The 2011 Big Dog Coyote is equipped with a 45-degree V-twin, 117 cubic-inch S&S engine and a six-speed transmission. It has a single-piece steel tank, chrome components, steel fenders, and a variety of custom paint jobs and graphics. This is one of five Pro Street bikes from the company. The Big Dog Coyote is 8.5 feet long. This leads to a large turning radius but the bike is not unwieldy on turns. When it comes to cornering, there is minimal steering delay and fork flex. A 1.61-inch telescopic fork in the front and an A-style swingarm in the rear take care of the suspension. The comfortable saddle takes care of whatever vibration and bumps pass through the suspension. Some riders complain that the suspension feels a little out of balance - that the front and rear don't always work in harmony. This could possibly be because of the large wheelbase. Engine vibration is part of the Coyote's riding experience. There is no counterbalancer or rubber mounts, and the 117 cubic-inch mill produces a good deal of vibration, but the balanced 700-pound motorcycle is steady and determined on the road. With a seat height of 26 inches, a wheelbase of 77.5 inches, and a six-inch backbone stretch, the Big Dog Coyote is designed to be a mean ride. With a pullback-type handlebar and heavy use of chrome, the Big Dog Coyote is a looker. Most riders will not have any problems getting used to the bike's ergonomics, while keeping their hands and feet on the rubber wrapped chrome pegs and grips. Shining billet wheels, long fork tubes, a 39-degree frame rake and a fat back tire complete the classic American chopper look.
The 2011 Big Dog Coyote is equipped with a six-speed Balance Drive transmission. The final drive is on the right side of motorcycle. A 1.125-inch belt final-drive delivers consistent power to the 9.84-inch Avon rear wheel. The 2011 Big Dog Coyote has excellent handling with a low center of gravity that allows a very smooth riding experience. Avoiding potholes in the road requires only a flick of the bars. The 2011 Big Dog Coyote's design affords it a steady and solid ride. In spite of the 4.5-inch ground clearance, scraping is not a problem, especially if the rider is experienced. A pair of four-piston calipers working on a two-piece rotor on each wheel help control the speed. Since the motorcycle uses a carburetor, throttle response can sometimes be somewhat sluggish. The Big Dog Coyote is fitted with an attractive looking speedometer with and LED tachometer. The instrument glows with a blue light in the dark.
Among the production chopper options from Big Dog Motorcycles, the Coyote is the budget chopper. According to the marketing director of the company, when the designer worked on the Coyote their aim was make a motorcycle that attracts a wider range of riders and costs less but delivers the style and performance that is expected from any Big Dog motorcycle. The motorcycles are designed, hand-painted and assembled at the 175,000 square-foot facility in Wichita, Kansas.