2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 Review

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

 

EXCLUSIVE.

The all-new Fat Bob® is 21.9lb lighter with Tarmac-eating traction delivered by Milwaukee-Eight® engine power. Updated suspension and the reinvented Softail® frame smooths out the ride and provides agile cornering. Also new is a 2-1-2 upswept exhaust and never-seen-before asymmetrical tank graphic, inverted forks and fat tires with an aggressive tread pattern. Available in 107 and 114 engine displacements.

The all-new Fat Bob features aggressive, unapologetic styling, mind-blowing performance and handling, premium finishes, and your choice of the powerful Milwaukee-Eight® 107 or 114 Big Twin Engine.

 

BOLD. FEARLESS. GROUNDBREAKING.

33 pounds lighter with massive engine power, asphalt-eating traction, and pothole-devouring suspension.

 

A TAKE-NO-PRISONERS LOOK

You get a 2-1-2 up-swept exhaust, an asymmetrical tank graphic, fat tires, and the all-new reinvented Softail® frame.

 

GET IN THE SADDLE AND CONQUER THE WORLD AT HIGH SPEED

 

Harley-Davidson Softail Story – The next custom revolution

Authentic innovation meets true Harley-Davidson soul in the reinvented Softail® family. The most powerful, agile, and responsive cruisers in Harley-Davidson history feature a lighter and stiffer frame, high-performance suspension and the smooth, unrelenting torque of a fully counter-balanced Milwaukee-Eight® V-Twin engine. Each Softail® model has a distinctive look and attitude that stays true to the roots of Harley-Davidson® custom motorcycle design.

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

NEW FOR 2018
◾New Milwaukee-Eight® engine
◾New lighter and stiffer frame
◾New suspension with inverted forks and external rear preload adjustment
◾Unique LED forward lighting
◾Dual disc front brakes
◾New seats
◾More lean angle
◾Dark finishes
◾2-1-2 performance exhaust
◾Cast wheels with aggressive tire tread pattern
◾Keyless ignition

 

Inverted Forks

The all-new inverted front forks deliver more precise handling.

 

Dual Disc Front Brakes

The Milwaukee-Eight® engine is not short on power. And these high-performance dual disc brakes help you keep that power in check when you need to.

 

2-1-2 Exhaust

Big performance-inspired, upswept exhaust with a custom contrast finish.

 

Cast Wheels with Fat Tires

Bold aluminum wheels with fat, aggressive tires that give you asphalt-eating traction.

 

Milwaukee-Eight® Big Twin Engine

A powerful, smooth-running engine with crisp throttle response and a pure, soul-satisfying rumble. Available in 107 and 114 engine displacements.

 

LED Lighting

A bold, new headlight design that gives you greater visibility at night and during the day makes sure all eyes are focused on you.

 

High Performance Front Suspension

New Showa® SDBV® suspension technology provides the performance of a racing-style cartridge fork for reduced weight with linear damping characteristics.

 

High Performance Rear Mono Shock

All-new easily adjustable mono-shock rear suspension allows for dynamic cornering capability while preserving the hardtail look.

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

NEW CHASSIS, ENGINE & DESIGN: HARLEY-DAVIDSON INTRODUCES NEXT CUSTOM REVOLUTION WITH EIGHT NEW ICONIC SOFTAIL MOTORCYCLES

Largest-Ever Product Development Project Launches Harley-Davidson into its 115th Anniversary Year

MILWAUKEE (Aug. 22, 2017) – To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary year, the Motor Company is launching  a custom revolution: Eight all-new Softail® models that merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna® line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line.

Designed under the largest product development project in company history, the new bikes compared to prior year models feature a stiffer and significantly lighter frame built to harness the pulse-quickening torque of the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight® 107 and 114 engines. With high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension and an easily adjustable hidden rear mono-shock, the aggressively styled 2018 Softail models are faster, lighter and better handling than any of their Big Twin cruiser predecessors.

“The new Softail models are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history,” said Paul James, manager of product portfolio, Harley-Davidson. “Thousands of hours of research and testing were put into the complete ground-up design of these new cruisers. We focused on taking the total rider experience to a higher level, where authenticity, heritage and soul meet the modern edge of technology for a ride that must be felt to believe.”

 

NEW CHASSIS

The handling of a Softail motorcycle enters a new era with a lighter, more rigid frame that elevates form and function to a higher plane, while maintaining the classic look of a hard tail and delivers a thoroughly modern ride. Benefits of the new chassis include increased lean angles, sharper turn-in response, quicker acceleration, nimble flick-ability, lighter weight, and easier side-stand liftoff than predecessor Softail and Dyna models. The steel foundation of the next generation of custom Harley-Davidson motorcycles has been forged.

