Thanks to Smarty, Hester has a new motor! Her Scarlet red A now stands for "Awesome".
The motor with 61,000 miles was almost stock with the original clutch, stator, and compensator; all parts notorious for premature failure on the 2010 FLTRX. The only engine mods I had were D&D FatCats, Big Sucker breather, and DirectLink tuning. I rode Hester hard through 49 states with that motor; logging 40,000+ miles from 2010 to 2012 before my work and family obligations got in the way and stalled my riding.
Carol (Smarty) and I discussed a motor build for about a year before he had the time and I had the funds. I never wanted a fire-breathing wheelie machine. I just want reliable, which I had; especially compared to most 2010 96" owners. The 96 was fine for my needs when the speed limit across the country was 65mph or lower. These days, 75 is the norm, which means 80 is a typical cruising speed. At 70mph or below, Hester's mileage was 40mpg or better. Above 75mph, the mileage dropped to 32-34mpg.
I wanted a motor that would run cool all day in the Texas summer heat at 75mph for my typical 500+ mile days, while yielding higher fuel mileage. This is what was built:
TMAN 585 Cams
Torrington Cam Bearings
Alto Lifetime Carbonite Clutch Plates
Aims VP-95 Pressure Plate
S&S Premium Lifters
HPI 58/62 Throttle Body
110 Cylinders/Pistons, Zero Decked
Ported/Polished Heads by MCE Performance
1.95 Intake Valve/1.68 Exhaust Valve
Compression Release Rocker Box Covers
Zippers Air Filter
The DirectLink dyno tune yielded 121.83HP and 128.99 torque. The HP could've been a bit higher if I had newer, larger diameter headers, but my goals were fuel mileage, reliability, and running cooler; all of which I achieved. While Hester was down, I sent my 3-3 shocks with 50,000 miles on them back to Ohlins to be updated and rebuilt and Smarty set them up for me.
I rode a 1,000 mile weekend to the Texas Panhandle and another 600 mile day to San Antonio and back to shake down the new motor, and it was fantastic! Mileage to/from the Panhandle was 42mpg and slightly lower to San Antonio as the speed limit was 85 for a large portion of the trip. The motor ran cool, pulled hard, and seemed quieter at 75mph than it did before at 60mph. The shocks were like riding on rails.
I'm super happy. Smarty is as talented with a motor as he is with suspension!