The newest addition to Harley Davidson’s Dyna family in India, the Fat Bob has been launched in India as a CKD ( completely knocked down ) unit. This is the sixth CKD from Harley Davidson India giving one additional box to tick for the Indian motorcycle enthusiast.
The Fat Bob is a Fat Bob thanks to the really wide front end with the 49mm tubes and 130mm section tyre, and the signature bobtail fender at the rear. The twin headlamps up front just beneath the triple clamp swathe this Dyna with more attitude than any other Harley in the Dyna family.
Harley Davidson has unfortunately decided to power the Fat Bob with last year’s Twin Cam 96 engine shared with the rest of the Dyna family in India while internationally the Fat Bob gets the newer Twin Cam 103. It makes perfect business sense considering the Twin Cam 103 engine would throw the benefits of CKD right out the window. It’s just as well, as more than one reviews have pointed out that one of the weaker points of an otherwise fantastic street brawler is the lack of feel at the front braking lever and lack of bite at the rear. ABS offered on the Fat Bob should make braking less terrifying. Just as many reviews have also pointed out that the relatively compact wheelbase makes changing direction and ultimately handling fantastic on the Fat Bob.
The air cooled Twin Cam 96 engine delivers max. torque of 126 Nm @ 3500 rpm of peak torque. The 1585 cc engine is mated to a six-Speed Cruise Drive transmission providing smooth, quiet shifting and reduced engine speed on the highway, so you get better road speed at lesser revs. Unlike the other models of the Dyna family, the Fat Bob gets the ‘Tommy Gun’ 2-1-2 exhaust which Harley Davidson says increases exhaust flow to provide heart stopping performance, signature Harley-Davidson rumble and big style.
Mr. Anoop Prakash, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India said “Along with being an ideal motorcycle for India attitudes and roads, the introduction of the Fat Bob®, our newest addition to our lineup available through CKD, is further proof of our ability to move ahead of the marketplace by listening to our customers. The launch of the Fat Bob® as CKD will allow more customers to experience our Dyna range at an attractive price point. At Harley-Davidson India, we will continue to adopt and invest in strategies that make our products and ownership experience accessible to more enthusiasts and customers in India.”
Now we sit and twiddle ours thumbs waiting for Polaris India to bring home the Victory Judge, which seems to have had the Fat Bob in its sights right from the get go, maybe right from the moment the Victory’s designers first laid pencil on paper!