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Big Bear Choppers Venom Chopper
Along side its ProStreet sibling, the Venom Chopper has been the flagship model for Big Bear Choppers for years, and there’s many reasons for that. This motorcycle boasts an American chopper attitude with simple, flowing lines. The power in this chopper is in the artistic, seamless design, nothing under or over stated. Her 6” stretched single radius downtube, new style tear drop fuel tank, lower than standard seat height and pull back handlebars gives the Venom a traditional chopper stance at a high comfort level. All new for the ‘08 Venom Series is the right-side drive, which promotes balanced ergonomics. She also carries the patented arched Venom swingarm that we are famous for, adding to the Venom’s distinct look and character. Not needing to keep up with the rear tire size race, the 250mm rear tire is big enough to accomplish the look and feel of this chopper. The Venom Chopper is a motorcycle you can handle... at a price you can handle.
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.
Between the EFI and the carbureted V111™, there isn’t going to be much of a difference in performance, provided you maintain constant ambient conditions (humidity, temperature, elevation, etc.). This is where the beauty of the closed-loop EFI system comes into play. The system is continuously monitoring the engine, and tuning itself to optimize performance for that given scenario or environment. So, while you might not be able to notice power difference between the EFI and a carbureted engine, once you take that bike up the mountain, or get a day that’s significantly hotter than the day it was tuned, that EFI engine will easily outperform the carbureted engine (unless you want to take a supply of different jets with you on the ride).
Transmission and Drivetrain
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.
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.
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.
Frame and Body
The Venom Series motorcycles was launched in 2002 and set a higher standard with it's pioneered frame design in the industry with it's large single radius downtube and the famous Venom swingarm. The Venom Chopper frame is the big brother to the Venom ProStreet frame with it's 6" of downtube stretch.
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 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.
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.
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.