Auto Monday – Big Dog Motorcycles

BD logoBig Dog Motorcycles is an American manufacturer of semi-custom, mid-priced motorcycles, based in Wichita, Kansas. Big Dog produced a single motorcycle in its first year, affectionately known as “Old Smokey;” its over-sized fenders and classic cruiser style would point the way for all of the company’s later products. By 1997, the company had reached $2 Million in sales, and in 2000, the company had expanded so much that a move to a new, 110,000-square-foot factory and world headquarters (since expanded to 175,000 square feet) was required. As of 2007, the company had over 100 associated dealers, and employed over 300.

Big Dog currently produces five models; the K-9, the Ridgeback, the Mastiff, the Pitbull and their most recent addition, the Mutt. The Pitbull model received V-Twin Expo’s 2007 “Excellence In Motorcycling Award” for a production motorcycle. All of their current motorcycles utilize a 117 cubic inch V-twin engine, 6-speed transmissions, one-piece fuel tank, wide rear tires, and extensive use of chromed components. All of these models could be described as cruiser or chopper style motorcycles. Major differences between the models include rear tire width, 250mm versus 300mm, front tube length and the rear suspension.

Big Dog Motorcycles are particularly well known for its wide assortment of customizing options for its otherwise stock motorcycles. These include at least 69 paint and graphic options, and a wide selection of accessories, including custom seats, exhausts, grips, storage bags, sissy bars and windshields.

Big dogs don’t come cheap. Used bikes are fetching upwards of $15k and new models approach the $30k mark. Check out some comparative pricing.

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