When I see FXR Division’s 2018 Fat Bob from the Hot Bike Tour, I ask myself, “Why isn’t Harley-Davidson making something like this?” The obvious answer being that a great deal of craftsmanship went into it and the skill set involved doesn’t (and shouldn’t) come cheap. That’s because Justin Coleman and Christopher Staab wanted to create a modern performance V-twin with classic styling cues inspired by roadrace bikes of the past. You can’t just bolt up a bunch of parts from a catalog and call it a day with that sort of project. At least some of those parts have to be made from scratch.
In the beginning, though, you strip the stock bike down to its bare essentials, tossing out everything that isn’t the motorcycle you’re creating. FXR Division reduced this Fat Bob to its frame and powerplant, then started adding what they wanted.
Part of which was gobs more power. “She backs up the image she portrays and does it with style,” Justin and Chris told us. “Corners hard, stops fast, and with the 151ci Milwaukee-Eight she's hard to hold on to.” Yes, that’s right. One hundred fifty-one cubic inches of American muscle power this beauty. Danny Wilson builds ’em big and bad like that and worked his magic to ensure this bike walks the walk. The mega-mill is a combination of Leading Edge Performance, S&S Cycle, and Harley-Davidson parts with CMP Motorcycles airbox, exhaust, and Horsepower Inc. throttle body for breathing.
Hard cornering and quick stops aren’t the engine’s department though. Obviously, it’s the suspension, wheels, and braking that take care of all that. Lenny Albin put together the front end but the rear suspension is a combination of a Speed Merchant swingarm teamed with Gears Racing Suspension monoshock. FXR Division added a modified Rebuffini triple tree to the mix as well, completing a recipe for mayhem that’s accented by Lyndall’s FXR Division series wheels, Pirelli tires, and Rebuffini brake calipers over Lyndall rotors.
Taken together, all of this power and tricked-out handling is awesome. The icing on this cake of evil is its sexified roadracer look. From nose to tail, it flows smoother than the lies from a politician’s piehole but with all those performance components, it keeps the promise of high-performance riding that its looks make. The gas tank may be Harley-Davidson, and the fairing bears the shark-nosed pedigree of a Road Glide, but the bodywork defining this Fat Bob as a roadracer was made in-house at FXR Division, as was the handlebar. Knowing what to use to get desired results plus being able to craft what’s needed to complete the job are skills builders like Justin and Chris learn over years of hard work, culminating in bikes like this: motorcycles that you’d love to find in a dealership but never will.
|Shop Phone||(623) 300-5276|
|Build Time||7 months|
|Year/Type/Size||2018/Leading Edge Performance 151ci|
|Builder||Danny Wilson/Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson/Leading Edge Performance|
|Throttle Body||Horsepower Inc.|
|Exhaust||FXR Division/CMP Motorcycles|
|Air Cleaner||CMP Motorcycles|
|Year/Type||2018/Baker Drivetrain GrudgeBox|
|Clutch||Barnett Scorpion lock-up|
|Primary Drive||Twin Power|
|Front End||Superbike Geometry, Lenny Albin|
|Triple Trees||Rebuffini/FXR Division|
|Swingarm||The Speed Merchant|
|Shocks||Gears Racing Suspension|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Builder/Size||Lyndall FXR Division series/19 x 2.5-in.|
|Tire/Size||Pirelli Angel GT/19 x 2.5-in.|
|Rotors||Lyndall FXR Division series/13-in.|
|Builder/Size||Lyndall FXR Division series/17 x 5.5-in.|
|Tire/Size||Pirelli Angel GT/17 x 5.5-in.|
|Rotor||Lyndall FXR Division series, 11.5-in.|
|Painter||Flyin Iron Designs, Andy Meeh|
|Powdercoating||All Valley Powdercoating, Paul Foster|
|Front Fender||FXR Division|
|Rear Fender||FXR Division|
|Gauges||Dynojet Power Vision|
|Foot Controls||The Speed Merchant|