RIDIN’ ON/THUNDER ROAD PRODUCT REVIEW – HOW A MOTORCYCLE EXPERT TRANSFORMED FROM A CYNIC TO “I LOVE LOVE-JUGS” AFTER DOING RIGOROUS TESTING.
“WHEN I FIRST MET Dave Sandel the inventor of “Love Jugs” and CEO Steve West at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati earlier this year, I must say I was not convinced that they had “fixed” the problem of “HOT HARLEYS”. Their claim: “It is impossible for your engine to overheat when your bike is equipped with a LOVE-JUGS Engine Cooling System!” I was so reluctant that I asked to move the interview to the last 2 hours of the last day of the show. I knew that by then most everyone would have left to head back home and most exhibitors would be packing up to move to the next show. So with no pressure from crowds and other manufactures, we came back two hours before the show was to end.
To my surprise, there was Dave and Steve smiling and waiting for us. I thought to myself these guys are nuts. Didn’t they know I was going to rip their product apart with questions about the truth of their claim and the reliability of this toy? You could tell they wanted to meet this challenge head on and they were armed to answer every question to my complete satisfaction.
Before the first question, Love Jugs inventor Dave Sandel boasted: “Hot Harley? – Problem solved!” He continued, “Our dual fan systems are guaranteed to keep your oil flowing and your engine running significantly cooler, and that is guaranteed to make your ride cooler too.”
A bit of history may help explain my hesitation to such a bold claim. The first Harley I rode any distance on was a 1965 Electra Glide. This “Blue Angel” was the coolest looking bike on the road at the time. However, it was anything but “cool” riding this demon in south Texas in August.
Since that time I have tried so many devices and gadgets. I can’t count the amount of money, time and effort I have spent trying to find something to cool down my air-cooled Harleys. Lately, I have been told that the “Parade Fan” is the way to go in cooling and keeping the heat off my bike. WRONG! Then came the “Lenale Fan” with its promises. This was a waste, the reason being that the mounting brackets were bolted to back of the single (as in one) fan. I’m a biker, not an engineer, but even I know that any fan can not work if you cover the airflow the fan is expected to put out.
So here we are today still struggling with this same problem of “HEAT”. I love my Harley; I don’t want a BMW, liquid-cooled Honda or etc. I want to ride my Harley even if it’s in the high 90’s and not have to wait until the sun goes down to go riding.
I put on our Test Bike the sleek new Love Jugs COOL-MASTER, and took off for a 2,068 mile test ride. Down though the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Great Smoky Mountains, the easy flowing traffic of Atlanta (joke) where during rush hour traffic or construction you can go at 10-15 MPH for very short distances at a time. From Atlanta, I was off to Salem and Montgomery, AL. Then it was some open Interstate to run all the way to Vicksburg, MS, then it’s time to get off the fast track & do some back road riding up to Yazoo City where I saw a sign that said fresh donuts and coffee, and I thought to myself I know a great place for that. So I headed to the French Quarter to Café Du Monde, New Orleans, LA, for some Beignets & Chicory Coffee. So after I had my fill I headed back to Birmingham, AL, and from Nashville, TN back to Cincinnati, OH.
My Love Jugs fans withstood the harshest conditions I endured. Love Jugs are 100% waterproof outdoor rated fan motors, and my trip confirmed that! If it was not raining, it was as hot as Hades. The original model produces more than twice the cooling power of its closest competitor – while the new model packs even more punch. The more air, the more comfort for the rider and the more protection for your engine.
This no-nonsense sleek face gives the unit a finished custom look that is as at-home on a $100,000 custom bagger as it is on a 25-yearold Electra Glide.
They will actually run while submerged underwater as can be seen on their website: http://love-jugs.com/videos/. Luckily I didn’t have to ride submersed under water! Believe it or not, some competing systems use indoor rated fans, which will short out when exposed to water – even during a washing.
“And yes… I do LOVE JUGS! I have had two Harley Techs tell me because of the addition of the Love Jugs & an oil cooling system I have possibly extended the life of the most expensive part of my Harley — the motor, by about 50,000 miles. To me that is the best endorsement of a product I have ever given”. And that is a great insurance policy and peace of mind for me. Plus they come with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee, no questions asked.
For more information, take a tour of their web site: www.love-jugs.com, or contact: Hammerhead Engineering CEO Steve West at steve@love-jugs. com. He’ll be happy to speak with you.
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