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2018 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

2018 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Expect a low seat height, butt-friendly saddle, and a smooth ride

Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy survived the Great Purge of 2017 that saw so many models eliminated from the Softail and Dyna lineups as the former absorbed the latter. The FLSTF joins the rest of the all-new-in-2018 Softail range with a completely reworked frame and a choice between the 107-inch and 114-inch Milwaukee-Eight powerplant, though the 107 was dropped going into 2020. New design features add to the aesthetics and clearly mark these Fat Boys as members of the New Guard.

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2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114

2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114

2021 Restyling brightens H-D’s iconic Softail

Harley-Davidson pared down its Softail lineup ahead of MY2021, but its venerable Fat Boy makes the cut to continue into the current lineup. It rolls with the relatively new, 114 cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight engine in a similarly newish Softail frame, but the overall look still displays the classic genetic markers of the Fat Boy family. Better handling and improved performance join with stock ABS protection to complete the 2021 package.

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2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary

2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary

Only Harley-Davidson would have the courage to name a motorcycle “Fat Boy” and here’s celebrating 30 years of the iconic design

Harley-Davidson marks three decades of production for one of its most-iconic families with the release of the 2020 Fat Boy 114 30th Anniversary model. This machine proudly displays DNA from H-D’s immediate post-WWII era all the way down to the old-school frame geometry that mimics the rigid rear ends from way back in the day. Harley powers it with its largest production engine and wraps the whole project in a unique graphics package complete with a limited-edition serial number and 2,500-unit limited production run for an extra bit of exclusivity.

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2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

This limited-edition evilness gets dark finishes with bronze highlights and is powered by a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine

Becoming a part of the Softail range in 2018, the Fat Boy received a massive upgrade on the reinvented Softail chassis, powered by the Milwaukee-Eight engines. Celebrating 30 years of this monster, the 2020 model gets a blacked-out theme, converting the satin-chrome outlook to a sinful looking “Vivid-Black” theme. And running this evil hooligan is the thumping Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine.

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2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy / Fat Boy Lo / Fat Boy S

2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy / Fat Boy Lo / Fat Boy S

When old Arnie jumped his “borrowed” Fat Boy into the drainage sluice in Terminator 2back in ’91, he cemented the Fat Boy’s place in American pop culture for all time. Harley has stayed true to the original look, and they’ve continually refined the Fat Boy in the interim to bring us the newest range of models built on the FLSTF platform.

We have the traditional-looking Fat Boy as a base model with the blackout Fat Boy Lo as sort of a side-grade model. The factory included the Fat Boy in its “S-series” program that sees existing bikes souped up with Harley’s biggest production engines and decked out with Screamin’ Eagle performance parts. Join me while I take a look at the specific upgrades H-D sprinkled across the range.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, Fat Boy Lo and Fat Boy S.

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2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy – USA Version

2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy – USA Version

There aren’t many motorcycles that are able to compete against the iconic Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy as this model is considered by many riders the purest form of an American motorcycle. Starting with its unique style and finishing with its state of the art technologies, the USA version of the 2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy is a true benchmark in its segment.

The 2013 version of the Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy (USA model) comes with a rigid-mounted, counter-balanced Twin Cam 103B V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The engine cranks out a peak torque of 97.5 ft. lbs. @ 3000 RPM (132 Nm @ 3000 RPM and is mated on a six speed Cruise Drive transmission.

The 2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy (USA version) is offered with a starting price of $16,999 USD.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

The Fat Boy Lo moves further the Fat Boy legacy and its unique character continues to impress us.

This new boulevard cruiser features a tasty custom design language which draws inspiration from the classic cruisers but also throws into mix numerous modern details. From front to back, the Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo shows attitude, with custom, black bullet hole wheels, a denim black frame, blacked-out covers and header shields, and satin chrome in all the places mirror chrome would normally reside.

The rider is met by a narrow-cut seat which ides just 24.25-inches off the ground. You’ll also like the forward foot controls and the low, 1.25-inch handlebar.

The motorcycle is propelled by an air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B engine with a displacement of 1690cc. The engine is mated on a six speed cruise drive gearbox which offers an average fuel consumption of 42 MPG.

Hit the jump for more information on the Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy

2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy

The Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy is a classy looking cruiser. Despite its relatively old age, the motorcycle continues to be in the center of attention thanks to its custom looking design, the modern technologies and first class performances.

The 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy’s distinctive features are the fat tires, fat bars, fat fenders and a big, powerful, black powder-coated, counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B engine. The latter is air cooled and has a 1690 cc displacement. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission which offers an average fuel consumption of 42 mpg.

New for 2012, the Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy offers a larger readout on the odometer with more information, such as gear and RPM data, plus the new Security Package option with an Anti-lock Braking System and Smart Security System.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy.

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2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

Harley-Davidson took their notorious Fat Boy model, lowered it and gave it a nice custom look before calling it a 2010 model year. The bike features the lowest seat in the American maker’s entire lineup and still the proven Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine and six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The colors available for 2010 are Vivid Black and Black Denim.

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