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Big Dog Motorcycles Recalling 2004 Models

Thursday, May 13, 2010
2004 Big Dog - Chopper
Big Dog Motorcycles is issuing a recall on certain 2004 models including its Chopper pictured above due to electrical problems that could cause the headlights to cut out or the bike to stall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) reported that Big Dog Motorcycles is recalling certain 2004 Chopper, Bulldog, Ridgeback, Mastiff, Boxer and Pitbull motorcycles due to a possible loose connection between the harness connector and the electronic harness controller. As a result, the motorcycle could experience intermittent loss of electrical power to various components which could cause a loss of headlamp function or vehicle stall, thereby increasing the probability of a crash.

Big Dog is in the process of notifying owners and said that dealers will repair the motorcycles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or around May 24, 2010. If you are an owner of one of these 2004 Big Dog models, contact the company at 1-316-219-9121.

You may also contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Big Dog Motorcycles Recall -

Component: Electrical System

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1895

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 10V180000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

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rayzdog   January 7, 2013 07:49 AM
I have an 04 BD Chopper, and my electrical system recently failed on me. Don't know what happened, I was riding and shut it off, went to start it later and it wouldn't start. After a while of looking around and testing the battery, I noticed the connector to the PDM was slightly off. I reattached it and the bike started. Rode it shortly and shut it off. Next time I started it, I rode half a block and it shut down. Had to get it towed home. Got a fresh battery,now, when I hit the starter it will start but shut off as soon as I release the starter button. Any ideas as to what may be going on?
Joe Reynolds -Owner of several  July 23, 2010 03:59 PM
Big Dog has known of an issue with the electronics and has denied it and refused to fix it. I own and ride American v-twins, and wrench on all motorcycles. They are mechanical need repair. It is frustrating to not have company backing. One would think Coleman industries would stand by it products but I guess there is no pride left. Living the dream with a $25,000 Big Dog paper weight in my garage. Woody
Tim B -Woodman  May 13, 2010 09:54 PM
This is a minor recall and an easy fix for bikes that are 6 years old. This has no bearing on the current Big Dog models.

Let me guess, you would have preferred to have Harley voted cruiser of the year? Well Harley has had its own share of recalls too!
Woodman -slobbering love affair  May 13, 2010 09:06 PM
Didn't our fine author just get done slobbering all over these choppers giving them the cruiser of the year award?

(the fact that they are not even cruisers did not seem to bother him)