C'mon, man... Do you really think those 90 HP RevTech 100" motors are race engines? High strung race motors?My brother has had his own shop for 31 years now and without bias, his answer was this:
"All of these motors have the same general theme and layout. They're all relatively high compression V-twin engines with considerable horsepower. What causes the problems to begin in 99.99% of cases is directly attributed to the operator, not the motor. These guys all buy big v-twin power-plants with the notion that it's even more reliable than a standard street touring motor. They push these damn things to the edge sometimes because they just it's all part of the chopper machismo thing. These motors are high-performance and I'll say it again, high performance. When you get a motor in that class, it's not going to yield the sort of endurance you see with lower hp motors meant for touring and that sort of thing. You're talking race-class performance motors that undergo tremendous strain from drivers that use them in the same context as a standard power-plant. I've got guys comin' in here and telling me to get rid of this motor and that one, trading up to something bigger as though they think it's built more durable. So here it is; you run the flat piss out of a high-peformance engine, whether its S&S, Rev-tech, Ultima or any other brand, and you're going to have problems, sometimes big problems. That's the price you pay. My advice is buy what you want and drive it like you've got common sense. It'll last as long as any of the others with the right kind of maintenance and awareness of its limitations in the context of street use."
Why spend the bucks for a "race engine" (yeah, right) that is never going to see wide open throttle? You can't win a race unless you FINISH the race. A REAL race motor is built to run and run hard.So I bought my 96" S&S and later a 110" Rev-tech and you know what? He was absolutely 100% correct. I have never had a problem with either motor. I treat the engines with care. I don't over-rev them, I don't push them to WOT, I don't horse them around. I use their power to get me where I'm going and take great care in always recognizing them as high-performance engines whose reliability is entirely based upon how they're used.