Frame / swingarm

A new high stiffness carbon steel tubular frame forms the core of the 2018 Softail chassis. The completely redesigned frame and swingarm significantly increase the rigidity of the new chassis.  The frame itself is 65 percent stiffer than the 2017 Softail frame, which leads to a 34 percent increase in overall chassis stiffness. The frame design achieves reduced complexity with a 50 percent reduction in component parts and a 22 percent reduction in welds. There are two unique swingarms, one for narrow and one for wide rear tires. The wide chassis is 15 percent lighter (13 pounds) and the narrow chassis is 20 percent (18 pounds) lighter than the 2017 Softail frame. The swingarm transfers rear wheel movement to the under-seat mono-shock while maintaining the pure, classic lines of a hard tail frame.

 

HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION

All-new front and rear suspension components are calibrated to match the dynamics of the new chassis, wheels and tires to enhance the comfort, control and performance of the 2018 Softail® motorcycles. The new high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension, which was first introduced on 2017 Touring models, delivers damping performance that is similar to a cartridge fork but with improved, more responsive damping characteristics. The suspension is optimized for both comfortable cruising and spirited riding with 130 mm of bump-devouring travel. Retuned and optimized rake and trail also enhance the motorcycles’ handling performance.

The new mono-shock rear suspension preserves the classic hard tail look while revamped geometry improves ride quality, traction and control. The new easily adjustable mono-shock enables a 240 pound range of payload capacity for increased passenger comfort and enhanced dynamic handling compared to 2017 Softail models.

 

Ride and handling agility

The all-new Softail models are up to 35 pounds* lighter than 2017 models, delivering an improved power-to-weight ratio that provides quicker acceleration, better braking and enhanced dynamic cornering capability combined with increased lean angles. Some models feature new tires specifically designed to work with the new Softail chassis and feature optimized constructions and improved compounds for a confident, long-wearing ride in all riding conditions. New seat designs and materials provide an improved fit for a wider range of riders and greater comfort for cruising. Bar none, the 2018 Softail models are the best handling cruisers Harley-Davidson has ever produced.

 

NEW POWERTRAIN

All 2018 Softail models get a new heartbeat from the most powerful engines ever offered in Harley-Davidson® Big Twin cruisers, the new Milwaukee-Eight® 107 and 114 V-Twins.

 

ICONIC LOOK

  • Milwaukee-Eight engines retain the iconic 45-degree V-Twin cylinder angle with a broad-shouldered top end accentuated by a single camshaft design that tapers to a slim bottom end for a muscular contour. The new Softail frame’s rigid engine mounting is engineered to tightly package the engine and reinforce the chassis stiffness.

 

SMOOTHER RUNNING & PURER SOUND

  • Milwaukee-Eight engines for Softail models feature a refined dual internally counter-balanced system that reduces engine vibration while maintaining the familiar Harley-Davidson feel.
  • Harley-Davidson’s trademark “potato-potato-potato” sound comes through strong with less intake and mechanical noise.

 

TWO ENGINE DISPLACEMENT OPTIONS

Milwaukee-Eight 107 Engine

(107 CID; 1746cc) Standard on all models

  • 100 mm bore and 4.375 inch stroke with 10.0:1 compression ratio
  • 0-60 mph – 10 percent quicker acceleration than the High Output Twin Cam 103
  • 60-80 mph/5th gear – 16 percent faster acceleration than the High Output Twin Cam 103

 

Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine

(114 CID; 1868cc) Optional

  • Available on four models: Fat Bob® 114, Fat Boy® 114, Breakout® 114, Heritage Classic 114
  • 102 mm bore and 4.5 inch stroke with 10.5:1 compression ratio
  • Ventilator Intake with 114 graphics and badging
  • Standard ABS
  • 0-60 mph – Nine percent faster acceleration than the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine
  • 60-80 mph/5th gear -13 percent faster acceleration than the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine

 

MODERN STYLING & DESIGN

Interpreting Harley-Davidson’s history, authenticity and styling DNA through a modern lens, the eight new Softail models feature all-new designs that strongly differentiate them from their predecessors and each other. From a new base of style, comfort and performance, the next generation of factory custom cruisers are ready for riders to take even higher with their own personalization.

“The authenticity of Harley-Davidson design comes by sweating the details from start to finish, ‘hard to do and hard to copy.’ Harley-Davidson motorcycles are not a commodity; they are handed down from generation to generation,” said Brad Richards, vice president of styling and design, Harley-Davidson. “We look at every nut and bolt on the bike, all the finishes, and every small detail. The new Softail frame is like a piece of art, and the more you take off the bike, the more beautiful it becomes. Its design speaks to the teamwork that our styling and engineering processes demand.”

