2004 Big Dog Ridgeback Motortrend

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2004 Big Dog Ridgeback

Fonzie I found the Ridgeback to be exciting, and spine tingling – then that might just be my discs smashing together (in a way) – Rigid choppers meant to be comfortable and the hard-assed types like to show pain tolerance in a raucous and chromed kinda way. I know that Motorcycle.Com really the place where come to read about the iron horses, but they if I can help it.

Motorcycles are motorcycles and if you can the Concours, while ridiculing it at the time, you probably understand those of us in the chopper world are from. So again, yes, is a motorcycle and it is a beast!

Dig out those spandex riding shorts and cups boys girls, motorcycle will try to break If you survive with all your intact, you’ll probably home with a few more numbers than you left and you’ll surely have a tale to tell to the kids… Ok, not the kids, but your buddies love to hear ‘em.

for that one about the time you were stranded on the boulevard to the Ridgeback’s tiny reserve and the only number you got was to some house from the Brothers then no one wants to hear stories. Sorry, think it.

Rolling-in with a wheelbase of 9 feet and a displacement of 1750cc, the Big Dog is a head turner to say the least. out a claimed 100+ horsepower (We say because the thing is way too long for our the 250mm wide meat on the chops up the road with a growl. Averaging nearly 40 mpg a 4.25-gallon tank, the Ridgeback can all day long if you can!

That’s 160 to a tank on the highway, which make that day seem like five on this Meant for boulevard cruising for Sunset Blvd is a popular here in Sunset Blvd is a choice here in sunny However, Sunset is chopped to and I would avoid it at all costs on a

Highways and long straights are the this bad-boy was made With an open road and a cruising speed of around a dreamer can smile, growl, snarl and scare the children all in one through town. Snap the 6-speed in gear, whack the and hang on, perhaps even your eyes… but pray you the potholes!

With a set of Kerker to deafen the neighborhood, throw in the Big Dog billet wheels and a personal for the health of your spinal and hind teeth, and you’re a lady-…. Grrr…

Riding all day at speeds is not only possible but can be enjoyable. However, when you to the off ramp, you better chomp on the set of 4-piston PM’s and bring the ‘ol down to first gear and be they moved the kickstand this year, because the clearance is pretty much you’d expect, non-existent! angle, what’s a lean

Don’t even bother the twisties on a bike like Most guys stick to sweepers and freeways when the ‘Ol Dog, instead of fighting way through a couple hundred at 15mph.

As the only rigid chopper in the Big Dog lineup [The model doesn’t have the 8 to its downtube like the Ridgeback and is 12 in the forks.], most of the time the left me wishing it was the softtail The Big Dog “Chopper” has pretty much the look and features as the Ridgeback, but a soft-tail type frame and suspension.

If you want the comfort to from SoCal to Sturgis, the is your best bet and I’m anxiously for a chance to prove it! The “Chopper” and low-slung saddles put the rider the gas tank, sparing you from of the windblast, kinda like a fairing. This helps to the usual strain that an hands-high, feet-foreward riding causes at sustained freeway

Another “comfy” feature I during my stint riding beast, is the saddle length and Although there is no pillion to speak of, the stock passenger come in handy for lifting … off the saddle in a jockey riding position, saving spine on choppy roads. back a few inches and settle on the of the saddle for the thickest cush.

you do find a comfortable long riding position, you still to be mindful of your fuel

As the only rigid framed in the Big Dog lineup [The Pitbull doesn’t have the 8 stretch to its like the Ridgeback and is 12 shorter in the most of the time the Ridgeback me wishing it was the softtail version. The Big Dog has pretty much the same and features as the Ridgeback, but includes a type frame and rear

If you want the comfort to ride SoCal to Sturgis, the “Chopper” is best bet and I’m anxiously waiting for a to prove it! The “Chopper” and “Ridgeback’s” saddles put the rider “behind” the gas sparing you from much of the kinda like a dual-purpose This helps to ease the strain that an …-low, feet-foreward riding position at sustained freeway speeds.

“comfy” feature I found my stint riding this is the saddle length and foot-pegs. there is no pillion seat to of, the stock passenger pegs in handy for lifting your off the saddle in a jockey type position, saving your on choppy roads. Slide a few inches and settle on the high-point of the for the thickest cush.

When you do find a comfortable distance riding position, you need to be mindful of your mileage.

The petcock’s reserve leaves about as much gas as find in a Bic lighter. When you to reserve, hit the turn signal and gas ASAP. One block of stop and go on the Sunset strip cruising deplete the reserve and leave you if you’re not watching for filling I speak from experience.

a rigid anywhere is a skill – if you can it that – and an art. Nothing No one claims performance, if they do, relative to the market (I hope). old school drum brakes and ape-hangers are simply part of the mystique. Not everyone is willing, or even wants to ride one chrome menageries, but many fork-over large wads of for the opportunity.

