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Old 28th November 2016, 18:41   #1
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Big Dog Motorcycles has announced its entry into the Indian market. The US-based custom motorcycle manufacturer has launched the K9 Red Chopper-111 in the country at a price of Rs. 59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The K9 Red Chopper-111 is a one-of-one, custom built motorcycle that is powered by a 1,807 cc, 45-degree V-twin engine. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It is 2,743 mm long, with a wheelbase of 2,083 mm and a seat height of 622 mm. The front gets a 21-inch wheel, while the rear houses an 18-inch rim. The bike tips the scales at 304 kg.

Big Dog Motorcycles started operations in 1994 as a manufacturer of semi-custom motorcycles, in Kansas, United States. The company's unconventional designs became popular in the US. The manufacturer had recorded $2 million worth of sales by 1997. Big Dog manufactured its 20,000th bike in 2006. However, the subsequent five years saw continuously dropping sales, leading to the company shutting down operations in April 2011. Big Dog Motorcycles recently announced their re-entry into the custom motorcycle space with their 2016 line-up of bikes.

In India, Big Dog Motorcycles has been brought in through a partnership with Big Motorcycle Company (BMC), which was started in October 2015. BMC is also responsible for bringing US-based motorcycle renting firm EagleRider to India.

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Sexy looking, but I hope they've booked a return ticket.

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The US-based custom motorcycle manufacturer has launched the K9 Red Chopper-111 in the country at a price of Rs. 59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
That's like 70 lakhs on the road. Lifestyle biking is definitely on the rise in India, but I see big bikes in the 5 - 15 lakh range gaining from this trend. Big Dog is obscenely priced, even for a wealthy motorcycle enthusiast.

I think Harley, Triumph and others have a strong range of motorcycles; they also have established brands & sales / service networks. Don't see why anyone - no matter how much money they have - would need to look beyond them or the Japanese.

I fail to see any sort of business case for launching Big Dog here.
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This bike is more like a collector's item to brag about in parties. Nothing else.

Overuse of chrome on alloys looks distasteful. If I had the money, I would've anyday bought an Indian Motorcycle over this.
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That's like 70 lakhs on the road.

Big Dog is obscenely priced, even for a wealthy motorcycle enthusiast.

I think Harley, Triumph and others have a strong range of motorcycles; they also have established brands & sales / service networks.
Obscenely over priced yes!

The most expensive Harley, the CVO is priced around 50.5L in India. Triumph is not even close with their range topping cruiser, the Rocket III being priced at just around 22.5L. (Both prices ex showroom)

Looks like Big Dog wanted their pricing to start where the Harleys end!
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Probably they are trying to build on exclusivity than anything else. Higher the price, lesser the vehicles sold. They probably do not want it to be seen with any average joe or even an above average joe
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There are Enfields custom built by some reputed Indian shops that look similar to the motorcycle in the picture, so there goes exclusivity out of the window.

Then there is the engine. A HD with the same engine can be bought for probably a bit less than half the price of this.

When I used to watch Orange Country Choppers and other custom bike shows earlier, I realised these bikes have a market only in the US . The bigger the better.

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Add to that the fact that its well nigh impossible to ride this bike on most roads in India. I am saying this as a Harley rider. Most harleys themselves are a pain to ride on roads other than expressways/

IMHO, amongst the imports, triumphs are the best suited for Indian roads followed by the entry level ducatis like the scrambler and the monster.
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About time we had a true blooded American Chopper to choose from!
Obscenely prices at 70 big ones!
Even the most filthy rich would think twice before spending such a steep amount on a two wheeler.
Not to forget, the bike due to its sitting posture would be pain to ride on our crater filled roads.
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There are Enfields custom built by some reputed Indian shops
You read my mind man. Vardenchi is the first name I thought of after seeing Big Dog's prices - link to report (PICS & Ride Report : Vardenchi Customized Motorcycles).

It's like the 10 lakh Thar versus the 80 lakh Wrangler. Both are good-looking Jeeps. The latter is obviously better in quality & engineering, but no one's willing to pay so much for it. Meanwhile, the Thar sells 600+ units a month.



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The price point is quite baffling. I used to feel that the BMW K1600 GTL was over priced but this one suddenly makes it look like a steal.

Also at that price point, the Hellcat X132 looks like a much better bet considering the engineering that has gone in the bike and of course the uniqueness it offers. And of course the Hellcat is better in every way that this, OK may be not in the overdose of chrome department.

There are many players like Vardenchi who make very similar looking bikes at a fraction of a cost. If you only want looks then these guys are your best bet.
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Obscene pricing no doubt.
But even the bike shown is the picture is not ride-able in our country, even for someone spending 7 million INR. Look at the ground clearance on that. That's a joke in a country like ours. Come on boys, do some math, instead of blindly launching something.

There is no way it can dodge the n number of speed bumps. At most it will become a 7 million rupee seesaw on one of the speed breakers.

On a side note, it would be quite funny to watch the owner who spent 7 mil and is now spending time trying to somehow see through a speed breaker
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Look at the ground clearance on that.
It's most probably got an Air ride suspension that will lift.

Though the Vardenchi looks like a "Small" Dog Custom, here is one you could have bought from Honda for about 15L that goes probably just as good.
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Honda Fury VTX1300. Google image.

Time to play a game of Spot the difference.

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Anyone buying such an expensive custom bike would definitely want to buy it to just show off. The bike is too long and the ground clearance is too low to be ridden anywhere in India. The only use I see for this bike is to put it up as a show bike / display piece at auto shows.

Also I don't see any reason for custom bikes to be priced so high - even if you use the best quality chrome and paint. It would be more practical and cost effective to buy and customize a Harley Davidson or any of the other cruisers available in the market.

Does the Big Dog use a Harley Davidson engine? If so, there shouldnt be problem servicing the bike. Probably they will have a tie up with HD India and their service network.
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You read my mind man. Vardenchi is the first name I thought of after seeing Big Dog's prices - link to report (PICS & Ride Report : Vardenchi Customized Motorcycles).

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Don't forget Rajputana Customs! This is what they made for my brother in law 5 years back and she still attracts attention when out on rides

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Don't forget Rajputana Customs! This is what they made for my brother in law 5 years back and she still attracts attention when out on rides

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Hi there. Nice bike.

I've wondered about the longevity of some of these Custom builds.

Do you have any current pictures of the bike? I am sure many like me are curious to see how well it holds up.

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