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I am under peer pressure to get rid of my "Girly" SB and get a BB. I have a well tuned sb(385) with the nesco #7 and nitrous. I sure like the torque of a big block though! :twisted: I don't like the temps or the weight. :( Is it worth the bragging rights?

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That's about all you got with a BB.

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sb is not a girly block...

My opinion is the only thing positive ya get with the BB is bragging rights. And of course the additional weight is a minus. It is tough enough to hold up the SB zz4, let alone the BB. I have heard here or elsewhere in the past where some bb owners sold their bb and bought sb as this was much more managable with less heat to contend with in the summer. But, ultimately you make your choice and live with it.
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Some folks have enough money to have both :wink: if I did I would. one girly bike to ride and one BB to really go crazy with. I would name that bike "Death Wish" :twisted:
 

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Being one of the south Florida boys and having had the opportunity to witness real challenges between BB's and SB's both at the track and on lonely country roads - I have yet to see any BB out-perform a SB - -

There is a host of discussion between the two with each having pros and cons. To me the one difference is the "attitude" factor. If that's what makes you tick - then the BB is probably your machine - however the weight, heat and torque should be considered, especially if you ride hard!

I have a stock SB and will more than likely leave it that way - I am happy with the performance and appearance just the same. There are several modified SB's here that have as much - in fact more - attitude than any big block that I've personally seen - not only in performance, but sound, and visual appeal as well.

It all boils down to a matter of preference!

For me - I'll stick with my small block and proud to do so, and simply ignore the unnecessary and rude "girly-girl" comments -- I have yet to see any Boss that could be labeled as such - - - -
 

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DO exactly what you want to do. I have ridden both and I am completely happy with the 502. The only time I notice the weght difference is coming off the kick stand. Just as easy to hold up and ride as the SB. I know that a SB on the sauce will hang or beat a 502. I ain't interested in racing a SB or a jap bike. I just like the sound and looks of the 502 under the tank. Bragging right? I guess so. I'm not the bragging type. Heat? It's hotter but so what. When I can't stand it I'll sell it. Gas mileage? Sucks. You want gas mileage buy a Honda. You want to be cool in the summer ride in your car with the Ac on. The Boss Hoss is a beastly machine and you gotta take the good with the bad. You'll never know till you ride a 502 for a while if it is for you or not. I love mine.

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Rick said:
Being one of the south Florida boys and having had the opportunity to witness real challenges between BB's and SB's both at the track and on lonely country roads - I have yet to see any BB out-perform a SB - -

There is a host of discussion between the two with each having pros and cons. To me the one difference is the "attitude" factor. If that's what makes you tick - then the BB is probably your machine - however the weight, heat and torque should be considered, especially if you ride hard!

I have a stock SB and will more than likely leave it that way - I am happy with the performance and appearance just the same. There are several modified SB's here that have as much - in fact more - attitude than any big block that I've personally seen - not only in performance, but sound, and visual appeal as well.

It all boils down to a matter of preference!

For me - I'll stick with my small block and proud to do so, and simply ignore the unnecessary and rude "girly-girl" comments -- I have yet to see any Boss that could be labeled as such - - - -

Sorry Rick---Where do you want me to send the "high heels" hehehe It was a joke!! Bring you SB here and I will show you what it is like to get the power of a 540 Shafiroff Race engine to the ground! I have a nice skull tailight that you will see a lot of. 8)
 

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Phil,
The weight...just isn't an issue.

The heat...it's hotter, but not so hot that I have even once considered getting a different bike in four years and 28k miles. Also, my bike is a 2001 with the "smaller" radiator so it runs hotter than the newer 502's.

The bragging rights...this is what the big block is really all about. People flip out when they see ANY Boss Hoss. It has been my experience that they LOSE THEIR MINDS when they see that it has a big block!

The performance...I've ridden small blocks, but have never had the opportunity to really pound on one and try to lay down a 400' to 500' burnout. You have seen what the big blocks are capable of and I think you may have even ridden Crazy Ricks' 502 if I'm not mistaken.

If you are even considering buying a big block, then you are really never going to be satisfied until you scratch that itch! "Making Up For Lost Time and Loving It!" I would say it's time to get the checkbook out.

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I own a small block, and am satisfied with it. But I would buy a 502 in an eye-blink if I only could afford one. I ride a lot with BB Andy from Cologne, and I really love the sound and power of his beast.

