The California-based Big Bear Choppers, which made custom bikes on a production line before falling victim to the recession and folding in 2011, called the 2008 Screamin Demon its take on the classic 1950s bobber, a custom bike that had had all extraneous elements removed. In the case of the 2008 Screamin Demon, that meant retaining a vestigial front fender, making it, at just 650 pounds, one of the lightest bikes in Big Bear Choppers’ lineup of 15 models.
Featuring a 1,638.7cc, air-cooled, four-stroke V-twin engine made by S & S, it has S & S Super G carburetors in an OHV-pushrod configuration, paired with a Baker chain-driven five-speed manual transmission. The 3.8-inch telescopic front forks are angled at a conservative 34-degree rake; the rear suspension is rigid.
The tiny 3.3-gallon fuel tank rides high on the steel frame, which boasts a classic wishbone-style downtube. The 24-inch seat and pullback handlebars are an essential part of the chopper’s sleek look, along with the chrome controls and details. The rear tire is a fairly modest 250mm rather than a wide 300mm.
The Screamin Demon came in the same color options available for all Big Bear Choppers bikes: black cherry, candy-red metallic, charcoal metallic, electric blue, firecracker red, gloss red, orange pearl, satin black, and silver metallic. A buyer ordered the color and graphic package of his choice. Buyers always had the option of ordering unpainted parts and building their own bikes.
Big Bear Choppers believed that the combination of classic styling, lighter weight, and reduced length—this bike was a mere eight and a half feet long, rather than the nine feet that a number of its other choppers were—gave the Screamin Demon great cornering and made it especially road friendly.