2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

Editor Score: 84.25%
Engine 17.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.75/15
Transmission/Clutch 7.5/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.5/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score84.25/100

On August 22, 2017, Harley-Davidson turned the motorcycling world on its ear by announcing that it had scrapped the entire Dyna line of motorcycles and rolled it into a completely revamped Softail line. When the dust settled, eight new Softails – four of them available with the buyer’s choice of a Millwaukee-Eight 107 or optional 114 engine – stood as the heart of a completely new cruiser lineup. The names of the Softails were carryovers from the previous generation, and for the most part, the new models were easily distinguishable as their previous generation’s namesakes. In the case of the 2018 Fat Bob, this wasn’t necessarily a given. Yes, once you knew you were looking at the new Fat Bob, it made sense, but at first glance, the 2018 Fat Bob elicits wows – followed by what the hell is that?

Harley-Davidson Introduces All New 2018 Softail Line

Harley-Davidson 2018 Softail Pictorial Overview

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

Yes, the 2018 Fat Bob is radically different, but if you look closely, you can see that it is the 2017’s more burly and better looking younger brother.

Dialing up the attitude

Perhaps only one other 2018 Softail, the Fat Boy, looks as radically different as the Fat Bob does from previous generation. This is because, Harley’s designers felt that, by remaining true to the lines and heritage of the other Softails and former Dynas, they could take some liberties. Brad Richards, Vice President, Styling and Design, noted: “If you do [the] foundational motorcycles correctly, our customers will give us permission to stretch the brand into places they might not have thought it could go.” The Fat Bob is definitely a stretch for Harley.

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 headlight

This headlight is quite a departure from the previous Fat Bob, and that’s a good thing.

Before we consider the functional changes, which were a different kind of stretch for the Motor Company, let’s look at how different the Fat Bob is stylistically. The 2018 Fat Bob looks like a superhero version of its former self – perhaps bulking up after being bitten by a radioactive spider. The fat 150/80–16 front and 180/70B16 rear tires look menacing mounted on a pair of 16-inch cast rims which are highlighted by a pair of floating brake rotors. The tires’ tread pattern looks capable of handling any form of pavement, almost as if they were ADV-inspired. Mounted above the inverted cartridge fork is an LED headlight that looks like the eye-slit of a 1950’s robot, ready to shoot laser beams. (Think Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still only boxy.) Beneath the new 3.6 gallon tank that was specifically shaped to show off the top of the engine, the big-twin seems almost outsized for the frame, a powerful appearance that is highlighted by the fat header pipes that arch forward of the crankshaft before swooping back like a mating pair of bronze pythons into the staggered upswept satin-textured dual exhausts.

Tasked with the job of carrying all that badassery, a model-specific Softail frame with a 28° rake strives to give the Fat Bob the performance to match its aggressive stance. Dynamic performance is the name of the game when it comes to the changes that Harley made to this new version of the Softail frame, which is claimed to be 35% stiffer from contact-patch-to-contact-patch. Similarly, the SAE lean angle measurement has increased one degree to 31° and 32° right and left, respectively – though in actuality, it feels like much more.

The new more conventionally-mounted rear mono-shock gains an external hydraulic adjuster and allows for 4.4 in. of wheel travel in addition boosting cornering clearance. (To learn more about the specifics of the Softail line’s chassis updates, check out our “Harley-Davidson Introduces All New 2018 Softail Line”.)

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 engine

The oil tank under the seat has been exchanged for a hydraulic preload adjuster and the under seat shock. The engine gained a wet sump and space under the transmission for the oil to hang out between cooling trips through the heads.

The Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine has been updated for its rigid-mounting in the new frame and is now graced with a second counterbalancer. This doesn’t mean that the engine has lost its V-Twin character. While it remains smooth at low rpm, some vibration does enter the pegs and grips around 3,500 rpm to remind you that you have beefy 102 mm pistons stroking through 114.3 mm to produce a claimed 118 lb-ft of peak torque – also at 3,500 rpm. As with all Milwaukee-Eight engines we’ve tested, the fuel metering is spot on with nary a miss or a shudder unless you’re lugging along just above idle and open the throttle too quickly. One of the benefits of the M-E series being mechanically quieter than the Twin Cam engines is that a more mellifluous exhaust note can exit the 2-into–1-into–2 exhaust without exceeding the EPA’s noise standards.

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 action

The rider’s feet may be forward, but they’re not stretched out.

