And the bite? Like any good pitbull, when the Big Dog sinks its teeth into the pavement, it doesn't let go-and neither should you. Torque is abundant off idle and tells you immediately that you're in for some G's. Carburetion is smooth, but with so much power on tap the rider's throttle hand should be smooth, too. The Baker six-speed gearbox has a solid, well-machined feel to it, and the gears are closely spaced with fifth and, yes, sixth gear providing for relaxed, low-rpm highway cruising. The Pitbull runs smoothest between 2000 and 2500 rpm, but over 3500 rpm things get buzzy. The only problems I had were with a difficult-to-find neutral (when the engine is fully warmed up) and an overly stiff clutch-lever pull. Also, the custom Big Dog-designed SuperTrapp exhaust makes the bike wide on the right side-so be careful not to burn your leg at stops.