I never had to pay for the electrical issues either except for the inconvenience of getting trailered home and to the dealer in Harbor City. When it happens a dozen times it gets old very fast. Also, the dealers were the type of guys who would smile and say the right things as the f#*k you in the azz.Yeah I feel ya on the electrical problems! I never had to pay for any of them, but I always had to take it to the shop! The end of the line for me was when it broke down crossing Main Street in Daytona Beach during Bike Week. It was on a Thursday, I was at home on a Road King by Tuesday.
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You are correct Sir, they folded. At the time my gas tank was at the factory in Kansas under warranty. They folded and it took me 4 months to get my tank back. I got lucky and a guy who used to work at the factory read my post on the Big Dog forums. He stepped up and helped me get it back. Afterwards, my dealer charged me $1200.00 for the new tank liner since it no longer had a warranty. Their price was a total rip off. None the less, The Big Dogs were the best of the worst when it came to the "custom" chopper bikes. Sheldon Coleman did his best to keep the company going as long as possible.Of all the chopper bikes that were being manufactured at one time, Big Dog was actually one of the best, if not the best.
Sheldon Coleman(Coleman Camping Equipment)had/has deeeeeeeep pockets to be able to withstand the ecomonic climate, when the bikes were not selling as well, they did not go bankrupt, they just folded the Big Dog company.
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I agree with everything you said. The problem with the Big Dogs were the ECU's and all of the electrical components. Many of the guys on the Big Dog Forums rewired their bikes with after market systems in order to make them reliable. I probably could have built a more reliable bike myself for about half the price of what I paid for the Mastiff but I don't have the wrenching skills to do it.They may have had the best components, but they were unreliable as hell! Mine was never good for two rides in a row without a repair of some kind. It stranded me multiple times due to chronic electrical problems. I think they replaced the entire electrical system on mine over the period I owned it. That engine though.....it was awesome!