The Big Bear Choppers GTX is one of the best looking motorcycles of its type. Its low-slung stature, the unique paint job and the raised handlebars give it a cool and aggressive overall appearance. Despite its fancy design, the motorcycle offers a pretty relaxed riding position and is fitted with a comfortable seat and an ergonomically designed handlebar.
The motorcycle is available in two versions. The first is equipped with a 115.8 bhp engine while the second one is powered by a slightly weaker 97 hp unit. Both engines are paired with a six speed, Overdrive transmission.
The bike’s frame is designed in house in company’s San Bernardino facility. Every frame component (e.g. neck, side plates, tank mounts, tranny plate, axle adjusters, etc) are CNC manufactured.
Among the features offered by the Big Bear Choppers GTX you’ll find an additional auxiliary fuel tank located under the seat, totaling over 5 gallons and a large capacity oil tank.
Hit the jump for more information on the Big Bear Choppers GTX.
The G.T.X. (Grand Touring X-Wedge) is a stretched ProStreet mutant of a bagger type motorcycle that we consider a weekend getaway vehicle and revolutionizes the bagger segment. Behold, the new benchmark.
The G.T.X. is a unique fusion of power, design and luxury that pushes the boundaries of riding pleasure for both of you. The proprietary and patented design engineering in this vehicle is the position of the passenger sitting in front of the rear wheel. This revised seating position places the payload in the center of the chassis to produce better handling and comfort for both the operator and passenger. Other key features include an additional auxiliary fuel tank located under the seat, totaling over 5 gallons and a large capacity oil tank feeding the standard EFI engine for optimum cooling and efficiency. The large volume composite storage bags are purposefully designed with the motorcycle, making the bags a central aspect of the overall vehicle design, as opposed to a mere after-thought like most motorcycles in this segment. Its innovative downtube shroud not only completes the motorcycle’s front body lines, but it also acts to hide the clutch cable for a clean look. Choose the optional X-Wedge engine to make your G.T.X. even more exclusive and unique. Cool is cool. And cool will never die.
- Innovative and patented 2-up seating configuration inside the frame for centralized weight distribution
- Dropped neck height for a low prostreet style stance that enables low speed confidence and handling
- Innovative 3D composite downtube shroud for a unique body architecture
- Artful fuel tank design with an auxiliary fuel tank under the seat
- Large capacity oil tank holds 5 quarts of oil for engine optimization
- High volume and aesthetically pleasing storage bags
- Comfortable and flowing handlebars with a digital gauge
- V111™ EFI Low Vibration Polished Engine at 122.8 lbs. of Torque
- 6-Speed Right-Side Drive Transmission
- BBC Enclosed Primary
- Forged Billet Wheel Choice with a wide 21” Front and 300mm Rear Tire
- Front Dual 4-Piston Caliper Brake System and 4-Piston Rear
- Chrome Frontend with Hidden Axle Design
- Chrome Foot and Hand Controls
- Chrome Digital Dash
- 117" X-Wedge™ Engine
- BDL Open Belt Drive
- Wheel Design Choice
- Chrome Wheels and Brake Calipers
- Standard or Custom Paint Scheme
Options 1 : BBC-S&S V111™ Carb Evolution
Overview|Reliability, power and comfort... the best of all worlds. And when we say reliability, we not only mean the life of the engine, but the life of motorcycle and everything that’s bolted to it. Branded as V111™,’ this internally reformed 111 cubic inch engine boasts a healthy 122.8 lbs. of torque at the crank.
With a configuration of a 4 1/8” bore and 4 1/8” stroke, proprietary compression ratios, redesigned cam timing, and reciprocating weights all result in an incredibly smooth running engine while meeting all the strict legal requirements. While looking like any other S&S Super Sidewinder engine from the outside, the essence of this new engine is the low vibration. High engine vibration is an enemy to both the rider and the motorcycle. The effects of high engine vibration may cause premature rider fatigue as well. Eliminate engine vibration and you will eliminate potential problems.
|Finish||Polished Case & Chrome Covers|
|Bore X Stoke||4 1/8" X 4 1/8"|
|Induction||S&S Super E Carburetor|
|Air Cleaner||S&S Tear Drop|
|Oil Pump||S&S High Volume|
|Warranty||2 Year / 20,000 Mile|
Options 2 : BBC-S&S 117 SMOOTH™ EFI X-Wedge
Starting with a clean sheet of paper, the S&S Product Development team went to work building an engine that will conform to 2010 EPA standards and still deliver the power you expect from a v-twin. The BBC exclusive and proprietary 117ci is delivering just shy of 100 horsepower and 113ft/lbs of torque at the crank.
