The Wolf. Motorcycle Of The Year

bigdogwolf1As you know now, during the 9th annual V-Twin Expo, Big Dog Motorcycles® received the Bike of the Year Award from Paisano Publications for its new 09 model called “Wolf”. It’s quite a pretty cruiser style bike showing beautiful lines and a lot of muscle from any angle you look at it. Exactly what a mass producer of custom motorcycles needs to offer to ride out our uncertain economic environment. Yes, features are largely borrowed from what one-off motorcycles custom builders were doing these last years (single curved down tube, 45-degree rake,  drive side brake,  hidden shock suspension, 23” front and 20” rear wheel, etc), but there is merit in mass producing it as a street legal bike at a quite reasonable price. I also hear from pros that handling is very good. Full specs and cool pics by going to Big Dog Motorcycles.

40 Responses to “The Wolf. Motorcycle Of The Year”

  1. 1 Geno Feb 16th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    snore snore zzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. 2 Tommy Feb 16th, 2009 at 9:47 am


  3. 3 dowright Feb 16th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Check the price.

    Price X Volume = Revenue

    The demand curve has a negative slope, i.e., the lower the price, the more units sold.

    Conclusion: $38k X not very many = not very much.

    Good luck riding our the recession of the back of the Wolf.

  4. 4 Keith Feb 16th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    It’s alright.

  5. 5 Greg Feb 16th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    If Big Dog is still in business, they must do something right. Not like many others.

  6. 6 just my opinion Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    NIce looking bike. Custom looking bike with a factory warrantee. I am sure they will sell alot of these. Not sure why some of you always want to bash another company in our industry. I am sure some of you think you could build this bike cheaper, but that is only true if you don’t count your time. Seems to me that Big Dog is doing every thing right ,bringing out styles that people want at a fair price. I saw there bagger at the V-Twin expo it is a great looking unit also. The price is not for every one but the same could be said about any product from any company.Most people think that the Harley truck made by ford is over priced but they sell as many as they make every year. Don’t believe me go to your local Ford dealer and see if you can get one most have already been sold. Good luck Big Dog and keep up the good work.

  7. 7 Rick Feb 16th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I’m getting tired of hearing people bashing others work. This bike has some sweet lines. Go try to hand shape that tank. Go try to develop some seamless flowing lines from front to back. I think you’ll find you spent the last year or two in your garage making dozens of mistakes and remakes and re-patterns.

    To have something like this as a production bike is great for the consumer. Kudos to Big Dog. All this coming from me, a niche custom builder and manufacturer- go figure. I am the antithesis of mass production product- but I give credit where it is due. Napoleon Hill states, “success requires no explanation and failure permits no alibi”.

    This is a hard economy, a hard industry, and a hard life…. lets not make it any harder than it needs to be……

  8. 8 Joe Welder Feb 16th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Great response

    Napolean Hill is awesome — If you haven’t read it — buy the book Think and Grow Rich — you will be glad you did. . .

  9. 9 Jeff Nicklus Feb 16th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Just My Opinion, Joe, Rick et al,

    Let me modify an old saying somewhat ……. “Those that can – do! Those that can’t – Bash the hell out of those that do.”

    At least the Big Dogs do not have crap they found in the dumpster bolted all over them!

    Over & Out,


  10. 10 cooldaddy51 Feb 16th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Have any of you dog bashers actually seen the big dog factory and first hand saw the fantastic work this company is doing? I didn’t think so. That body work on the wolf is all metal .Yah thats right bunkee no bondo buggy here. At cincy the boys from BIg Dog can always spot the boys from HD. And you know what , HD is there looking for ideas from Big Dog! I guess HD didn’t take enough clues from Big Dog when they designed the rocker and its olympic springboard passenger seat. You know , if for a second I thought that the dog bashers knew what they were talking about I could see continueing this conversation, but they don’t so I won’t. Bash on Boys. I think I’ll skip this blog for awhile .Its getting that mother hen syndrome. Too many people with too much time on there hands. Adios

  11. 11 rodent Feb 16th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I’m excited, they’ve reinvented tjhe wheel, again

  12. 12 laidoffbdmemployee Feb 16th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    That company sucks. They laid off great workers when they have to many people up stairs. they are the ones that should get laid off.

