For motorcyclists who want a custom look, and a bike that will turn heads based on its rare form, the Big Dog Pitbull is a chopped, pro-street cruiser that fits the bill. The Big Dog Pitbull calls to memory the vintage choppers of the 1960s and 1970s, while offering contemporary lines, and a stretched form that sets itself apart from any of its mass-produced competitors. The 2010 Big Dog Pitbull is marked by a low, lean and mean pro-street look, sitting on a hard-tail, and enjoying the responsiveness of a front fork capable of damping the road surfaces this ride was made for.
Before delving into the lines and impressive power of this pure motorcycle muscle from America's heartland, it should be mentioned: like the best custom hardtails, the Big Dog Pitbull offers adequate cushion for the hindquarters, via shock-mounted seat. It's the perfectly hidden design of this comfortable seat that makes it stand out (without standing out), and perform with unexpected comfort.
When it comes to the goods of the 2010 Big Dog Pitbull, they are easy to see at first glance, and impossible to miss after straddling this stout cycle. The rake of the Pitbull has remained somewhat consistent since this bike was first produced in the late 1990s. It has decreased in later years, as Sheldon Coleman and the Big Dog design team have focused the Pitbull on offering more impressive performance. This came along with the redesign in 2008.
From the fork back, the lines have changed considerably since its birth. Slopes and slants have given way to easy curves. When viewing the profile of this machine from a distance, it is nearly impossible to see where the tank ends, and the frame begins. The custom bars flare up and out, giving them a distinct and unique look. They also make for a more comfortable riding position than is generally offered by a lot of custom choppers.
The long, wedge tank offers muscle to the Pitbull's backbone, and its lines flow seamlessly into the driver's seat. As in years past, the Big Dog Pitbull offers a legitimate passenger seat—for anyone bold enough to sit over the drive wheel of a beastly 1917cc V-Twin. The EVO engine is offered with carburetor, or EFI option. This is just one more way riders can customize the performance of the Pitbull. The rear fender is chopped at a level that is good for viewing the robust 280 rear tire. The tail lights and turn signals double in function, and are side-mounted—in no way do they cloud the line of the fender, or the Pitbull's profile.
Like most customs, this is a bike for the experienced rider. For its size, it is a well-balanced bike, making for much easier maneuverability during cruising sessions. However, the weight, stretch, and a necessary skillset for counter-steering at low speeds is too much for a true beginner—they should stick to admiration and photo sessions, until they've enjoyed several hours on something comparable.