When you want to compete as a motorcycle manufacturer, you must offer a bagger. Whether it's a cruiser-touring combo, or a sport-touring model, the most popular and best selling street bikes have remained baggers, proven by the fact that Harley-Davidson's most popular models are of the bagger variety. Sheldon Coleman, being greatly influenced by the American muscle from Wisconsin, presented Big Dog enthusiasts with an authentic bagger in the 2010 Big Dog Bulldog—American muscle from Wichita, Kansas.
Walking around the bike, the first glance suggests a lot of flash, but questionable practicality for legitimate touring. The Big Dog Bulldog is low, long, and raked like a vintage chopper. The rear tire is a robust 250, and suggests style over substance. Any inclinations would be misplaced, because the 2010 Bulldog is every bit of a quality touring motorcycle. The combined substance and style of this motorcycle makes it one of the most unique and special production bikes to ever come from an American factory. Years from now, it will serve as a rarity on the road, and will be sought-after by collectors, and American motorcycle enthusiasts.
The 2010 Big Dog Bulldog is marked by traditional bagger styling. The design scheme is greatly influenced by the popular Harley-Davidson Street Glide. The front fairing is handlebar mounted, allowing for great functionality. Big Dog also offers a two-up seat and sissybar package, making the back end of this cycle a legitimate touring option. The front and rear fenders present the tire-hugging design, which are common on Big Dog Motorcycles.
From the fairing back, the 2010 Bulldog possesses the lines of a classic cruiser. The 24 inch seat height will feel exceptionally low to first-time custom riders, yet an hour in the saddle will offer a good feel for the idiosyncrasies of this custom touring cycle. Even at a beefy 768 lbs., this motorcycle is quite maneuverable at low speeds. That fact having been stated, it is the performance and capability on the open road that makes it the unique ride that it is.
The 111 c.i. OHV V-Twin powering the Big Dog Bulldog is modest when considering the 117 c.i. and 121 c.i. motors of its Big Dog brothers. In the metric terms most are familiar with, it is still of the 1800cc variety, meaning that it offers more size and strength than almost every production bike in its class. The true beauty of this powerful V-Twin is the rubber mounting, which greatly reduces the rumble and vibration of the firing pistons. The throttle response is a dream, thanks to the closed-loop electronic fuel injection (CLEFI) system. This allows for maximum control when running through the gears, as well as cruising at low and highway speeds.
The riding experience is marked by a relatively comfortable riding position, especially when considering this Big Dog breed. No, it is not a Honda Gold Wing, and 10 hour days in the saddle would become cumbersome; however, if well-planned, this touring model is more than capable of getting from point A to point B, with several gas and rest stops in between.