MC Commute - 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

Harley’s new Softail on the daily commute

It’s no secret we’re always trying to get our staff to work a little harder. Especially the ones that always seem to have too much to say. “Write it down!” we always shout at each other. Zack Courts is a classic case, always arriving to office after his commute with a bunch of opinions about the bike he’s riding. Too much this, not enough that, and occasionally has some decent insights that we thought might help consumers or entertain enthusiasts. So we strapped a camera and microphone to his helmet and told him to turn it on when he leaves his house. A lot of him talking in his helmet is complaining about drivers, yelling at red lights, and wondering why billboards aren’t more expensive. But sometimes he actually talks about the bike, and those are the parts we keep. Got a bike you would like to see discussed? Let us know and we’ll send him home on that one next.

As you can see, all of the Fat Bob’s torque comes down low, peaking before 2,500 rpm! Power comes on a little slower, and the big V-twin doesn’t rev very high, tapping out just past 5,500 rpm. Still, with that much torque who needs revs? Note that this run has slightly different power number than Zack quoted in the video (variances of a few hp are common in dyno runs).Motorcyclist Staff

A little extra info on this bike:

BASE PRICE $16,999
DISPLACEMENT 107ci (1753cc)
MEASURED WEIGHT 675 lbs. (306 kg)
FUEL CAPACITY 3.6 gal. (13.6 liters)
SEAT HEIGHT 28 in. (711 mm)
MEASURED TORQUE 100 lb.-ft. @ 2200 rpm