From the spec chart to the street

Perhaps the most divisive feature of the Fat Bob is the feet-forward riding position. Many sportbike riders scoff at a performance-focused motorcycle placing the rider’s feet out front. The Fat Bob is a cruiser first-and-foremost, but a cruiser with, a cruiser with sporting intent. It’s not a standard or a sporty-bike. So, when viewing the tool through the lens of the job it is intended for, I see no issue with the foot position. Yes, the current peg location does limit cornering clearance. However, when the models are ridden back-to-back, the lean angle available compared to the previous generation Fat Bob is more significant than Harley’s single degree claim would lead one to believe. Moving the pegs rearward would require a much higher seat and make the Fat Bob an altogether different motorcycle.

What keeps the riding position from falling into the dreaded clamshell category (like that of the dearly departed V-Rod) is the position of the grips relative to the pegs. Take a look at how my 5-foot eleven-inch frame fits the FB’s chassis. The pegs are forward but are not a stretch for my 32-inch inseam. The tapered aluminum bar brings the grips back to where they are a comfortably sporty reach, keeping my back with a slight forward lean to combat the wind. Crank up the intensity, and the rider will naturally lean a bit forward to better manipulate the controls.

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 seat

The Fat Bob’s seat is comfortable and well-shaped. The step at the back is necessary for when you crank on the throttle.

Thanks to their wider bars and different wheel/tire sizes, some of the other Softails may steer lighter than the Fat Bob, however, that doesn’t mean that the Bob’s bar isn’t wide enough to offer good leverage. With a firm hand on the tiller, the Fat Bob bends precisely into corners. Once leaned over, stability is the operative word. This shouldn’t come as a surprise with a wheelbase measuring a longish 63.6 inches. Although this is the shortest member of the Softail line, it shouldn’t be considered “short” by any means. Still, the Fat Bob is more than happy to change lines mid-corner or hustle through a series of esses. The Harley-branded Dunlop tires deserve some props for the FB’s friendly handling. The tire shape – despite the adventure-styled tread pattern – contributes to the neutral steering and the confidence-inspiring grip, even when the pegs are skimming the pavement.

The suspension is suitably firm for performance riding without being harsh. G-out bumps get absorbed without the boinginess of excessive rebound – even when cranked over in a high-speed sweeper. Other road imperfections rarely affect the chassis until they get to the larger, sharp-edged size, but even then, the additional shock stroke is appreciated. In my stint through the twisties on the Fat Bob, I never bottomed the shock – something I was never able to say about the dual shocks on previous Dynas.

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 action

Happy at a moderate sporting pace in the canyons and in the stoplight grand prix.

The Fat Bob has improved ground clearance, proficient suspension, and an engine that loves full-throttled clutchless upshifts. At some point, you’re gonna have to slow down. The floating dual front discs squeezed by four-piston calipers accomplish the task with a decent amount of feel at the lever. If trail-braking is your thing, you can happily do it all the way to the apex of the corner. ABS is standard.

With the reinvention of its new Dyna subsuming Softail line, Harley-Davidson has taken some practical performance steps for its cruiser models. In the case of the 2018 Fat Bob, the combination of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine and the updated chassis have created a power cruiser that is as comfortable trolling the boulevard as it is chasing apexes. For those who lament the loss of the Bob’s Dyna designation, I recommend a test ride on the new generation Softail. The engine is better in every measurable instance, and the chassis puts the old one to shame. What could be better than that? Additionally, if my experience is representative, the FB’s looks are attracting the interest of the younger segment of riders that manufacturers are courting.

The 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 retails for $18,699 in black ($19,099 for optional colors).

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 beauty

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  • Sayyed Bashir

    Nice review of a nice motorcycle. If I didn’t have my Softail Custom, I would get it.

  • WalterFeldman

    This review is big on description but almost gives no impression of what it’s actually like to ride. Send Burns out on it and be sure to include some wheelie pics.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      You need Kevin for wheelies.

    • Evans Brasfield

      What information do you feel I failed to give you? Perhaps I can add it here.

      • Kenneth

        Along with riding impressions, you generously included references to “Gort” the robot, and “a pair of mating bronze pythons.” I think that’s sufficient.

  • NDA

    What a silly thing.

  • Patriot159

    Guess HD’s declining stock value is forcing quicker change than ‘glacial’.

  • DickRuble

    “lean angle measurement has increased one degree to 31° and 32° right and left, respectively – though in actuality, it feels like much more” — the bike that makes you feel like you’re leaning even when you’re not.

