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Discussion in 'Black and White' started by angloasturian, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. angloasturian

    angloasturian Mu-43 Veteran

    I was intrigued to see the ' 96 cubic inches' on the engine. Apparently this measurement was used in the US until 1980 when they changed to cubic centimetres but is still used for classic cars - and, obviously, classic bikes. It's around 1.580 cc. According to Wikipedia the 'Bobber' (this is a 'Street Bob') were originally American bikes reworked by GIs after the war to resemble the simpler and scaled down versions they had seen in Europe.

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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Harley still reports the size of the "Big Twins" in Cubic inches (88, 96, 103, and 110) but reports the Sportster engines in cc (like 883 and 1200). Just part of the mystique :cool: 
  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I have a Harley too...


    clearly not as impressive.
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  4. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    They use metric cc for the sporters because 50 cubic inches does not should to big for 883. With a metric replacement it makes the bike sound bigger while it is still a "small" bike.

    With the Big Twins. 88, 96, 103 and 110 gives a very good sense of the big engine harley wants to convey. All marketing. Suzuki rebadge their boulevard line of cruisers to have cubic inch rating like the m109, c90. Also victory went with the cubic inch vs cc for their cruisers. Got people thinking that a cruiser should be cubic inches vs the metric cruisers form honda, kawasaki and yamaha. Though they have bigger standard engines at 1700cc and better with more advance tech then less techically advance pushrod engine that Harley uses.

    The wonders and mystique that marketeers have built around the cubic inch V-Twin engine.

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