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2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo Review
Fat, dark and strong, this down-and-dirty version of the custom icon is the big dog on the road
Building on the Fat Boy® legacy, the Fat Boy® Lo brought a darker, slammed appearance to the world of boulevard cruisers. From front to back, this custom cruiser shows attitude, with custom, black bullet hole wheels, a denim black frame, blacked-out covers and header shields, and satin chrome in all the places mirror chrome would normally reside. A slammed, narrow-cut seat rides just 24.25-inches off the ground, while the forward foot controls and low, 1.25-inch handlebar create a secure stance that inspires a cruising state of mind. With the new addition of anti-lock brakes in the Security Package option, the Fat Boy Lo truly remains at the head of the pack.
Big in all the right places. The 17-inch wheels of black, bullet-hole, disc-cast
aluminum definitely make an impressionespecially with rubber 140mm wide
in front and a beefy 200mm in back. And check out the chopsticks up frontfat
front fork behind the huge, gorgeous headlamp. The handlebars are wide, giant
stainless steel with bare-knuckle satin chrome risers. It's a lot of fat in
one tight bike. Definitely meaty. Wide. Big-boned. A bruiser. Call it what
you want. Just admit that you want it.
If you want a comfortable bike but love that rigid-suspension look, you've
come to the right bike. We've kept all the modern comforts where they belongbelow
the surface of a rad, vintage-looking bike. You get the classic lines of a
vintage 'hardtail' frame with the horizontal rear shocks hidden in the guts.
It's a signature rigid look, and you'll only find it on a Softail® model.
Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes
standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to
five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects. Skimping simply is not
in our vocabulary.
All Harley-Davidson® fuel tanks are finished by handthat's what
makes them stand out from the competition. Their seamless design and unmatched
style are unique among all motorcycles on the road. The tanks are one of the
first and last things people notice when they lay their eyes on a Harley-Davidson®
motorcycleso we make it worth their time.
You might say black is the new chrome when it comes to the Fat Boy® Lo
model. There's black denim finish on the frame, swingarm, front shock covers,
derby cover, horn cover, coil cover, oil tank and air cleaner cover. Black,
bullet-hole disc-cast aluminum wheels with black centers and matching outer
rims. Flat-black exhaust shields on the satin chrome shotgun exhaust. Gloss
black half-moon footboards. Even blacked-out mirrors and headlamp. And black
powder-coating on the powertrain with satin chrome accents finishes the job.
With all this paint, you won't just be riding fat and low. You'll be throwing
shade all the way.
This tank makes a statement with its leather tank strap, satin chrome side
badges, and satin chrome speedometer and ignition switch console. The speedo
face boasts a big, bold display for the odometer and an ancillary display
for gear and rpm, so all the info you need on the fly is yours at a glance
You want a ride that rumblesnot begs for mercywhen you lean on
it a little. The Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission provides smooth,
quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway, so you get a better
match between engine turnover and road speed. It's a rare ride when a bike
responds like this, and a low growl goes a long way when you're opening up
the road ahead.
New for 2012: live your ride to the power of 103. The air cooled Twin Cam
103 Harley Davidson® engine delivers more stump pulling torque,
while its Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection jetting gives crisp, lively
throttle reaction. Its a performance punch that youll appreciate
when passing, climbing hills, or rolling with luggage packed or a passenger
in backall under that signature Motor Company rumble. And it comes at
lower cruising rpm, so you ride more smoothly, with less engine vibration
and better highway fuel economy.
The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The
Motor Company, and it was put to good use when we created the Twin Cam 103;
engine. We sweated bullets perfecting every cubic inch, pushing design and
technology forward. And we did it all without compromising one bit of Harley-Davidson's
unique styling. Evolved, yet carrying on the legacy of the Flathead, Knucklehead,
Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution®, Twin Cam 88®; and Twin Cam 96
engines that came before. The performance and durability are a direct result
of the untold miles logged on the V-Twin since 1909, and the proud heritage
that comes from a century's worth of commitment to life on two wheels.
Fire up the Twin Cam 103 engine and feel the low-end torque unleashed.
Thanks to the lightweight piston design, delivery of the added power is more
refined than ever. Then put your foot on the shifter and feel how the engine
and Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission were designed to work together.
Six speeds. A strong driveline and strong internal parts. Low routine maintenance.
And a low cruising rpm couldn't feel better.
