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Although I do not own a V8 bike (yet) it is something I hope to do soon. My dream bike would be either a Kannon chopper or an American King V "Too Wild". For now though, as far as I can determine, the only V8 bike I can afford now is a 98 or older Boss Hoss. Is there anything I should look for when checking out one of these Boss Hoss models? Are there some years I should stay away from? Should I just continue saving my pennies to buy on of the newer models? Right now I ride a big bore, custom Warrior. It flies (for a V-twin) and I get a lot of compliments and trophies at Bike Nights, but the minute a V8 pulls in, I might as well be riding a Harley. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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I was just surfing around and came across a 2001 Boss Hoss in the Southern Maryland Classifieds for sale posted 12/28/04. He is asking $19,000. Check it out - SOMD.com - Click vehicles and then click road motorcycles - the listing is at the top of the page.
 

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Just a personal opinion, you'll find most of the folks on these sites with any older V8 scoot, King V, Kannon, Boss Hoss, etc are real wrench/motorheads. Most of them have had their bikes down to the frame rails at least once.

Most of the older scoots require a degree of tinkering and tend to be a bit higher maintenance than the newer models. The newer the bike, the more innovations and improvements they have intergrated. My BH is an '03 and it was probably the first year that did not have an issue with the 2 speed transmission....

So in answer to your question, if you have the knowledge or are willing to learn, the guys with the older bikes love them and think they are the best. Some of us like the 2 speed concept for better highway performance.

Good luck.
 

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Going with a post-2000 model will give you the advantages of the newer front end (much stronger and more compliant) as well as the two speed tranny. Would recommend this approach.
By the way, (name?), You will find many of the guys on line to be mechanical wizards whom have helped me enormously and have taught me a great deal. Terrific support group and a wonderful group all around....Joe
 

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VReater,
I have a 98 with over 110K miles on it. A lot of the guys like the 2 speeds for highway driving but have had no problems with long distance trips with the 98. I have had many a long day in the saddle. Most of my traveling I am doing around 75 mph and running just under 35k on the tach. If you are doing more like 85 mph + you may want the overdrive (2 speed). Just my 2 cents worth if you see a good deal on a 98 I would not hesitate.
Glenn
 
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