Motorcycle build competitions like the 2004 HOT BIKES  Ultimate Challenge / S&S 124VFI Shootout can be the inspiration for fast and well styled machines. This Rob Schopf-built bike’s competition results? Highest Quarter Mile Top Speed Winner, Best Burnout Winner, Dyno Shoot-out Winner, Drag Race Winner, Overall Challenge Winner.

This beautiful and fast machine was recently donated to the National Motorcycle museum. How did it come to be?

Sometimes as S&S Cycle brings out new high performance engines they look for bike builders to showcase them in new builds. Only six of these $10,000 factory sealed engines were made and then donated to some of the top builders.

Rob Schopf, master engine builder at Hal’s Speed Shop in New Berlin, Wisconsin built this striking, and very good performing street/drag bike using the fuel injected 124 cube S&S engine and an FXR-style chassis made by Gambler. Rake is 32 degrees. Swingarm and shocks are also from Gambler, but the fork and triple tree are all Storz Performance. Tires are Pirelli, the wheels are Performance Machine, Trinity design, with PM calipers and rotors. Trans is a six-speed by Baker with a Bandit clutch.

The fenders may look familiar; the front is a modified Buell and the rear is a re-worked V-Rod piece. Seat is by CRD Inc. Paint is by Jamie Strasser at Jamie’s Customs.
Some time after the shoot-out event, Bernie Cohen was working with Rob Schopf and Tom Bradford on the launch of an NHRA drag bike project and fell in love with the Shoot-out winner, ultimately acquiring it as a part of his collection.


  • Engine: Four-Stroke 45 Degree V-Twin
  • Type: Two Overhead Valves/Cylinder
  • Bore & Stroke: 4.125 x 4.625
  • Displacement: 124 Cubic Inches
  • Compression Ratio: 10.8 : 1
  • Ignition: S&S Electronic
  • Carburetor: S&S VFI
  • Starting: Electric
  • Horsepower: 140.1
  • Primary: Belt Driven
  • Clutch: Baker; Dry, Multi-Plate
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Transmission: Baker 5-Speed
  • Frame: Steel Tubular by Gambler
  • Suspension: Hydraulic Fork / Swingarm, Dual Shocks
  • Brakes: Performance Machine
  • Wheelbase: 67 Inches
  • Wheels / Tires: 120/70×17 / 180/55 x 17
  • Top Quarter Mile Speed: 131.75mph

Donated to the National Motorcycle Museum by Bernie Cohen, Wisconsin

1 reply
  1. Kirk Topel
    Kirk Topel says:

    We applaud and thank Bernie Cohen for his unselfish support of performance motorcycling and our efforts over the years to give back to a sport that we all love and especially this gracious donation to The National Motorcycle Museum. We could not agree more that another important period of motorcycling history be preserved for a larger audience to enjoy. The National Museum is a wonderful location to showcase this history. Thank you Bernie.
    Kirk Topel
    Hals Harley-Davidson
    New Berlin, WI


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