2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc before buying this Chopper bike. The 2009 Merc is made in USA. With front Hydraulic Disc brakes that will securely stop this motorcycle on demand. It comes standard with ...     read more
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2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc

2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc Rigid


Custom-styled production choppers with a distinctive look, the 2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc Rigid and Merc Softail were introduced in 2002 and carried over for the succeeding years. The California-based company, which made custom bikes on a production line, fell victim to the recession and stopped producing finished bikes in 2011. The model names and styles have been revived as build-it-yourself kits under another owner (the original designer, Kevin Alsop, and his wife, Mona, who founded Big Bear Choppers, are affiliated with the new company), but as a production bike, the Merc no longer exists.

Featuring 1,638.7cc, air-cooled, four-stroke V-twin engines made by S & S, both models have an OHV-pushrod configuration and S & S Super E carburetors, which require a rider to put premium fuel in the 3.9-gallon gas tank. The big engine is paired with a Baker belt-driven five-speed manual transmission, which has overdrive. Weighing either 650 (the rigid version) or 700 pounds dry, these nine-a-half-foot-long choppers have the usual telescopic front forks for their front suspension. The Softail has a twin-sided swing arm rear suspension; the Rigid, as its name says, has a rigid rear suspension. Disc brakes in front and back provide stopping power. They came from the company riding on Avon Venom tires, with a fat 250mm on the rear.

Big Bear Choppers described the Merc as having a vintage chopper style, with a low 23-inch seat, a radius dual down tube, a 48-degree neck rake, and an exaggerated springer front end, combined with spoked wheels and a curvaceous fuel tank. The Rigid, in Big Bear Choppers’ opinion, was perfect for a rider who wanted to make a statement and didn’t mind the unforgiving suspension. The manufacturer also boasted that the Merc was surprisingly maneuverable at low speeds and handled cornering well.

Both models came in the same color options: black cherry, candy-red metallic, charcoal metallic, electric blue, firecracker red, gloss red or black, 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, now the only way to buy new versions of these machines.

New For 2009
  • The Merc’s final drive switched from chain to belt with this model year.

2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc Specs

  • Model: Merc Rigid; Merc Softail
  • Engine Type: S&S 1638.7cc air-cooled V-twin four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 4 inches x 4 inches
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Valve Train: OHV - pushrod
  • Induction: S&S Super E carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.9 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Progressive twin-sided swing arm (Softail); rigid (Rigid)
  • Wheelbase: 88 inches
  • Rake: 48 degrees
  • Trail: 3.8 inches
  • Seat Height: 23 inches
  • Curb Weight: 700 pounds dry (Softail); 650 pounds dry (Rigid)
  • Tires (Front): 90 R21
  • Tires (Rear): 250 R18


  • Assorted chrome mirrors
  • Chrome grips
  • Filter covers
  • Handlebars
  • Heel guards
  • Various chrome wheels

Key Competitors For The 2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc

  • 2009 Titan Radical Rigid
  • 2009 Victory Hammer
  • 2009 Saxon Sceptre
  • 2009 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper

Available Merc Sub Models

2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc Rigid Buyer's Guide 2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc Rigid
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2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc Softail Buyer's Guide 2009 Big Bear Choppers Merc Softail
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