The Fat Bob has always been the pirate of the Harley line. A rebel, a hook-of-the-right eater, a Talisker steward for those fond of provocation. A character trait that now extends to the entire model, from the bottom of the connecting rods to the end of the frame.
Because everything changes: engine, chassis, silhouette! The Fat Bob is not what it used to be; he expresses more, and hits the detractors.
Let’s start with THE shock of this new Bob. It’s no longer a Dyna, but a Softail. We are therefore in the presence of a whole new generation, exchanging its frame with double lateral shock absorbers against the new falsely rigid frame. Does he betray his culture? Not really, for his surly spirit remains. And by recovering the new Softail structure, it benefits from a very seriously increased rigidity. Not to mention another important improvement on the damping side. Like the whole Softail range, it accommodates a new shock absorber placed under the saddle, more efficient and equipped with a practical adjustment wheel just behind the right calf..
From the front, the Softail Fat Bob threatens, and not just a little. Courage seems to require to seize its front axle. The inverted fork looks like a guarantee of efficiency and rigor, holding a front rim pad with a 150 mm wide tire. With a nice set of brake discs and a truncated mudguard to the max, the wheel looks like one unit, ready to crush cinder blocks and sneakers..
This major development is accompanied by a drastic loss of weight. 15 kilos flew in the mutation.
Threat, yes. Nothing seems to better qualify this new chapter of the Fat Bob. Its design is totally remodeled. More compact, even stockier, it looks like he’s just returned from a wrestling fight … with sociopathic bears. Since the previous model, the rear fender has been cut in half, the saddle has taken on the buttock, the tank has tightened, the exhaust line becomes ostentatious, and the offensive gaze falls into the roboto crash.ïof. A beautiful bowl of LEDs, almost terrifyingly daring for a MoCO model. So much so that one would think he was stung on a Japanese woman. The Fat Bob is no longer the mischievous bike in the range, it’s a savage looking for a fight, with one of the most impactful designs in the modern history of the brand. It rocks, and they will love it for it.
A mouth, strong, tense, must have the muscle bandaged and worthy of its ilk. The Milwaukee Eight will do just that. In our opinion, version 114 is the one that would suit it best. Because the Fat Bob is available with two versions of the big twin. Standard with the 107 and its 1745 cm3, offering nearly 14.8 mkg of torque; or optional with 123 cm3 and 1 mkg more. Full of trunk, calming its vibrations at idle and tinged with modernism with its 2 spark plugs and 4 valves per cylinder, the M8 engine has not forgotten its fundamentals with a very American depth of operation, dug in the fever of Wisconsin.
What a starter! For its conversion to the Softail format and the takeover of the Big Bloc M8, the Fat Bob pulverized its identity into a genuine show of force. A grizzly of the road, for lovers of spicy food and mechanical subtraction.
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1745 SOFTAIL FAT BOB FXFB 2018
Model marketed in
medium: 5.40 l
about 170 km / h
The technical aspect
2019 Harley-Davidson 1745 SOFTAIL FAT BOB FXFB
- Tank: 13.6 liters
- Width: 960 mm
- Height: 1110 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,615 mm
- Dry weight: 296 kg
- Weight in running order: 306 kg
- Train before
- Secondary toothed belt transmission.
- Rear axle
(100 x 111.1 mm)
at 5,020 rpm
at 3000 rpm