This brand-new engine features three belt driven cams for quieter operation, a 56-degree v-angle for smoother running and no notched pistons, a crossflow head that is fit with direct injectors, side-by-side rods and a solid, one-piece crank. The new X-Wedge is technically advanced and the key to keeping you riding air-cooled, pushrod v-twins as the eMisions laws tighten up forcing water-cooling on some other engines.
Branded as ’117 X-Wedge SMOOTH™,’ and while looking like any other S&S X-Wedge engine from the outside, the essence of this new proprietary exclusive engine is the low vibration, due to it being internally reformed. High engine vibration is an enemy to both the rider and the motorcycle. The effects of high engine vibration may cause premature rider fatigue as well. Eliminate engine vibration and you will eliminate potential problems on the motorcycle.
|Finish||Polished Case & Chrome Covers|
|Bore X Stoke||4.125" X 4.25"|
|Horsepower||97 bhp (at the crank)|
|Torque||113 lb/ft (at the crank)|
|Induction||S&S Closed-Loop Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Air Cleaner||S&S Tear Drop|
|Oil Pump||S&S Dual Gerotor Pump|
|Warranty||3 Years with Knock Sensor and Break-In Rev-Limiter|
This is the original 6-speed design that revolutionized the American V-Twin industry. Yet, it’s still the best overdrive 6-speed built to this day ...hands down. This Detroit built tranny is designed and manufactured to comfortably handle the power from our engines while looking good behind it.
|Finish||Polished Case & Chrome Covers|
|Warranty||2 Year / 24,000 Mile|
Keeping with the mindset of making form and function coexisting, this newly designed proprietary primary is built tough and reliable along with a very sleek, new generation styled aesthetics with a cool BBC branded inspection cover. This primary drive is approximately 200% stronger than most other manufacturer’s primaries with its machined forged aluminum inner and outer cases.
The dense aluminum material makes for a unit that does not flex under heavy torque, and absorbs most engine vibration. Another great attribute that sets this primary drive ahead of the curve is the triple seal design on the main shaft, as opposed to an industry standard single seal, insuring virtually no leaks.
The starter motor shaft accessory plate is removable for an easy starter change-out. The internals utilize an easy-to-replace standard type clutch basket and a compensating sprocket for a smooth power transfer.
|Primary Drive||BBC Enclosed Primary|
|Final Drive||RSD Belt|
We teamed up with Wire-Plus, the industry’s leader in motorcycle electronics, to design a wiring harness with no compromises. Combine this harness with the high-end brand name electrical components like the Spyke charging system and the Crane ignition, and we’re sure your seat time will be long. You won’t be on the side of the road kicking rocks.
|Charging System||BBC 40 Amp|
|Coil||80,000 Volt Mini|
|Starter||Polished Case & Chrome Covers|
|Battery||Extreme Magna Power AGM|
One of the proprietary and patented characteristics of this bike is the position of the passenger sitting in front of the rear wheel. This seating position places more weight in the center of the vehicle to produce better handling and comfort for both the operator and passenger. Other key features include an additional auxiliary fuel tank located under the seat, totaling 5 gallons. A large capacity oil tank feeds the optional new efficient and powerful EFI X-Wedge engine from S&S. The large volume fiberglass storage bags are purposefully designed with the motorcycle, making the bags a central aspect of the overall vehicle design. Its innovative downtube dimensionally molded cover not only completes the motorcycle’s front lines, but it also acts to hide the less desirable clutch cable.
The frame is the foundation of the motorcycle’s aesthetics and reliability. All our frames are designed and manufactured in house in our San Bernardino facility. Every frame component (e.g. neck, side plates, tank mounts, tranny plate, axle adjusters, etc) are CNC manufactured with precision. Utilizing a 0.250 wall, 1.5” tube steel for the backbone and downtube and a 0.160 wall, 1.125” tube for the rest of the frame, BBC uses the best steel possible for our frames. All frames are 100% TIG welded for a clean, strong and precise fusion. We think we make a statement about our confidence with a lifetime warranty on the frames we make.
|Frame Tube||0.160" Wall DOM Seamless|
|Backbone||Thick 0.250" Wall 3" Stretch|
|Downtube||Thick 0.250" Wall, No Stretch|
|Mid Section||12" Stretch|
|Seat Height||25.5" from ground|
|Wheel Base||85" axle to axle|
|Overall Length||111" end to end|
|Warranty||Lifetime of Original Owner|
The G.T.X.’s wow factor comes from the seamless, flowing bodywork from end to end, stepping outside the traditional realms of motorcycle design and into the next generation of motorcycle design.