 

EIGHT new SOFTAIL MODEL KEY FEATURES:

 

FAT BOY®

The legendary Fat Boy motorcycle that defined contemporary custom style for decades has outdone itself. Ripped and refined satin-chrome finishes deliver a bold, muscular styling statement showing off its powerful engine and new and improved ride and handling.

  • Aggressive, steamroller stance and front end design
  • Modern-day interpretation of the classic headlight nacelle
  • 160 mm front tire, the widest-ever on a Harley-Davidson production model, wraps the solid Lakester front wheel
  • 31-pound weight reduction to previous model
  • Standard ABS
  • 240 mm rear tire with solid Lakester rear wheel
  • Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine

 

HERITAGE CLASSIC

Design cues evoke the blacked-out styling of vintage ‘50s Harley-Davidson models updated with a modern edge.

  • New detachable windscreen
  • New rigid, lockable, sealed, water-resistant saddlebags
  • Taller suspension with increased passenger and cargo payload capacity
  • 32-pound weight reduction to previous model
  • Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine
  • Standard cruise control and ABS

 

LOW RIDER®

Inspired by the individualism of the ‘70s custom chopper era that birthed the original, the new Low Rider model is lighter and faster with corner-carving handling unimaginable back in the day.

  • Throwback-style dual tank-mount speedo and tach gauges, headlight visor and fuel tank graphics
  • 19-inch front and 16-inch rear Radiate cast wheels
  • 2-into-2 Shotgun exhaust

 

SOFTAIL SLIM®

Stripped to its essential elements, the Softail Slim model pays homage to post-war custom bobbers with a narrow rear end, trimmed front fender, solo seat and minimal chrome.

  • Dark finishes adorn the laced wheels, Hollywood handlebar, and all-new front-end design
  • Low-slung tuck and roll seat
  • Bold and smooth new front nacelle and fork cover styling
  • 35-pound weight reduction to previous model

 

DELUXE

A classic hi-line showstopper that stands out on any boulevard, the Deluxe glistens with bright chrome while delivering the ride of a seriously modern machine.

  • Signature all-LED lighting from front to back: headlight, running lights, Tombstone taillight and blade-like turn signals
  • Signature pull-back handlebar
  • 33-pound weight reduction to previous model
  • Standard ABS

 

BREAKOUT®

With more lean angle and agility than ever imagined in a bike carrying so much dragster attitude and style, the all-new Breakout model takes long, lean muscle to a modern edge.

  • New smooth-top 3.5-gallon fuel tank
  • Long and wide with low-slung raked out 49 mm front forks
  • 18-inch rear (240 mm tire) and 21-inch front (130 mm tire) Gasser-style gloss-black powder coated cast aluminum wheels
  • Distinctive Daymaker™ Signature LED headlamp
  • Low-profile, riser-mounted digital instrument screen
  • 35-pound weight reduction to previous model
  • Standard ABS
  • Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine

FAT BOB®

Asphalt-eating traction, pothole-devouring suspension, agile cornering, and a blacked-out take-no-prisoners look make the Fat Bob® model a groundbreaking motorcycle that could only come from Harley-Davidson.

  • 2-1-2 upswept performance exhaust with a custom finish
  • Largest aggressively treaded tires from the Motor Company:150 mm front and 180 mm rear
  • Dual disc front brakes
  • 6-gallon fuel tank
  • 33-pound weight reduction to previous model
  • Inverted 43 mm cartridge style front forks
  • Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine

 

STREET BOB®

A bare-bones bike with go-anywhere DNA, the all-new Street Bob motorcycle has a fists-in-the-wind attitude with nothing extra to weigh it down.

  • Smooth-top 3.5-gallon fuel tank
  • Black spoke wheels with chopped fenders
  • Low-profile, riser-mounted digital instrument screen
  • 17-pound weight reduction to previous model
  • Lowest MSRP in Softail lineup

 

NEW TECHNOLOGY FEATURED ON EVERY SOFTAIL MODEL

  • Unique Daymaker™ Signature LED Headlamps on all models
  • Improved electrical system charging, more than doubled at idle speeds
  • Easily adjustable rear shock pre-load settings (method varies by model)
    • Under seat spanner wrench: Softail Slim®, Street Bob®, Low Rider®
    • External hand adjustment knob: Fat Bob, Fat Boy, Breakout®
    • Under seat socket adjustment: Deluxe, Heritage Classic
  • Steering head mounted USB charge port
  • New instrumentation
  • Keyless ignition and security system standard
  • New fuel tanks

