2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
When Harley-Davidson designed the 2012 FXDF Fat Bob, that had one thing in mind – just what the name implies, Fat.
With an aggressive style, double chrome headlight and 130-mm front tire, the 2012 Fat Bob arrives stock with that mean, custom look.
Last year, the Fat Bob inconspicuously elbowed its way into the Harley-Davidson Dyna lineup, adding some menace to the family with its imposing heft and Tommy Gun exhaust. A tight-lipped knuckle cracker, the surprisingly agile Fat Bob proved it could deliver a serious beatdown and make a fleet-footed getaway. It was George Raft with drag bars. Unlike the Softail Rocker, its flashy fraternal twin, the Fat Bob went about its business with discreet brutality in denim and powdercoat.
Lower and Darker Motorcycle
The 2010 Fat Boy Lo motorcycle is a new riff on one of the greatest hits to ever roll out of the Harley-Davidson design studio. Darker and lower than that original icon of fat-custom style, the Fat Boy Lo retains the bold presence of the Fat Boy while offering a fresh interpretation of the motorcycle that still defines the segment.
The illustrious Dyna family of Harley-Davison has been in the business of fusing Big Twin muscle with lean custom styling since the introduction of the Sturgis model in 1991. The platform actually hearkens back another 20 years to the seminal 1971 Super Glide, which grafted the Sportster’s gangly front end to an Electra Glide frame, forming the FX chassis.
World War II Styling
Harley-Davidson fired a 1340cc silver bullet into the marketplace when it introduced the Softail Fat Boy in 1990. Crafted as a high-caliber response to the low-cost Japanese imports that swamped the U.S. market, the imposing “Gray Ghost”—with its metallic paint, winged USAF-inspired tank logo and solid disc wheels—made a muscular and unapologetically American statement. It helped Harley-Davidson recapture the sales leader mantle in the 750cc-and-up heavyweight division.