The original Fat Boy was penned as a testament to Harley's burley traditional image, and it definitely hit the mark. It's been hitting the mark ever since, with modest evolutionary changes and enhancements and consistent appeal.
The 15th Anniversary Edition Fat Boy is available in two colors - Vivid Black and Brilliant Silver Pearl. The air cleaner cover, timer cover and ignition switch plate receive gold pinstriping, as do the console, tank and front fender, all complementing the 24k gold-plated tank badge.
Base price for my test 15th Anniversary Fat Boy was $18,495, while the Harely-Davidson factory security system, freight and emissions (not applicable in all states) brought the final total to $19,098.27. My test bike was finished in Vivid Black with gold striping - hard to keep clean, but really gorgeous. The Brilliant Silver Pearl version looks equally nice and would be much easier to keep looking that way.
SUMMARY: Climb aboard this special edition Harley, crank the 1550cc motor to life, shift into first gear, ease off the clutch and enjoy the ride. All Fat Boys feature a low, upright seating position and as a result are exceptionally well balanced. The 95-inch motor makes for a quick, smooth and fun ride, whether street cruising or twisting along a challenging back road. Bottom line, the 15th Anniversary Fat Boy is a worthwhile "collectible" with its timeless styling and limited production.
For those who are not into collectible, special edition bikes, whose value would be affected by altering them through personalization or customization, there's always the standard issue Fat Boy that comes without the special gold tank badge, and with a standard 1450cc motor and regular disc wheels.
For those who want a really special Fat Boy, Harley-Davidson offers a Fat Boy from their CVO division - the limited production, solo Screamin' Eagle Fat Boy, with lots of "bling-bling" parts and flashy treatment, along with plenty of extra factory-provided power. The standard Fat Boy costs less than the 15th Anniversary Edition bike, while the Screamin' Eagle version, with all its extra features and accessories goes for roughly $28,000 - not exactly "chump change." The choice is yours, according to your personal tastes and budget constraints - they all reflect Harley's heritage and provide a comfortable Softail ride.
Harley-Davidson FLSTFI 15th Anniversary Edition Fat Boy
Base Price: $18,495.
Price as Tested: $19,098.27.
Engine Type and Size: Twin Cam 88B 95 cubic-inch (1550 cc) air-cooled Twin with electronic, sequential fuel injection and right-side over/under shotgun shorty dual exhaust.
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 92.7 at 4,000 rpm.
Transmission: Five-speed manual.
Drive Train: Primary drive - chain / Final drive - belt.
Suspension: Front - 41.3 mm telescopic dual forks with "beer-can" covers. Rear - Swingarm, mild steel, rectangular-tube sections, stamped junctions, MIG welded.
Brakes: Hydraulic discs front and rear with 4-piston calipers.
Tires: Dunlop MT 90B16 72H front / 150/80B16 71H rear, mounted on chrome solid disc wheels.
Wheelbase: 64.5 inches.
Length Overall: 94.3 inches.
Steering angle: 32.0 degrees.
Curb Weight dry: 675 lbs. (dry).
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gallons.
Seat height: 25.5 inches.
Copyright, Motor Matters, 2005