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Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« on: October 04, 2020, 10:43:21 am »
Following up on my recent Triumph Thunderbird thread....I have come across the Harley Davidson  Fat Bob, during my research on Thunderbirds.

It seems like the Fat Bob is bobbing around in my thoughts and Heart strings

As I have mentioned before, I am toying with the idea of adding to my current one bike stable consisting of a 2009 BMW R1200GSA. The GSA is a brilliant all rounder, and I think a cruiser will be an ideal addition with a totally different riding style.

I have been reading and watching a lot of reviews regarding both the Thunderbird and Fat Bob. And I have noticed that the Fat Bob is winning the fight in my mind. The Fat Bob will likely also enjoy a broader network of support and parts availability.

It further seems that the previous shape of Fat Bob, the 103 Dyna version is the one I would like to have. I like the look, and according to the internet search it falls in to my budget.

What I would like to know, is what are your experiences with the Dyna Fat Bob?
My plan is to mostly do town driving here in Bloemfontein,  and the occasional short distance trip (up to 500km one way)

Pictures and suggestions will also be highly appreciated.

Thanks for the help!  :ricky:
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2020, 12:07:23 pm »
I had a Fatbob 2017 (old shape) prior to getting my KTM and as much as I love this bike, I miss the rawness of the Harley. I have a Superduke on the 1290 but nothing beats the sound of the Harley with the pipes I had!

It is certainly not as easy a ride as a adventure bike but surprisingly nimble and really comfortable despite being more of an urban brawler! Pretty much the best handling Harley around! Never failed to put a smile on my face

Also I am a tall guy and while the Fatbob  is not a big bike I fitted really comfortably, if that is a consideration?




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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2020, 01:28:47 pm »
I firmly believe that you do not buy a bike, the bike buys you.
As much as I am a Triumph fan, I believe the Harley will put a bigger smile on your face.

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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2020, 01:43:36 pm »
You wanna buy a Harley??

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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2020, 05:50:33 pm »
I had a Fatbob 2017 (old shape) prior to getting my KTM and as much as I love this bike, I miss the rawness of the Harley. I have a Superduke on the 1290 but nothing beats the sound of the Harley with the pipes I had!

It is certainly not as easy a ride as a adventure bike but surprisingly nimble and really comfortable despite being more of an urban brawler! Pretty much the best handling Harley around! Never failed to put a smile on my face

Also I am a tall guy and while the Fatbob  is not a big bike I fitted really comfortably, if that is a consideration?


Thanks for the feedback #blessed. It confirms what I have been thinking, I love bikes that constantly puts a smile on my face no matter how long I have been riding it.



I firmly believe that you do not buy a bike, the bike buys you.
As much as I am a Triumph fan, I believe the Harley will put a bigger smile on your face.


I also firmly believe in this philosophy....to the heart break of many a motorcycle salesman.
They don't like it when you just quickly walk through their showroom without giving them a chance to do their sales pitch.

This Fat Bob idea is taking to me, much the same way the foto's of my GSA spoke to me many years ago
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2020, 05:58:22 pm »
You wanna buy a Harley??

Change your forum name from Brandsiekbrak to Hondsdolbrak. :pot:

I am assuming that you are not at your best early on a Sunday afternoon, might be lacking your Sunday afternoon nap.
I will not accept that "Hondsdolbrak" is the best that the infamous 2StrokeDan can come up with 

I will wait patiently for that well meaning, warm hearted 2Stroke insult that I know you have inside that dark fabled mind  :peepwall:
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2020, 06:02:10 pm »
HD...... HalfDofBrak?








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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2020, 06:49:06 pm »
I like the bobber but have a look at the Nightrod Secial, droolworthy!
 

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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2020, 06:53:36 pm »
You wanna buy a Harley??

