The S&S boys teamed up with the ExxonMobil Mobil 1 crew to build an X-Wedge custom bike for Jay Leno. It’s powered by a 117 inch X-Wedge and is more of a sporty cruiser than any sort of chopper, after all, Jay Leno is a bit more performance oriented. This motorcycle is the first to include the third-generation “performance cruiser” chassis/powertrain kit.
S&S has a video of the build up and the presentation which shows Leno out for a ride, The bike seems well done and remember, this is EPA legal. Jay made several references to how it sounded really good and wasn’t throwing off a lot of heat. Looks like S&S may have put together a pretty strong and clean engine. I’m waiting to see this show up in a lot more bikes.
Already got a couple of tips on this. Thanks, guys!
From the S&S press release:
The X-Wedge™ engine is not only powerful and looks great, but also meets new 2008 CARB and 2010 EPA emissions standards, providing significant reduction in noise and gaseous emissions. This next generation v-twin is a departure from S&S’ traditional engine design and a step toward the future of air-cooled, pushrod operated v-twins.
“For me this is the only air cooled motor that feels as tight and quiet as one that is liquid cooled, and that’s saying a lot. It’s got everything a guy could ask for, especially in an era when motorcycle manufacturers are getting away from air cooled engines, This bike has performance, power and a comfortable ride, which is especially important at my age,” said Leno.
Representatives from both companies presented Leno with the cycle during a ceremony at the entertainer’s famed southern California garage on November 7. The motorcycle itself weighs less than 550 pounds, has a wheelbase around 60 inches, rake of 28 degrees, and trail of 5.2 inches. The chassis is TIG welded, 1020 DOM steel tubular frame with a modular rear subframe. The build also includes 17” Michelin Pilot tires, Brembo radial binders, and Ohlins front and rear suspension.