Feast your eyes on the Twin Cam 103 engine and there's no mistaking
its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with
an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Black
powder-coated heads and cylinders are highlighted by machined cooling fin
tips and satin chrome rocker covers. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure.
Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean
lines of cases and coversthe Twin Cam 103 engine makes an ironclad
statement about holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies.
When it comes to the Fat Boy® Lo with optional ABS, 'stopping power'
has a double meaning. The components of our ABS are tastefully hidden within
the wheel hub, so you'll still turn heads with clean, streamlined design.
More importantly, though, you get certainty in the saddle knowing your bike's
going to behave when you need it. Offered as a part of the 'Security Package'
(which includes the H-D® Smart Security System).
The factory installed next-generation security system features a hands-free
fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions
as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition
key ring and let it do all the work. It's this attention to details and security
that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique. Offered as a part of the
'Security Package' (which includes Anti-Lock Brakes).
Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style
and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is
skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bikethe tank, engine and
all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It's just another way
The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line
fit and finish.
Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive.
The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the
motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes
second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on
basking in the freedom of the ride.
To give the Fat Boy® Lo model its distinctive road-hugging stance, we've
dropped the front and rear suspension 1.15 inches. That makes it the lowest
seat height of any stock Harley-Davidson® model at a down and dirty 24.25
inches. Perfect for smaller riders or those who just like to feel down in
Fatter is better. Rubber 140mm wide up front mitigates feedback from the
street for a smoother ride. And the beefy 200mm rear tire provides a confident
feeling of sure contact with the road. And since they're from Dunlop®,
you know you're wrapping your premium rollers in quality rubber.
Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on
the road. There's a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverabilityit's
all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to
create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike
they swing their leg over. Let's face it, we didn't get to where we are by
being like everyone else
Your boots were made for riding, in any way you see fit. Our full-length
footboards boast a tried and true design that's stood the test of time. Plenty
of foot positions for your taste and comfort. Rubber vibration isolation for
a comfortable ride. And heel-toe shifting for confident shifting every time.
It takes a few rides, but once you've gotten used to the smooth heel-toe rhythm,
you'll never give it up. The toes of your boots won't take the same beating,
To go along with the low seat height, we've added some ergos to make sure
every inch of low pays off in pleasurable riding. We've slimmed up the seat
itself. With the seat shape, lowdown frame and rigid powertrain, you can be
sure you'll feel a solid, comfortable connection with the bike and road.
Our motorcycles are built to be ridden. A lot. So that means that rider comfort
is top of mind. Always. With the Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy
(EITMS) feature, the motorcycle automatically cuts fuel and fire from rear
cylinder when idling, which helps reduce engine heat felt by rider and passenger.
This feature can easily be turned on by your dealer.
The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a
seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson
invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that
every bike has just the right saddle.
Practically begging you to reach out and grab your freedom, these low profile
fat handlebars are the perfect place to start for both new riders and easy-rider
comfort for road-hardened warriors. Newly designed for 2012, they offer reduced
reach giving you more comfort and better control of your cruise.
2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo Model Highlights
NEW Rigid-mounted, counter-balanced Twin Cam103B V-Twin engine with
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
NEW Low profile, 1.25-inch internally-wired handlebar
NEW Paint color options
- Seat is lower and narrower for an easy reach to the ground
- Leather tank panel with
- Satin-chrome tank console and side badges
- Bullet Hole Disc Cast Aluminum wheels with black centers and machined outer rims
- Denim Black frame, swingarm, front shock covers, derby cover, horn cover, coil cover, oil tank, and air cleaner cover
- Gloss Black triple clamp covers and nacelle, headlight bucket, air cleaner cover trim ring, rear fender supports, footboards
- Black powder-coated powertrain with satin-chrome covers
- Rear suspension lowered 1.15-inch
- 200 mm rear tire
- Over/under shotgun exhaust with satin-chrome mufflers and muffler shields, and flat-black header shields
- Half-moon black rider floorboards
- Stainless steel 1.25-inch, internally-wired handlebar
- Rolled edge front fender
- Full-coverage rear fender
2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo Key Features and Benefits
- 6-Speed Cruise Drive® Transmission
- Horseshoe oil tank
- Five-gallon fuel tank
2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo - USA Specifications/Technical
US MSRP Price: Vivid Black $16,649, Solids $17,034 USD
Length 94.3 in. (2395 mm)
Overall Width 39.0 in. (990 mm)
Overall Height 43.1 in. (1095 mm)
- Laden2 24.3 in. (616 mm)
- Unladen 26.4 in. (669 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.8 in. (122 mm)
Rake (steering head) 31.6°
Fork Angle 31.6°
Trail 5.8 in. (147 mm)
Wheelbase 64.5 in. (1638 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series, radial blackwall front and
- Front D408F 140/75R17 67V
- Rear D407 200/55R17 78V
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal. (18.9 L) (warning light at approximately 1.0 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 3.5 qts. (3.3 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
Case Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
