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Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob

Harley-Davidson Fat Bob Adds a Member to the Family for 2008

Along the Harley-Davidson Rocker and Rocker C. the Fat Bob is a brand new bike that a departure from the typical cruiser formula. Though radical than the Rocker, the Fat Bob’s dual headlights it a distinctive look that a twist on traditional Harley while fat tires and a low seat its mean road presence.

Fat Bob: And Then There Seven

Joining the FXD Super FXDB Street Bob, Low Rider, FXDWG Wide Anniversary Edition, and the FXDC Glide Custom, the FXDF Fat Bob fits into the Dyna like a long lost Shared characteristics with Dynas include an air-cooled, Twin Cam 96 V-twin, Electronic Injection, a 6-speed Cruise Transmission, an under-seat battery and exposed rear shocks. all Dynas, the Fat Bob incorporates a chassis was redesigned in 2006 for better

The bike’s exterior proportions its distinctive name. Though the sits on a low, amply saddle, a wide 5.1 gallon tank forces legs to around. A bobtail rear rests over a 180mm 16” rear tire, and disc wheels add visual to the bike’s profile, as do curvaceous chrome staggered shorty with a “Tommy Gun” pattern.

Up front, a 16” tirethe largest ever on a paired with a small that recalls the bobber-inspired derived from customized, World War II bikes. The Fat Bob’s has a striking demeanor: its v-shaped bar and blacked out fork sliders, risers, and mirrors are capped slick twin headlights distinguish it from Harleys

The Mechanical Underpinnings Beneath Factory-Custom Style

A Tommy Boy wraps around the 96 cubic V-twin.

Photo Kevin

Harley-Davidson Dynas boast own bold style, and the Fat Bob’s are suited to its too-cool-for-school exterior. The Twin Cam 96 is a 1,584cc powerplant as is typical with Harley is tuned for massive low-end Torque peak is 92 ft lbs at an impressive rpm, which encourages shifting when maximum is required.

A 6-speed Cruise transmission provides smooth action, and though the clutch hydraulic, pedal effort is

Front brakes incorporate dual floating rotors 4-piston front and 2-piston calipers which slow the 703 lb bike effectively, while decent feedback and moderate effort. All 2008 Dynas black stainless steel brake lines.

The wide-set front fork is a polished aluminum unit dual-rate springs, and exposed shocks sit the rear. Aiding its look is a fork rake of 28

Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob

He Looks Mean, But How Does Fat Bob

The first thing you’ll notice on a Fat Bob is that you sit in the bike, not on it. A comfortable seat cradles you the large tank, though less fortunate passenger be forced to endure a much more rectangular perch. riders might need to a bit to reach the handlebars, and foot can be ordered with either a or a “forward” position.

We tested peg setups, and while the mid-mount the laid back attitude of the arrangement. the more moderate improved maneuverability and made distance rides comfortable. The from the saddle is clean and with a large, tank-mounted providing quick, at-a-glance Inset at the bottom of the gauge is an LCD which has a cool mileage to empty feature that kicks in when fuel dip below .9 gallons.

Sometimes, a simple speedo is all you

Photo Kevin Wing

At low the Fat Bob feels well, fat. the rider sits low to the ground height is only 26.1 walking the bike requires a heave ho. Once the bike moving, turning becomes more confidence inspiring; aids maneuverability, and the Fat Bob become a lot fun to ride at speed. Twisting the invokes a classic, growling exhaust note, and the torquey 96 inch V-twin offers up of power, especially at the low end.

Though a tachometer doesn’t engine RPMs, there’s so more torque at the low end of the powerband it becomes easy to tell, by the of your pants, when the is running out of steam and it’s to shift gears. Some are transmitted to the rider, but engine and rubber-mounting generally smooths out harshness.

Because you sit in the Fat Bob, not on it, turbulence is not as overwhelming as you might at highway speeds. The lack of does create a good noise and breeziness, but the rider’s low within the bike helps the “sail in the wind” sensation by the Fat Bob’s stablemate, the Rocker. angle is measured at 30 degrees on the side and 31 degrees on the left, and peg scraping can be a part of hard overall clearance is appropriate for a cruiser.

Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob


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