Custom-styled production choppers, the 2009 Big Bear Choppers Devil’s Advocate Chopper and ProStreet models were introduced in 2002 and carried over for the succeeding years. In 2009 an additional model joined the lineup, the Devil’s Advocate Two Up. The California-based company, which made custom bikes on a production line, fell victim to the recession and stopped producing bikes in 2011, but some of the company’s problems arose with a recall for faulty neck welds on some of its 2004 and 2005 bikes, including the Devil’s Advocate. The following year saw reworked welds, and later years’ models did not suffer the same problems.
The 2009 machines came with the company’s proprietary low-vibration Smooth 1,638.7cc, air-cooled, four-stroke V-twin engine made by S & S, paired with a Baker Drivetrain six-speed manual transmission. Weighing in at 700 pounds dry, these nine-foot-long (the Chopper is four inches longer than the ProStreet and the Two Up) machines have telescopic front forks and Progressive twin-sided swing arm rear suspension. Disc brakes in front and back provide stopping power. They came from the maker with Metzeler tires, with a wide 300mm on the rear.
With a 40-degree rake and a six-inch backbone stretch, the Devil’s Advocate—all three models—sport classic chopper styling, though the ProStreet is supposed to provide an easier-going, more comfortable and manageable ride. In fact, the company boasted that it was the most agile of all its motorcycles. The Two Up, as the name indicates, has a second seat, with a backrest, for a passenger. The 5.9-gallon fuel tank is an essential style element, shaped to lead elegantly toward the low 23-inch seat, where it arrives in a point.
All three models came in the same color options: black cherry, candy-red metallic, charcoal metallic, electric blue, firecracker red, gloss black or red, orange pearl, satin black, and silver metallic. A buyer ordered the color and graphic package of his choice. And of course the Devil’s Advocate came with plenty of chrome too to set off its spectacular looks. Buyers always had the option of ordering unpainted parts and building their own bikes. These days that is the only way to acquire a new Big Bear Chopper; the production line no longer exists.