Rethinking, revising and reinventing the custom factory chopper to continue to attract enthusiasts. A big challenge to all small manufacturers who learned at their expense during these last 4 years that semi-custom production bikes in the $35,000 to $45,000 range don’t sell very well anymore.
As I told you before all the industry rushing into the just under $20,000 market segment trying to push away critics by keeping on these new machines as many quality components as possible. “Bear Bones”, as its name suggest, is still a Big Bear Choppers but stripped from its well known brand name flashy appearance (going to black saves a lot of paint job money, less chrome too), easier to handle with a shorter wheelbase and less rake because, as many manufacturers just discovered, streets have corners and roads have turns. This new model, first introduced in Europe at the Austria Bike Week and now available in the US (did you notice a change of marketing strategy?), uses the polished proprietary 100 SMOOTH™ low vibration engine, a Baker® 6-speed overdrive transmission. Chassis is large diameter with a drop seat of 19” off the ground, a manageable wheelbase with a conservative 34° neck rake, foot and hand controls reaching towards the rider for a comfortable position, patented unique fuel tank design, patented oil tank design holding 5 quarts, 250mm rear tire with a right side final drive. Custom, raw, comfortable, affordable & reliable were the objectives. Sales number here and abroad will tell us very soon if Big Bear Choppers succeeded to unfreeze the long chopper market.