  13. 13 Dave Blevins Feb 16th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I wonder how the S&S Wedge engine will affect the sale of this bike versus an Evo or Twin Cam engine?
    Obviously they could have produced it with an EPA compliant H-D type motor, so I wonder if this was an attempt at something actually different or was there some other reason?
    Just curious.

  14. 14 1550tc Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    38K get real 38K

    Man i think Sheldon Colman must have been in front of Phelps or right behind him taking a few tokes of that bong pipe when he came out with the 38K price tag!!

    Cant you get the same look at Big Bear choppers for 20K??

  15. 15 stephen Feb 17th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    No one ever erected a monument to a critic. Nice work Big Dog, I hope they do well and survive the downturn.

  16. 16 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co Feb 17th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Over the years I have run into the shops that make various components or do outside processes for Big Dog and I have been impressed with everyone of them. I recently met up with one of their sheet metal mfrs and was left absolutely impressed with their stunning craftsmanship and manufacturing methods. Quality seems to be low on many buyers list which even includes many vintage bike owners but I’m into quality and but there are still some of us that provides it and believes in it. I’ve never met Mr Coleman but one day I certainly do hope to. I’ll gladly shake his hand.

  17. 17 Fausto Simoes Feb 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Big Dog has always put the customer first. They have always been very professional and usually more than fair when dealing with warranty issues and that is why Dealers continue to carry their products.

    They are one of the few of the “clone” companies that have managed to stay in business in this tough economy and are still coming out with new and interesting models.

    It’s companies like Big Dog that keep people interested in this type of motorcycle,
    by providing a great looking motorcycle that handles well and is reliable.

    Hopefully their continued exisitence will slowly erase all of the negativity created by other clone makers who just poisoned the whole industry with their bad products and terrible customer service.

  18. 18 Madras Feb 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Former Mr BD employee,
    I bet that company didn’t suck while you worked there. What you don’t understand is the “people up stairs ” were the ones making the sales which allowed you to keep you job while you were with BD. So maybe next time you comment put some thought into what you say and don’t be so quick to blow up.


    You’re an idiot. Big Bear vs Big Dog? Not even a competition! Big Bear is for the beginner who wants a decent looking cheaper bike. Big Dog is top of the line in the production world. Top quality parts with a top quality name.

  19. 19 Gunrunner Feb 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Except for the old “clone” saying which Big Dog earned when they looked like HD in the old days – well said Fausto. Big Dog has earned the reputation for great customer satisfaction, and surviving 15 years solid without a period of absence or change of ownership.

    It is also commendable that in the state of motorcycle business these days (while they are hunkering down) they are still producing fresh products for dealers to attract new customers that are looking for something that is unique to his or her taste especially at that price.

    Speaking of price – 36 to 38K… wow, that is a lot of custom bike for the money. If you disagree with that… well, then that’s your opinion to do so, but anyone that is knowledgeable knows that you can’t build anything like this with the same premium component level, 2 year warranty (with a network that supports it), and resale value that all of the banks recognize so that the next buyer can finance it.

    Congratulations on the award Big Dog

  20. 20 1550tc Feb 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm


    Iam not going to get into a pissing match or calling you an idiot on some blog ok…… arguing on a blog is like competing against a special Olympian you win but your still a loser for competing !!

    Big Bear vs Big Dog? Not even a competition!

    Please go check the sales numbers as iam sure BBC is #2 to BDM in sales!

    Also try to finance one of these 38K bikes in the usa without an HD1 serial number good luck, unless you have 2 gold balls and $37,500 cash in your hand, not many people are lending $$$ for these bikes.

