FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
2014 model. 103 cubic inch OHV air-cooled V-twin
Why you might like a Fat Boy Lo ...
Looks: 25 years in production must tell you something.
Vibration: Engine counter balancer quells the worst of it.
Wheels: Maintenance free "Bullet Hole" cast alloy discs.
Saddle: Fat on comfort. You can sleep on it if you have to.
Engine: Bomb proof 45-degree V-twin. Tried, tested, trusted.
Torque: Masses of it for lazy, laid-back touring.
Spares: Anything you want they got it right there in the USA.
Tuning options: HDs are the best supported bikes on Earth.
Depreciation: Fat Boys tend to hold their values well.
Belt final drive: Smooth, clean, quiet, proven.
Footboards: You'll be amazed at how they help on a trip.
Presence: If you want to be king of the road, here's a throne.
Six-speed gearbox/transmission: Think overdrive.
Servicing: You'll never raise another spanner. It's dealer time.
Seat height: Any lower, and you'll be on the deck.
ABS: You'll be thankful for this the first time it kicks in.
Security package: Handy electronic fob helps keep it safe.
Hydraulic clutch: Reliable system. Smooth in operation.
... and why you might not like one
Weight: At around 650lbs (dry), these can break a man's back.
Harley scene: It ain't for everyone. But it ain't compulsory.
Fuel economy: Low at around 40mpg.
Theft: Expect sleepless nights and peeks through the window.
Poseur: Folk will think you bought it only to impress.
Centre stand: Hasn't got one, and why would you want one?
Cornering: It gets around them eventually.
Handling: For want of a better way to express it...
Rain: UK weather will cut your annual riding miles.
Constant trade ups: HD men have nowhere else to go really.
Footbrake: Pretty awful ergonomics.
Gear lever/shifter: Pretty awful ergonomics. But kinda quaint.
Forks: Way too soft for many riders.
Softail rear: Adds extra weight to an already heavy bike.
Denim paint: The matt finish needs special care or it'll shine.
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