I built this bike because I wanted something different, a showstopper. I wanted something that would make you look twice, maybe three times. As they say, the third time's a charm," stated Gerard Jimenez, owner of this once stock 15th Anniversary Fat Boy.
"Nobody I knew had done this to a Softail at the time. Being that it was 2006, baggers were just getting really popular."
"Nobody I knew had done this to a Softail at the time. Being that it was 2006, baggers wer
Like most, Gerard had a long history with fixing things up and making them look and run better, but in his early years his time was spent with four wheels rather than two. And again like most, as he got older Gerard's tastes changed and he moved to motorcycles. He first spied this Fat Boy at a dealership in Fresno, California, but as luck would have it, he was in a long line of people wanting to get their hands on the 95ci, chrome-laden limited edition. Far and wide, up and down northern California, Gerard searched for a bike that wasn't yet claimed at a dealership, but was S.O.L. And even though many a slick salesmen tried to divert his eyes over to other models like a Road King or Deluxe, Gerard was insistent on the Anniversary Fat Boy. Even though he hated the gold medallion on the side of its tank, it was no big deal because he could easily peel it off if he could just get his hands on one.
"I checked H-D dealers from Fresno to Folsom, and I heard the same thing, 'These bikes sell before they get here,' Gerard said. At this point, I began to think about the Softail Deluxe with a stock 88ci, so I went back to my local dealer in Modesto and began to talk to the sales person. He showed me a Road King and a Softail Heritage, and told me for the money, he would recommend an Electra glide. I looked at it and thought, this would be great if I was a lot older. Remember this was in early April 2005; baggers were just about to blow up."
Front to back, the Fatty is loaded with audio equipment. Up front is a Kenwood deck, Alpine amp, two Kenwood three-way 6x9s, two Arc Audio Foose tweeters, and two Pioneer five-way speakers flush-mounted in the saddlebags.
Front to back, the Fatty is loaded with audio equipment. Up front is a Kenwood deck, Alpin
With a lot to think about, Gerard returned home discouraged, yet anxious. About a week later he got an unexpected call from his local dealer, letting him know the original deal fell through and the bike was available for him to purchase. "I rushed down to the local dealer and put my down payment on the bike," Gerard told us. "The sales person then took me to the back and showed me the wooden crate the bike was in. The rest is history. In the year I bought it, I put about 15,000 miles on it. I could not stay off of it. I was hooked. If there was a run that weekend, I was there."
Like all Harley owners, it happened, the stock Fat Boy just wasn't cutting it and it was time for a facelift. Intrigued by the Road King, Softail Heritage, and Electra Glide he had considered purchasing a year earlier, Gerard thought it might be cool to turn his Fat Boy into more of a long-distance bike.
"Nobody I knew had done this to a Softail at the time. Being that it was 2006, baggers were just getting really popular. I had made a choice to bag the Fat Boy and put music on it. I may have been one of the first in Modesto to bag a Softail. As the parts person from the local dealer told me, I'm not sure how this Bagger Tail kit really works; this is the first one we've sold. Once I put some stock bags on it and had music driven by an iPod flush-mounted on the dash, I noticed the brand-new Street Glide Harley had released. I then realized I might have bought too early. What was I to do? I considered putting my bike up for consignment, and trading up to a Street Glide."
Once he had the Dragonfly fairing and audio set up on his Fat Boy, Gerard never looked back at getting a Street Glide.
Once he had the Dragonfly fairing and audio set up on his Fat Boy, Gerard never looked bac
The one ting that Gerard initially didn't like about the Anniversary Fat Boy, the gold tank badge, turned out to be a key piece to the overall color scheme.
The one ting that Gerard initially didn't like about the Anniversary Fat Boy, the gold tan