2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Review (8 Fast Facts)

The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy grows up in 2020. The petite 107 is dropped, and you have only one motor choice for The Plump One—the mighty Milwaukee-Eight 114. This is the largest-displacement Fat Boy ever, which started life with a 1340cc Evolution motor in 1990, and that leads us to the 2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary edition. If only the Terminator had had a Fat Boy 114 back in 1991—he would have had an easier time protecting John Connor on his Honda XR100R dirt bike. We didn’t jump the Fat Boy 30th Anniversary into any flood control channels, but we did ride it through the same neighborhoods. 1. The 2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary model has two jobs—go fast in a straight line, and look menacing doing it. Those goals aren’t as easily accomplished as it might seem, but the latest Fat Boy does it without dropping a donut. The 30th Anniversary model gets plenty of black, led by Vivid Black paint on the bodywork, Satin Black on the solid cast-aluminum Lakester wheels, Black Onyx for the exhaust, and gloss black engine covers. Black, indeed. Add in bronze details for a bit of contrast, a distinctive headlight nacelle, and a numbered plaque on the tank (on...

During our time in and around Palm Springs, CA, we had the chance to test not

During our time in and around Palm Springs, CA, we had the chance to test not only the CBR650R, but also Honda’s new naked, the CB650R. The naked 650R shares many of the same functional components from the fully faired 650, but along with its aluminum handlebar, it has attitude and handling all its own. For 2019, the CB650 has gained an R, dropped the F, and received new clothes that slot it in line perfectly next to the CB1000R and CB300R with what Honda calls Neo Sports Cafe styling. We’re fans. Not only are we fans of the styling, but also we love naked bikes with their upright standard bike ergos. It’s like having your cake and eating it too. The CB has a slightly more aggressive riding position than last year’s F model – as is the case with the CBR650R versus the previous F model – but for me, I feel the CB650R puts the rider in just the right position to attack canyon roads while still being all day comfortable. Check out the “lustrous nanopigment paint.” “The CB650R’s dual-layer candy paint is applied with a nanopigment clear coat on top of a base coat. Aluminum flakes in the base coat give this paint a shimmering look.” The CB shares the chassis dev...