    • Stuki Moi

      A stiffer frame gives you more dynamic lean angle on anything rougher than a pool table. On anything but the stiffest twin beam sport bikes with massively braced swingarms, there’s quite a lot of lateral flex when hitting bumps at lean. And the longer the weelbase, the more pronounced the difference is.

      Stiffer suspension, that stays higher in the stroke during aggressive cornering, helps too.

    • pcontiman

      Dick, you are soooooooo hard on harley riders….does riding a slow bike fast make you sponge-soft or is it riding a fast bike slow that does that…….I’m guilty of both.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Its magical! Why don’t you try it? You can belong too.

    • TheMarvelous1310

      Makes you mad, because you DON’T!

  • elgar

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…in my eye, this bike is fugly. (proportions are all wrong for this Roman!)
    Not sure if going to a wet sump rather than staying with dry sump in an actual performance improvement or a cost cutting decision. Positive thing: looks like the usual HD fit/finish…very high quality. Meh.

    • sgray44444

      I thought the same thing at first, but the styling is growing on me. I still think it’s kind of a drag queen- looks deceptively like a muscle bike, but is just a cruiser. They didn’t take it far enough.

    • Stuki Moi

      I thought the new monoshock needed the undeseat space, where the dry sump tank used to be

  • Mark Vizcarra

    Isnt 3500 rpm the sweetspot on these motors? In My 103 Road King it is. And when you say vibrations, is it numbing vibrations like a KTM 250 EXC-F. I dont mind vibrations on a motorcycle but it becomes a problem if it numbs my hands and feet after a good long ride.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Not annoying vibration. When riding in the twisties, I was revving it up much higher. Cruising at 80 mph on the highway, it was spinning 2,600 rpm.

  • Chris

    Is that you riding the bike in the pics? The bike looks tiny.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Yes, that’s all 5′ 11″ of me.

      • sgray44444

        I guess the market must be predominantly short guys, because at well over 6′ Harleys never seem to fit me well. You look big on it, and are 5″ shorter than me.

        • Kenneth

          To me, it looks like the test bike has a short-reach seat.

          • sgray44444

            Every Harley I’ve ever been on makes me feel a little claustrophobic or jammed up with that short reach to the bars. I agree; a couple inches back, and drop the forward pegs for mid mounts. This bike looks like it would be possible to turn it into something proper with some modifications to the seat height and peg position. I wish they would at least make an attempt to offer something like that. How hard would it be to make a taller subframe with a higher seat, midmount pegs, and put some decent wheels and tires on this? Yeah, it would still be on the heavy side, but it would be a really unique and sporty ride with that unique Harley character. I just can’t ever see buying anything from them with forward controls… not my style.

          • ADB

            “This bike looks like it would be possible to turn it into something proper with some modifications to the seat height and peg position.” Like actually raise a seat instead of lowering it (then lowering it again in a few years, then lowering it again until you are riding on the ground)? Never in a million years will they raise the seat and move the pegs back. Not gonna do it, they are just not gonna do it. Oh well…

          • Sayyed Bashir

            As Evans said, raising the seat and moving the pegs back would “make the Fat Bob an altogether different motorcycle”. It will not be a cruiser anymore. The XR1200 was such a bike but wasn’t very successful.

          • Born to Ride

            The XR1200 was a sportster, designed to look like a flat tracker and compete in the naked bike market with established players like the speed triple, monster, and offerings from Japan. It was 100-120 lbs too heavy and had serious ground clearance issues. The bike sgray is suggesting is just a softail with a 30-31″ seat, and mid controls. I’m sure plenty of the taller Harley faithful wouldn’t mind a bike with some legroom and more commanding ergonomics.

          • Bmwclay

            Two bikes in the Harley lineup were jewels:
            The XR1200X and the V-Rod Street. Never to be seen new again.
            I am currently in negotiations for a 2011 XR1200X as we speak. Fantastic bike for my type of riding.

          • sgray44444

            That’s the idea, captain obvious.

        • MountainK1ng

          It seems like every year Harley touts how much lower the seat is on their new models to make them more accessible. I think Harley has realized that the image they’re selling appeals most strongly to those with Napolean complex, sort of like with really big trucks…

          • sgray44444

            Glad I didn’t say it, but yeah.

        • Stuki Moi

          That’s one of the reasons for their continued success. Their bikes may be “fat” and “wide” and stylistically “big;” but in reality, they are quite tidy dimensionally. Mass-centralization, Harley style 🙂

          Hence, despite their weight and visual bloat, they aren’t inherently impractical motorcycles for regular day to day use. Even in urban settings, where they are much less cumbersome than much of the metric competition (and even to some extent Indian), which seems to have taken the whole “big” thing, a bit too literally.

