Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

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Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

Harley-Davidson one of its perennial favourites on its belly a three-inch reduction of the suspension at ends. The rest, essentially, is

In its 110th anniversary year, it fitting to sample a slightly take on Harley-Davidson’s best-selling the FLSTF Fat Boy.

Some 770 Fat were sold in 2012, figure representing massive of 42.3 per cent over the year, and it’s tough, lines are just about as as you can get to the general public’s interpretation of a motorcycle should look

Nice bike, Dad, my five-year-old son, Luke, I brought home this Orange FLSTFB, or Fat Boy Lo. As a kid used to me get through around two different bikes a week, he normally even pass comment on the or greatest Yamakawasuzki, yet here he demanding a ride down the to the garage.

The Fat Boy Lo’s recipe is basic — it’s a Fat Boy that’s been slammed on its thanks to a three-inch (76mm) of its suspension at each end. The essentially, is cosmetic — of black-out components contrasting satin-chrome highlights, the latter what would usually be finishes. A member of the Softail at first glance it appears to be a ride, but its twin shocks are being fixed low and just of the rear wheel.


No what your attitude is the Motor Co’s products, and you largely associate them true outlaws or Wild wannabees, these bikes presence, and perhaps none so than the Fat Boy.

It looks from a distance, especially its ‘bullet-home’ solid disc rims, and that sense is underlined when you throw a leg it and pull its hefty 330kg weight up off the sidestand.

While the mass and dimensions make the sportsbike boys — that considerable is complemented by a monster 1630mm — the Fat Boy Lo is, in fact, all about Harley’s most popular more accessible to smaller (or accurately shorter) riders. its cut suspension the Lo boasts a, well, low seat height — a that will of course even lower when a is in place, and one that’s 20mm than the standard Fat Boy.

Of as with any Harley, it’s about the style. That how-low-can-you-go look will a chord with some even if it does come at a of ride comfort and cornering (more on that later).

At (6ft 2in) I’m not exactly challenged but as I settle back the well-sculpted saddle I note the proximity of the ground. There’s decent legroom, my feet comfortably on those tasteful boards, and it’s an easy to the lowish, gently pulled-back If ever there was a ride that epitomises Harley, is it.


I hit the button and the motor whirrs into churning those two 98.4mm-diameter through heavy oil on a frosty Melbourne morning. My test is fitted with stock-standard but they still emit a rumble — not that won’t be swapped out for something a more raucous by new owners as a of course.

Everything feels on a Harley, from the heavy-ish clutch to the mechanical ‘clunk’ of the Cruise Drive transmission as I first gear home on the shifter. It takes only a flurry of revs to get the bike’s bulk rolling, as I rumble off the road, a thousand Harley flitting through my mind.

To be honest, my first outing was not a one, but through no fault of the As that Twin Cam 103 thundered me, the bike at a standstill on a gridlocked arterial as the rain hammering on a 10-degree day, the Fat Boy Lo must been wondering what it had so wrong to be punished in such a

The city in peak hour is as far from the Fat Boy Lo’s native as you can get. Heavy and wide, a first gear requires of clutching in stop-start traffic, it pumps out a significant amount of from its engine. In the cold of morning and in a thick textile the heat was appreciated, but I’ll it wouldn’t be so welcome in jeans on a hot day.

The next day, my experience couldn’t have more different. A Saturday, the sun was and I pointed the Fat Boy Lo to the open roads of the and now everything made sense.


On the open road, Twin Cam 103 is pure bliss. a massive 1690cc, Harley quote a power figure for it and nor it have to. The torque tells the and with a maximum of 134Nm on tap at a low 3250rpm there’s ample to see the mass melt away the throttle.

The fuelling is superb no complaints there — and decent acceleration available most of its rev range. At 100km/h in the tacho registers just — it’s barely over. In fact, I rarely had to use sixth gear, which is an overdrive.

At legal highway speeds the Lo more comfortable in fifth or fourth; at the sort of speeds sixth does feel (120km/h plus) there’s too wind pressure on your body for the experience to be truly or at least for any length of time.

no annoying vibration — the remain blur free just a beautiful wave of and an easy, sweet delivery. For the part, I spent my time the Lo in the 2750-3250rpm band, where it relaxed but always ready to go if a overtake was called for.

