Twain National Forest, where you’ll witness a stunning display of fall foliage while enjoying the secure feel of your new grips. Continue on Highway 76, known as the “Music Highway,” for a melodic journey through Branson, and cap it off with a ride along the winding Highway 165, offering panoramic views of Table Rock Lake.

2. The Great River Road:
For a scenic route along the mighty Mississippi River, ride along the Great River Road. Begin in St. Louis and head north on Highway 79. As you follow the river’s meandering path, you’ll be treated to views of changing leaves and charming riverfront towns like Alton and Grafton. This route ensures a comfortable and safe ride, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the season.

3. Rolling Hills of the Missouri Wine Country:
Missouri’s wine country, centered around the town of Hermann, offers a picturesque setting for a fall ride. Start your journey in St. Charles and take Highway 94 along the Missouri River. As you traverse this route, you’ll encounter vineyards and wineries amidst rolling hills, making it a perfect opportunity for wine tasting and relaxation.

4. Scenic Highway 19:
If you’re seeking a route that showcases the heart of the Ozarks, Scenic Highway 19 is your go-to choice. Begin in Cuba and head south towards Eminence. This road takes you through the Mark Twain National Forest, where you’ll encounter rugged hills, crystal-clear rivers, and, of course, the stunning autumn foliage. Don’t forget to explore the well-known Alley Spring and Mill, a picturesque stop on your journey.

5. Gateway to the Ozarks:
For those in the Kansas City area, the Gateway to the Ozarks route offers a taste of the scenic southern Missouri countryside. Start in Harrisonville and take Highway 7 south towards Clinton. From there, follow Highway 13 through the rolling hills, forests, and charming towns of the Ozarks. This route is especially captivating as the leaves change colors!

In Conclusion

Fall in Missouri is a motorcyclist’s dream come true. The combination of winding roads, breathtaking scenery, and charming towns makes this state a top destination for riders during the autumn season. Whether you’re exploring the Ozark Mountains, tracing the Mississippi River, savoring wine country delights, or cruising through the heart of the Ozarks, Missouri has something special to offer every motorcycle enthusiast.

Before you embark on this journey, make sure to replace your worn handlebar grips with fresh ones for a better grip and comfort. So, gear up, hit the road with your fresh handlebar grips, and make the most of this splendid season as you ride through the best places to experience fall’s beauty on two wheels. Happy riding!

Time To Change Your Motorcycle’s Oil!

First let’s answer the question, what does my oil do?

Oil is used for more than just lubricating moving engine parts, it cleans crucial internal parts of your engine to help with wear and tear. The oil is there every time you start your motorcycle and rev your engine! It’s used to lubricate, clean, and shield your engine from cold and extremely high temperatures.

How Often Should I Change My Motorcycle Oil?

How often you need to change your oil will depend on the type of oil it uses, miles, and the frequency it’s driven. Your user manual will provide the recommended services for your specific bike, but as a general rule:

  • Synthetic oil should be replaces every 5,000 miles or at least once a year
  • Conventional oil every 2,500 – 5,000 miles or at least once a year

However, you will need to replace your oil more regularly if you ride your bike frequently or over long distances every day. You should also change the oil if you feel that it is unclean or that your engine is not operating as it should.

Should I Be Changing My Oil Filter?

Many people wonder if they need to change the filter every time they change their oil. As a basic rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to perform this maintenance service. While it may seem like a small and unimportant task, the oil filter is as important as the oil itself in the aspect of making sure the motorcycle runs properly.

Your oil will stay clean with the aid of the oil filter. It keeps sludge, metal shavings, dirt, and debris out of the crankcase. Your engine oil will last longer if you change the oil filter frequently. If these items weren’t caught by the filter, multiple areas of your engine would become dirty more frequently and potentially harm your motorcycle’s performance.

In Conclusion

Make sure the oil you are using is designed for your engine i.e. air cooled vs water cooled bikes; a motor off the showroom floor vs high performance motors. Synthetic motor oils are recommended if you ride your bike every day because they are more cost-effective in the long run.

Make sure to regularly check your bike’s oil level. While maintaining the proper level of oil is good, having clean motor oil is most important!

2010 Dyna

Miles: 17360

Displacement: 96 Cubic Inch

Fuel Injected

Transmission: 6 Speed

Accessories: Handlebars, Back Rest, Sissy Bar, Aftermarket Exhaust

Price: $6500 OBO

For More Information Call Jan At: (636) 462-1648