2011 FLSTF Fat Boy
I guess the first thing I should disclose is that I’ve never really liked the Fat Boy moniker that Harley-Davidson put on this Softail motorcycle. But, then, I never liked the name Fatburger–a popular local hamburger chain in Los Angeles–even as I happily devoured their signature sandwich.
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.
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.
Tis’ the season once again, and though a motorcycle electric vest would be nice, or an intercom system might bring you and your partner closer together—let’s face it— nothing really says, “I love you” like a full-blown Harley-Davidson motorcycle.