How big is big enough? That is the questions indeed. Is it not?
We often talk about the size of a motorcycle while talking about its practicality especially for city riding or day-to-day riding. Motorcycles big in size are usually a bit handful in traffic. They are difficult to manoeuvre and as a result, can get terribly slow to move. And big bikes normally have powerful engines capable of churning out high performance which is best enjoyed on open roads – be it curves or straight highways.
Simply put, they are uncompromising and don’t make any excuses about their mass. So, let’s take a look at few big motorcycles that we know of – to start off let’s consider Hayabusa and the ZX-14R, they might not be too big but they are substantial enough. Then we have grand tourers like the Honda Gold Wing, Indian Chieftain or Roadmaster and other similar motorcycles that easily qualify as big. And last, but the not the least, how can we forget the Triumph Rocket 3? These motorcycles are meant for wide open roads where they can flex all their muscles.
But there’s one more motorcycle which defies virtually all boundaries of bulk and makes everything listed above practically a toy. It’s made in America and it is called the Boss Hoss – the only globally approved V8 motorcycles manufacturer.
A Small Dose of History
Boss Hoss has been making V8 powered motorcycles since 1990, the year it came into existence. The company’s founder, Monte Warne, is a commercial aircraft pilot and holds a degree in Aviation Airframe and Power plant.
Since 1990, Boss Hoss has grown their vehicle lineup from V8 motorcycles to V8 Trikes (three-wheeled motorcycles).
The Bulk and the Beast
Boss Hoss is a beast. If you thought that you haven’t seen a bigger engine than Rocket 3’s 2300cc 3-cylinder behemoth, the Boss Hoss’s V8 engine rewrites the concept of “big” in a motorcycle. The V8 engine is derived from Chevrolet and is 6,200cc in displacement! Yes, you’ve read that right!
This massive engine is transversely mounted in the motorcycle’s frame and showcases 4 cylinders on each side. At the front, there’s a pair of fat 63mm upside-down forks with double disc setup and 130mm tyre on a 16-inch wheel. At the back, there’s the mammoth 300mm wide rubber mounted on an 18-inch wheel with twin shockers and a single disc for the company. The suspension employs, what is called, air-suspension technology. The fuel tank nicely complements the bulk of the engine with its 32-litre capacity. Everything on this motorcycle is large.
The Riding Experience
Riding a Boss Hoss motorcycle is like having your wildest fantasies come true. You may find it hard to believe it’s happening when it’s actually happening! Swinging a leg over it is such a unique experience. The 6,200cc V8 engine produces an unimaginable 445 BHP of power at 5,750 RPM and an equally mind-blowing 603 NM of torque 4,750 RPM. Imagine these figures being put to use in a motorcycle and you seriously cannot imagine the kind of acceleration you’re going to get.
We sincerely thank The Bikers Cafe, Gurgaon for allowing us to shoot inside the cafe. Special thank to Mr.Sanjay for all the cooperation.
Bikers Cafe, Gurgaon: Ground Floor, Emaar MGF Palm Spring Plaza, PSP-, 12, Golf Course Road, Suncity, Sector 54, Gurgaon, Haryana 122003
We took it for 15 odd km spin in all kinds of roads – in traffic, empty straights, narrow roads, potholed roads and I came away mighty impressed with what they have achieved. And mind you this is as American as its gets too – V8 Chevrolet engine fixed onto a chopper. Everything is big, bling and fast here. It does not scream for attention it sucks attention like a black hole sucks light.
The tank itself is humungous with several dials piggybacking it. There are two gears – D, Overdrive – and a Reverse. There’s also a Neutral, of course. The gearbox is semi-automatic as you put the bike into the D mode through a foot lever, but there’s no clutch lever to pull. It does take some time to get used to, but we would say it is easier to operate overall. However, we had to keep reminding ourselves not to twist the throttle on a red light without being in Neutral lest the bike rockets forward. The sitting position was comfortable but seemed a little awkward due to the sheer width of the engine below.
The first few kilometres were quite scary as we were trying to test the throttle response without getting any nasty surprises. The rear tyre has a tendency of tramlining on our potholed roads and the suspension was quite stiff. Clearly, this was made for the open roads and smooth highways.
Yet, we would be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy riding it. It is like a once in a lifetime experience and for this very reason, it is the one to cherish forever.
This is a special motorcycle and shall be treated as one. Just for the sheer size of it and the beastly power it packs, we wouldn’t really recommend it like any other sportbike or a big cruiser. We aren’t even sure if you’d find it on OLX but one can always try.
We would like to thank Mr Hemant Sahai for giving us this opportunity and an experience of a lifetime.