Background in Jap bikes both sports and muscle cruisers.
Turned 59 and bit the bullet. After much research I selected the Fat Bob, with stage one pipes and air cleaner. I chose it for its stance and double headlight. Also because I'm not ready for a total " nanna" cruiser but coming from a M109 Boulevard I didn't want too much difference in riding styles.
I've got a 2012 103c.i. Fat Bob with ABS. Rode one 5 years ago and didn't like it but love this one so I knew the timing was right. The throb sitting at the lights, the different sound from ...
Harley Davidson FXDF 2013 Fat Bob
I've updated from a 2011 Street Bob about a year ago to a mono-coloured denim black Fat Bob. She's a marked improvement in a number of key areas with improved handling & ride quality along with a step up in performance (96ci up to a 103ci) & solid braking. The Street Bob was fitted with rider foot boards which further restricted that bikes cornering angle / speed. This Fat Bob with V&H 2x2 big radius pipes has yet to touch down through previously problematic lumpy corners. Forward controls of foot brake / gear shift also assist with greater cle...arance. So now scratching through curves n' corners is without issue or concern that I'll be crunching the underside -& for me this greatly enhances that seat-of-pants freedom to ride in a manner you really enjoy. Maintaining HD standard (or close) tyre sizes is my recommendation. Fat Bob have a generous enough front fitment & there's a downside for any bike if you fatten / widen up the rear... this only adds to a reluctance for the bike to lean over when cornering. Some riders will be happy to trade off a bikes ride ability to gain the desired look for their bike. The solid fitted rims clearly have a snug fit with the tyres. In comparison to the Street Bob (wire wheel centres) which needed checking / inflating regularly , the Fat Bob set-up only needs minor inflating every 2-3 months. Though I'll always give the front & rear a mandatory steel-cap kick test n'check before riding. Heavy breather & HD super tuner (stage 1 upgrade) with V&H make this the ideal package without really pushing the envelope. Fuel economy for a bike of this weight & capacity is surprisingly good with 330-350+ k's regularly achieved. Night riding with standard lighting is ok -the headlight is the main upgrade I'd suggest if you're a regular nocturnal. With HD's there's an abundance of gear available to customise / improve one's jigger -either with HD or a number of external quality aftermarket manufacturers. Use the web , take your time & research for the best product(s) then best price(s). Some HD forums can be useful. Always beware the additional P&H pricing!!! The suspension (for an HD) is reasonably comfy , stable & compliant when pushed -& good tyre choice will really help. The bike steers well enough at any speed with standard h-bars giving you plenty of leverage. I was very fortunate to pick up a Mustang vintage wide saddle for a beaut' price. It covers rider / pillion needs admirably well & converts the bike into genuine touring comfort... best bang-for-buck period!! I'd summarise by saying that Harley's don't do anything brilliantly in my experience -but with many HD's there's character aplenty & the Fat Bob when tickled up with the right goodies is a joy out amongst the scenery
Questions & Answers
If one of my bulbs blow out on a 08 dyna fat will neither one work both of my bulbs will not light up?
hi i have 2013 fat bob left hand switches dont work exept when i put hazzard lights on pleasr advise
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