New bike sales it. Functional or not, choppers are a segment of American motorcycle and Big Dog Motorcycles has grown to meet the Selling over 10,000 in the past ten years isn’t too for a third party American manufacturer. To each their I say. Remember, it isn’t you ride, it’s THAT you

Of course, if you are just a poseur, you can use the Ridgeback as a handy addition to home modeling studio, no girl wants to pose in the on your Concours!

Dirty’s Opinion:

Now that your 86 Miami Vice suit gone out of style, you’ve onto the leather boy look of the HD However, your matching and tassles actually seem to you feel like just midlife-crisis non-conformist strictly to the pseudo-trendy fashions of the herd. …, despair!

What you do? The folks at Big Dog Motorcycles think got an answer for you.

Personally, I you’re an …, if you actually go out and buy one of pigs, but I’ll be the first to that I simply “don’t get On the other hand, EBass, our self-proclaimed “poseur”, seems to that Choppers (and disco, tattoos, cigars, and Howdy Doody) are the cutting of “cool” and just the ticket to him to moto-god status. Didn’t once say: “A sucker is every minute”?

Anyway, EBass decided it be a good idea to use the MO name to one of these $27,000 rolling from a chopper manufacturer. EBass decided to sell the to another rag, so even MO was legally responsible for the bike, we really get anything out of it, aside Fonzie using it as a prop to nudie pics of a lady (see below for the rated-PG Anyway, I digress… I must I was more than a little what a modern “state of the chopper would ride and I did get a chance to spend some on the Ridgeback, before it went to its kennel.

My first trip on the was a roundabout 30-minute trip to I pulled out of MO and tried to lay a patch of down the driveway, but all I got was a cough, by some off-balance acceleration and a twisting of the frame.

First impression = Bad. As I roared up to the stoplight, the SS burbled authoritatively and swiveled in my general direction. when it happened! Suddenly, I like a clown on top of the biggest in the parade! Wheeee!

So, this is choppers are all about. If you want to look at you like they did when your Testarossa was of the art, the Ridgeback just be the bike for you.

Second impression = Mixed depending on how your desire to be a clown is. that light turned I gave the throttle cables firm tug and the bike made impressive noises, coupled average acceleration and a noticeable to the right as the frame wound-up. As I back out of the throttle….BAM! Holy.

Big Dog Ridgeback Naked
Big Dog Ridgeback Naked

What was that? Indeed, as I rolled out of the throttle, the bike’s returned to straight and true and the steered back to the center of the just in time to bounce a manhole cover. I’ve crossed that same 300 times on a motorcycle, but this was different.

The cover bounced my out of the seat and my spine groaned in

Third riding impression = Bad As I rolled down the boulevard and true (between the bumps) the felt fairly normal and the public regarded me with apprehension, envy, contempt and depending on who was doing the looking.

of the scarce ground clearance, frame and ultra-long wheelbase, I myself to take it easy I arrived at the 270° circular for the 405 freeway. As I curved up the ramp, I a sudden increase in ride As it turns out, when you a rigid chopper through a the frame flex acts like a rear suspension that, MotoGP technology at prices).

Unfortunately, as that suspension compresses, it changes the geometry and effective steering (so much for that Moto GP This makes negotiating a at anything approaching “normal” an exciting proposition to say the least. It is the type of excitement that you to get as a kid, when you’d sit in Radio Flyer and use the tow handle as a tiller, while bombing the sidewalk in and out of circular driveways, Ferrari 312 T4 noises and pretending to be Villeneuve. (You did make Ferrari noises and pretend to be Villeneuve when you were a didn’t you?)

Fourth impression = Excellent, as long as you to re-live your Formula One racing childhood.

Once at Sister Mary favorite restaurant, we sat back and as numerous people walked up to the and spent five minutes at it from every angle. I’m not talking about motorcyclists I’m talking about old ladies, nerds, Buddhist monks, with strollers, everybody they were looking at the creation from “those they saw on the Discovery Channel. It was scary and humorous at the same

After some tasty food and more than a few we headed back to MO. The ride was uneventful and once I was past the of riding a parade float, it was as enjoyable as post meal tend to be.

I guess if you want a that you can use to get noticed, while people’s attention away that nasty zit you found in the this morning, a flamed-out, wheel chopper is as good a way as Of course, if you aren’t afraid of your clown makeup, you always ride something and just wear a full helmet. -Sean.



Engine OHV 45 degree

Displacement 107 cu. in. (1,750 cc)

Bore 4″ X 4.25″

Compression Ratio

Fuel System SS Super G

Fuel Capacity 4.25

Oil Capacity 2.75 quarts


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