Boss Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4
Price as tested $36,000.00 (priced as a demo)
Hoss Cycles, Inc. was established in 1990 when Monte Warne, the
founder and president of Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc., created his first
Chevy V8 powered motorcycle in his 5,000 square foot shop in Dyersburg,
TN. Monte, a commercial aircraft pilot and degreed aviation airframe
and power plant technician, was the first to design a V8 powered
motorcycle that has a traditional cruiser motorcycle style, look
and feel. This was accomplished by his unique approach to the motorcycles
single speed (one gear) transmission design. The right angle drive
transmission allows the length of the bike to be kept to a minimum
and the engine-mounting inline with the frame made for a well-balanced
design that is unequaled by any other V8 powered motorcycles.
the past thirteen years, Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc. has grown from its
humble beginnings in Monte’s shop to a 22,000 square foot
manufacturing facility. The product line has also grown from the
conventional two-wheeled motorcycle to include three wheeled vehicles
commonly referred to as trikes.
has seen significant improvements over the years through the R&D
efforts of Boss Hoss Cycles’ in house engineering personal
and specialty contractors. Features like a 2-speed transmission
with reverse, inverted front suspension, vacuum formed body panels,
investment cast structural frame components, and many other specially
designed components have helped improve the rigidity and ride of
the Boss Hoss motorcycles.
Hoss BHC-3 ZZ4 that I rode was upgraded with a performance cam.
According to Jeff with Boss Hoss Phoenix, the HP of this little
V8 was rated at 385 HP and 405 fp Torque at 3,500 RPM. ZOOM! Can’t
wait to ride it. 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
and speedometer. Plus it has an off/on switch for the fan for hot
days when you are in stop and go traffic. When we picked you the
motorcycle for the test ride, it was on consignment at Hacienda
a ride. This Bull had horns. 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 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, and surprisingly
the handlebars turned rather easily.
thing I did was fire up the beast. WHOA! When the engine started
and you gave the throttle a small twist the torque from the engine
made the bike lean to the right. Wow, this was not your standard
ride. Then when you let up on the throttle the bike would want to
lean to the left. Jeff assured me that you would not notice this
when you are riding down the road.
of that V8 was the sweetest sound. You could hear every cylinder
fire. It was not loud, just sweet. The deep rumble of the V8 with
a hot cam and ruff idle made the hairs on my back stand out. Not
every kid on the block has one of these bad boys. Now what is it
like to ride?
joined me on the ride, riding the Viper
V10. Jeff started up the Viper and headed out of Hacienda’s
parking lot so I know it was time to get underway. I started to
grab for the clutch, but to no avail – there is no clutch
lever. I just pushed on the shift lever and the bike was in gear.
With a slight twist of the grip the beast was under way. Damn, I
love the sound of that V8.
him out of the parking lot with ease. Aside from the feeling that
I am sitting on a bull, you do not notice the weight of the bike.
It rides so smooth and turns with ease. We started down Scottsdale
road from Hacienda Harley-Davidson and found that this beast was
not a beast at all. It was so smooth that I thought I was riding
on carpet. No vibration, easy to handle and the sound - oh the sound
of that V8 is still with me.
a little time on the bike I wanted to explore some of the power
that it is known for. Never got any real room to find out a lot
about the power since there was traffic so I told Jeff “let’s
head over to the 101.” He nodded back “OK” with
a smile and turned left on Shea towards the 101.
spending about 5 minutes on the bike, I decided that this is really
a great riding bike. I had a little room to play with the throttle
on the way over to the 101 and twisted the grip pretty good a couple
of times. Interestingly, this bike does some serious zoom, but unlike
the turbo v-rod or the Buell or other fast bikes that I have ridden
in the past there is no screaming engine and grabbing gears. The
decibel level from the exhaust increases a little and the bike just
plain zooms. No vibration, no gear shifting, just the sound of that
V8 and zoom.
we finally get to the 101 and turn onto the on-ramp. That is when
my heart was broken. The 101 was a parking lot. Bummer. We were
committed, so we rode down to the lot and got in line. Although
disappointed about the parking lot, I was happy to find that this
beast handled great in stop and go traffic. You do not really notice
the weight or how big the bike is.
getting into the exit lane to Raintree, I was able to twist the
grip. The V8 sat up and screamed down the lane without a lot of
noise. I twisted the grip very slowly to the limit. I didn’t
know if the rear tire would break loose or not. It never really
did, but at about 45-50, I could tell that the tire was slipping,
or loosing traction. It was so subtle, not smoking or wild, just
smooth and mind boggling fast acceleration.
as silk. You can go, I guess, up to about 80 or 90 in first. Don’t
have a clue what you can get out of second. Basically you have one
gear, first, for town and second gear for cruising. I never really
needed second, I just wanted to see what it was like. You just push
down on the shifter and automatically the transmission shifts and
the engine RPM goes down significantly. I am sure I do not want
to find out the top end limits. According to Jeff, the bike is capable
of high 8s or low 9s. That is amazing for how soft and quiet it
is for that kind of acceleration and only two gears. After the short
ride back towards Hacienda, Jeff said he had an appointment he had
to get to so we headed back to the barn. Jeff told me to come back
next week and I could ride the Viper. Check back for the fastest
ride in Phoenix.
easy to ride, very very fast, and a fun to ride big bike. This is
a must, if you ever get a chance to ride one, do it. You can take
it for a demo at Hacienda Customs – where it’s a consignment
bike. Go check it out and tell Larry or Ion that I said “hi.”