Big Dog Mastiff Accessories - The Big Dog Learns A New Trick

Touring With The Mastiff

1. When it came to choosing accessories, we decided one of everything would do the trick. We picked up Big Dog's luggage rack ($197.75), T-bag mini tour bag with BDM logo ($130.95), 14-inch Sport windscreen ($330), passenger pegs ($197.75), backrest pad and backing plate ($203), and 12-inch sissy-bar and strut package ($600). While 600 bucks is a lot to drop just to add a sissy bar to your bike, word from BDM is that over the course of the next few months all the new '07 BDM models will come with receiver struts ready for the sissy bar to simply bolt in place. This will save you a lot of installation time and, more importantly, money.

2. The sissy-bar package comes with new polished-billet receiver struts that are designed specifically for the BDM sissy bar. We started by swapping out the stock struts for the new pair. In order to remove the struts, we unbolted the fender from the frame and unplugged the brake/turn-signal wiring.

3. The brake/turn signals are mounted on the struts with the wiring hidden between the struts and fender. Before removing the struts, we had to disconnect the plug from the LED board, then push the three individual wires out of the plug so the wiring could be pulled out of the small hole in the strut.

4. Once the wiring was taken care of, we were able to unbolt the struts from the fender.

5. Then we slipped the wiring into the new struts. Here you can see the groove that Big Dog machines into the inside of the strut to run the brake/turn-signal wires. The wires are run through the small hole, and the larger hole is for mounting the brake/turn-signal housing.

6. After the new struts were installed on the fender, we bolted the fender to the frame and slipped the sissy bar into the struts.

7. We then secured the sissy bar to the struts with the supplied hardware.

8. Next, it was time to install the luggage rack.

9. The luggage rack was simply clamped onto the sissy bar and secured in place with four Allen-head bolts.

10. While cruising around Big Dog's website, we saw that the company had a custom seat program, and we just had to take advantage of it. Big Dog's custom seats are made to order in a variety of designs and crafted out of top-quality hides. Choices and colors are nearly limitless, with options such as simulated black python, exotic black-cherry stingray with gel insert, or red leather with carbon-fiber inlay. BDM offers its custom seats in solo, one-piece two-up, and a combo two-up with a detachable passenger pad. We went all out and opted for a combo setup (including the sissy-bar pad) with orange-stained alligator leather and purple suede accents to match the Mastiff's orange and purple paint scheme.

11. BDM offers several styles of backing plates for its sissy-bar pads, but we liked the BDM flame logo best.

12. This tombstone-style bag made by T-bag specifically for BDM models features an organizer, rain cover, straps to convert to a backpack, a large center compartment, and two smaller side compartments. The bag provides just enough space for about a weekend's worth of clothes.

13. Next, we bolted the passenger pegs into position.

14. The last thing to install was the 14-inch clear windscreen. The mounting plate for the windscreen bolts between the handlebars and top triple-tree. In order to slip the clamp into position, we had to unbolt the screen from the clamp. Then we had to unbolt the handlebars from the top tree.

15. After securing the windscreen mount between the handlebars and top triple-tree, we finished up the install by bolting the windscreen back onto the mount.

16. And there it is: In less than two hours we were able to transform our once-solo Pro-Street Mastiff to a two-up tourer. The best thing about all these accessories is that they're very easy to take on and off, making it simple to change up the look or prepare to slip out for a quick getaway.

At first glance one would think that the Big Dog Mastiff-or any of the bikes in the Big Dog Motorcycles (BDM) lineup, for that matter-are only good for one thing: turning heads at the local bike night or popular lunch spot. When it comes to heading out on a weekend trip with your favorite female companion, touring on a Big Dog isn't the first thing that comes mind. However, the R&D; department over at the BDM kennels has been running ragged developing a P&A; line to make all of the Big Dog models more than just one-trick pups.

We've been cruising our '06 Big Dog Mastiff for the past year in its stock solo configuration and were ready to let the dog loose on a weekend trip. After checking out the BDM website, we found a plethora of products to help turn our test bike into a short-term touring bike.