2014 Harley-Davidson FXDF Fat Bob Review — RideApart

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Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob

2014 Harley-Davidson FXDF Fat Bob

With its big, chunky solid wheels, drag-style and slab-shaped gas tank, the 2014 FXDF Fat Bob is the epitome of the all-American But, underneath all of that paintwork, shiny chrome and attitude is there a decent fighting to get out?

What’s New

in August, Harley-Davidson made a of announcements under the banner of Rushmore .” Most of this program’s focus was on the changes to its touring line-up. as reported by . But, lost among all the new motors and touchscreen infotainment there were also modifications to some of the other including one of its staple cruisers, the Fat

That’s the thing about Most people, even who have little knowledge motorcycles in general, have of the Sportster as it’s been since the dawn of time. And the goes for the big H-D touring bikes.

the complexity of the confusing touring codes and names, most recognize them and identify when thinking of a big American-built

The ginger haired stepchild kept locked away in the H-D has always been the Dyna It sits squarely between the and the big tourers and includes some decent, if somewhat heavy, There’s the Street Bob, Glide Custom, Wide Switchback and the Fat Bob. All based on the frame.

All use the same 103ci V-twin but, with some styling cues, each looks different from the

The Dyna tag may not actually mean are dynamic, but owners like for the fact you have the big engine, a handlebars and not a lot else. The rest is to you as to how far you want to personalize and customize Dyna. There is a whole out there that does that with some results.

The Fat Bob has been around in the lineup since 2008 and it got its apparently because… er… it looks of fat and it’s supposed to have a of resemblance to the proper bobbers of the 1950s.

Since its introduction, the Fat Bob has a number of cosmetic changes to it looking fresh and, of fat. But, the biggest came in 2012 when the (1,584cc) engine was increased to (1,690cc).

There wasn’t a change in performance (there’s 99 of torque in the 103ci and around 70 hp, 92 lb.-ft. and 65 hp with the 96ci) and owners were disappointed they couldn’t really any difference in the engine upgrade. now that the 96ci has gone everything in the H-D range, bar the Sportster and has a 103ci engine or 110ci for the CVO

For 2014 the Fat Bob retains the six-speed a great seat height of inches, 49mm front and twin coil rear and optional ABS-assisted four 320mm twin front brakes and a 290mm single on the rear. As you’d expect for a Fat it tips the scales with a running weight of 706lbs.

for this new model year, the Fat Bob has been given the H-D cosmetic However, the ‘bug-eye’ twin chunky 16-inch Dunlop (180mm rear and 130mm and that big 5.0-gallon slab all remain.

There’s also a new choice – “Amber Whiskey” orange for the layman) and “Sand Denim” (think of military and the usual staple H-D shiny or matte black.

Instead of there’s now just a Harley-Davidson stripe that runs across the tank in contrasting depending on your choice of color. The 103ci engine unchanged but has been given the H-D treatment, as have the triple rear shock covers and box.

The solid wheels are too, but aluminum, and laser-engraved the Harley-Davidson name in big, capital letters (four on wheel) should you forget type of motorcycle you’re

However, it’s at the rear the H-D designers have really to town on the Fat Bob. We quite the back end of previous version of bike. Admittedly it was a bit clunky overall, it worked well the lines of the bike.

For 2014, the Fat Bob has now got a slash-cut rear It looks exactly as it sounds. as if someone has taken a saw to the rear end and cut off the Gone is the big red stop light in its place, are a pair of large, twin-ring LED tail lights bear an uncanny resemblance to Wall-E peering out at you.

of weird but if you’re riding the the chances are you’re never to be looking at them.

There’s a chrome exhaust system the “Tommy Gun,” which great, but maybe the blacked-out that’s prevalent on the rest of the Fat Bob have been extended this too. From a perspective you get a lower-profile seat, is really comfortable, with a backrest. And, just a squab seat for your who is not going to be that happy or perched up there, it’s way too

On the tank, there is now an integral ignition switch (like you on the H-D tourers) a five-inch speedometer and H-D calls a ‘multi-function’ LCD display. looks like a small screen-mounted in the speedo and, at a of a button on the bars, you can track mileage, have a gear and watch your revs. it’s pretty hard to and when in gear/tacho mode is a blur of changing numbers.

A smaller, conventional tachometer a needle mounted in the speedometer have been our choice.

be clear from the start. is a motorcycle that has absolutely no prowess. If you’re looking for a charging, canyon carving then the Fat Bob is definitely not for you.

got a big engine; it’s heavy and ambling along rather being bounced off the rev limiter. You sit in the Fat Bob your legs outstretched in cruiser mode. The gearshift is a bit but the low down torque of the engine you’re never struggling to get at an intersection.

It’s silky low down and you can roll on and off the throttle absolutely no complaint. However, to all of the constricting EPA regulations, the exhaust is whisper quiet and you’d be pressed to know it’s a until you start to make the work hard. It’s when you get above 3000rpm you get the signature H-D exhaust note.

It though, get a bit unsettled towards the top end of the rev when the rubber-mounted V-twin that’s so smooth low down, to transfer a lot of vibration through the and ultimately into the pegs and the feet. That’s not a deal It’s just the way the Fat Bob is.

It likes to take a more approach to life and doesn’t to be hurried.

Essentially if you’re cruisers and the way they ride get the Fat Bob. It’s less speed and more about enjoying the ride. The new seat is

Really comfortable and you get a lot of feel for going on despite the fat rear

The drag-style handlebars are well through, too, and bring within easy reach of the They turn down a at the end so were not that comfortable for rider, but they look and, despite that big up front, you still get a lot of feedback. For all of its the Fat Bob is actually an easy motorcycle to get on and ride.

The Fat Bob certainly has not got the most suspension system, but for a swingarm spring set up, H-D has done a decent job in the best out of the way the it rides. You can change the spring damping to get the set-up suits you, but it’s fairly unsophisticated and you won’t a huge difference in any of the settings.

The ABS-assisted brakes are spot on and a highlight on the Fat Bob. They really well and bring heavy bike to a stop smoothly and with no drama. We just how good this ABS is compared to the non-assisted brakes on our Dyna ride.

The Fat Bob really is the all-American cruiser. take you where you want to go at a smooth and compliant pace on roads and because of its unhurried to riding it’s actually a lot of fun.

Coupled to that you a big 5.0-gallon fuel tank, we estimate will take you 200 plus miles before you to fill-up.

However, we wouldn’t to take it for hundreds miles on the For one thing you’re pretty and anything over 60 mph will see you to become a sail. There are a of options you can do to improve this as fitting a windshield, or just clear of the freeway. But the Fat Bob is in all honesty not designed for long distance travel.

It’s happiest on roads and if you’re in the seat, you be too.

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