With a host of chopper customization shows now being broadcast on television, the popularity of custom chopper motorcycles has never been higher. Big Dog has been in on the custom chopper craze for almost two decades now. While Big Dog motorcycles are expensive, they are still less expensive and time consuming than building your own custom chopper. The 2006 Big Dog Pitbull is one of their least expensive choppers, but it’s hard to call a $26,000 bike ""entry-level"". Everything on the Big Dog Pitbull is customized and engineered to provide the maximum in chopper performance.
The Pitbull has traditionally been Big Dog’s innovative flagship for introducing new design concepts. The Pitbull was Big Dog’s first rigid frame motorcycle in 1998, and the first to use a wide 250mm tire in 2002. While the 2006 Big Dog Pitbull is largely unchanged from the previous year’s model, it still qualifies as one of the most raw and powerful choppers available from a factory. With a long wheelbase, a low seat, and wide handlebars, the Pitbull looks raw and aggressive. By using a design that doesn’t incorporate a swing arm, the Pitbull puts a lot of chrome on display, adding to its raw and aggressive look. Custom paint available from Big Dog means your Pitbull can be a unique vehicle on the road. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your chopper if you choose the Big Dog Pitbull.
The Big Dog Pitbull is not all bark and no bite, however. Powered by S&S/Big Dog’s tremendous 1,916cc 45-degree V-twin engine, the Pitbull packs enough power for anyone. Big Dog uses variations of this engine on many of its bikes. For example, on the Pitbull, it produces around 85 peak horsepower, with 93 lb-ft of torque. Tuned for high performance at all ranges of the powerband, Big Dog ensures that you have enough punch to accelerate, even at freeway speeds, while also having excellent power available at stoplights. The torque peaks in the mid-range of the powerband, but the peak horsepower arrives at higher rpms. Even with such a potent engine and plenty of horsepower, the Pitbull still has impressive fuel economy. At 41 miles per gallon, the 2006 Big Dog Pitbull is more fuel efficient than just about any car that is not a hybrid or electric.
The 2006 Pitbull uses Big Dog’s Baker six-speed manual transmission. This transmission has been tuned specifically to handle the 1,916cc engine, and larger size of the Big Dog bikes. Shifting on the Pitbull is smooth and comfortable. The first three gears are straight cut and engineered to give the Pitbull solid acceleration off the line. The final two gears are helical, and intended to keep noise and vibration to a minimum at freeway speeds.
Even though the Big Dog Pitbull has a long 73-inch wheelbase, making it one of the longest production motorcycles, its design is extremely well-balanced, with a low center of gravity. Keeping the rigid frame and seating the rider at a low 25.5 inches, the Big Dog Pitbull is easier to handle than you might expect from a bike weighing well over 600 pounds. The gas tank integrates well into the tubular steel frame, and the handlebars are well positioned at shoulder width, to assist the rider in maintaining control.
With such a long, heavy bike with impressive horsepower, reliable stopping power becomes a must. The Big Dog Pitbull uses four piston calipers on two-piece racing style stainless steel brake rotors. Big Dog uses a differential-bore caliper mounted to the front to increase stopping power. All this translates into a bike that slow down, just as well as it can speed up.
With impressive specs and a unique look, if you are searching for a custom chopper but don’t have the time to build one yourself, the 2006 Big Dog Pitbull makes an excellent choice to cruise the roads in style.