When Willie G. Davidson rode the Fat Boy® model into Bike Week the first time, let’s just say it stopped traffic. No one had ever seen a factory custom motorcycle with this much visual impact before. The look was pure Harley, yet totally new. In the years since, the Fat Boy hasn’t let up. From the chrome of the solid disc wheels, to the muscular lines of the new High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine to the curve of its distinctive rear fender, this machine is built to make an impact. Ride one and you’ll understand.
Get an eyeful of a Softail motorcycle and you see more than some weepy-eyed exercise in nostalgia. You’re looking at the kind of style that has the power to defy time. Honest. Uncluttered. Unaffected by the fad of the moment. There’s a good reason for this. We’ve used our long decades on the road, riding, wrenching, talking to other custom bike fanatics, to discover what works. Then we stick with it, and use it to push the boundaries of motorcycle design ever further. Take a look at the horseshoe oil tank adorning our Softail models. It’s the same one you’d see on a restored dresser from the ‘50s, or a radical Panhead chopper from the ‘70s. And you’ll find it right now on future Harley-Davidson models that still on the drawing board. Other companies may be content to imitate bits and pieces from our long history. On a Softail motorcycle every part down to the axle nut cover comes from an authentic tradition. With a genuine reason for looking the way it looks.
The air-cooled 45° V-Twin engine at the heart of every Softail model is a prime example of what makes a Harley-Davidson motorcycle more satisfying than anything else. Its clean, uncluttered shape fits perfectly in the downtubes of the frame. Twist the throttle and the surge of torque hits you exactly where it counts. The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The Motor Company, and it’s been put to particular good use to power the Softail family. We counterbalance the engine, which means we can bolt it directly to the frame. It keeps the styling tight at the center of the bike. It lets the rider feel the pulse of the V-Twin. Yet there aren’t any vibrations rattling the fillings out of your teeth. What’s good gets even better for 2016. The Softail family gets a power upgrade to the new High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine. More power is always a Harley-Davidson tradition.
The beauty of the technology on a Softail motorcycle is that it never looks technological. That didn’t happen by accident and it doesn’t come easy, particularly when you consider that the inspiration for the family is the clean, wide-open lines of a vintage hardtail. Clutter it up with too many high tech doo-dads and you have a different machine entirely. Take a look at the anti-lock brakes now standard on many Softail models and available across the line. ABS gives you the control you want on a modern motorcycle. But our teams of industrial designers and engineers weren’t finished until the whole system had a streamlined design. The same goes for the clean look to the handlebars, thanks to a new electronic throttle system on every Softail model. With each passing year, adding a little technology to the ride looks better and better.
If you’ve never experienced a Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle, it’s time to find out what you’ve been missing. The venerable Softail frame has logged untold millions of miles, and we’ve put every one of them to good use. The result: one of the most fun rides in all of motorcycling. We’ve spent the years making the frame stiffer, the geometry more balanced and the braking more precise. The dazzling wheels are wrapped in premium Dunlop rubber. The low seats give you a confident feeling of being a part of the motorcycle. Get out on a rolling stretch of backcountry highway and it all comes together. The crisp and responsive ride. The killer looks. As long as we build motorcycles like this having a good time will never go out of style.
The authentic look of a Softail motorcycle comes from the days before anyone knew much about building a suspension. The rigid hardtail frames of yesteryear had a pure, uncluttered look that riders still love. But the bone-rattling ride meant your grandpa needed to strap on a kidney belt to keep his internals intact. The Softail family uses modern technology to consign the kidney belt to the museum. We've kept all the modern comforts where they belong—below the surface of a rad bike loaded with authentic style. You get the classic lines of a vintage "hardtail" frame with the horizontal rear shocks hidden in the guts. It's a signature rigid look, and you'll only find it on a Softail model.
|Model||FLSTF Fat Boy|
|Laden Seat Height||25 in|
|Unladen Seat Height||26.4 in|
|Ground Clearance||5.1 in|
|Rake Steering Head||31|
|Front Tire Size||140/75R17 67V|
|Rear Tire Size||200/55R17 78V|
|Fuel Capacity||5 gal|
|Oil Capacity||3.5 qt|
|Weight Shipped||700 lb|
|Weight Running Order||730 lb|
|Engine||Air-Cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103B™|
|Displacement||103.1 cu in|
|Fuel System||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Primary Drive Train||Chain 34/46 ratio|
|1st Gear Ratio||9.311|
|2nd Gear Ratio||6.454|
|3rd Gear Ratio||4.793|
|4th Gear Ratio||3.882|
|5th Gear Ratio||3.307|
|6th Gear Ratio||2.79|
|Exhaust||Chrome, over/under shotgun exhaust with dual mufflers|
|Wheel Option||Mirror Chrome Aluminum Bullet Hole Disc|
|Front Wheel Type||Mirror Chrome Aluminum Bullet Hole Disc|
|Rear Wheel Type||Mirror Chrome Aluminum Bullet Hole Disc|
|Caliper Type||4-piston front and 2-piston rear|
|Brake||4-piston front and 2-piston rear|
|Engine Torque Testing Method||j1349|
|Engine Torque||100.3 ft-lb|
|Engine Torque RPM||3,000|
|Lean Angle Right||26.2|
|Lean Angle Left||27|
|Fuel Economy||42 mpg|
|Electric Lighting||High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), 6-speed, low fuel warnings, low battery, ABS|
|Electric Gauges||Tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, RPM/gear display, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, 6-speed indicator light|