2014 Harley-Davidson FXDF Fat Bob Review

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Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob

A beast lurks in the shadows of Rushmore

A wise man once “Speak softly and carry a fat stick.” Or something like

Lost in the hullabaloo of Project was the remastering of one of Harley-Davidson ’s more recent models, the plucky Fat Bob . The was present and accounted for at the recent H-D model launch/dealer show in Colorado but received little in typical strong-but-silent fashion the Fat Bob was to lurk in the shadows and bide its letting the big touring boys hog the and waiting for the prime opportunity to its tough-guy presence felt.

launched in 2008 and then up with the Twin Cam 103 in 2012, the Fat Bob entree into the Dark line for 2014. Purists worry; the FXDF retains made it distinctively robust, the drag bar, forward wide  front fork, knobby tires and double-barreled

With a swarthy makeover blacked-out everything, including of the engine as well as the triple headlamp trim ring, shock covers, and the battery box

Not black but badass nonetheless is the new gun” style 2-1-2 with blunt-cut, staggered mufflers and an industrial slotted shield. Harley claims Max meets NASCAR” was an inspirational on the new FXDF’s styling, and this flourish adds a layer of to the bit of chrome still on display. A shield is also deployed down the spine of the wide, fuel tank. (It’s out.)

The new mufflers growl displaying the trademark Harley the recently reviewed touring seemed to lack in the Denver

Offsetting the wide fuel is another new feature, a slimmer seat. With its perforated silver contrast stitching and cut backside, it’s not only but comfortable. Thanks to its drag and forward controls the 2013 Fat Bob exceptionally high on our recent Top 10 for Tall Riders list, and no reason to believe this edition won’t be just as accommodating.

Also new and blacked-out are the aluminum, slotted-disc wheels “Harley-Davidson” laser-engraved around perimeter.

It all adds up to a tougher, meaner, bobber from Harley-Davidson. But two stylistic upgrades lift the ’14 beyond its predecessor. The stunning new rear fender is a beautifully drop-… gorgeous piece of that does its namesake – but what makes it better beautiful are the two red-ringed LED taillights peer from behind a smoked lens.

They the dual headlights perfectly, a tip-to-tail synchronicity that’s eye-pleasing.

The new slash-cut rear is … – but what really it off are the dual-ring LED taillights.

Another innovation for 2014 is the adoption of paint. There’s no mistaking the new Cammo for laid-back khaki; the rough-and-ready Fat Bob wears its fatigues a Ranger on a mission. Paired the sporty slashing tank and wheel ring logo, color scheme is hotter Kandahar – so hot, in fact, we even get our hands on a Sand demo and had to settle for one in Amber a charming moniker that not unlike a stage name on Night.

If the Sand Cammo paint isn’t a smash hit, with military personnel, eat MREs till I puke.

the new Fat Bob is a lesson in attitude. It’s not to feel badass piloting the and sure-footed prowler, thanks to the drivetrain and aggressive riding The rider reaches outward for the bar, putting his “fists in the and the feet are kicked far out in front, forward.

With its rider in an position, the Fat Bob strikes a menacing on city streets.

Admittedly, might sound verging on but it’s surprisingly relaxed on the and eminently cool in traffic. My concern was the feet-forward position, with the large brake and the air cleaner on the right side of the meant I had to strain to hold my foot against the peg at cruising I had trouble planting the crook of my on the peg, and my boot constantly like it was about to slide

The rubber-mounted V-Twin rumbles and displays power to burn, the …-stop line all the way up through cycle. With this of get-up-and-go, freeway on-ramps and passes pose no problem for the Fat

Once rolling, the new Fat Bob handles and turns aggressively, its sharp ample torque and relatively wheelbase combining to make for a ride from such a bobber. It responds better to inputs than leans; the Fat Bob requires less a push on the grip than a decrease in on the lower, and is nothing short of a Just let up a bit on the grip in the direction you the Fat Bob to track and bike countersteers jumping in with poise and and standing up straight when bar is equaled out.

At first the Fat Bob might appear to be a boulevard but its exceptional handling characteristics it a veritable canyon diver, its 700-pound curb weight. bike was a blast to roar up Crest Highway, pouring and pulling out of turns nearly as as any cruiser I’ve ridden. The forks and dual coil-over smoothed things out nicely, and the front 300mm discs plenty of stopping power. ABS is an optional upgrade.)

Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob

Attitude for miles


Surprisingly nimble

High on low on amenities

Precarious right stability

Occasionally elusive

It should be noted that its dressed-down appearance the FXDF cheap. Not that we’d any Dyna would be, but despite a lack of any rider amenities the second-most expensive model in the Still, in either color for or in the available matte (“Denim”) or (“Vivid”) black for $15,699, the Fat Bob is an striking motorcycle, and besides, distinction comes at a premium.

The of the TC103 helped reestablish its reputation – and its new Dark Custom should cement the Fat Bob’s as the baddest bobber on the block.

Early versions of the Fat Bob were and eager enough, but lacked a gut-level ferocity, particularly Victory unleashed its own muscle competition, the Judge .

With its components, sleek new rear and that … Sand paint the 2014 FXDF Fat Bob down from no bike or Somebody better call the – it’s time for a retrial.

Harley-Davidson Fat Bob Specs

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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