Harley-Davidson Celebrates 30 Years of Iconic Fat Boy With Special Edition Bike

This blacked-out beauty is one heavenly hog.
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It's been 30 years since the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy's first model year, and 29 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger made it an iconic Hollywood ride by pitting it against a T-1000-piloted semi-truck in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The storied American bike brand is celebrating with a 30th Anniversary edition of the heralded hog that's limited to 2,500 examples. 

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Technically, the Fat Boy debuted in 1989 as the 1990 model. Venerated stylists Willie G. Davidson and Louie Netz designed it to look fresh and contemporary with classic brand cues. Harley-Davidson has more details on the original model's look: 

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To achieve a “milled from billet” look the bike was finished in monochromatic Fine Silver Metallic with a matching powder coated frame, and rolled on aluminum disc wheels – the rear exposed by the Softail chassis – that would become the defining characteristic of the Fat Boy model.

The look was beefy for the time, from the fat front tire covered with a trimmed fender to the wide handlebar and a seven-inch headlamp in a massive chrome housing perched on a polished FL-style nacelle. Davidson designed the winged tank logo, which has been an enduring feature of the Fat Boy model.

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The Fat Boy 30th Anniversary motorcycle is available exclusively with a dark Vivid Black headlamp nacelle, handlebars and controls. The Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin is also murdered out, but gets subtle bronze-tone lower rocker covers that match a distinctive "waterslide" Fat Boy tank logo. Satin black cast aluminum disc wheels—wrapped in 160mm rubber in the front and 240mm rubber in the back—tie the menacing look together. 

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The frame and suspension combine to form a chassis that’s stiff and lightweight, which the company promises will provide expectation-defying performance. The mono-shock rear suspension preserves the intentionally hardtail-like lines of the Softail setup and has a single coil-over shock absorber below the seat to improve handling. Remote hydraulic pre-load is adjusted by knob that's also conveniently located below the seat. 

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Dealer-installed Screamin’ Eagle upgraded parts from Harley are available to boost engine performance even further, but the Fat Boy 30th Anniversary model starts at $21,949. 

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