    • Douglas

      Cheez, whatta bite!

  • Bmwclay

    Nice bike. Super wide wheel on front makes the bike look too thick. What else ya got?

  • sgray44444

    looks aside, the first thing I thought of while reading this review is to wonder if 17″ wheels with sporty low profile rubber would fit,and if the exhaust can be changed out and pegs relocated to slightly behind the rider. It would be a great muscle bike with those changes. Still about $7000 too expensive.

    • 12er

      and a second gas tank… Under 4 gals… uh ok

  • Deryl Clark

    I think Harley Davidson is following Raymond Loewy’s MAYA principle.

    “most advanced, yet acceptable.”

    “Our desire is naturally to give the buying public the most advanced product that research can develop and technology can produce. Unfortunately, it has been proved time and time again that such a product does not always sell well. […] The adult public’s taste is not necessarily ready to accept the logical solutions to their requirements if the solution implies too vast a departure from what they have been conditioned into accepting as the norm.”………..that is a quote from Lowey not Harley but it seem to fit the direction they are taking with the Softtail line, this bike in particular.

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    • SerSamsquamsh

      Great quote! This Harley removes most of the arguments I’d have been able to use against myself in resisting a purchase. A possible competitor for the “superior” Diavel which may be too strange for most people. Too bad the colors are weird “denim”!

      • DickRuble

        Have you developed cataracts AND Alzheimer’s at the same time? What is so different about this POS from any POS Harley has ever made? It’s still a feet forward, overweight, oil leaking, paint shaking, piece of rolling trash.

        • SerSamsquamsh

          I rode one a while back and nearly blew a disk holding it up in an off camber parking spot then lifted the rear tire going round a traffic circle. The usual severe deficiencies are sufficiently mitigated in this new one to at least not be dangerously under-braked or under-sprung.

          My super-slick super-practical VFR hurts me in other ways.

          I concede neither is as good as an obscure 30 year old German thumper:)

          • DickRuble

            What’s wrong with the VFR? Other than it’s cramped and a bit on the porky side, it’s a pretty good bike.

          • SerSamsquamsh

            My third VFR is exquisite – my joints proved to be about 10 years too old to enjoy it on a recent 500 mile day this time round. It was better at track day.

            Reluctantly I find myself considering other options.

          • DickRuble

            Have you considered doing 300 miles a day, instead of 500? $20K buy a lot of overnight stays at decent hotels.

          • SerSamsquamsh

            In addition to cateracts and onset Alzheimer’s I’m not to good at reading a map 🙂 also I have no time for overnight trips at the moment – that’s why a bike that makes no prevention of being a tourer kinda works for me.

            That RT is pretty cool though!

        • WalterFeldman

          I know it’s hard, but try not to be a dick.

        • Max Wellian

          I have highway pegs on my Versys and use them a lot. It is heavy, but they carry their weight low. My Vic handled as well as anything at road speeds. They are counterbalanced and have very little vibration. What little is there is a nice thrum that makes twins so popular.
          I agree about the tire choice. Would have been much better with standard 17″, 5 spoke wheels wearing low profile sport touring tires.
          I’d like to see a tail lamp fill up that massive hole in the back of the fender too. At least offer a strip of LEDs or suptin.

  • Chris Weiler

    Harley still can’t get a 90% or above here haha

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Well you are not reading American Iron or Easy Rider, are you?

    • Born to Ride

      I think Crashfield (love you Evans) gave the touring bikes scores in the low 90s.

    • gjw1992

      I take the overall score as the objective judgement – how it unctions as a bike –
      but really it’s the desirability score (vs maybe the value score!) that determines if people will buy it. I reckon a bike like this should seldom get above 90% even if it’s top of the class.

  • blansky

    Do they make a version for adults.

    Just kidding, but it seems sort of “compact”. But the design is decent except the back fender seems a bit wrong.

  • TC

    Really stupid looking riding position, looks like the rider has his feet on freeway pegs. I wouldn’t expect anything else from H-D, though. They can sell 250,000 bikes a year and do not compete with other brands. Once you get your bitchin’ H-D tattoo, it’s kind of hard to go shop at the Honda dealer.

