2009 Big Dog Wolf Bike Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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2009 Big Dog Wolf | Bike

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In 15 Wichita-based Big Dog Motorcycles has grown modest beginnings in founder and CEO Coleman’s garage to become the largest manufacturer of premium Big Dog now occupies a 150,000 sq ft factory supplies nearly 100 domestic and is poised to expand into 2009 sees the company three new models: the Wolf, the Coyote and later this Big Dog’s first full the Bulldog.

Big Dog is also celebrating a production milestone, having their 25,000th motorcycle off the earlier this year. For now all eyes are on the Wolf-the apex of the Big Dog line.

While the Wolf’s profile certainly contributes to its presence, the bike’s organic and styling keep the nine-foot-plus from straying into outré-custom territory. The integrated undulates like a wave the rear fender and through the pan, breaking at the elongated tank. The Wolf’s low, sweep and seven-inch backbone lend it a menacing, raised-hackle meaty, concave single and fang-like swingarm sandwich a 1.5 diameter frame that less than four from the pavement.

The Wolf ‘s end is a work of simple, backswept Perse Performance telescopic lunge for the road at a 45-degree 40 of which are in the frame, with five clicks in the trees. The prongs fix a striking, 23-inch wheel, wrapped in a 130/60

A War Of The Worlds-style headlight is mounted the long, pullback bars.

The designed, cuspidate swingarm 20 inches of circular chrome at the The 220mm Avon beneath the rear fender will some fat tire diehards for more rubber, leaving the of us quietly grateful for a return to times.

The considerable pride Big Dog takes in its operation is evident in the Wolf ‘s Our test bike gleamed in a ruddy two-tone with striping and delicate graphics on the and fenders. Big Dog offers customers a of nearly 20 base colors, an assortment of graphics for a wide of custom options.When the Wolf the itch to roam, detachable a two-up seat and a windscreen are of the touring accessories available the Big Dog catalog.

The Wolf’s unique traits extend beyond the arresting styling and dynamic architecture. The biggest Big Dog is powered by a SS X-Wedge 121 cu in engine, which a claimed 90 rear-wheel horsepower at rpm and 110 ft/lbs of torque 1700 rpm

The polished X-Wedge’s exclusive features a 56-degree pushrod V, a belt driven, tri-cam arrangement (two exhaust, one Consisting of 30-percent fewer and boasting 22-percent more fi n than the standard SS 117, the 121 is engineered for glossy power and a 5 dB reduction in mechanical noise. and … has been squared off to inches.

According to SS Project Jeff Bailey, Big Dog had a specifi c in mind for the Wolf’s powerplant the bike’s development stage and SS was to cooperate. Everyone likes a motor, Bailey says. We them first shot at was perceived to be the best combination. It fit the perfectly. Big Dog top dog Sheldon Coleman

It looks to us to be the engine of the future, he

Big Dog’s involvement in the X-Wedge’s extends back to early when Bailey and a Big Dog designer two days experimenting with rocker cover designs. intertwined association continues to day. Big Dog is the customer we’ve most closely with, he

To illustrate his point, Bailey that three of SS’s bikes on the initial X-Wedge were Big Dog-based chassis.

The 121 also features an EFI system, developed by SS as an aftermarket kit for late-model Because it possesses oxygen in both front and rear it is a dual closed-loop system, the air/fuel ratio in both and adjusting them independently. there are behavioral differences bike-to-bike, the closed-loop confi helps to iron out the variables.

an adaptive system, says it runs, it’s going to what that specifi c wants.

In addition to benefi performance, the closed-loop EFI system a healthy shade of green to the profi le.While SS certifi ed the 121 as a engine, Bailey says the will pass 2010 EPA requirements, as is.

Before the customer can the full range of the X-Wedge muscle, he will have to the mill through a three-stage break-in process. For the first two of engine life, revs are to 4200 rpm; then the 18 hours are spent no higher 5125 rpm; after 20 of operating time, the engine can its maximum rpm of 5800.The system is to ensure longer engine by curbing the rider’s (understandably) onboard impulse control.

The springs to life with a snarl, leaping away the curb with an agility belies its 770pound claimed dry Once settled into the seat with knees and elbows dropped behind the grips, you will encounter the impressive strength in a hurry. to Big Dog, the 1976cc SS dynamo the beast from supine to a 60 mph in under four seconds.

