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Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy was teased at Daytona in ’88 and ’89 ahead of a MY1990 release, but it was the cameo in Terminator 2 that really put the model on the map. The Fat Boy originally came built around H-D’s original faux rigid Softail frame, and it makes the jump to the next-generation Softail frames. The Fat Boy sets itself apart from the rest of the family with a wide front end, solid-disc wheels and classic-style headlight nacelle.

More about the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

The Fat Boy is arguably the most-recognized H-D cruiser, largely because of its silver screen exposure, and it was a no-brainer as a model that is to be kept alive and current. This machine is all about the visual-weight effects that start out in the thick front end that comes complete with classic, beer-can skirts that make it fatter still.

Solid wheels add a significant portion of visual (and real) weight down low to give the Fat Boy a bottom-heavy appearance. A low seat height leaves the pilot in a good position for nimble footwork in the parking lot and confidence at the stop lights. Typically, the front fender is cut down for a custom flair along with a heavily bobbed rear fender and a shotgun-esque exhaust to bring it all together.

This model will usually be powered by the largest production V-Twin the MoCo has available at the time, and it may carry the high-displacement version of same to turn the Fat Boy into a proper boulevard bruiser.