The Big Dog Ridgeback stays true to form with the 2010 model. It only takes three words to describe this Big Dog Motorcycle: up and out. The 2010 Ridgeback is every bit of what a motorcycle enthusiast expects in a chopper. At its essence, this Ridgeback is a true custom, but at first sight, it offers a stiff dose of nostalgia. Easy Rider immediately comes to mind. Long-term performance will always be a key selling point for any motorcycle, but the 2010 Big Dog Ridgeback knows how to make a great first impression.
As the name suggests, the Big Dog Ridgeback is a rigid custom chopper. The 2010 model offers lots of exposed frame, including every inch of the diverging down tubes, as they separate from the triple trees to offer this frame a tall, long, and lean look. With a 4 inch stretch in the backbone, and 8 extra inches added to the down tubes, the teardrop tank on this capable Big Dog reaches chest to shoulder high, for nearly any rider.
Even with its exaggerated lines and long stretch, the 2010 Big Dog Ridgeback offers a comfortable riding position. The handlebars drag back nicely, allowing for easy reach without much of a stretch. This is impressive when considering the 24.5 inch seat height. The mid-controls allow for the feet to be comfortably rested on the pegs without having to reach for the brake pedal, or shift lever. From front to back, the variance in heights is unmistakable, offering a signature look to this production custom.
Considering performance, this motorcycle might be too much for some individuals. When rolling on the open road, the Baker 6-speed transmission will allow the 1917cc/117 inch V-Twin to unroll. With such a powerhouse, riders might expect intense vibration through the foot and hand controls, yet such a concern is easily dismissed after enjoying the incredibly low-end torque, and mid-range cruising, even at highway speeds.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the 2010 Big Dog Ridgeback bike is its sheer size. From front to back, the Ridgeline measures 107 inches. Even the incredibly large V-Twin looks appropriately sized with the space offered between the tank, and the rocker box covers. The pipes are simplistic and sharp—they shine with chrome, and swoop at a relaxed angle to shotgun by the enormous 330 rear tire.
The Big Dog Ridgeback sounds as hearty and grumpy as would be expected. With a roll of the throttle, it will quickly turn heads, and set off more than a few car alarms. When letting off the clutch, the Baker 6-speed engages smoothly, and within a matter of seconds, this bike is cruising in its top gear, exceeding most American speed limits.
Beginners need not apply to ride this beast. Fortunately, it possesses an intimidating look that will scare away most novices, who could ruin a first riding experience by overindulging. The Ridgeline is for experienced riders who understand the experience that awaits when they slide over the low seat, and reach out and up for the bars and controls.