Roasting A Harley Davidson?!
My take on the Fatboy 95th Anniversary Edition!
For this week's review, I decided to try my hand at the Harley Davidson Fatboy 95th Anniversary Edition! Now, if you're picturing a tiny 5'7 girl attempting to ride a Harley, you may be asking why on earth I chose this bike.
To answer that, I will have to lead you all back to a previous post about my Ducati Monster (click here.) In the comment section, the lovely DA Wallace asked when I would be, "Progressing forward to the only real bike, a Harley."
WELL, don't say I don't listen to you guys because I did it. So here is my take on the Harley Davidson Fatboy.
WHAT I HATE ABOUT IT...
Okay, all of you know I was going to say this. But really, at a whopping 706lbs, it feels more like I'm driving a small convertible rather than riding a motorcycle. There are a couple aspects that make up for this though. The first would be the low seat height, so I at least don't have to worry about struggling to balance the weight at a standstill. The second would be how the wind does not blast me around like it would on a sport bike. Instead, this bike just barrels through the wind and everything else it seems.
SCRAPING DURING TURNS
If you lean, you will scrape the footrests. A lot. It feels kind of weird to avoid leaning too much on a motorcycle. I would compare this to driving a lopsided convertible Smart Car with a broken muffler. It's like it wants to get you there, but it's going to have unnecessarily difficult steering and be obnoxiously loud the entire time.
SAME BIKE BUT DIFFERENT
I get the basics of the different types of Harley. You have the Street, Sportster, Softail, and Cruising. This will make lifetime Harley riders roll their eyes and shake their heads so hard that they give themselves whiplash. There's a whole new set of terminology for these bikes that I have just begun to discover. For example, this bike can change from a Fatboy to a Softail just by installing the passenger seat, sissy bar, saddle bags, and windshield. Add a bag and a different paint job and you've successfully changed bikes. And FYI, a cruiser is not a touring bike. Confused yet?
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT...
NO ONE TRIES TO RACE YOU
This is a huge positive in my book. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about absolutely destroying car drivers when I can but sometimes, I just want to cruise in peace. Is that so wrong? I love not having to avoid the gazes of other drivers in M3s or GTRs at every red light. Especially when you are riding with other Harleys. No one even looks your way. It's a beautiful experience.
Similar to the previous one, you get your own space. No one encroaches on your territory. It's like you have an invisible bubble of steel that keeps everyone away from you. You own your lane and its awesomely torquey so you don't have to worry so much about what gear you're in. It's so satisfying, once you get over the incessant noise of your own bike.
Love it or hate it, the look is timeless and holds an image of raw edge and mystery. I personally like the look. The design will never get old unlike some of the older sport bikes and as long as you keep up on maintenance, they will last a long time. There is also an insanely huge amount of customization choices. Pretty much anything you see on this bike, you can customize. So for people who want their rides to be extensions of themselves, a Harley may be the bike for you.
What Harley Davidson refers to as the legacy I will refer to as instantaneously making friends. YAY! Finally, other Harley riders will wave at you, or at least acknowledge your existence- which is decent for them. Regardless, by riding a Harley, you have unofficially joined a large network of riders out there. Now if only they would loosen up a bit.
And that's it! What did you think of my take on the Harley Davidson? I've heard they leak oil a lot and have many other issues, especially in the maintenance department. However, I've also heard they are very easy to service. I unfortunately did not get enough time with one to comment on all of these factors. As for the sound, I have been told the noise is an acquired taste. Perhaps, I need to become more cultured in the Harley world. For Harley Davidson lovers out there, feel free to tell me why I'm wrong and why Harleys are the best bikes!
IF you had to choose only ONE bike to ride for the rest of your life what would it be?