Phat Boy Lo

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By David Cohen

“It’s a 2011 Fat Boy Lo, custom built by the boys at Heavy Duty Motorcycles and I love it”, Tony began when we sat down and asked about his bike.

The ‘boys’ in this case are Heavy Duty’s experienced workshop chief  ‘Doc’ Hilber and MD Shayne Endycott.

“Shane had a lot to do with the original specification of the bike and I added my own touches. It has a lot of custom work done to the engine, custom wheels, pulleys and rotors and a heap of bling.” Tony continued.

“It’s more a matter of what ‘isn’t’ done to the engine. It has a full noise Stage 4 kit with Screamin' Eagle CNC Ported Factory Cylinder heads, 58mm ETC throttle body, SE-259E cams, 10.5 to 1 compression pistons, Perfect-Fit pushrods, SE clutch spring and it produces around 103 horsepower and 110 ft-lbs of torque. It’s awesome.”

To get the 103 cube power plant breathing properly it has been fitted with a Screaming Eagle Heavy Breather and a Thundermax Autotune takes care of delivering enough fuel to the throttle body to maximise performance. The Vance and Hines big radius exhaust system not only sounds great, it matches the looks and performance of the bike perfectly.

“I couldn’t tell you what model the wheels and pulleys are” Tony admitted. “ I just went through the catalogue and said ‘those ones’”. They turned out to be Performance Machine’s Paramount Contrast Cut and they fit the overall theme of the bike perfectly.

The bike was also fitted with midway fork shrouds, to which Tony added Arlen Ness contrast cut hot legs because he “wanted to hide the axle poking out and tidy up the whole look of the front end. I like that dome-end look”.

Also fitting in perfectly with the contrast cut theme are the H-D Edge Cut hand grips, levers and foot pegs and headlight surround.

Tony also wanted to get away from the standard Fat Boy rear end looks. “Nothing wrong with it, but I wanted to go for more of a unique style, so the guys at Heavy Duty built me a custom rear guard with recessed number plate holder and it looks great. From what I understand it’s the first one they have built in a 200 rear, and it’s come up really, really nice.”

With all that extra go and show, stopping power was also addressed with the addition of a Performance Machine 6-pot calliper and 13” rotor up front.  

Handling was sorted with the installation of Progressive Suspension both front and rear. “And now it handles, corners and stops as well as it powers on.”
The front was fitted with Progressive rated springs and the Progressive 422 double action rear shock was set up to Tony’s specifications.

“On the road it delivers really crisp performance, great handling, excellent stopping power and, well … just look at it. I can even add the back seat, sissy bar and passenger back rest and it becomes an exceptionally comfortable 2-up bike.” He beamed.

“I have to also say that I couldn’t be happier with the service and work done by Heavy Duty Motorcycles. They were awesome. They really do treat you like you are part of the family there. I didn’t feel like I was just another customer, but that they were really interested in making sure that I was totally happy with the bike and the build. They are real good guys”.

Sounds like a great result on a great looking, high performance Fat Boy.

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