Harley-Davidson Fat Bob: A Bobber from Harley-DavidsonMay 12, 2020
Bobber motorcycles have been in the business right since the 1930s. Riders and enthusiasts would lop off the rear fenders along with a lot of other parts, making the bike lighter and quicker. Bobbers have always been performance-oriented motorcycles and initially started out being built at home. The Fat Bob is a proper Bobber built with modern technology for the modern day.
Packed neatly within the frame is a 1745cc, twin-cylinder engine that produces 92.5bhp and 145Nm of torque. The motor is air-cooled and comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Harley-Davidson Fat Bob is BSIV-compliant.
The Harley-Davidson Fat Bob has a design language that is very menacing. At the front, it features a rectangular LED headlamp, a stubby front fender, retro teardrop-shaped indicators, a large tank, dual twin exhausts, a shapely saddle and a chopped rear fender over the rear tyre, give the motorcycle a shortened look. There is a minimal amount of chrome that can mostly be found on the gearbox and cylinder heads. Sitting right under the fuel tank is the beautifully crafted Milwaukee-Eight V-twin. Even the bronzed header-pipe heat shields look really cool. The chrome-ringed instrument cluster features an analogue tachometer with a few tell-tale lights surrounding the middle of the needle, while a digital display below shows a speedometer, distance covered and fuel level. Quality has taken a leap, with fit and finish levels being premium. In terms of dimensions, the Fat Bob is 2345mm in length, 890mm in width and 690mm in height. Performance is staggering, with great amounts of torque available. Open the throttle, and the bike shoots ahead, leaving a trail of melted rubber on the tarmac. Throttle response at low speeds is fantastic, thanks to the wave of low-rev torque. Slight vibrations can be felt above 3000rpm. The motor performs flawlessly on the highway, but you’ll tend to notice the heavy clutch in the city. At low speeds, the gearbox tends to get a bit clunky. At 309kgs, the bike’s weight is quite manageable. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 120mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1615mm and a seat height of 720mm.
The Harley-Davidson Fat Bob has a fuel tank capacity of 15 litres. In terms of mileage, the bike is capable of returning 15kmpl by ARAI, in BSIV guise.
The handlebar is short, the foot pegs are positioned well and the saddle offers good comfort. Even the pillion sits comfortably, although the space for the pillion isn’t much. You’re seated quite low on the bike. The Fat Bob uses the same frame as other Softail motorbikes. The Fat Bob has a short wheelbase and has a sharp steering geometry. Turning the front end required some muscle because of the fat front tyre. The bike leans well through the corners, and the handling and braking is top-notch, thanks to the suspension. The bike feels very planted, thanks to its weight. The suspension setup deals with bad roads very happily, soaking in everything that comes in its way. It’s a bike that encourages you to push harder. At the front, the bike rides on cartridge forks, while the rear gets an adjustable monoshock-absorber. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a cast aluminium frame. The Fat Bob runs on 150/80-16 tyres at the front and 180/70-16 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and at the rear.
The bike comes loaded with a slew of features like an LED headlight and taillight, a part-digital instrument cluster, engine kill switch, ABS, alloy wheels, clock, pillion’s seat and a digital trip meter.
The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is available in a variety of shades like Vivid Black, Red Iron Denim, Black Denim and Bonneville Salt Denim. Red Iron Denim is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young riders.
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Prices and Variants
The Harley-Davidson Fat Bob is available in one variant: Fat Bob Standard for ₹ 14.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the bike, you can head to autox.
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