Some time ago, I pointed out Greg Nelson’s V-Quad engine, a pair of V-Twins joined at the hip to create a V4 with loads of power that still managed to look fairly unobtrusive. He mounted one in an old FXRS and rode around quite a bit, using it as his test bed for development. Since it worked so well, Greg built a bigger version and dropped it into a bagger.
As the pictures show, it blends in so well a casual glance would miss the 2 extra cylinders, but when you twist the throttle, there’s no mistaking it. I’m not sure of the exact specs on the engine Greg used in the bagger but the one used by the boys from OCC for the Intel chopper had 214 cubic inches and 250 horsepower. If this one has anything near that, the bagger experience just got a whole lot more lively. The prototype was 160 cubic inches.
I’m a big fan of understatement and I can’t get over how well the engine hides in there, very cool. I’d like to see the look on some sportbike rider’s face when he casually accelerates away from this big old Harley, looks in his mirror and sees the bagger is still there! Gotta love it.
UPDATE: Greg Nelson comments below about his V-Quad.
More photos and links below:
The V-Quad engine that went into the bagger.