As the US economy went into recession, demand for production custom built motorcycles fell with it. Many small producers of custom American V-Twin motorcycles disappeared, while others like Big Dog Motorcycles struggled to stay afloat.
After several rounds of reorganization, a failed attempt to find an investor/partner, a test to sell a lower priced chopper at $20,000, Big Dog Motorcycles is now trying a new marketing approach, selling OEM “Build A Bike” Kits. Companies like Desperado Motorcycles and Big Bear Choppers have been successful in the past at selling rolling chassis of their most popular models.
No official announcement coming from Big Dog Motorcycles – probably because it’s still a test – but the manufacturer is running an ad on eBay where the company states: “Due to a multitude of requests for Big Dog Motorcycles ‘Build-a-Bike’ kits, we are now releasing the first run of OEM Big Dog Rolling Chassis Kits”
The ad also mentions that “The chassis kit sold is the 2008-2011 Pitbull model and comes complete with all parts you see in the picture and all necessary hardware to bolt it together”. Big Dog Motorcycles states that this kit retails new from their factory for $5995.00, but selling the first few on eBay well bellow this price…It will be very interesting to observe the interest that bikers will have for Big Dog Chassis Kits, and what will be the best offer the first one will get on eBay. You can see the Big Dog Motorcycles eBay ad by jumping HERE.
As I upload this article at 8.30 am EST on February 11, 2011, the BDM eBay ad has been seen 239 times (counter at bottom of ad page) and received only 1 bid at $995.95. Let’s see what will be the numbers after I am the first magazine to publicly disclose this information. Ad has been online for one day and has 6 more days to run before expiration.