1999 Harley Davidson Fat Boy - Big 1's Big One

To look at it, you'd never know that this bike was born a Harley Fat Boy (unless you checked the VIN on the frame). But that's exactly the case.

Its owner, Mike "Big 1" Orsino of Stamford, CT, bought it from his cousin Sal while it was still stock, then brought it over to his buddy Will O's house on Thanksgiving. As the turkey grew cold on the dining room table, the two guys decided on changes for the Harley. Two extreme makeovers later, the bike became what you see now.

At first he was pretty happy with the bike, but after riding it for a short while, Mike hungered for more power, so out came the stock mill and in went a 100-inch RevTech V-Twin with a Mikuni 42mm carb, Wimmer velocity stack, Crane ignition, and Martin Bros. pipes. Increased power also cost the stock trans its job, and it was fired in favor of a RevTech six-speed with a Ness clutch.

While the bike was torn apart, Mike altered the frame by kicking the neck rake out to 42 degrees for a longer profile, then changed out the swingarm to hold an RC Components Imposter wheel shod in a Metzeler 240 tire. Up front, the forks were swapped out for a Mean Street inverted Street Stalker setup with another Imposter/Metzeler combo. Both wheels have matching RC brake configurations.

On the sheetmetal side, Mike chose two Fat Katz fenders for his machine and molded the rear one to flow into the new oil tank for a smoother, sexier look. An Independent gas tank got tapped to replace the old H-D setup, and after that the bike was turned over to Al Lobalbo, who mixed his own concoction of Long Beach Blue paint just for Mike's reborn ride. When it came back, Big 1 was extremely pleased with the results, and we can't blame him.

SPEC SHEET
OWNER Mike Orsino
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL '99/H-D/Fat Boy
FABRICATION Owner
ASSEMBLY Will O
BUILD TIME 4 months
ENGINE
YEAR/TYPE/SIZE '03/RevTech/100ci
BUILDER RevTech
CASES RevTech
FLYWHEELS RevTech
RODS RevTech
PISTONS RevTech
CYLINDERS RevTech
HEADS RevTech
VALVES RevTech
ROCKERS RevTech
ROCKER BOXES RevTech
PUSHRODS RevTech
PUSHROD TUBES RevTech
CAM RevTech
LIFTERS RevTech
CARBURETOR Mikuni 42mm
AIR CLEANER Wimmer velocity stack
IGNITION Crane HI-4
EXHAUST Martin Bros. War {{{Eagle}}} II
TRANSMISSION
YEAR/TYPE '03/RevTech six-speed
CASE RevTech
GEARS RevTech
CLUTCH Arlen Ness
PRIMARY DRIVE Hitech
FRAME
YEAR/TYPE '99/H-D Fat Boy
RAKE 42 degrees
STRETCH None
SUSPENSION
FRONT '03 Mean Street inverted Street Stalker
LENGTH Stock
TRIPLE-TREES Mean Street
REAR
SWINGARM Hale Bob
SHOCKS {{{Legend}}} Air
ROTOR RC Components
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
FRONT
BUILDER/SIZE RC Components/18-inch
TIRE/SIZE Metzeler/18-inch
CALIPER RC Components
ROTOR RC Components
REAR
BUILDER/SIZE RC Components/18-inch
TIRE/SIZE Metzeler/{{{240}}}
CALIPER RC Components
ROTOR RC Components
FINISH/PAINT
COLOR Cousin Al's custom Long Beach Blue
PAINTER Al Lobalbo/Lobalbo Brothers Auto Body
MOLDING Will Oberdorster
ACCESSORIES
FRONT FENDER Fat Katz
REAR FENDER Fat Katz
GAS TANK Independent
OIL TANK Will O
GAUGES {{{Dakota}}} Digital
HANDLEBARS Arlen Ness
MIRRORS Arlen Ness
HAND CONTROLS OMP
FOOT CONTROLS Accutronix
FOOTPEGS Accutronix
HEADLIGHT Kodlin
TAILLIGHT CCI
TURN SIGNALS None
LICENSE MOUNT Hitech
SEAT Front Page Upholstery