Big Dog Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary And 25,000th Motorcycle

With 25,000 bikes sold, Big Dog Motorcycles is still the # 1 factory-custom manufacturer owning a market share of 55% to 60%. And to keep its leadership the company is pushing an international presence and will soon open 8 dealers in Canada. For 2009, Big Dog has 3 new models: Wolf, Coyote and Bulldog bagger. While Big Dog has amended its 2009 marketing strategies to appeal to a larger consumer base by offering more affordable motorcycles, the Wolf with its 121” X-Wedge engine from S&S is retailing at the highest point of the spectrum with a MSRP of $35,900. Big Dog Motorcycles

15 Responses to “Big Dog Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary And 25,000th Motorcycle”

  1. 1 Sheridan Nov 30th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Congratulations Big Dog, I hope your persistence and clever marketing strategies see you through these tough economic times. Oh and your international push would be welcomed down here in Australia so please cast an eye down under 🙂

  2. 2 Ryan Nov 30th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    anyone have photos of the three new models and specs?

  3. 3 Jack Nov 30th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I keep checking their site for the new models. Glad someone else thinks its bad that they can’t keep their site current. Must have laid the web guy off as well.

    Wonder if they will get a dealer back in Kansas City?

  4. 4 EVSWAY Nov 30th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Australia?? Really? at 60k with the price of the dollar, i dont know about that ,you can get a 1098 for 45k

  5. 5 Mike Kiwi Tomas Dec 1st, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations to Big Dog. Nice guys and a class act

  6. 6 Gunrunner Dec 1st, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    It is great to see strength in our American v-twin market – everyone could use positive news these days.

    Hey Ryan & Jack,
    I found this website with some info for you:

  7. 7 Blue Sky Rider Dec 1st, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Textron Financial notified our dealership they will no longer floor motorcycles.
    This will hurt our ability to bring the Big Dogs to town! GE Money better stick with it.
    I think AIH killed Textron Financial!

  8. 8 rodent Dec 1st, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Big Dog will continue until owner Sheldon Coleman pulls the plug

  9. 9 Gunrunner Dec 2nd, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Blue Sky Rider –
    Textron made a huge mistake buying into AIH over three years ago… I know they regret it now.

    As of January 9th Textron Financial Co. will no longer floor Big Dog Motorcycles, Big Bear Choppers, Swift, Saxon, Bourget Bike Works, and a tractor manufacture in Montana (I don’t remember the name). They have contractual agreements with Yamaha and AIH… of course, but they are cutting back on all motorcycle manufactures.

    GE Commercial Finance is solid with most of the aforementioned companies (especially Big Dog), so you should contact Michael Echemann at 630-241-9703, and he will help you out.

  10. 10 Blue Sky Rider Dec 2nd, 2008 at 6:46 pm


  11. 11 Blue Sky Rider Dec 2nd, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I think Big Dog with GE will weather this storm better than most the industry.

  12. 12 MAS Dec 3rd, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I just checked the website and it looks like it’s been updated.

  13. 13 C Dec 4th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Word on the street is GE CDF (commercial distribution finance) is pulling out as well. It is getting scary out there.

  14. 14 Blue Sky Rider Dec 8th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    How reliable is the word on the streets?
    That would end selling bikes for my store.

  15. 15 Brenda Fox Dec 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Congratulations Big Dog!

    In tough economic times you’re staying ahead of the pack.
    The Big Dog K9 was selected as the bike of choice for celebrity photo shoots, lifestyle media coverage and will be rolling down this month to Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage.
    Great people & a class act.

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