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Harley Davidson Fat Bob Review: Prices, Specs, Mileage, Features & Pics

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Jan 20 2020 Share this blog

Harley-Davidson launched the Softail range last year with the new Milwaukee-Eight engine which proved to be rather impressive. The model that caught all the eyes was the stunning new Fat Bob. To be perfectly honest, I've never liked the old one. It looked too unwieldy to me. This one, however, looks like the perfect ride of ‘The Walking Dead’ complementing its dark themed look.


Pros

  • Impressive design

  • Strong LED headlights

  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • Expensive price tag

  • Brakes don’t bite hard

  • Engine output is less

What’s New

  • New body design

  • Powerful LED headlamps

  • Twin exhaust setup

  • Milwaukee-Eight engine

What is the unique sounding exhaust note backed by?

New Harley Davidson Fat Bob is powered by a 2-cylinder air-cooled 1745 cc Milwaukee 8 series engine. This completely new unit which churns out a peak power of 65 BHP @5500 rpm and peak torque is rated at 144 Nm @3000 rpm. The engine hums out the traditional thump identical to other Harleys which can be felt at highway cruising.


What is the relationship between performance and mileage in this Harley?

The new Harley Davidson Fat Bob is powered by Milwaukee-eight engine which derives a lot of torque. All of it is done via courtesy the lightweight pistons which keep the refinement levels quite high without stressing out the engine. Fuel delivery is taken care of by the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and the wet multiplate clutch system that completes the power cycle.


HD Fat boy comes with a 14-liter fuel tank which is smaller than the previous-gen but the overall consumption of 20 kmpl combined with highway and city drive gives the total driving range of around 250 kms on a full tank. Reserve fuel level is rated at 3 liters. As per our testing, the bike gave an overall mileage of 16 kmpl which included a city and highway driving of 40-60 ratio respectively. Fuel economy is not a concern here as you will be riding the meanest and sportiest model from the Softail lineup.

Motorcycle

Harley Davidson Fat Bob

Indian Scout 

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 14.69 lakhs

Rs. 13.60 lakhs

Engine 

1745 cc two-cylinder Milwaukee-Eight unit

1133 cc two-cylinder V-Twin unit

Power 

65 Bhp @5500 rpm

98 Bhp @8700rpm

Torque

144 Nm @3000rpm

97 Nm @5600 rpm

Fueling

 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system

Closed-Loop Fuel Injection

ARAI Mileage 

20 kmpl

25 kmpl

Fuel tank capacity

14.1 liters

12.5 liters


How fiesty is the acceleration in Fat Bob?

Riding this heavy bike in traffic can be a bit hectic, but as soon as the road clears out, this thing glides. In for some thrill, try taking off from a standstill and new Fat Bob will blast your helmets with speeds of 100kmph in just 5.3 seconds. The gearshift is as usual clunky and makes a mechanical noise as you engage the pedal. The power delivery is very constant and the bike starts making the objects on road disappear in the past as you twist the throttle. 


Motorcycle

Harley Davidson Fat Bob

Indian Scout 

Transmission

6-Speed manual

6-speed manual

0-100 kmph

5.38 seconds

5.9 seconds

Top Speed(kmph)

180 kmph

193 kmph


How strong are the brakes on this hefty machine?

Imagine riding this big bad boy at high speeds and suddenly tackling any obstacle which requires hard braking. Well, won’t be a hassle anymore thanks to the new system on this one which makes the braking experience smoother. Front brakes are 300mm disc brakes paired with 4-piston calipers. The rear section is taken care of by a 2-piston caliper paired with torque-free floating 292mm disc brakes. The Michelin Scorcher tyres provide ample grip and aid handling sufficiently. Dual-Channel ABS as standard on Fat bob.

Motorcycle

Harley Davidson Fat Bob

Indian Scout 

Front / Rear

Disc / Disc

Disc / Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

300 mm

298 mm

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

292 mm

298 mm

80-0 kmph(m)

29.04 meters

28.9 meters

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

How comfortable will those long rides be on the 2020 Harley Davidson Fat Bob?

