“I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.”

The popularity of Harley's Fat Boy boomed after Arnie stole this one in T2. 

Harley’s Fat Boy reached iconic status when Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered these words in the opening of Terminator II: Judgment Day. The later scene featuring Schwarzenegger on the Fat Boy being chased through Los Angeles’ drainage canals by the T-1000 in a Freightliner truck remains one of the most riveting motorcycle movie scenes ever.

Only 2,500 of the 2020 Fat Boy 30th Anniversary model will be made, the limited-edition Fat Boy featuring a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight engine and Satin Black Lakester wheels. 

To celebrate the motorcycle’s 30th anniversary, Harley has released a limited-production 2020 Fat Boy 114. Only 2,500 will be made, each one sporting a special number plate on the fuel tank console. The 2020 Fat Boy 30th Anniversary motorcycle features a rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight with gloss black engine covers and bronze-tone lower rocker covers and timer cover script. Disc wheels continue to be a defining trait, the anniversary Fat Boy featuring Satin Black cast aluminum Lakester wheels with machined highlights. The solid black discs are wrapped in Michelin Scorcher 11 tires, 160mm on the front and 240mm on the rear. Stout fork legs and a prominent headlight housing and nacelle have also long been associated with the Fat Boy and continue to be featured characteristics, albeit the 49mm fork on the 2020 Fat Boy is updated with dual bending valve tech, the headlight has been updated with an LED and the nacelle has been squared up and blacked-out.

“The Fat Boy took the look, proportions and silhouette of a 1949 Hydra-Glide motorcycle and completely modernized it for a new generation of riders,” stated Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design, in Harley’s press release. “Those riders appreciated our post-war design DNA but also found themselves drawn to the clean simplicity of contemporary industrial design. Each of these elements was captured in the new 2018 version of the Fat Boy model. For this 30th Anniversary model we wanted to create something very special, so we leaned into the popularity of darker finishes and a limited run/serialized strategy to make the bike truly unique and exclusive.”

The 2020 Fat Boy 114 30th Anniversary edition comes in one color only, Vivid Black. The handlebar, controls, and exhaust are likewise black. The long-standing Fat Boy tank logo has a new bronze-tone waterslide, and the engine and exhaust likewise are splashed with a dash of bronze. All of the blacked-out goodness on the limited-edition 2020 Fat Boy 114 will set you back $21,949.

Here’s some interesting info about the Fat Boy’s history and the story behind its name courtesy of Harley-Davidson.

Birth of an Icon

Introduced in 1989 as a 1990 model, the original Fat Boy was designed by legendary Harley-Davidson stylists Willie G. Davidson and Louie Netz and combined a fresh, contemporary look with classic Harley-Davidson styling cues. To achieve a “milled from billet” look the bike was finished in monochromatic Fine Silver Metallic with a matching powdercoated 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.

About That Name

Only Harley-Davidson would have the confidence to name a motorcycle Fat Boy. Here’s how it happened, according to an account by Willie G. Davidson from his book “100 Years of Harley-Davidson”:

You’re probably wondering how we came up with a name like “Fat Boy,” and I’ve heard a lot of tales about this, nearly all of which are untrue. Here’s the real story: it’s tough to come up with names that will be popular on the street. We always have to ask ourselves, “What’s the street going to name this?” and work from there. We were looking for something unusual and maybe even a little irreverent, because there’s something sort of cool about poking fun at your products from time to time. To me, and to a lot of other insiders who’d seen it, the bike had a massive  “fat” look. So the folks in marketing came up with the name “Fat Boy” – and the street picked it up.