Change your forum name from Brandsiekbrak to Hondsdolbrak. :pot:

I am assuming that you are not at your best early on a Sunday afternoon, might be lacking your Sunday afternoon nap.
I will not accept that "Hondsdolbrak" is the best that the infamous 2StrokeDan can come up with 

I will wait patiently for that well meaning, warm hearted 2Stroke insult that I know you have inside that dark fabled mind  :peepwall:

It was indeed my Sunday best. :-[
 

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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2020, 07:37:16 pm »
I like the bobber but have a look at the Nightrod Secial, droolworthy!

Initially I was looking at and researching the different Rods... they look very nice
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2020, 07:39:22 pm »
You wanna buy a Harley??

Change your forum name from Brandsiekbrak to Hondsdolbrak. :pot:

I am assuming that you are not at your best early on a Sunday afternoon, might be lacking your Sunday afternoon nap.
I will not accept that "Hondsdolbrak" is the best that the infamous 2StrokeDan can come up with 

I will wait patiently for that well meaning, warm hearted 2Stroke insult that I know you have inside that dark fabled mind  :peepwall:

It was indeed my Sunday best. :-[

I sincerely apologise for my higher expectations   :biggrin:
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2020, 07:57:59 pm »
You wanna buy a Harley??

Change your forum name from Brandsiekbrak to Hondsdolbrak. :pot:

I am assuming that you are not at your best early on a Sunday afternoon, might be lacking your Sunday afternoon nap.
I will not accept that "Hondsdolbrak" is the best that the infamous 2StrokeDan can come up with 

I will wait patiently for that well meaning, warm hearted 2Stroke insult that I know you have inside that dark fabled mind  :peepwall:

It was indeed my Sunday best. :-[

I sincerely apologise for my higher expectations   :biggrin:

Don't worry, the Harley will help you to lower your standards......... :ricky:

All just banter of course. :thumleft:
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2020, 08:09:09 pm »
I like the bobber but have a look at the Nightrod Secial, droolworthy!
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2020, 10:39:56 pm »
You will love the 103 cubic inch engined Fat Bob and, I don't know about there, but here, the Triumph Thunderbird gets laughed at, has abysmal resale value.  The Fat Bob retains its value much better than any Triumph product.  Again, here, I don't know about there. 
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2020, 04:25:06 am »
HD...... HalfDofBrak?
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2020, 06:27:15 am »
You wanna buy a Harley??

Change your forum name from Brandsiekbrak to Hondsdolbrak. :pot:

I am assuming that you are not at your best early on a Sunday afternoon, might be lacking your Sunday afternoon nap.
I will not accept that "Hondsdolbrak" is the best that the infamous 2StrokeDan can come up with 

I will wait patiently for that well meaning, warm hearted 2Stroke insult that I know you have inside that dark fabled mind  :peepwall:

It was indeed my Sunday best. :-[

I sincerely apologise for my higher expectations   :biggrin:

Don't worry, the Harley will help you to lower your standards......... :ricky:

All just banter of course. :thumleft:

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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2020, 06:32:46 am »
@big oil
At least the Thunderbird route helped me to come across the Fat Bob
Did not know previously that Harley made them. Most of the other Harleys are nice to look at, for me. But I never thought of buying one....until now
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2020, 07:32:42 am »
please do yerself a favour .. go and take the Suzuki boulevard 1800 out fer a wee spin .its more comfy , more performance , sleeker, cheaper, better , and prettier
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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2020, 08:07:55 am »
I love Dynas & I've had 2.

As much as I love  the styling & look of the Dyna Fat Bob,I could never get used to the feet forward riding position.
It seems counter intuitive for a bike touted as a "performance cruiser".

Try & find yourself a Dyna Lowrider S to take for a test ride.
The footpegs are "further forward mid controls" which put my feet in the perfect spot.
The 110 motor is a beast. Crazy fun to ride with much better suspension than the Fat Bob too.

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Re: Harley Fat Bob - opinions / buyers advice
« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2020, 08:55:29 am »
Sorry to Hijack but whats your guys opinion on the street rod 750? My boet (newish rider) is looking at one and at the current price seems like a real bargain!
I take it that its cheap because "ts not a real harley"