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Below 
USD

Pricing6

  • Vivid Black $18,699
  • Color $19,099

Engine

  • Engine 1 Milwaukee-Eight® 114
  • Bore 4.016 in.
  • Stroke 4.5 in.
  • Displacement 114 cu in
  • Compression Ratio 10.5:1
  • Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust 2-into-1-into-2 dual side; catalyst in muffler

Dimensions

  • Length 92.1 in.
  • Seat Height, Laden 7 27.7 in.
  • Seat Height, Unladen 28 in.
  • Ground Clearance 4.7 in.
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 28
  • Trail 5.2 in.
  • Wheelbase 63.6 in.
  • Tires, Front Specification 150/80-16,71H,BW
  • Tires, Rear Specification 180/70B16,77H,BW
  • Fuel Capacity 3.6 gal.
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 5 qt.
  • Weight, As Shipped 653 lb.
  • Weight, In Running Order 676 lb.

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
  • Engine Torque 2 118 ft-lb
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 31
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 32
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated City/Hwy 5 47 mpg

Drivetrain

  • 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

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type 9 Denim black, Structure cast aluminum with laser etched graphics
  • Wheels, Rear Type Denim black, Structure cast aluminum with laser etched graphics
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 4-piston fixed front and 2-piston floating rear

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, turn signals, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, ABS (optional), security, low battery voltage, low fuel
  • Gauges 4 inch with digital speedometer, gear, odometer,fuel level and analog tachometer indication
  • 1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 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. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, added accessories, and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. Harley-Davidson reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer-specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.
  • 7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  • 8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  • 9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Below CDN

Pricing

  • Vivid Black $ 22,799
  • Color $ 23,249

Dimensions

  • Length 2,340 mm
  • Seat Height, Unladen 710 mm
  • Ground Clearance 120 mm
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 28
  • Trail 132 mm
  • Wheelbase 1,615 mm
  • Tires, Front Specification 150/80-16,71H,BW
  • Tires, Rear Specification 180/70B16,77H,BW
  • Fuel Capacity 13.6 l
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.7 l
  • Weight, As Shipped 296 kg
  • Weight, In Running Order 306 kg

Engine

  • Engine 1 Milwaukee-Eight™ 114
  • Bore 102 mm
  • Stroke 114.3 mm
  • Displacement 1,868 cc
  • Compression Ratio 10.5:1
  • Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust 2-into-1-into-2 dual side; catalyst in muffler

Drivetrain

  • 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

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type Denim black, Structure cast aluminum with laser etched graphics
  • Wheels, Rear Type 8 Denim black, Structure cast aluminum with laser etched graphics
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 4-piston fixed front and 2-piston floating rear

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
  • Engine Torque 2 160 Nm
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 31
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 32
  • Fuel Economy 5 5 l/100 km

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 7 High beam, turn signals, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, ABS (optional), security, low battery voltage, low fuel
  • Gauges 4 inch with digital speedometer, gear, odometer,fuel level and analog tachometer indication
  • 1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 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. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  • 7. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  • 8. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Below  GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Pricing5

  • Vivid Black £15,495
  • Color £15,845

Engine

  • Engine 2 Milwaukee-Eight® 114
  • Bore 102 mm
  • Stroke 114.3 mm
  • Displacement 1,868 cc
  • Compression Ratio 10.5:1
  • Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust 2-into-1-into-2 dual side; catalyst in muffler

Dimensions

  • Length 2,340 mm
  • Seat Height, Unladen 710 mm
  • Ground Clearance 120 mm
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 28
  • Trail 132 mm
  • Wheelbase 1,615 mm
  • Tyres, Front Specification 150/80-16,71H,BW
  • Tyres, Rear Specification 180/70B16,77H,BW
  • Fuel Capacity 13.6 l
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.7 l
  • Weight, As Shipped 296 kg
  • Weight, In Running Order 306 kg

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • Engine Torque 3 155 Nm
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 31
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 32
  • Fuel Economy Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated Hwy/City 5.3 l/100 km
  • CO2 Emissions Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • CO2 Emissions 126 g/km

Drivetrain

  • 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

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type 7 Denim black, Structure cast aluminum with laser etched graphics
  • Wheels, Rear Type Denim black, Structure cast aluminium with laser etched graphics
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 4-piston fixed front and 2-piston floating rear

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 6 High beam, turn signals, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, ABS (optional), security, low battery voltage, low fuel
  • Gauges 4 inch with digital speedometer, gear, odometer,fuel level and analog tachometer indication
  • 1. Availability of colours may vary from dealer to dealer and is subject to change without further notice.
  • 2. Recommended 95 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 3. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 5. Prices shown are suggested retail prices only. Please contact your nearest dealer for further details.
  • 6. Security system includes immobiliser and siren.
  • 7. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

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