Here is a look at the stock Fat Boy Lo before the P&A we added.
A few months back we were invited to the Harley's 2010 model launch. This is where all the new bikes are put on display for us to check out and hit the road for some quick review miles. All the bikes were nice, from the looks to the handling we never felt let down after an all day ride on the new H-D fleet. After the press launch we try to get as many of the cool new bikes in house as we can for some alone time. The first one we wanted was the new Fat Boy Lo.
A quick call to the H-D brass and they allowed us a couple weeks to get intimate with the Lo. This bike is aptly named because it's the lowest in H-D's lineup and features a darker, lower stance and is dressed in either black denim or gloss black with a reshaped seat and handlebars.
Some of the key features to the Fat Boy Lo are the seat height; the front and rear suspension were each lowered by 1.15 inches putting the seat height at 24.25 inches. The Lo comes with nostalgic half-moon footboards finished in gloss black, and internally wired 1.25-inch diameter handlebars that are narrower than the Fat Boy standard bars. The wheels are a new Bullet Hole cast aluminum design measuring 17 inches in the front and the rear with black centers and machined finished outer rims. With the tire sizes for the Lo at 200mm for the rear and 140 mm for the front, this helps keep the bike from tracking on the highway lines. Sitting a top the frame is a Fat Bob fuel tank with a satin-chrome console for the speedometer and ignition switch, and a leather tank panel with Harley-Davidson medallion, and satin-chrome tank side badges. A clean looking set of Screamin' Eagle shotgun exhaust with satin-chrome mufflers and shields connected to the flat-black headers handle all the exhaust with a deep clean sound. The frame, swingarm, shocks, derby cover, horn, coil, oil tank, and air cleaner cover are finished in Denim black. As gloss black finish is on the nacelle, headlight bucket, air cleaner cover trim ring, rear fender supports, and footboards. The contrast between the satin and gloss finishes gives the bike a good look, which is very noticeable from afar.
The Fat Boy Lo is powered by a balnced, rigid-mounted Twin Cam 96ci V-Twin with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The engine is finished in black powdercoat with machined highlights on the cylinder fins and chrome-plated rocker and derby covers. The six-speed Cruise Drive transmission features a new helical-cut fifth gear to cut down gear whine for less noise.
The Fat Boy Lo is a little bit different than the standard Fat Boy and we asked the higher ups at Harley how the Fat Boy Lo came about? We were told by the Softtail design team, "The concept behind the Fat Boy Lo was to build on the strengths of our iconic leader, the Fat Boy, but try to attract a different customer. So we darkened the look and slammed it. It is just 24.25 inches, the lowest of any Harley. The seat is also narrower where it sits close to the fuel tank, allowing more people to lay their feet flat on the ground. It has a mean, tough attitude in its looks and riding style, but yet still maintains key characteristics from the heritage of the Softail Fat Boy that many people love." With the Fat Boy Lo base price starting at $16,299 it is a great place to start your journey into customizing a bike to fit your needs and wants.