That juicy slab of torque tempts you to rip through the Baker gearbox like a and Blue Ribeye. A newly Baker clutch supplies the are fluid and lever effort is While I experienced an occasional neutral when downshifting third gear, the transmission is responsive and well mated to the

Big Dog’s proprietary Balance places the final drive on the right-hand side to balance distribution. This proven aids the Wolf ‘s considerable dexterity.Tight radius turnarounds are with remarkable ease for a measuring over nine

On the open road, the Wolf’s extends well up through the and beyond; topping 55 mph in the helical-cut gear delivers a particularly response. A new primary compensator burnishes the ride and reduces as the pilot leans on the throttle. into sixth soothes the ‘s temperament to a smooth rumble diminishing its potent cruising

Speed checks reveal one of the Wolf ‘s decidedly cool traits-its instrumentation. The stylish fl speedometer/tachometer gauge is a digital/analog that delivers impressive day or night.

In addition to its formidable the Wolf possesses remarkable and agility. With its deceptive and a 220 rear tire-svelte for Big Dog-the is at once reassuringly solid the straights, and an obedient negotiator of Big Dog says the Wolf ‘s seven-inch backbone is so rigidly constructed, it is virtually unyielding to torsional

Easily coaxed into the Wolf rolls over on side with equal thanks in part to the Balance distribution of ballast.

While the rear fender lends the a dose of edgy, hardtail a concealed adjustable rear modernizes the Wolf ‘s ride, entirely

civilizing it.The suspension does a decent job of out smaller wrinkles in the pavement. road reaches up through the padded perch, which, stylish at the curb, wears out its after about 50 miles. For seeking a softer landing, the comes pre-wired for aftermarket suspension.

A beast as large and as the Wolf will occasionally some serious behavior cation. Performance Machine calipers clamp down on fl oating

rotors, front and The 12.6-inch front disc equal to its task with a feel at the lever. The rear is mounted behind the right-hand to prominently display the 20-inch rear wheel.

Unleashing an 9.5-foot Pro-Street motorcycle this dismal economic would strike many as a gambit. Power the lavish with a proprietary 121 cu in engine and it on the north side of an entry-level BMW automobile, and more colorful may leap to mind.

Coleman not seem worried. The scion of the lantern manufacturer that his name intends to shed a light of his own by rolling out the audacious during a particularly dark for the motorcycle industry. All the companies are down and there isn’t a lot of news out there, he says.

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We’re really trying to good news into the

There is some thoughtful behind this strategy. sees a marketplace divided three distinct camps. A who have purchased their and homes using risky and are now fi nancially underwater.

We don’t see coming back within years, maybe more, he

The second group he describes as They are experienced, …-hard We see them even today what’s going on in retail markets, he observes. They’re out there buying bikes.

The has shrunk to that core the real deal as Coleman to them.

Then there is the segment. There’s [another] in the middle that are a little fickle, he explains. If the economy is they’ll buy a bike. If not, can put it off.

Those are the people will make our industry get to a growth phase. Coleman is the reemergence of this segment as as this spring.

With in mind, Coleman believes by staging Big Dog’s largest-ever while the industry is in the doldrums, the can take advantage of the lack of new product in the marketplace and build among dealers and consumers. We this is a time when our actually rises even above the chatter, he says.

views the industry’s current state as inextricably linked to the estate downturn. Our whole industry got carried away and too much inventory in ’05 and early he explains. Then the housing started cooling off.

I think we appreciated how many of our are small business contractors.

Despite suffering a 60-percent cut since the downturn began, believes that Big Dog’s reputation will enable it to the economic storm. We learned on that it’s growth by in the motorcycle business, he says. A lot of try to grab the golden ring too

Big Dog is wagering that their range of new offerings will a diverse mix of customers into dealerships, from the curious who be drawn to the entry-level Coyote,

to the micro-niche who will stalk the and the forthcoming Bulldog. Coleman is that Big Dog has the arsenal it needs to from the current economic with sharpened fangs. great company goes some dark times, he believe we’re in the best we could be in our industry.

When able to keep it together the toughest of times, you become stronger.

These are dark indeed, but with the Wolf in Big Dog’s den, Sheldon sees a full moon on the ULTIMATE MOTORCYCLING FEBRUARY / 2009 

Studio Photos by: Campbell

Action Photos by: Don

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