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2017 Harley Fat Bob First Ride Video Review

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2017 Harley Fat Bob First Ride Video Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

It sure looks the part. Thick black chunks of Dunlop rubber front and back, sharp-looking black machined aluminum slotted disc wheels, drag bars, burly Tommy Gun exhaust and a High Output Twin Cam 103 engine. Yup, the 2017 Harley Fat Bob looks the part. But does its get-up-and-go match its hot rod disposition?

During our tenure with the 2017 Fat Bob the Dyna averaged 39.605 gallons. It tipped our scales laden at 701.5 pounds at a front-biased 325 pound front to 376.5 pound back. First gear tops out at 45 mph at just under 5800 rpm while second taps out a hair below 65 mph. In sixth gear, the motorcycle exerts little stress on the engine as it settles into a loping cadence at a paltry 2370 rpm.

The model we tested was equipped with ABS, a $795 option. Harley’s current anti-lock braking system doesn’t have the same disconcerting pulse at the pedal as it did when Harley first launched its ABS. The dual discs on the front are powerful without being grabby, but overall stopping distance is still pretty long.

While a full review is in the works, check out our 2017 Harley Fat Bob First Ride Review video to find out more in the meantime.

2017 Fat Bob Stats – 39.605 mpg.       Weight – 701.5 lbs. (325 front, 376.5 back)


Vivid Black – $16,049
Color – $16,449
Custom Color – $16,999
ABS Option – $795
Security Option – $395
California Emissions – $200
Freight – $390

Length: 94.5 in.
Seat Height, Laden: 26.1 in.
Seat Height, Unladen: 27.2 in.
Ground Clearance: 4.9 in.
Rake: (steering head) (deg) 29
Trail: 4.9 in.
Wheelbase: 63.8 in.
Tires, Front Specification: 130/90B16 67H
Tires, Rear Specification: 180/70B16 77H
Fuel Capacity: 5 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 3 qt.
Weight, As Shipped: 673 lb.
Weight, In Running Order: 701.5 lb.

Engine: Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103
Bore: 3.87 in.
Stroke: 4.38 in.
Displacement: 103.1 cu. In.
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: Chrome, “Tommy Gun” 2-1-2 collector exhaust with dual mufflers
Wheels, Front: Gloss Black Cast Aluminum Wheel w/ Laser Etched Graphics
Wheels, Rear: Gloss Black Cast Aluminum Wheel w/ Laser Etched Graphics
Brakes, Caliper: 4-piston fixed front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear

Engine Torque: 99.5 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm): 3,750
Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 30
Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 31


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