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Get your motor runnin'

Edward Green |
Below the distinctive Fat Bob fuel tank that gives this model its name rests the largest engine produced by Harley-Davidson, the Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 110.

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Financial crisis is all around us, oil prices are somewhere in the sky and Harley-Davidson doesn't care. The company has its ups and downs as any other company these day, but their Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) is doing just fine. CVOs are selling well every year because those are machines for true aficionados that cares for lifestyle, not money.

There are several new 2009 models and we'll concentrated here on Street Bob. Its incarnation of 2009 leads 2009 Harley-Davidson Dyna line, well known by its bold, custom styling. Although we are in the 21st century, some things never die. The new Harley-Davidson CVO Fat Bob rolls with a high-performance rumble and the flash of custom chrome. The CVO Fat Bob is a limited-production motorcycle is based on the Harley-Davidson Dyna Fat Bob. Approximately 2,450 examples of the 2009 CVO Fat Bob will be produced in a special assembly area at the Harley-Davidson Kansas City Vehicle Operations facility.

With a chunky 130 mm front tire and dual headlamps framed in thick, 49 mm fork legs, the original Fat Bob took Dyna styling in a new direction when it first appeared in 2008. For the next year the CVO group gives the Fat Bob bold paint, brilliant chrome and a monster motor. The result: A premium custom motorcycle loaded with exclusive features.

New 16-inch Fang wheels debut on the CVO Fat Bob. These cast-aluminium wheels feature a black powder-coated slotted centre that contrasts with a chrome rim flange with bolt-on "fang" inserts clawing over each slot. The brake discs and sprockets are styled according to the wheels. The front wheel carries a 130 mm tire with a distinctive tread pattern. On the rear there is a 180 mm tire. Suspension includes lowered front forks and chromed rear shocks that have been re-tuned for enhanced ride comfort.

Hand grips, forward-mounted footpegs, shifter peg and brake pedal pad are from the Ironside Collection. The new two-piece tank console is finished in chrome and then is color-matched with CVO medallion. CVO debuts another new material on this motorcycle's saddle, which features a seating surface covered in Alcantara. The remainder of the seat is smooth black leather, and it's finished with a recessed chrome Harley-Davidson medallion. The seat rests over a wide Bobtail rear fender that holds a smoked LED tri-bar tail/brake light with a chrome slotted cover for a sinister look in the back.

Below the distinctive Fat Bob fuel tank that gives this model its name rests the largest engine produced by Harley-Davidson, the Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 110. Available only on CVO models, the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection Twin Cam 110 produces 114 ft. lbs. of torque at 3500 rpm and features the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The CVO Fat Bob is available in three color combinations: Sunrise Yellow Pearl with Platinum Quartz, Black Diamond with Fire Quartz, and Denim Granite with Electric Blue Fade, CVO's first ever combination of matte and gloss paint finishes. In each case, the frame, swingarm, battery cover, electrical panel cover and coil cover are color-matched to the main bodywork color.

So, if you love freedom and open road get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway. The words of Steppenwolf from 1968 are very alive even today.

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