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I took my old 2007 Harley Davidson Street Bob up to Seattle in November to have some work done to it over the winter. Well, let’s say it’s had an upgrade.

Here is my new 2019 Harley Davidson Fat Bob. It started out as a stock 114 Cubic Inch Black Harley. This was the first time I had seen the bike. I purchased it sight unseen.


After a “few” tweaks. Here is the motorcycle now. My cousin Paul, who runs a parts and service department at the Harley dealership I purchased it from has been setting it up for me.

Paul had one of the local airbrush folks add a memorial for John on the rear fender. Pretty awesome touch. 


This was the bike the first time I saw it after the majority of the upgrades.



List of upgrades so far.

  • Anti-Lock brakes (stock upgrade)
  • Cruise control (factory add on)
  • Heated grips
  • S&S Grand National Exhaust
  • Engine and accessories powder coated gunmetal grey
  • Windshield, quick release
  • Passenger backrest and rack, quick release
  • Painted Burnt Orange
  • Memorial airbrushed on the rear fender for John
  • Little Boy Atomic bomb airbrushed on battery cover
  • Engine upgraded.
    • 465 cam
    • Feuling Cam Plate and oil pump

We should be getting the motorcycle Dyno’d later this week. We are expecting the outcome to be about 110-115HP at the rear wheel. But more interestingly it should have about 135 ft/lbs of torque. Which means it’ll pull your arms off and can ride straight up a mountain.


A video of the initial startup after the engine upgrades and new exhaust installed.





As most people know, I’m a Metric/Sports Bike kind of guy. I currently ride around on a fun little Yamaha YZF-R6 that I’ve put 15k+ miles on in the last 2 1/2 years.



One thing I’ve discovered with riding a Metric is that most of the other Metric riders are into racing around and not doing much as a group, other than riding around. One of the reasons that I joined the American Legion Riders out of Post 31. I met some of those guys doing Patriot Guard Rides and they convinced me to join a post all the way over in Salinas CA. I’ve been with them 3 months now and have participated in 2 poker runs, the Warrior Run (raising money to fight soldier suicide), looking to do a parade on Veterans day, etc etc etc.

The only down side is that almost without exception, every one of the other riders at Post 31 rides a Harley Davidson of some sort.  Except Ken, who rides a freaking MONSTER Triumph Rocket 3.

Now, I’m not much of a Harley Davidson kind of guy, well, I guess I am in that I like to do the things the other Harley Davidson riders like to do, with the exception of I like to do it on my sporty little R6.

During the Warrior Run the other day I did see a Harley that I liked and could actually see myself riding.

Nice Harley Davidson

There is just something about the color matched with the leather saddle bags. It was a really nice Harley.  Just don’t tell my cousin Paul. I’ll never hear the end of “When are you going to buy a Harley??” 🙂





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