ROAD TEST: 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom (Fatster) Review

By Koz Mraz

I recently rode a 2008 Harley Fat Bob and I was very impressed. Personally, I liked everything about this bike. Fat 130 front and 180 rear tires, comfy seat, drag bars, Tommy gun pipes and yes even the dual headlamps. They got it right and I guess I’m not alone. Officially released in August 2007, James Clark, GM of Westminster Harley-Davidson, said every time a Fat Bob comes in they’re gone immediately. That’s why you don’t see many around. In fact he figures there are only 16 or so rolling around O.C.

He too always liked the riding characteristics of a fat front tire and when given permission to R&D a new fully-original Westminster H-D motorcycle his design was similar. Affectionately nicknamed “The Fatster”, it’s built around a standard Sportster. The front has an added a fork brace for stability and a longer axle to accommodate a 130 Dresser tire of an Ultra Classic. With a V-Rod fender and that Fat Bob front dual head lamp it really looks cool. Westminster H-D chopped the rear fender, put on a rear 160 tire and side mounted the plate. With custom paint too, this is a completely original looking bike. It’s a brand new bike with full warranty. You can also have the complete bolt on front end kit put on your own Sporty or buy it and put it on yourself.

This bad boy rocks! I got a chance to take one for a spin and it’s everything I loved about the Fat Bob only it’s even cooler.