It’s fascinating to realize how motorcycles have impacted our lives. Many of these wonderful machines have gone on to symbolize motorcycling in their own ways and given birth to a unique lifestyle. And not just that, they have characterized us and continually reflected our mood and personality on the road. They are a part of our identity and we become a part of theirs.
It compels us to recall some memorable moments from the years gone by that glorified both the man and the machine. One of them was in 1991 when Arnold Schwarzenegger rode a Harley Davidson Fat Boy in the movie Terminator 2. It is a truly great movie and Arnold gave one of the best performances of his career, but his robotic character was flawlessly magnified by his ride, the Fat Boy.
The typically substantial dimensions of the motorcycle were the perfect match to Arnold’s bulked up physique. And while his personality was intimidating to the bad guys, the overall ease of his character was aptly complemented by the Fat Boy’s laidback attitude. It would be hard to find another example when a motorcycle and the rider have been so well-paired. Arnold never looked cooler and the Fat Boy became a badass.
Since then, I have wanted to ride the Fat Boy and it has remained my favourite motorcycle in the Harley Davidson lineup. It is well built and looks tough enough to last more than a lifetime.
The Fat Boy was introduced in 1990 with a 1340cc engine and received various upgrades over the years. In 2016, the Fat Boy comes with a Twin Cam 1,690cc engine which produces 133 NM of torque at 3,500 RPM. It is a ‘Softail’ which means that the frame looks rigid (no shock absorbing mechanism at the back) but actually employs a shocker completely hidden from the view.
We sincerely thank Eagle Rider India for letting us ride FAT BOY.
The overall styling is a classic American cruiser with a comfortable and wide reach to the handlebar, slightly forward foot floorboards and a broad seat. 17-inch wheels at both ends make the whole motorcycle look absolutely proportionate. Would I want to change anything in it? Well, the brakes certainly need more power and a double disc setup would be a huge improvement.
The Fat Boy is one of the most successful motorcycles for Harley Davidson and, in some ways, their identity. It is the face of motorcycling in America and is an integral part of the company’s heritage. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve been overwhelmed by many motorcycles and I always desire more than one. But the Fat Boy always gets my attention no matter how many times I have seen it already. It is like if I personify Harley Davidson as a human being, then the Fat Boy would be a limb it can’t do without.