    These customs are nice “look at me bikes” for guys who need their egos stroked and BDM has a small niche market , down to what now 1500 bikes. Ive blown by so many guys on these bikes in Boulder Canyon. Its not even funny seeing some guy trying to turn a bike with a 300 tire and these up and out geometry frames.

    Give me an FXR with a 120, with bembros and bert’s best gear box and we’ll see who has a fun day riding.

  21. 21 Conrad Feb 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm


    I bet money you ago against one of my bikes with your FXR 120 blah blah blah on Boulder Canyon or hell any canyon in Colorado, Nevada, Cali etc , Ill smoke your ass. As someone who is in deep with 2 major companies I can tell you now that financing for a 37k bike is easy if you have the credit. We have people constantly come to our dealers with a bank check for 40k and UP bikes. Most pay with their own hard earned cash but yes some do finance, even ones who can not afford to pay the cash even with financing. Also, I bet its easier to finance one of our VINs or BDMs VINs do to the high turn rate in the Harley world. Lots of people go buy their 15k to 30k Harleys and can not afford them a year down the road causing them to be repoed. That doesnt happen often with the higher priced bikes.

    Come try and BLOW past me on your HD or whatever. I bet i pull down a little and you are in tire smoke and a shit load of noise.

    BBC is for people who want show, little engines and little noise,speed with good looks. BDM is big engines, big noise and big speed.

  22. 22 Fred Feb 17th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Conrad, your Dad has always had the perfect business plan. Working hard in the business, sell limited amount of bikes per year, never expanding in the “craze of the biker builders” ,creating good relationship over the years, having fun, and like he said, Saved for a rainy day.
    300 million people in this country, and you know you can find 300 of them to buy a bike!! You and Dad don’t need to reply to anybody here, (unless it’s about Obama!), you got the business plan down JUST FINE!

  23. 23 Curt! Feb 17th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I like it! It has nice flowing lines. The X-Wedge makes good horsepower and there is lots of room to build more hp. BD has outstanding paint work for a production bike. IMO the market for 30+K bikes is waning. I could be wrong, but it looks to me like it’s going to be a tough year for for the 30-60k bike builders, 60+ market if for people that like to show off, under 30 is for people that like to ride.

  24. 24 1550tc Feb 17th, 2009 at 11:36 pm


    Good post and here hang on………

    I bet i pull down a little and you are in tire smoke and a shit load of noise.

    Smoke ??? the only smoke is from a bong pipe and noise??? is from music in the background

    i think i hear a song on my ipod just for you LOL and they will be at the chip this summer

    Sing with me, sing for the years
    Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
    Sing with me, if its just for today
    Maybe tomorrow the good lord will take you away

    Dream on, dream on
    Dream yourself a dream come true
    Dream on, dream on
    Dream until your dream come true
    Dream on, dream on, dream on..

  25. 25 Madrad Feb 18th, 2009 at 1:31 pm


    You’re funny, that song is before my time though. I don’t do drugs nor have I ever as I will never. You have an iPod? Atleast you keep up with modern day advancements!!!!!

    I agree with your. X-wedge comment. Great look sound and plenty of room for even more power.

  26. 26 Lee Wimmer Feb 18th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Say what you want, but how many other manufactures have been able to survive as BD has. I have seen constant improvement over the years. We just became an authorized service center for BD and I have to say of all the companies we have delt with , they are top notch profesionals. Customer support is the most important thing. every manufacturer will from time to time have problems, but it’s nice to know that someone will stand behind them when there is a problem. Also it’s nice to have a good option to the motor factory….competition is a good thing. As to Big Bear………don’t they have a problem with frames breaking?????

  27. 27 Madrad Feb 18th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Does anyone know who is making BDs tank for this bike? It almost looks like an Independent stretch tank but I can not tell.

