Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy Cruiser Turns 30

A limited-edition Harley-Davidson Fat Boy to commemorate a 30-year milestone.

30th Anniversary edition Fat Boy
The 30th Anniversary edition Fat Boy is rocking the blacked-out look.Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson has announced a limited-edition Fat Boy for 2020, to celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary. There will be just 2,500 units produced, each with a number plate on the fuel tank console. The starting price for the anniversary edition is $21,949.

Milwaukee-Eight 114
The chassis and Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine are unchanged from the base Fat Boy.Harley-Davidson

The Fat Boy 30th Anniversary model will be a dream come true for cruiser enthusiasts that dig the blacked-out look. The bike will be available in a Vivid Black colorway only and rolls on cast-aluminum Lakester wheels finished in satin black with machined highlights. The Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin is blacked-out too, with covers in gloss black and bronze highlights. The exhaust has a Black Onyx finish, and the headlight nacelle, handlebar, and controls are the same Vivid Black as the rest of the bike. Additional bronze detailing complements the touch of color on the engine.

blacked-out engine
A blacked-out engine is complemented with bronze highlights.Harley-Davidson
Fat Boy
Only 2,500 units will be produced.Harley-Davidson

The chassis and engine are all Fat Boy, with no notable revisions to any mechanical pieces for this run of machines. If you’d like to spice your ride up a bit, though, there’s a roster of Screamin’ Eagle performance parts available as upgrades.

Black Lakester wheels
Black Lakester wheels add to the menacing look.Harley-Davidson
headlight of 30th anniversary Fat Boy
No detail was overlooked.Harley-Davidson

“The Fat Boy took the look, proportions, and silhouette of a 1949 Hydra-Glide motorcycle and completely modernized it for a new generation of riders,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design, in a company press release. “Those riders appreciated our post-war design DNA, but also found themselves drawn to the clean simplicity of contemporary industrial design. Each of these elements was captured in the new 2018 version of the Fat Boy model. For this 30th Anniversary model we wanted to create something very special, so we leaned into the popularity of darker finishes and a limited run/serialized strategy to make the bike truly unique and exclusive.”