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Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy

Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy


. 1,584cc air-cooled V-twin

power . Not given

Seat . 645mm

Tank capacity . litres

Urban myth that the best-selling Harley-Davidson Fat Boy was named after the atom dropped on Japan in 1945. a combination of Fat Man and Little Boy — the that destroyed Hiroshima and

Conspiracy theorists believe the company chose the tag as a kind of revenge against the Japanese manufacturers, whose superior dominated their markets in the and 1980s.

That’s all nonsense. A glance at the reveals that its name is descriptive. Viewed head on, it is the widest thing on two wheels; a Billy Bunter.

Until I loathed it. Acres of chrome, wheels and the profile of a pregnant are poetry to some people, but my was that most such I met referred to Elvis Presley as the called their wives and had …-end jobs in local Their motorcycles were for escapist fantasies, not vehicles to be and enjoyed.

I was guilty of extreme and it got more intense every I saw a Harley owners group past in fingerless gloves, helmets and tasselled leather.

The Fat Boy was launched in 1990, and for 16 years I riding it. I was right. It would not be to say that the Fat Boy was a lumbering throwback fit for stately procession up broad highways.

I understand that its V-twin could propel it to speeds and, provided the were submitted well in it could negotiate corners as But it was a bike you bought for looks not for travel. The 2007 version both purposes and — I — it brought a big smile to my cynical face.

True, the new Fat Boy is even porkier. The tyre has been enlarged and the is now 200mm wide. Low-profile deliberately accentuate the breadth of the wired handlebars. Those wheels are slabs of solid-cast perforated with .50 calibre holes. Tank graphics the machine’s girth.

But now it looks rather than naff.

Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy
Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy

The components have been The Fat Boy is now powered by Harley-Davidson’s new-generation Cam 96B 1,584cc unit. Linked to transmission, this provides all the the bike’s vast bulk

The first time I let slip the and butterfly-light clutch, this mound of metal actually coltish, not sluggish.

There could be few more locations in which to ride all-American behemoth than Park. The converted 14th-century home has played host to the and refined. But, as fellow smiled at the huge Harley’s and tantalising roar, I began to see my as others see it — as an aristocrat motorcycles, not a fool.

It remains a statement, but the Fat Boy has entered the modern It has a thrilling blend of power and The transmission is flexible, crisp and in a way its predecessor wasn’t.

If you have liked covered fork-legs, footboards, chrome airboxes and metal, the old Fat Boy was already desirable. But if it has crossed your mind to one quickly along bendy and enjoy the riding as well as the the new version is a revelation. Of course, any sports bike will you for ….

Harley-Davidson does not make motorcycles, but it does now make that combine iconic with impressive functionality.

Is it You could buy two basic family for the price of a Fat Boy and still have left over to take the to Florida. But it will hold its and, as I discovered, this is many people want a big to look and sound like. At I think that is why the Stapleford gardeners were giving me the

Or maybe I’d just run their boss. On a Fat Boy, you do that without noticing.

Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy
Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy
Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy


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