Hoss BHC-3 LS2
by Kirk Johnson
as tested $48,900.00
About the Bike
Boss Hoss BHC-3 LS2
W / Corvette LS2 425 HP Engine
Hoss BHC-3 LS2
||Liquid Cooled V-8, 364 ci. (6000cc)
||425 Ft.Lbs. @ 4750
||2-speed semi-auto w/rev.
||Fuel Injection Multi-port
||Belt, Gates - Polychain
|Front - Dual four-pinston calipers
Rear - Single four-piston caliper
Rear 230/60, 7.0"x15.0"
About the Bike
If you haven’t been to the new Boss Hoss store on 90th
street in Scottsdale, it is worth stopping by and checking out
some of their V8 rides. Chris gave me the opportunity of riding
one of the new motorcycles with the awesome Corvette LS2 425
HP engines. Talk about power to spare! A friend of mine, Jerry,
always says you can never have enough bullets, money or horsepower.
This Corvette engine powered Boss Hoss may just be the exception.
After I swung my leg over the beast, I then realized how big
this machine really was. The first thing that I did was set the
bike up right to see how heavy it was and then I wanted to move
the handlebars to see how much movement there was for turning
and how hard it would be to move them. The weight was not a problem
because of the low center of gravity, but I did notice that the
handlebars were a little hard to move while sitting still. After
I let the motorcycle roll forward slowly, they moved with ease.
Then I pushed that little start button and the V8 came to life.
The torque from the engine made the motorcycle lean a little
bit to the right. Normally, you never feel that because on most
motorcycles the engine is transversely mounted and about 1/5th
of the size. Not the case with this big mill. It is a very strange
feeling to have the bike lean to the right from the torque of
the engine when you start or rev the engine while sitting still.
Once you are riding, you never notice the torque from the engine
trying to lean the bike.
Now the sound of this engine is truly incredible. If you like
the sound of a healthy V-Twin, you will love the sound of this
V-8. It is not as loud as some custom motorcycles. It just has
a very deep throated sound that you just have to love. It will
make the hair on your back stand straight out. How exciting,
it makes your blood rush with adrenaline.
The motorcycle weighed in at 1,100 pounds and had a two-speed
transmission and reverse with belt drive. It also had a complete
set of gauges. That includes water temp, tach, oil pressure,
pressure and speedometer.
Now, ready to get underway, all I have to do is twist the grip
and pull my feet up. No clutch to work with and no shifting to
have to worry about. Just steer in the direction that you want
to go. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
The first thing that I wanted to do was head for an on-ramp for
so I could twist the grip a little. I found that turning into
the street and blending with traffic a breeze. This beast is
very tame easy to ride. But you do have to be aware of the size,
and the limited ability to turn. After all, this is not a Buell.
Sitting stopped at a light is easy with the 25” seat height.
Both feet are easily flat on the ground. Now as you sit there
waiting for the light to change, you hear that little 425 HP
engine idling with that low rumble. You also notice a few heads
turn to see what that noise is. I am sure they are somewhat surprised
to see a motorcycle. How cool is that?
Now with the on-ramp in sight, I turned right and headed down
the ramp with about half throttle. I did not want the rear tire
to break loose. I needed more time in the seat to get to know
this machine a little better. But with about half or a little
more throttle there is more than enough excitement to get your
attention. Now, the V8 is making some serious sounds as it fly’s
down the ramp. It was as smooth as you can imagine. There are
no gears to grab or clutch to mess with. It just screams ahead
at a blurring pace with a great roar while that little 425 HP
Corvette engine seems to be barely laboring. What a rush!
Now on the interstate, this machine takes on a life all of its
own. I have never been on any motorcycle that was as smooth as
this. Now all you have to do is hit the foot shifter, without
using the nonexistent clutch lever, and the motorcycle is in
second gear and the V8 just idles at 70 mph. Smooth as glass.
Then when you twist the grip just a little, the rumble from the
little mill just makes you feel like a king.
I shifted back and forth a couple of times just to see what it
was like in each of the gears. Even in first, you can go well
over 90, maybe 110 or so, not sure. The only time you use second
is on the highway. Aside from that you really never need to shift.
I headed north of town to play on some of the roads in north
Scottsdale to see what it was like on back roads and traffic.
I knew that this machine was born for the road, but how was it
if you just wanted to ride around the neighborhood?
Aside from the looks that I got from people, the ride was uneventful.
Just what I was hoping for. The bike rides and behaves like any
big bike. I was surprised at how docile the machine really was.
I leaned the bike over pretty good on several turns and felt
very comfortable. The only concern that I had, was I wanted to
make sure that I did not drag something on the payment. It is
not uncommon to drag floor boards on some of the big Harleys.
I did not check this out before I started this ride and I did
not want to find the limit without knowing what was going to
Quite, easy to ride, very very fast, and a fun to ride big bike.
Although, I never did find full throttle, the bike just screams
with the twist of the throttle and the sound is ever so fantastic.
This is a must, if you ever get a chance to ride one, do it.
You can take it for a demo at Arizona
Boss Hoss. Go check it
out and tell Chris that I said “hi.”
The Hoss Fly
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One more toy that they
had, I just had to try was the Hoss Fly. It is a 350 ci
chevy powered bar stool. Below you can see some of the
pictures from it. They sell for about $13,000 and they
don't have a practical use in the world. That is what makes
it sooo awesome. I guess people purchase these for
marking reasons and they would be great for parades. They
are certainly an attention getter and the little V8 has
a rumble to it with those short straight headers.