Like our frames, our tanks and fenders are designed and manufactured in-house. We produce the sheetmetal with the frame as a unit, then gets ’mock-up’ before we hand it over to our painters or ship it out to the unassembled kit customers. We use heavy duty 12 gauge steel for our fenders and 14 gauge steel for the tanks. All tanks are pressure tested and the fenders are computer cut. We guarantee and warranty any leaks from the tanks and cracks in the fenders for your lifetime.
|Fuel Tank||BBC G.T.X. with Auxiliary Tank under the Seat. 5.1 Gallons Total|
|Gas Cap||BBC Flush Mount Pop-Up|
|Front Shroud||BBC G.T.X. Composite|
|Oil Tank||BBC G.T.X. 14 Gauge Steel with Cover|
|Rear Fender||BBC G.T.X. 12 Gauge Steel|
|Front Fender||BBC G.T.X. 12 Gauge Steel|
|Oil Tank Cover||BBC G.T.X. Steel|
|Warranty||Lifetime of Original Owner|
Designed and manufactured in-house, our fully chrome frontend is exclusively made for our motorcycles to be aesthetically cool and functionally bomb proof. The BBC logo branded 6° triple trees have what we call a ’smooth mount’ design - you don’t see the tube and axle nuts on top. And what we mean with the ’hidden axle’ - it’s a nutless type axle, making the finish smooth. With all our calculations with the frame and frontend, we’ve landed the front wheel in the sweet spot of the final trail measurement. This allows for a motorcycle with no frontend flop and high speed wobble.
And at the back, there’s no better American Made shock to use than the industry’s premier shock absorber, Progressive Suspension. The chrome pair of oil dampened shocks produce a good ride, which is just one more reason why our motorcycles out handle and beat the comfort of the other guys bikes.
|Frontend||BBC Smooth Mount Hidden Axle|
|Triple Tree Rake||6°|
|Tube Length||2" Over Stock|
Wheels and Brakes
|Front Rim||21" x 3.5"|
|Rear Rim||18" x 8.5"|
|Front Tire||Avon Cobra 120mm|
|Rear Tire||Avon Cobra 300mm|
|Front Brake||Dual Disc with P.M. 4-Piston Calipers|
|Rear Brake||P.M. 4-Piston Caliper|
This is where a lot of manufacturers cut corners to cut costs. Well, we don’t. In fact, we march though every corner of the motorcycle’s manufacturing, assembly and component selection without a doubt that we are providing to you the best possible bike for your money.
|Pipes||BBC Chrome Baffled|
|Bags||BBC Large Capacity Fiberglass|
|Hand Controls||Chrome OEM Style|
|Dash||BBC-WirePlus Chrome Round Digital|
|Grips||BBC Chrome with Black Rubber|
|Foot Controls||BBC Chrome|
|Tail Lights||BBC Proprietary LED with Turn Signal Indication|
|Signals||Chrome DOT Approved|
|Mirrors||Chrome DOT Approved|
|Seat||BBC G.T.X. 2-Up Leather/Vinyl|
|Passenger Seat||BBC G.T.X. Removable Lumbar Support|
|Cables||Goodridge Stainless Steel Clear Coated|
|Warranty||1 year from the Factory. 2 years in Europe|
Engineering is the applied science of acquiring and applying knowledge to design, analysis, and/or construction of product. You can’t produce a great motorcycle without great engineering. And we’ve got a great engineering team and processes! The reliability, comfort and esthetics are only as good as the complete engineering of the vehicle. So in our efforts of providing our customers with an absolute motorcycle, meaning everything a motorcycle is; from performance, to design, with comfort and overall reliability, our engineering processes and staff run at high standards, efficiently and effectively. In all elements of engineering, e.g. manpower, methods, machinery and materials, our talented team uses well thought out methods with some of the finest equipment using premium material for every application.
Lets start with our engineering manpower and why we say they are talented. Our engineers use technology, mathematics, and scientific knowledge to solve practical problems. Each engineer in the team comes from a relative professional background and contributes their particular history and talent uniquely to the overall product development. Some of these backgrounds are from Fortune 500 companies that include Aerospace, Semiconductor Electronics, Automotive, Metrology and, of course, the Motorcycle industry, with decades of combined experience.
We have appointed responsibility to an engineer to direct each of these categories; Design, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Quality and Lean Manufacturing. Each engineer operates at high individual responsibility while working together as a team to ultimately produce a blameless product.
So now you know we’ve got great people. Let’s talk about their Methods. Firstly, concept theory is introduced by the R&D Chief Designer, who produces a concept pen and paper sketch. Our Digital Modeling Engineer works closely with our Designer and takes the concept drawing he created and renders a 3D image of the part or new model design, using state-of-the-art C.A.D. applications. We review the digital rendering with the team and brainstorm the design with functionality and engineering reasoning.