    • Douglas

      Oh, stop bellyachin’ …..good grief. YOU go to the Honda dealer, OK? Certainly the riding position sucks, but have you tried the Shadows, Interstate, etc, lately? The other mfrs follow the leader when turning out “cruisers”, n ‘cest-pas?

      • TC

        More of the same from Harley, and I’m not sure what the French Connection is aiming at.

  • kawatwo

    I like the looks a lot. The new headlight brings it in to this century. 676 pounds is not too bad for this class either. Well done Harley. Now bring us some standards and sportbikes.

    • spiff

      This is their sportbike. They updated the bikes, not the company mantra.

  • Born to Ride

    Taller seat, mid-mounted controls, and a bigger gas tank away from being my ideal cruiser. I am still undecided on the headlight, leaning positive.

    • Douglas

      Yep…and an exhaust pipe on each side (necessary for standard peg/controls). No mention of mileage…EB, did u ride enuf to get a reading on that? H-D’s usually get good mpg for their engine size/wt.

      And by the way, clever, well-written prose….yr gettin’ quite the command of the vernacular.

  • StreetHawk

    Yamaha used a mono-shock on it’s motocrossers in the 1970’s. Nuff Said.


    I don’t know why a 676 lbs. 3.6 gallon 19 thousand dollar motorcycle bothers me but it does.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Ride it and you will see.

      • JMDGT

        Hard to turn hard to stop heavy motorcycles with limited range have always bothered me. Especially with the controls forward. I’ve ridden bikes like this and they are not for me. No offense meant to anyone that likes this kind of machine. To each his own. We are all riders.

    • Tanner

      I’m sure with the dealer mark-up HD dealers are notorious for, you’re looking at a $22k motorcycle. That would buy either a really nice GS or a couple of smaller bikes.

  • pcontiman

    love the bike, but $20k out the door….not likely. BTW this bike cures the only issue I have with the Low Rider S 110 which is that it is a scrape’n machine on both sides. (hence the “low rider” designation I guess).

  • Donald Silvernail

    Harley was smart to deliver the 114″ Fat Bob first. Of course “the engine is better in every measurable instance” if you’re comparing it to a 103″ – it costs a lot more too. According to Harley’s own specs. the new Fat Bob 107″ (the one most of us will be looking at) has the least torque of any of the new Softails. It’s certainly not the lightest of the new bikes so I guess the performance image is backed up mostly by it’s looks?

    • Born to Ride

      If it has least peak torque, then it is likely that it has been tuned to develop torque higher in the rev range or more broadly spread. Either way thats a good thing, provided that’s not just a typo in the brochure.

    • TheMarvelous1310

      Whatever. I’m all in on the Street Bob anyway. Mid pegs from the factory and a skinny front tire? Rider’s choice.

  • lennon2017

    Prospective buyers will likely be pitting this ride next to the XDiavel, and in that respect, Harley holds its own. Poorer brakes might ding it, but practically every review of the XDiavel said the brake power, especially on the S, was overkill and was actually too much for a cruiser riding position. You can always get far more and better tech going with sportier street bikes, often for cheaper, but Harley still, still takes the cake for cool ass designs. They ooze that everyday, non-tracksuited, non-knee-dragging mwahness that eludes other brands. Everyone is making inroads. No one has met the mark.

    • Born to Ride

      XDiavel is a lot more like a V-Rod than this bike. Double the horsepower and 150lbs lighter. Yeah, if you want performance with your feet forward, that’s the bike for you. Not this thing.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        I haven’t seen a single one on the road. And I ride every day. One of those bikes you only see in magazines.

        • Born to Ride

          I’ve seen a few, but Diavels are more common. Ducatis are very common in Southern California.

  • Eric

    One of the few Harleys I would consider buying but the forward pegs is a deal breaker as that position kills my lower back. Maybe Harley will offer a mid-peg option since this is a ‘performance’ bike.

    • Larry Kahn

      I had looked into the past years of this model and at some point they switched from offering either mid or forward pegs as options and just had forward. To change to mid required changing both the inner and outer primary cases. Big dollars to do. Looks like it would be the same on the 2018 if even offered. Which I doubt.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Like the headlight, stacked exhaust cans and general look and I am sure the engine is sweet, but the doughnut wheels remind me of a TW200, and, other than the cans, what went wrong with the rest of the exhaust system?

  • mikeinkamloops

    Had a chance to ride this with the 114, and as a former HD guy, I was really impressed. At the end of the day, it doesn’t check all the boxes for me, but it’s by far the fastest, best handling HD I’ve ever ridden. I like the looks, it fits me ok (6’1″, 230) but for my coin, I’d prefer the Heritage, also in 114, except for that small gas tank! (Current ride is a VStrom 1000) congrats, HD, on pushing the boundaries.