  28. 28 Jay Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    probably a custom builder…..The Big Dog Wolf is not only a beautiful bike, it’s the smoothest riding bike I have ever riden. Big Dog is 1st class. Time is showing us all right now. I did hear Big Bear had problems with the frames cracking also. Not that I am bashing Big Bear, but you get what you pay for. Big Dog puts out a premium product at the price the sell for. You could get a Rucker for big bucks and it be a piece of junk!

  29. 29 Roid Feb 19th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t care what anyone says – this is a damn good looking Big Bear! Oh crap, I mean Big Dog! They look so much alike I get confused!

  30. 30 Lee Wimmer Feb 19th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Jay, is Rucker still even in buisness???
    I have a bounced check from them.
    good comments!

  31. 31 1550tc Feb 19th, 2009 at 4:47 pm


    Iam not sure if you mean Kyle or Jesse J companies build that tank or a tank like that. Iam not sure if Kyle is still in business, Jesse used a tank like that on his element bikes, Michael Prugh I believe?? Designed that tank

    Madra Iam not ready for a suite at “geezers palace” OK and yeah you gotta have fun!!

    Yeah you cant beat an i pod and just cruising thru Van O canyon watching all the customs blow by you NOT!

    Mardrad these bikes are all GOOD, its just that some of characters’ on them forget that its the riding that is the most fun and 99% of the; bs, hype, lifestyle ect is just that BS !

    But hey you have to have characters to make it fun right? Its still a great industry and you meet some of the most passionate people about what they do in it!!


    That sucks and iam sure you can kiss that $$$ bub bye

  32. 32 MAS Feb 19th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    The fuel tank and the rear fender/seat cowl were designed and modeled in CAD by the engineering staff at Big Dog. The parts are then made to print by an outstanding metal stamping company in Lowell, MI named Envision Engineering. The crew at EE is highly talented and do a great job of fabricating intricate parts. If you had visited the EE booth at the V-Twin Expo this year, you would have seen the fender section displayed in a check fixture.

  33. 33 Roid Feb 19th, 2009 at 5:32 pm


    817-838-3200 Rucker Performance

  34. 34 Madrad Feb 19th, 2009 at 6:24 pm


    Who welds up the tanks? BD? OR EE?

  35. 35 1550tc Feb 19th, 2009 at 11:48 pm


    here take a look at the green bike and you see where this whole look and stayling lines came from, Rodger G up in Canada…………i think this bike was done back in 02??

  36. 36 Madrad Feb 20th, 2009 at 1:14 am


    I dont know man. I cant decided what it is based off of. I have been looking at all the news Magazines and it looks like several different bikes. Not all at one time but certain aspects click on certain bikes. Its almost like a smorgasbord of bikes built in the past and present. I love the way the body is all molded on a production bike.

  37. 37 MAS Feb 20th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I would suspect they are welded by EE. In addition to being excellent metal formers, they have a small group of top-notch welders. I also know that they used to form and weld the stainless steel tanks for the AIH Slammer and they work (or have worked) with some of the other higher production builders.

  38. 38 T.R. Hill Feb 20th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    What it comes down to is affordability, $15000 to $20000, verse’s $30000 to $35000, how can afford that kind of payment ? especially if a rider only rides six months out of the year, (East coasters)
    If you can afford it, more power to ya, personally I would love to own a Big Dog, but not at the expense of going broke.
    Ride on

  39. 39 Jay Feb 20th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Let’s talk about Rucker…….is he licensed to even build that new shovel head he’s building?

  40. 40 1550tc Feb 20th, 2009 at 7:37 pm


    What is he doing now?? Those done up ex cop bikes he was doing with Rossmyer were kind of ?????????? to me !!


    Go look if u can find them online, some of Travis’s, from extreme cycle designs bikes/frames. He is out of business now and the site is down, he build some great frames that guys out west built some great clean “less is more bikes” on. Matt H used his frames in many of his early builds and then used Jesse’s Lowlife chassis for his TV builds and ultra hi-buck builds.

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