- As Shipped 700 lbs. (318.0 kg)
- In Running Order 731 lbs. (332.0 kg)
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1160 lbs. (526.0 kg)
- Gross Axle Weight Rating:
- Front 430 lbs. (195.0 kg)
- Rear 730 lbs. (331.0 kg)
Engine Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103BTM
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.875 in. x 4.38 in. (98.4 mm x 111.1 mm)
Displacement 103 cu. in. (1690 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper, washable
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump
Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 32/66 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
- 1st 9.311
- 2nd 6.454
- 3rd 4.793
- 4th 3.882
- 5th 3.307
- 6th 2.79
Frame Mild steel tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; forged fender supports; MIG welded
Swingarm Mild steel, round tube sections, forged junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 41.3 mm telescopic, beer can covers
Rear Shocks Hidden, horizontal-mounted, coil-over
Wheels4: Black Bullet Hole Cast Aluminum Disc
- Front 17 in. x 3.5 in. (432 mm x 89 mm)
- Rear 17 in. x 6 in. (432 mm x 152 mm)
- Caliper Type 4-piston front and 2-piston rear
- Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, uniform expansion rotors
- Front 11.5 in. x .2 in. (292 mm x 5.1 mm)
- Rear 11.5 in. x .23 in. (292 mm x 5.8 mm)
- Anti-lock Braking System: Available
- Front Wheel 5.1 in. (130 mm)
- Rear Wheel 3.6 in. (91 mm)
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
- North America 98.7 ft. lbs. @ 3000 RPM (134 Nm @ 3000 RPM)
Lean Angle (per J1168):
- Right 25.6°
- Left 25.2°
Fuel Economy6 (EPA urban/highway test) 42 mpg (5.6 L/100 km)
- Vivid Black
- Big Blue Pearl
- Brilliant Silver Pearl
- Black Denim
Vivid Black $16,649
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 270 cca
Charging Three-phase, 38-amp system (439W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 489W max power @ 13V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
- Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
- Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W (5W/21W)
- Turn Signal Lights 28W (21W) self-canceling
- Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system7 (optional), 6-speed, low fuel warnings
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every 5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter
1 Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered.
Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices
of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including
depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive
comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication.
Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur
and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes
at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models,
without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in
the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog
may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with
your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models
feature 6-speed transmission (V-Rod® models and Sportster® models
are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm
spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
2 Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3 Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
4 Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
5 Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
6 The combined fuel economy numbers were derived using a combination of estimated city and highway values. Fuel economy estimates are derived from US EPA exhaust emission certification data on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual fuel economy will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight). Break-in mileage may vary.
7 North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
8 See motorcycle owners manual for complete details.
9 Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2500 mile (4000 km) intervals. See Owners Manual for full details.
2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo - Canadian Specifications/Technical
Canada MSRP Price: Vivid Black $18,269, Color Option $18,689, Security Package (Security and ABS) $1,310 CDN
Length: 2,390 mm
Seat Height, Laden: 616 mm
Seat Height, Unladen: 670 mm
Ground Clearance: 125 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg): 31.6
Trail: 147 mm
Wheelbase: 1,630 mm
Tires, Front Specification: 140/75R17 67V
Tires, Rear Specification: 200/55R17 78V
Fuel Capacity 3: 18.9 l
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 3.3 l
Weight, As Shipped: 313 kg
Weight, In Running Order: 330 kg
Luggage Capacity -Volume: N/A
Luggage Capacity -Weight: N/A
Engine 1: Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B
Bore: 98.4 mm
Stroke: 111.1 mm
Displacement: 1,690 cc
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st: 9.311
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd: 6.454
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd: 4.793
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th: 3.882
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th: 3.307
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th: 2.79
Exhaust: Denim Black and Satin Chrome, over/under shotgun exhaust with dual mufflers
Wheels, Optional Style Type: N/A
Wheels, Front Type: Black, Bullet Hole Disc Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type: Black, Bullet Hole Disc Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type: 4-piston front and 2-piston rear
Parking Brake: N/A
Engine Torque Testing Method: J1349
Engine Torque 2: 132 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm): 3,250
Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 25.6
Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 25.2
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy: 5.6 l/100 km
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator LampsHigh beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), 6-speed, low fuel warnings
Tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, RPM/gear display, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, 6-speed indicator light
1: Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
2: Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
3: Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
4: Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
5: Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
6: Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
7: North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
8: See motorcycle owner's manual for complete details.