The Fat Boy Lo is all cruising, after all, and also underlined by its modest clearance. I approached bends a fair degree of restraint it doesn’t take much at all before the undercarriage is dragging on the Negotiating the roundabout after the freeway on my way home, the Fat Boy Lo showering in the dark of night, I’m sure the behind me think I’m crashing (in motion) but no, it’s all par for the course for low-slung sled.

The low stance has a bearing on the quality of the ride, as the reduced suspension travel the springs’ ability to soak up and potholes. On a smooth surface the Lo is but any decent road irregularity is met a solid ‘whack’ from the end. It’s a case of over function and it’s the you pay for ‘the look’.

Still, a big aftermarket for air-ride suspension for Big Twin Harleys and I’d be surprised if a set-up or similar couldn’t this aspect while the bike’s low lines.


The gearbox is heavy in but nonetheless effective. The shifter has a throw and in the lower gears it in the new cog with a decent clunk, but it all fits the bike’s ‘in-yer-face’

The brakes, while powerful, have an abundance of feel. The of the power comes from the as you’d expect of a bike of steering geometry, and ABS is standard a welcome safety net.

I had no with the Harley-specific Dunlop The Lo responds well to deliberate input but it’s a slow which is no surprises given its 31.6-degree rake, and fat rubber (a 140 at the front, with a 200 at the rear). it’s also supremely and at highway speeds on a rain-lashed it did nothing but inspire confidence.

The is superb, its deeply scalloped giving plenty of lower support, but pillions get something of a deal, pardon the pun. In the of research I took a spin on the behind Bikesales Network’s Mark ‘Mav’ Fattore dedication for you) and while I handle having nothing to onto bar Mav’s portly more disconcerting was the sensation my arse was going to slide off the seat at the slightest hint of If a regular pillion features in future — and you like — factor in a pillion


Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

The quality of is excellent but at $28,495 (rideaway) expect it to be. The Candy Orange looks sensational in the sunlight and the chrome looks classy and I have to say I prefer it to the regular, chrome that is typically to cruisers by the acre. There was one blemish here on the Lo’s card. After that wet day, the strip of … beneath the ignition switch fogged with moisture.

No deal breaker, but annoying

Other glitches? I’m not a fan of Harley’s indicators. While they well enough, they ages to cancel sometimes and they don’t cancel at This means you’ve got to down to see if the tiny indicator light is flashing or not.

I by far a single manual push-to-cancel Also, the sidestand doesn’t me with confidence. Occasionally the will still rock a little as you hop off — it’s

However, the headlight is a cracker, a super-broad low beam and a searching worthy of a lighthouse on high and the horn emits a blast a Fat Boy. The trip computer is a thing too, especially the feature. Other LCD readouts up via the switch on the left-hand ’bar gear selection and revs, a two trip meters and an odometer.

The central speedo is easy to and looks classy, and I really the keyless ignition. Simply the fob in your pocket and the immobiliser when you get within a few feet. It again when you walk after parking it.

There’s no on the right-hand fuel cap (the is a faux item with fuel gauge — I never really looked at I used the range-to-empty readout I know it’s a ‘traditional’ but I could see scumbags making off the fuel cap in the … of night, for laughs, and it’ll scratch up it inevitably gets knocked off the seat when filling up at a

Speaking of fuel, the Fat Boy Lo returned an of 5.8L/100km (17.1km/lt) over the of the 600 or so kays it was in my care. With an tank, that’s a safe range of approaching 300km not too bad at all.


I don’t naturally gravitate cruisers I have to say I enjoyed my aboard this one, once I’d escaped the city and revel in the freedom of the open The quality is there, the looks are on and for many it has the right name on the — for any devotees of the brand, and those who are a little shorter of the Fat Boy Lo has a more manageable seat with the regular Fat Boy’s street cred.



Type: four-…, eight-valve, 45-degree

Capacity: 1690cc

Compression 9.6:1

Fuel system: fuel injection


Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

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