2006 Big Dog Motorcycle’s Mastiff Road Test Hot Bike

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Big Dog Mastiff Cruiser
Big Dog Mastiff Cruiser


As we left Daytona’s Biketoberfest, we made a detour on our way stopping in Wichita, KA, the home of the Big Dog Company. Our reason for the stop was to out Big Dog’s manufacturing facility to see how they manage to manufacture in the vicinity of 5,000 motorcycles a We also timed our trip to with Big Dog’s annual Summit, which gave us a opportunity to sit down and talk quite a few of Big Dog’s authorized personnel, as well as many on the sales and management team.

In our issue, we ran an article where we a motorcycle through Big Dog’s line. The bike you see here is the end of that article.

The Mastiff is one of models offered by Big Dog for the ’06 year. While the Mastiff has around since 2001, proved to be the year that the motorcycle from previous In an effort to stay on the cutting of motorcycle styling, the new Mastiff has geared more toward the and low Pro-Street style of bikes (as has the while the remainder of the models are in line with chopper

The Mastiff’s frame has been redesigned from previous The in-house manufactured frame a 6-inch backbone stretch and downtubes. Also manufactured is the A-frame swingarm designed to the Avon 250/40-18 rear

This is no doubt in response to looking for more and more out back. Of the four other Big Dog produces, only the Chopper the 250mm rear tire, all the others wear a 300mm Both the frame and swingarm are with a heavy protective of powdercoat.

Leveling out the front of the is a 41mm frontend comprised of tubes and a set of 3-degree raked which hang from a raked neck. Providing a contact patch with the is an MH120/70/21 Avon tire, to work well with the 250 out Providing cushioning at the rear of the is a pair of manually adjustable

Powering the Mastiff is an SS; 117-inch, air-cooled, 45-degree V-Twin Big Dog has worked closely with SS; the years. This relationship has in an engine design that a proprietary cam design, Super G electronic compression releases, and a designed fin on the heads and cylinders not only aids in cooling but results in less high-frequency emanating from the engine.

All of the SS; for ’06 are assembled at Big Dog’s plant.

Located just the engine is what Big Dog calls its drive system (BDS), consists of a wet-chain primary and setup that relocates the from its traditional position and it down and farther back. In to the primary, another major of the BDS is a Baker six-speed right-side-drive The result of all these components in conjunction with one another is a more centered and balanced

Final drive consists of a carbon-fiber belt running on a of hard-anodized, Teflon-coated pulleys.

for the Mastiff consists of a pair of fenders and a long, flowing, gas tank complete with a filler and a nice touch in the way of a screwed into the tank’s What appears to be an oil tank is an enclosure for the bike’s battery and So where’s the oil stored, you ask? It in a 3-quart curved reservoir just in front of the rear

This relocation aids in the oil as well as keeping heat from the electronics package.

Big Dog the Mastiff-as well as all of its ’06 numerous features such as a kickstand for better cornering billet hand controls internal brake master one-touch switching wired Big Dog’s ground-trigger switching integrated speedo/tach, floating Performance Machine brake and a disabling starter button prevents unwanted starter The electronic harness controller for easier servicing and diagnostic of the electrical system.

Also new is a charging system designed to the battery even at idle. is designed to be smooth and positive due to Big clutch setup. The standard suspension can be upgraded to an air suspension for an $1,500. The Mastiff has a base of $28,500 and is backed by a two-year warranty with around 100 located across the country.

Big Dog offers a line of accessories to let customers tailor the look and of their bikes to suit needs. In addition, there are levels of custom paint to from, ranging in price $625 to $3,125. If you can’t something you like, the factory quote you a price on the artwork of choice.

Our test bike was with an orange powdercoated ($400), Swiss Flame ($2,800), and electrical-cover graphics

Hopping on the Mastiff for a cruise is a The long, low look of the bike the impression of speed even the bike is sitting still. The of the seat, bars, and controls a good job of accommodating riders of sizes. Shorter riders may it’s a bit of a reach to the bars, but will still find the a comfortable one as they settle the firm saddle.

Starting the is accomplished by first turning the Big Dog key, then depressing the run switch prior to thumbing the button. All of this is designed to from inadvertently energizing the with the engine running. As you go this procedure, you’ll a different feel from the A slight click can be felt the soft feel of the switches. At it can be tough to notice, but it becomes after a short time on the

Big Dog Mastiff Cruiser
Big Dog Mastiff Cruiser

Once started, the 117-inch breathes through a set of very two-into-one exhaust pipes resemble a pair of two-into-two The EPA-approved exhaust is far too quiet for our however.

Clutch pull is and smooth. Kick the shifter from Neutral into and you’ll quickly notice how the shifter throw is, which a bit of getting used to. Once you do get though, you’ll wonder why no one sets up their bikes this.

Let out the clutch, and the bike away smoothly, yet feels from most bikes. is due to the primary drive, which is without a traditional compensator

The Mastiff’s frame and just-over-stock-length make for a very stout This setup allows for a stable and predictable ride, no surprises coming from the tire. While the bike is set up what is still considered a fat tire, you’ll quickly the bike is very easy to from side to side.

The combination of the 250 and the 120 tires makes for handling characteristics, and the frontend some of the easy skidding can be found on bikes with front tires. The stout has a tendency to transmit more of engine vibration and road to the rider through the rubber-molded and footpegs. This molding makes for a very tough, comfortable surface from to control the bike.

Although the ships with adjustable we didn’t play around them too much. We did, discover that the guys in the range found the ride a bit than some of the lighter did.

The SS; 117-inch powerplant more than enough in a variety of riding conditions. The comes on strong from 2,400 rpm and doesn’t let up ’til you the redline. Although the motor ran most of the time, we did notice a bit of a at times when getting on the

Rejetting the Super G carb an accelerator-pump adjustment would likely alleviate this

Balance on the bike is very can take your hands off the at most speeds, and the bike track perfectly straight very little body needed to keep it in the center of the At slow speeds the bike good manners and shows no of frontend flop, making navigation a breeze. The rear-mounted makes for good clearance on the side of the bike, although the side is a different story

Due to the right-side-drive transmission, Big Dog has placed the rather far outboard of the frame. causes it to touch down far too when making even aggressive right-hand turns. The placement also forces the to move his or her right leg outward than one would expect.

If looking for a custom bike from the factory, one you don’t to do much to in order to make it as if it was built specifically for you, you need to take a serious at Big Dog’s Mastiff. Other the couple of correctable issues we this bike is definitely a at the asking price.

Big Dog Mastiff Cruiser


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