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Phil,

Although I own a SB on "juice", I will admit that THE Boss Hoss that made me own one was a big block at the Spearfish display 4 years ago. Once the dealer lit it up, I had to have one :lol:

Honestly though, if I was going to go for bragging rights, sound, power and attitude, I'd take the difference in $$$$ between yours and a big block, and invest it in your small block.

Heads, pistons, cam, headers and you will out perform and outsound any 502......next time you're at a BH get together, look for any "built" small block and tell me it doesn't sound like a fuel or alcohol car :lol: 8)

For $20,000, you can buy an all aluminum small block with well over 600hp.......and be 200# LIGHTER than your stock small block.

Just my opinion.........

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No offense taken here Busa Dave and certainly no apology necessary - and I understood the joke! I have seen plenty of nice tail lights and shown plenty of mine - I really don't think you could show me much more than I have already seen - - like I said earlier "braggin" rights... perhaps my point wasn't clear -

I have never seen a BB whoop a SB's ass - ever... talking about 540 strokers with heavy nitrous hits, 600hp BB's all aluminum (so weight isn't the factor) and other modified BB's - just can't do it - and a modified SB has as much "attitude" as any big block - - -

and... as far as the high heels - thanks just the same but you may as well continue wearing them (wait a minute - what color are they?)
 

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No offense taken here Busa Dave and certainly no apology necessary - and I understood the joke! I have seen plenty of nice tail lights and shown plenty of mine - I really don't think you could show me much more than I have already seen - - like I said earlier "braggin" rights... perhaps my point wasn't clear -

I have never seen a BB whoop a SB's ass - ever... talking about 540 strokers with heavy nitrous hits, 600hp BB's all aluminum (so weight isn't the factor) and other modified BB's - just can't do it - and a modified SB has as much "attitude" as any big block - - -

and... as far as the high heels - thanks just the same but you may as well continue wearing them (wait a minute - what color are they?)

They are fire engine red of course!!!!!! Got them from Redtro!!!!! hehe--I will admit that on stock bikes the ability to get the power to the ground is Limited by the tire. When that issue is overcome to a certian extent having 500lbs of TQ at 2100 is very nice indeed!

My engine is at Shafarioff right now because the IDIOT riding it went over the redline a few times doing "burn-outs"!!!!!!!!!!! Sometimes beer and burn-outs don't mix!! Kinda hard to watch the shift light and the road at times!!!!! Dropped the #5 intake valve, new springs and rpair some keyways that were starting to pull thru along with a new piston. The only good side to this is a new dyno run which I will be posting when I get it!! :cop2:
 

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One other huge advantage to small blocks.....they will withstand a huge amount of over rev compared to big blocks............

Mine has seen 7 grand a number of times before the installation of the shift light (thanks Don for the link to that LED light last year), and with the 'juice' they get there in such a big hurry even the light doesn't always help when Senior Bacardi is hold his hands over my eyelids :lol:

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One other huge advantage to small blocks.....they will withstand a huge amount of over rev compared to big blocks............

Mine has seen 7 grand a number of times before the installation of the shift light (thanks Don for the link to that LED light last year), and with the 'juice' they get there in such a big hurry even the light doesn't always help when Senior Bacardi is hold his hands over my eyelids :lol:

Tim

Yep--my redline is 6800 on this motor went over that a little bit---the rev limiter is waiting at TBH to be installed! :twisted:
 

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Dave,

So, that's where those pumps went! I should have figured it out since I noticed you admiring them in the back seat of my truck that night. hehehe

Hey, how did I get into this discussion anyway. Is my 502 too big?....nope! Too heavy?....nope! Too hot?....I'll let you know this summer. It will be my first summer on it.

I went straight from a VTX 1800 to this B.H. 502 and am still getting used to the bike. I've only ridden a 350 on the Demo Ride (about 20 min.). If I had it to do all over again would I get a 350?....nope! I'm handling this bike just fine. But that's me. If big is good then bigger is better. To each his own. Would I have been just as satisfied with a 350? I believe that as far as the bike is concerned I think that I would have, but in the back of my mind I would have been wondering about the 502. So, I think they are all great bikes and I respect what can be achieved with the small blocks. Personally, I like the power and torque without the juice.
 
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