Big Dog Motorcycles’ All-New 2009 Wolf Wins V-Twin Bike of the Year
Award marks the second year in a row, and the fourth time in five years the company has received the highest honors for its motorcycle styling
WICHITA, KS – Big Dog Motorcycles®, the leading manufacturer of high performance, high style motorcycles, is pleased to announce its all-new Wolf received the 2009 V-Twin Bike of the Year award at the 9th annual V-Twin Expo, the industry’s largest trade show, held February 7-9 in Cincinnati.
Presented by Paisano Publications, a worldwide diversified media company offering a wide variety of motorcycle magazines, including Easyriders and V-Twin, the award marks the second year in a row the company has received the industry’s high honors. Last year, Big Dog Motorcycles’ 2008 Pitbull took home the coveted prize. Other recent models named V-Twin Bike of the Year are the 2006 K-9 chopper and 2005 Bulldog.
The 2009 Wolf has also been praised by other leading industry media.
“The Wolf pushes the limits in design, exceeding customer expectations,” says Hot Bike magazine. Motorcycle.com describes the Wolf as, “a shining masterpiece…a well-balanced pro-street dream… (and) unlike any Big Dog out there.” And Quick Throttle magazine says the new bike looks perfect from every angle with sheer grace of form, elegance in design, yet with a seriously commanding muscular demeanor.
It equally impressed the editors at Paisano Publications with its distinct, striking seamless design; drive side brake; radical 45-degree rake and 9½-long stance; exclusive tri-cam 121 c.i. engine; and amazing maneuverability and riding capabilities.
“It’s an honor to receive this very significant award from editors of such nationally-renowned magazines,” commented Sheldon Coleman, company founder and CEO, who accepted the award. “It speaks loudly about the bike’s benchmark styling along with its unmatched ride and handling.”
“And it also reflects the hard work and dedication of all those involved in creating this game-changing pro-street: Sales, marketing, engineering, purchasing, dealers, and suppliers. Their talents and efforts never been more evident than in this incredible new cruiser,” Coleman continued.
About The 2009 Wolf
The Wolf’s striking lines produce a look that is both powerful and radically elegant. In one continuous sweep, the distinctive 4½-gallon tank, seat pan, and rear steel fender are integrated, flowing from one component to the other, giving the 9½-foot long bike its unmistakable stance.
Its front centers around the chrome, sleeved 41mm front forks stretched out three inches and cradling a chrome 23” wheel. A new, exclusive headlight lights up the style even more. The rear is marked with a new radical swing arm giving the bike a more active suspension and the operator a smoother, more comfortable ride. Its drive side brake allows for an uncluttered view of the stunning 20” chrome rear wheel.
Several design details are equally striking, namely the single down tube and several chrome components: brake calipers, rotors, forward controls, handlebar controls, and struts as well as a digital/analog speedometer with a unique “floating” mount has amazing day and night visibility.
Matching its design is ample power born from an all-new S&S X-Wedge 121 cubic inch engine and the award-winning 6-speed BDM Balance Drive. A Big Dog Motorcycles exclusive engine configuration, the 121 size is equivalent of nearly 2,000cc. The 56-degree, electronically fuel injected tri-cam engine has a bore and stroke of 4¼” x 4¼”, a 21% reduction in vibration, 30% fewer parts, and 22% more fin area making it a smoother, quieter, and more durable V-Twin design.
Big Dog Motorcycle translates the full-polished engine’s power into motion in typical BDM style and design: the 6-speed BDM Balance Drive. The proprietary system gets the Wolf up to speed quickly – taking it from a standstill to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. But even with these performance statistics, the engine boasts a very modest thirst, needing only a gallon of gas for every 42 miles the rider travels.
The clutch, redesigned in 2008, dramatically reduces lever effort for smooth and easy gear engagement. New for 2009, a primary compensator sprocket ensures a smoother, quieter ride as more power is applied.
The Wolf cuts a supremely long, low figure with a seven-inch backbone stretch, 40-degree frame rake and five more degrees in the triple trees, and a ground clearance of less than four inches. The result is an unmistaken design and unmatched handling and maneuverability. The maneuverability is amplified with its 220/50R20 rear tire and 130/60R23 front.
Other standard engine and performance components include 2:1 double-barrel exhaust; exclusive coil cover design; and PM 4-piston brakes (front and rear) for unrivaled braking control.
Riders can make their Wolf more individual with a choice of nearly twenty base colors, a comprehensive choice of graphics, and an extensive line of aftermarket accessories. These include passenger needs; made-to-order custom seats; oil coolers; decorative accessories; storage options; and more. Big Dog Motorcycles also supports the riding lifestyle with a selection of clothing, riding gear, and collectibles.
“The 2009 Wolf is an uncompromising bike that rewards its owners with impeccable performance, exotic design, and great comfort,” said Paul Hansen, Marketing Director. “The bike reflects the continual design and engineering improvements that speak to Big Dog Motorcycles’ unflagging commitment to building the world’s best motorcycles – and with 15 years of experience of doing just that, the bikes just keep getting better and better.”
About Big Dog Motorcycles®
Big Dog Motorcycles, LLC, started production in 1994 and is the leading manufacturer of premium, high style, high performance motorcycles. The company’s 2009 line-up includes seven models in three classes: pro-street, chopper-style, and touring. Each motorcycle is designed, assembled and hand-painted at the company’s 150,000 square foot factory in Wichita, Kansas. The company is currently celebrating its 15th year in business and has built over 25,000 motorcycles. Big Dog Motorcycles has nearly 100 dealers in the United States and will soon have it products distributed in Canada. The company supports the motorcycling culture and lifestyle with a proprietary line of accessories and apparel. More information about the company and products can be found at www.bigdogmotorcycles.com