Hello All, Yes its a sad, sad story. I dreamed of owning a Boss Hoss ever since seeing the number one when Monte took it to Sturgis and it was photograghed and put in one of those V-twin mags in an article about the Rally that particular year. I read read everything I could find on the V8 bike for years, keeping abreast of the progress of Monte's dream. My wife, Anita, and I stay on the road 90% of the time in an 18 wheeler and have visited 11 dealers and the factory a few times, as well as the Rally there and the one at Osage Beach. Earlier in the year, I found the one I wanted at Performance Collection in New Orleans and they let me pay down on it for several months and then finally financed the rest in November and took it home to Stephenville, Texas in the back of the big rig. We stayed home and got five days riding in, left and came home in January to find the block busted out on both sides. Yep, plain water in it. They hadn't checked it out and although I intended to myself just for safety sake and forgot, hit the road. The Dealer feels bad about the slip up and says they'll help with the project I now have. Its a 1996 clutch bike and going to stick with the clutch for now. I would love to hear any upgrade sugjestions any of you might have since the bike is now all over my 10X12 storage building/Boss Hoss Doggie House. While replacing the block, now is the time to make any changes to performance or quality of items in the engine. I know, I know...put in some anti-freeze.