2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo - Press Release 1
MORE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODELS WITH TWIN CAM 103 POWER IN 2012
V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition and Dyna® Switchback Bagger Join the Model Line
MILWAUKEE (July 20, 2011) Harley-Davidson offers more Big Twin performance for 2012 as its Twin Cam 103 powertrain is standard equipment on Softail® and Touring motorcycle models and most Dyna® motorcycle models. Harley-Davidson will offer two new models for 2012. The V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition celebrates a decade of power-cruiser performance, while the new Dyna® Switchback is a convertible custom-touring motorcycle with detachable hard saddlebags and windshield. In addition, the Night Rod Special has significant updates for 2012 with refreshed bodywork and optimized rider ergonomics. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM rolls out the gleaming new CVO Road Glide® Custom, a limited-production, high-performance touring masterpiece.
Harley-Davidson believes every motorcycle it sells can be a custom of one. Harley-Davidson H-D1 is a comprehensive offering of customization tools for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. H-D1 tools include Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories listings in print and on-line catalogs, Fit Shop and consultation services at Harley-Davidson dealerships, and factory customization and Bike Builder tools on www.harley-davidson.com. H-D1 offers almost unlimited opportunities to optimize fit, function, style and performance and turn a Harley into a motorcycle that is truly personalized to its owner.
Harley- Davidson heads into 2012 with 32 models, each born of experience that spans generations and a passion for riding that will never diminish.
Highlights of the 2012 Harley-Davidson line include:
The Twin Cam 103 engine powers all 2012 Dyna®, Softail® and
Touring models with the exception of the Dyna Street Bob® and Dyna Super
Glide® Custom. This engine produces up to 100 ft lbs. peak torque, an
increase of approximately 6 percent over the Twin Cam 96 engine it replaces
as standard power for many of these models. The Twin Cam 103 is equipped with
automatic compression release. It features identifying badges on the derby
cover, timer cover and air cleaner trim ring.
A Security Package that pairs Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob is available for all 2012 V-Rod®, Dyna®, Softail®, Touring and CVO models. The Security Package is standard equipment on CVO models and on the Road Glide® Ultra, the Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, and the Road King® Classic. The Security Package is a factory-installed option for all other models.
The Night Rod® Special is updated with new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, an inverted front fork and improved ergonomics. Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of power cruising with the V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that evokes the anodized aluminum bodywork of the original V-Rod model that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine in 2002. All V-Rod models will carry V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.
The new Dyna Switchback combines hard saddlebags and a windshield with the eager handling and Twin Cam 103 performance of the Dyna chassis. It's a custom-touring bike ready for a long weekend trip, until the detachable bags and windshield are removed. Then in seconds the Switchback becomes a custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and a mini-ape handlebar. This convertible concept makes the versatile Switchback two motorcycles in one.
All Harley-Davidson Softail models get the performance boost of the Twin Cam 103 engine for 2012. The Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo have a new reduced-reach handlebar for more-comfortable ergonomics. A lower, narrower seat shape places the Fat Boy rider in a new "in the bike" position. The Softail Deluxe and Heritage Softail Classic will be available with a new optional "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair.
The Twin Cam 103 powertrain gives all Harley-Davidson Touring models assertive power for passing. On Touring models, the Twin Cam 103 is equipped with an oil cooler. All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster® line appeals to a broad range of riders with six 2012 models ranging from the race-inspired XR1200X to the accessible SuperLow® to Dark Custom roadsters like the Iron 883, Nightster® and Forty-Eight®. The Sportster® 1200 Custom can be personalized for fit, function and style with H-D1 factory customization, a process that allows customers to use the Bike Builder tool on harley-davidson.com to build the motorcycle from a selection of options that are installed as the bike is assembled by Harley-Davidson Motor Company or are installed by a dealer after the motorcycle is delivered. New 1200 Custom color options have been added to Bike Builder for 2012.
The new CVO Road Glide Custom is one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM, each turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. CVO Road Glide Custom is a hot-rod bagger with a frame-mounted fairing topped with a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio system, and a color-matched, low-profile fuel tank console.