Once approved, the manual prototype fabrication of that particular part or the new motorcycle model design starts. Scale models are then developed and reverse engineered with laser scanners and 3D modeling. Or, we utilize our ultramodern Rapid Prototyping Printer to sculpt a solid 1:1 formed prototype straight from the C.A.D. rendering, and test fit. Once we get a prototype part from our real time tooling, we analyze and evaluate it on our test vehicles and make any necessary changes to the tooling before production.
Manufacturing & Lean Engineering
Once in production, quality control measures are implemented to assure proper fit, integrity of materials and design execution are at our satisfaction. And our satisfaction is to exceed our customer’s expectations, bottom line.
The material we use is just as important as the machines and the engineers behind them. A lifetime warranty on the frame, fenders, fuel and oil tanks should speak for itself about the quality of our product and the confidence we have about it. But let’s break down the particulars.
D.O.M. Steel Tubing
Drawn Over Mandrel 1018 Steel Tube (D.O.M.) is a very effective and strong tubing due to the high strength from the cold working process, it’s actually a friction pressure lap weld that forms the tube, resulting in a seamless and bulletproof tube. There is no type of filler used and the tube is drawn over a spinning mandrel by two other spinning mandrels. The extreme pressure and friction from the spinning roller welds the pipe. We use this DOM steel tubing for all frame manufacturing.
A36 Steel Plate
A36 Steel Plate has high yield strength and is used for all plate mounts for the frame such as transMision, engine, fuel and oil tank mounts, as well as side plates, axle adjusters and anything else on the frame that is of a two dimensional form.
The Sheet Metal we use is thicker than the standard in motorcycle manufacturing, utilizing a 12 gauge steel fenders and 14 gauge for tanks. These components are Deep Drawn, meaning, “drawing” the material further down into a geometric die until the final shape is acquired. This process produces a very accurate shape, resulting in minimal process variation and fundamentally measures perfect with every piece. Once the pieces are ‘drawn,’ they get Pickled & Oiled (P & O), which is a process that is effective in removing substantially all of the oxide layer or scale from processed sheet metal, thus prevents surface rust during the manufacturing process.
6061 T6 Aluminum
6061 T6 Aluminum is the high, aerospace grade material we use for all aluminum components, (e.g. the front-end’s triple trees and lower legs, foot controls, wheels and pulleys, our accessory assortment, etc.). These items are machined from an aluminum block, which are an alloy, magnesium and silicon as the alloying elements. It has great mechanical properties and is heat treatable and weld-able, not to mention lightweight.
Forging is the best possible manufacturing process when high strength is demanded, with a constraint on the mass of the part (high strength-to-mass ratio). Forging results in metal that is stronger than cast or machined metal parts. This is because during forging, the metal’s grain flow changes into the shape of the part, making it stronger. These parts require a specific grain flow to ensure the strength and reliability of the part. Pictured to the left is our outter Primary Drive cover right being Forged, and ready for machining in our Haas CNC machines. Other components we forge are our wheels.
Functionality and Saftey. Our testing and product analysis is not taken lightly here at Rage Hard Choppers Inc. We do not believe in providing our customers anything untested. Everything is proven with engineering and real life testing. So who’s the Test Team? It’s our designers, engineers, R&D guys and, you can’t forget, our test riders. Whof will test and analyze these bikes and their parts. Saftey is our number one priorty.
Ergonomics. Once the structural, functional, aesthetic, and safety levels are at our high standards, it doesn’t stop there. We test our motorcycles for the ergonomics. Ergonomics is the relationship between the rider and motorcycle, which includes comfort and how it handles. No matter how good the engineering is, the only way to develop a good ergonomic motorcycle is to ride and evaluate it. We believe in motorcycles that not only look good, but handle well with comfort.
Test Team and Environment.
Nestled at the base of the San Bernardino mountains of California, our roads and weather can be tricky -meaning great test roads, and hours from the heat of Death Valley and the rough freeways of Los Angeles, San Bernardino is in the middle of such diverse climate and land that it makes for a perfect test environment. Cold snow, slippery ice, annoying rain, desert heat, high winds, city traffic, rough freeways, hundred plus speed on highways, whatever, bring it on. Our test team is paid to ride in and through all of that. And not just ride, but ride hard. Rev it up, lean it over, mash the breaks, everything to the limits, to make sure all of our customers are safe with a great handling and reliable motorcycle. Our team of riders are retired professionals from the California Highway Patrol Motorcycle division with nothing better to do than to put 2000 hard miles a week on our test machines.