Big Dog Motorcycles is an American manufacturer that began producing bikes in 1994. In the more than 25 years Big Dog has been in operation, they’ve built nearly 25,000 motorcycles, making them the world’s biggest manufacturer of custom bikes. Big Dog maintains a line of several motorcycles, each of which is equipped with the same 117-cubic-inch V-twin engine. That engine comes paired with a six-speed transmission and can be equipped with either a carburetor or a fuel-injection system. Big Dog’s full line up of street bikes consists of the Pitbull: Bulldog, Bulldog Sport, Coyote, and Mastiff, Wolf. They also make three choppers: the K-9, K-9 250, and Ridgeback. Apart from engines, Big Dog bikes share other features with one another; including the same transmission, one-piece steel tank, right side drive, super fat tires, chrome components, steel fenders, and wide variety of available custom paint choices and graphics. Big Dog distributes its bikes through a network of 100 dealers located throughout the United States. Big Dog maintains its headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, where they have a 175,000 square-foot facility. The company has received many honors over the years, including being identified by DealerNews as the number one American manufacturer of V-twin motorcycles.
The Big Dog Pitbull was first introduced in 1998. A bare-bones bike with a hard tail, the Pitbull was unique in the Big Dog lineup. The 2011 Big Dog Pitbull comes equipped with many more creature comforts than the first few year models did back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The 2011 Pitbull is an all together more refined motorcycle. Heavier and longer than many early model Pitbulls, the 2011 version is also quite a bit more comfortable. The evolution of the Pitbull over the last couple of decades has been likened to that of the Ford Thunderbird in the 1950s and 1960s. Like the Pitbull, the T-Bird started out as a sports model and ultimately evolved into a luxury car. The 2011 Big Dog Pitbull is indeed luxurious. However it still sports the trademark Pitbull styling, although with a more cutting-edge attitude. With a 23"" wheel in the front and a 20"" one in the back, the 2011 Big Dog Pitbull is a tall bike with the lean and mean profile of an aggressive street machine. It’s powered by an S&S/Big Dog proprietary 117-cubic-inch, 1916cc, Evo-style engine. This formidable and fully polished power plant can be equipped with either a carburetor or an EFI fuel delivery system. The bike’s large aluminum wheels gleam along with its polished engine, chrome pipes and handlebars to make the 2011 Big Dog Pitbull truly a site to behold. The bike’s 20"" rear wheel is fat like on a drag bike and the front forks have a 33-degree rake, lending the Pitbull a slight retro vibe.
The 2011 Big Dog Pitbull is constructed on a rigid frame with spring-seat comfort. The bike’s suspension is tuned to absorb bumps in the road and its impressive length and low slung seat help to make it one of the most comfortable and luxurious cruisers you’ll find on the road. The bike’s engine provides plenty of power with good low-end torque and a pleasing exhaust note. Traction and handling are both good, thanks in part to the bike’s asphalt-hugging fat rear tire and elegantly raked front forks. Lit up by splendid chrome all along its length, the 2011 Pitbull is elegant looking as well as comfortable. With a wide variety of color choices and graphics to choose from, the Big Dog Pitbull is highly customizable in terms of its appearance. Big Dog also has a long list of available accessories, most of which are compatible across its entire line of bikes, the 2011 Big Dog Pitbull included. If you’re looking for a true high-performance street bike, this may not be it. But if you’re looking for style, comfort, and enough power and performance to make it interesting, the 2011 Big Dog Pitbull could be the way to go.