Big Bear Touring Model GTX Tested

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California’s Big Bear Lake was several feet of snow as Kevin Alsop drove me up from the LA airport and more was forecast. The weather gods had determined that I wasn’t to ride the GTX X-Wedge back the twisty and treacherous mountain the next day so we resorted to Plan B. a tour of the busy factory and a over a swag of BBC bikes for export — some to and others to the Far East and Europe we settled down with a and a few beers to discuss the world outlook and its effect on the motorcycle

The beauty of being a niche with a relatively small compared with the majors is you can be quick on your feet in you offer the riding public, changes on the fly and innovating at a very pace indeed. Evidence of was the fact that at the V-Twin in Cincinnati this year, the BBC (BBC’s latest chopper had taken out the top award for ‘Custom Bike of the Year’.

Now the BBC GTX is a very bike which sure your grandpa’s bagger. And me, heads spin around you ride it. With the baby generation aging and many of wanting to get off their choppers but not yet for the tall, fat and comparatively short typical of the bagger scene, the GTX a mega cool option.

Taking its styling cues the long low lines of a pro-street style bike and with a 12 stretch in mid-frame, the GTX completely cruising style.

Now, I’d the un-faired BBC GTX Standard powered by the BBC SS proprietary ‘100 Smooth’ back a few months ago and it was an impressive in many ways. However, the GTX on I was going to spend a few days around Southern California was the their fairing model, one powered by the radical SS X-Wedge 114 inch 56 degree v-twin While I had been among the bike journos in the world to ride X-Wedge powered in Daytona in 2007, I had spent too time on them, so this was an prospect indeed.

The next Kevin loaded up the GTX along his own rat bike hot rod and we drove down the the ‘back’ way toward Redlands, the bikes and spent a couple of burning around the local me getting a feel of the X-Wedge and having a ball riding the out of his personal chopper. I guess you live in the mountains and it’s you need the occasional outlet this.

Southern California is known for its temperate climate and we were out of the mountains it was relatively and sunny and pretty well riding weather, which my own mood warm and sunny as I company from Kevin and south toward San Diego and the riding this area

Swinging south on to 215 I hit the on switch for the stereo/GPS and right on cue the Eagles out;

So put me on a highway

And show me a

And take it to the limit one more …

If I’d smiled any wider the top part of my would have parted with the rest of me.

Rolling on and off the and changing up and down through the top gears of the ultra-smooth Baker demonstrated great torque and smoothness. Not perhaps the smoothness of a Cam B motor, but damn impressive especially when you consider we are 114 cubes here and the bigger the the greater the vibrations.

Here’s Big Bear Choppers have to say their X-Wedge engines; looking like any other SS engine from the outside, the of this new proprietary exclusive EFI X-Wedge engine is the low vibration, due to it internally reformed”.

The frame composite fairing offered protection from the wind and the sight lines to the speedo and the GPS like the baby bear’s are just right. The reach to the suited my medium height and the controls were easy to and operate. The seating position is un-bagger-like as you tend to sit in the bike, not on it, and feet are up in more of a chopper position than the typical but this is something to which you become accustomed.

The outstanding impression of this that I gained at speed was its stability thanks to a combination of factors contribute including the length of the machine, its low seat a low centre of gravity (which is by a five gallon fuel mounted beneath the seat) and the strong and stiff BBC designed and frame. Taking both off the bars and throwing my upper around reasonably vigorously had no effect on stability and the bike to track arrow straight.

The of straight line stability can be be found in cornering where the of the GTX’s length, its 36 degree rake — the 2009 Tourers have a 26 degree — and its massive 300mm tyre don’t add up to super canyon carving. However, you become accustomed to the extra language required to throw thing around, it is surprisingly much more so than the suggest. And in addition, I found the low seat height of 25.5 (30.7 unladen on an Ultra), was confidence inspiring when on, or close to, the bike’s limits.

Campo Road leading out of San is a motorcyclists’ favourite, winding as it through various mountains as it east with corners from wide sweepers to of extremely twisty bends and I had a lot of fun the GTX along it on a sunny Sunday

Yes, I was certainly getting by various sport bikes, but my own and often passing a bunch of bikes and tourers. In fact, at a gas several riders of both of bike came over to a closer look at what I was and expressed surprise at how well it to handle and how fast it cornered its impressive dimensions.

While I was solo, one of the proprietary and patented of this bike is the position of the sitting in front of the rear This seating position more weight in the centre of the in order to produce better and comfort for both the operator and

San Diego is one of my favourite cities and a lot to see and do there and many great in the region including the coast back up to LA which I meandered in laid back style, now to the gaping mouths and swivelling of adults and kids alike as I along. Thanks to the 100 willing and some 112 foot pounds of torque changing down something that was required often at all and passing trucks was just a twist of the wrist And when it came time to the dual discs up front and the Performance Machine 4-piston combined with the rear PM unit worked a treat, was nice to know given the of that engine and the speeds it can achieve.

I’m a bit of an old school biker and have a bit slow to completely accept the increasing technological advances in Give me a carby, a set of points and a condenser and I can fix most roadside But against this, the ultra-reliability of ignition systems and in particular EFI has transformed performance parameters.

is especially noticeable with the EFI system on the GTX which is continuously the engine and tuning itself to performance despite major in humidity, temperature and elevation, in a way a carburettor can’t get within of, and despite riding from sea to some 6000 feet in the the X-Wedge didn’t miss a I admit to a nervous moment I went to start it after a night in the mountains at Pine and I noticed that the motor had over during the night, one slightly prolonged press of the button and it was idling smoothly.

Motorcycle design always some compromise, the need to the middle ground between a slammed look and cornering Or between cool style and practicality. The GTX is no different in that but the end result is a classy, cool-as-a-cucumber bagger that has a little carrying capacity than tourers — and perhaps a less plush comfort but which oozes hip and class front to rear.

A Commodore do things that a Ferrari not; and vice versa. I compare the GTX X-Wedge to a Ferrari? yeah!


Type: 114 SMOOTH™ EFI X-Wedge

Big Bear Choppers G.T.X. Fairing 100
Big Bear Choppers G.T.X. Fairing 100
Big Bear Choppers G.T.X. Fairing 100


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