The Bike • The Trips • The Gear
I ride a 2011 Harley-Davidson FXDF Fat Bob
On my Fat Bob, I have:
saddlebags found for $90 at a second-hand motorcycle gear store
BeadRider seat cover
Rush slip-on exhaust (1.75")
BAL tail light, which is really bright
HD compact, quick-detatch windshield
Kuryakyn Powerlet outlet
From Sept 2008 to Oct 2011, I rode a Sportster 1200 Custom.
But, I traded it on the FXDF after 52,000 miles.
The Sportster is my daily transportation. I commute about 70 miles per day.
The bike was purchased Sept 5, 2008, and as of June 11, 2010, the bike has just over 29,000 miles.
(Note: That pic is a Harley ad photo of a 2007 model. The paint is the same as mine and the only difference is the nameplate on my gas tank is a little different.)
Past bikes I've owned (in order): 1972 Honda CB-100; 1985 Honda CB-550 Nighthawk; 1982 Yamaha XJ-750 Seca; 1993 Suzuki GSX-1100G; 2000 Honda CB-750 Nighthawk; 2005 Suzuki C90T Boulevard.
The first thing I added to the bike was a TourMaster fork bag ($25 Christmas gift).
I eventually took it off because
I bought saddlebags and the fork bag was damaging
the paint on the front fender.
A RAM GPS mount (Christmas gift, with a Garmin Quest 2).
Later, I added an HD quick-detach compact windshield ($300).
HD rigid leather saddlebags ($1000 installed).
And some Kuryakyn Dually ISO footpegs with stirrups ($140).
Kuryakyn Silver Bullet riding lights (Christmas gift, $90).
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. logo grips ($45)
I wanted grips that were fatter than the stock grips. These grips come in a medium and a large size, and I got the large. On the negative side, they didn't improve vibration aborption at all. Luckily, vibration isn't really a problem with the modern Sporty. Another negative is that the texture on the grips is wearing off after just 15,000 miles, or so. On the plus side, the grips are fatter.
Stebel Nautilus air horn ($118 installed).
And here's the bike loaded for touring.
This was my trip to Mobile, AL in April 2008.