    • KevinM044

      The Heritage Classic has a larger tank, 5 gallons.

  • SRMark

    Very nice bike but it doesn’t seem to me to be the same value as a Road King. Maybe at $15k.

  • Butch Schultz

    “Harley-Davidson turned the motorcycling world on its ear”.
    Surely you jest.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    Overhyped and overpriced, but still awesome. Now, get me a Street Bob review, and I’ll be happy!

  • spiff

    I want to see 1/4 mile times. I’m not expecting it to flirt with 11s or anything, but they call this their performance bike. Well, put it on the table.

  • kenneth_moore

    I read the article introducing the 2018 Softail line and explaining all the design and engineering features and benefits. It’s a terrific article; MO always has depth and detail on topics like this, which I really enjoy. Now an in-depth look at a “converted” Dyna…again lots of details and subjective insights.

    But I feel like there’s an elephant in the room that nobody’s talking about. I think the driving force behind this 2018 revamp of HD’s lineup is cost reduction. Aren’t they going to close assembly lines? Cut engineers and designers who were devloping the Dyna line? Ditto for the Eliminate a huge number of parts from their inventories? This is the motorcycle equivalent of GM dumping Pontiac, Saturn, Oldsmobile AND Buick in one fell swoop. HD customers are going to have a lot fewer choices as a result.

    I think there’s a story about HD’s market projections here…and it must be pretty grim.

    • spiff

      That’s a good question. I knew they were tightening the belt, but didn’t consider they need to stream line the business model.

      Either way they needed to move forward. My first street bike was an 83 Seca 900. It was an early attempt at a performance machine by Yamaha. That was the last year they used a duel shock set up for a performance bike (VMax still did, but how did that handle?).

    • Buzz

      You’re on to something there KMo.

      The Softail chassis dated back to 2000. The Dyna 2006 and the VRod had never been updated.

      No way could they modernize three chassis at once. The market isn’t there anymore.

      Fold the popular Dyna bikes into the Softail line and Viola!

      Develop a new VRod chassis to step forward when the Euro 12 or Ecko wacko 19 Regs finally kill air-cooled motors.

      • kenneth_moore

        Remember those “discussions” we used to have on the old MO forum about HD buyers aging out…and very few young people opting in? There isn’t much of an argument about that anymore; motorcycling is in a major decline. Now the only question is: does this lack of new riders and buyers affect HD more than other brands?

  • Lee

    Styling would have been perfect if the cans were black or bronze. What were they thinking? Doesn’t every stylist know that details need to match or contrast? The only other metal on the whole bike to match are the rotors. All I can guess is Harley will offer black and/or bronze cans as an accessory, they figure everyone will have to pick one, and that’s just extra margin.

    • ELGuapo

      at least they didn’t put one of those horrid gold forks on it.

  • Mahatma

    Am I the only one who thinks the headlight does not fit ewtetically?Probably eawy to fit a round traditional one.I like very much apart from that.

  • Ray

    This is an excellent reincarnation of the Fat Bob! Up to date, gorgeous with the badassery one would expect and enough tech to keep it interesting. My nit: 17″ wheels would not cost anymore why the 16″? So many more tire choices at 17. Guess is they will do that in a year or two.

  • Gary

    No doubt the feet-forward ergos will be popular among female riders who need to get downtown for their next Ob/Gyn exam.

  • Bubba Blue

    I love all the new Softtails, but this one wouldn’t be my first, second, third, fourth or fifth choice.

  • Butch Schultz

    Vmax ~ American style.

  • Brian Clasby

    I like the look, fat front tire and all, and really want to like the bike overall . . . but perhaps I read too much about sport bikes to be impressed by a “performance” model that boasts 30 degree lean, weighs 676 pounds with what, maybe 100 HP? (yeah, I know – torque) Maybe when I hit the Powerball I’ll spend $20000 . . .

    • Max Wellian

      If spec sheet impress you, they’re free to download. 600 cc race replicas may make for great fun on the track, but make for a crap street bike.

  • ELGuapo

    Checked out the BOb yesterday, looks amazing. Best Harley besides the Roadster looks wise. I like how Harley is getting away from that slouchy look their bikes usually have.
    Seems like the performance is matching the looks. 20,000 is crazy expensive though for me. Id consider one in a few years though.