2010 Big Dog Bulldog Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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2010 Big Dog Bulldog Road

Dan Gingerelli

March 29, 2010

2010 Big Dog Bulldog Road was originally published in the April issue of American Rider ]


Big new Bulldog is a touring motorcycle. you might have to look its gleaming polished billet-aluminum and flashy paint job to understand I’m talking about. And don’t let the lengthy wheelbase—all 6 feet, 3 with your mind,

For that matter, you can also the fat Avon rear tire—typically a delight—that measures 250mm its tread, and let’s not even the rakish 34-degree steering-head that extends those inverted fork legs and 21-inch wheel practically the next time zone.

believe me when I tell you the Bulldog is a touring bike—a touring bike at that. It has a fairing that packs an sound system to make the more bearable while the horizon. And you won’t be traveling handed—attached to the polished rear struts you’ll find a of form-fitting fiberglass saddlebags, capable of holding up to 15 pounds of for a long-distance ride.

Never mind that the lockable lids reveal quarters; the fact remains they’re there for you to stow gear.

Comfort an issue? place your feet on stylish rubber-deck floorboards. passenger can do the same when time to ride two-up. also find backrests for backseater and you to help relieve of the annoying back pain associated with sitting all day in the

Speaking of the saddle, our bike’s accessory two-passenger seat was by Mustang Seats, a company for designing and stitching comfortable yet bun-huggers for American V-twin If you’re not sold on the Mustang extra padding, you can opt for the Bulldog’s standard-issue seat with that more closely the rear fender’s silhouette. In case your … be riding only about two off the deck, meaning this enjoys a low center of gravity for a controlled ride.

The Bulldog has and user-friendly hand controls a rubber-ribbed throttle grip. At freeway speeds the fuel-injected engine’s exhaust roar override your tunes. You won’t find much space in the 15-pound capacity but Big Dog claims a more convenient rack is in the works.

The 210 Big Dog Bulldog scores additional marks as a touring bike Big Dog designed it to be a bagger first, a bike second. This is not a Big Dog or Mastiff that’s been groomed with a fairing and

Instead, the Bulldog is an all-new incorporating a rubber-mount frame to the big 111-cubic-inch SS Cycle engine and right-side-drive six-speed overdrive Dog Motorcycles’ tried and tested package—for a smooth ride. drive is handled through a belt.

If that’s not enough for a pair of Works Performance rear shock absorbers behind the saddlebags helps up the bumps in the road, and the Bulldog has the most refined fork yet to experience on any Big Dog. There’s spring and damping rebound to front-tire chatter at bay without the smooth ride, and the additional 3 of rake in the triple trees plant a friendly 4.8 inches of in the steering geometry to minimize flop.

If you judiciously modulate the throttle and at low speeds, you can complete a feet-up turn with the Bulldog on blacktop. I know because I did it times during our photo on a mountain road. That’s how this 768-pound bike is, and it gives you an idea how docile it can be in a lot.

Yet keep in mind the laws of physics still that form must a backseat to function, so you’ll some fork flop these conditions.

All this is and well but it’s on the open that you’ll truly the Bulldog’s performance. The big billet gets you up to speed in no time, and to its closed-loop electronic fuel throttle response is seamless and

Our bike was equipped with an performance SuperTrapp exhaust helped the single-cam engine even easier, and those pipes emitted just growl to give this Dog bark and bite when you the rubber-ribbed throttle grip. the throttle in any gear—even sixth—and be rewarded with a surge of

That SS engine motors you the road with minimal which will make you surprised when you glance at custom-like mirrors and are actually to see clearly what’s behind

Still most of your will be focused on the road as you peer over the Bulldog’s windscreen. Negotiating turns is requiring only a slight tug on the pullback handlebar and only effort to the handgrips once you in for a turn. The Dog easily bends the turn, but don’t lean it too because you’ll scrape of its hidden hardware, the biggest being the exhaust pipe.

stability remains rock-steady, so you can with authority over the or on gently winding country

There’s little drama in down and stopping the Dog. A of four-piston Performance Machine calipers modulate 13-inch and 11-inch rear rotors, and the braking force won’t your eyeballs out of their the brakes do an effective job of keeping the obedient at any speed.

The Bulldog chassis and drivetrain are with a new batwing-style handlebar that does a good job of the rider from the wind. little helmet buffeting at speeds as most of the air is directed you. But don’t get too excited the two-speaker sound system; only good for listening riding around town engine and exhaust noise, with the wind blast, any tunes you might want to along to while at speed.

For the the Alpine system has a detachable and is AM/FM, MP2/XM/iPod capable. also a pair of accessory outlets bracketing either of the iPod holder.

For the most the remainder of the Bulldog’s fit and finish is we’ve come to expect Big Dog Motorcycles, which is to say of high I was, however, disappointed in the cheesy locking mechanism, but I’m that will be rectified later models, and a more luggage rack is in the works, as Otherwise, workmanship is top-notch and all backed by Big Dog’s two-year, warranty.

The bike’s most stunning though, is its paint job. Big Dog prides itself on offering paint jobs in a wide of colors and schemes, so seldom do two look the same. The buffed and paint adds extra to the Bulldog’s groomed appearance, and no more than one of these baggers will be rewarded a Best of Show at bike this coming riding

Potential Bulldog customers buy this bike for that though. Instead, the motivating to plop $39,900 on the table be based on the bike’s ability to moderate distances both and in style. To that end the Bulldog disappoint.

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