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  • stripedtomato Posts: 4
    Stock Poster stripedtomato
    09 Jul 2020 03:31 PM
    Hey folks,

    New member on here.  Been riding for a long time but picked myself up my first Harley about 3-4 weeks ago, since that's the way my friends were going.  Never been a Harley fan, or had the desire to have one.  First impressions reinforced most of my pre-ownership thoughts - lack of power, not real comfy, sub-par handling, sub-par braking, heavy as, and the only real upsides 1. much less likely to lose my licence due to speeding, 2. can reach the ground way easier than my adventure bikes.

    Rode it for a few days and I have to say I absolutely love it!

    Bike is a 2009 Fat Bob, stage 2 103 kit, 255 cam, heavy breather, slip ons.  Making a few changes at the moment, can't wait to ride it again after the changes - YSS fork emulators, Wilburs shocks, Saddlemen step up seat, LED headlights, magna flow exhaust, coil relocation and tank lift, bar risers.

    Look forward to learning a bit more about these bikes over the next little while on the forum.

    Cheers

    Steve



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  • steelo Posts: 3238
    Adelaide
    Forum Legend steelo
    09 Jul 2020 03:32 PM
    You’re going to be very happy with that Steve. Welcome to the forum
  • Far Canal Posts: 2464
    Motor Head Far Canal
    09 Jul 2020 03:39 PM
    Welcome. Like the bike and the colour.
  • Humbug Posts: 655
    Darwin
    Performance Poster Humbug
    09 Jul 2020 06:46 PM
    Welcome to the forum,the 09 FB was my first HD and I loved it. 
  • Ratbob Posts: 1348
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    09 Jul 2020 08:01 PM
    Oh yeah should be great, I’m well happy with my 2009 110, 255 cam Fatbob, kinda ride it like a diesel, change at 4,500 and the tourque keeps on pulling :)
  • paulybronco Posts: 13493
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    09 Jul 2020 08:49 PM
    Welcome Steve
  • stripedtomato Posts: 4
    Stock Poster stripedtomato
    09 Jul 2020 09:50 PM
    Quoting Ratbob on 09 Jul 2020 08:01 PM
    Oh yeah should be great, I’m well happy with my 2009 110, 255 cam Fatbob, kinda ride it like a diesel, change at 4,500 and the tourque keeps on pulling :)
    Yeah, no idea what rpm I’m changing at but riding my ktm 990 adventure today I realised how lazy I was getting with gear changes in the fat bob - Just lugging around everywhere. 

    Thanks for the welcome guys
  • imoo6170 Posts: 766
    Sydney
    Performance Poster imoo6170
    10 Jul 2020 07:38 AM
    Welcome. Good choice of bike. Your suspension changes will certainly help (I am sure you will choose a good fork oil). 
  • magnum54 Posts: 126
    Stock Poster magnum54
    10 Jul 2020 12:19 PM
    You picked one of the best handling Harleys to start with.
    Have a look at Sputhe positrac suspension stabilizers to go with your suspension mods
    And lot of Harley parts are designed for appearance not performance
    Harleys will go if you use the right parts
    You could have done better than the Magnaflow

  • bloodog Posts: 1894
    Cairns
    Motor Head bloodog
    10 Jul 2020 12:24 PM
    Nice bike welcome Bro 
  • stripedtomato Posts: 4
    Stock Poster stripedtomato
    10 Jul 2020 12:31 PM
    Quoting magnum54 on 10 Jul 2020 12:19 PM
    You picked one of the best handling Harleys to start with.
    Have a look at Sputhe positrac suspension stabilizers to go with your suspension mods
    And lot of Harley parts are designed for appearance not performance
    Harleys will go if you use the right parts
    You could have done better than the Magnaflow

    Thanks mate. Yeah I’ve seen the Sputhe kit, thought about it but figured I’d give the upgraded suspension a go first - believe it or not I’m trying not to spend much money on this one!

    I wanted a full system vs the current slip ons and not super keen on the look of 2 into 1’s. Picked up the Magna Flow cheap, which is the only reason I jumped that way. I’ll keep an eye out for others that come up used if you’ve got any guidance.  
  • magnum54 Posts: 126
    Stock Poster magnum54
    10 Jul 2020 02:54 PM
    Quoting magnum54 on 10 Jul 2020 12:19 PM
    You picked one of the best handling Harleys to start with.
    Have a look at Sputhe positrac suspension stabilizers to go with your suspension mods
    And lot of Harley parts are designed for appearance not performance
    Harleys will go if you use the right parts
    You could have done better than the Magnaflow

    Quoting stripedtomato on 10 Jul 2020 12:31 PM
    Thanks mate. Yeah I’ve seen the Sputhe kit, thought about it but figured I’d give the upgraded suspension a go first - believe it or not I’m trying not to spend much money on this one!

    I wanted a full system vs the current slip ons and not super keen on the look of 2 into 1’s. Picked up the Magna Flow cheap, which is the only reason I jumped that way. I’ll keep an eye out for others that come up used if you’ve got any guidance.  

    Doing work on your bike will always be a toss up between appearance and function.
    2 into 1 is not everybodys cup of tea but they are the best performing pipe
    D&D Fatcat or maybe Bassani (longer muffler). ProPipe is the only decent pipe that V&H sells.
    Black would look good on yours.
    You should re-tune anytime you swap exhaust
    I run 2 into 2 on my 98fxstc, I like the look and the sound
    My 09 Fatbob is my go bike and that has the Fatcat.
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