Considering the huge weight of the bike (309 Kgs in this case) is a great handler and rider can cruise on highways all day without any glitch, the engine has got enough torque to pull the miles effortlessly without any trouble. City driving is also considerable but the heat from the engine restricts the city riding during the hot days. Those angle adjustable 30 degree placed handlebars are easy to maneuver in traffic.

The smoothness of the new dual counterbalanced engine also allows Harley to mount is as a stressed member of the rigid new frame. Add in the new Showa cartridge suspension front and mono-shock rear and you have a very potent package. The new engine brings more torque, the new frame brings a 15kg weight loss as well as more handling capability and the results are very flattering for the Fat Bob. 


The Showa fork - a cartridge fork, the only non-SDBV unit in the Softail - in the front is a 43mm unit set to a sporty 28° rake making the Fat Bob the sportiest in the Softail family, which promises a responsive machine. The rear mono-shock is stiffer and the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob also gets a remote preload adjuster knob. Featuring a 150/60 front tyre on a 16-inch wheel and rear tyre is 180/60 sized unit placed on a 16-inch wheel as well, the Fat Bob lives up to its name.

Motorcycle

Harley Davidson Fat Bob

Indian Scout

Chassis 

Cast Aluminium

High Tensile Steel

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

150/80 R16

130/90 R16

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

180/70 R16

150/80 R16

Front Suspension

43 mm Showa Cartridge

Telescopic shocks

Rear Suspension

Mono Shock with preload adjustment

Dual shocks

Seat height(mm)

720 mm

649 mm

Ground Clearance (mm)

120 mm

149 mm

Kerb Weight(kg)

309 kgs

264 kgs

Starting System

Electric

Electric

Aesthetic Features

  • 2:1:2 split type exhaust

  • Aluminum cast exhaust cover

  • LED headlights

  • Floating type rear mudguard

  • Brushed Silver finished exhaust

Motorcycle

Harley Davidson Fat Bob

Indian Scout

Length (mm)

2345 mm

2324 mm

Width (mm)

N/A

916 mm

Height (mm)

N/A

1068 mm

Wheelbase (mm)

1615 mm

1575 mm

What are the safety and class-leading features in this Harley?

The analog speed display and digital info cluster are placed on the fuel tank provide all the necessary information to the rider such as fuel level, trip, odometer, distance to empty, gear indicator, fuel reserve levels, low oil levels, low battery signal, and lot more. In the previous generation of Fat Bob, the headlamps were halogen, but the MY19 update on new fat bob has brought more efficient and powerful LED headlights that illuminate the road in the night very well.


Motorcycle

Harley Davidson Fat Bob

Indian Scout

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 14.69 lakhs

Rs. 13.60 lakhs

Features

LED headlights

Halogen headlights


Milwaukee-Eight series engine

V-Twin Liquid cooled engine


Adjustable rear suspension

Charging point


Digital Instrument cluster

Alloy wheels

How does the competition stack up against this American powerhouse?

Harley Davidson Fat Bob VS Indian Scout 

Harley Davidson Fat Bob is the best of the new Softail lineup the Americans have on sale in India. Priced at Rs. 14.7 lakhs(ex-showroom) Fat Bob lies on the expensive side when compared with Indian Scout priced at Rs. 13.6 lakhs(Ex-showroom). Fat Bob is a comfortable cruiser but the gearbox is clunky which can be a downside for many. Indian Scout misses out on the aggressive driving dynamics which can not be ignored if one is planning for long road journeys. Harley Davidson Fat Bob stacks up a step above to Indian Scout in every aspect irrespective of a higher price tag.


How well does the muscle power in this Harley convey to its riders?

Fat Bob will surprise you. Some elements like the clutch, for example, are heavy as you expect from a motorcycle like this. But the Fat Bob is insanely light on its feet for what it looks like. I was surprised by the ride quality of the Fat Bob. It isn't soft or plush but the jump in refinement is obvious and Bob will feel a lot more stable and controlled. Riding is smooth and effortless thanks to the new Milwaukee-Eight unit and definitely makes the Fat Bob the sportiest model of Softail lineup.

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