The Fat Boy’s popularity isn’t limited to Harley’s customer base, either. The Fat Boy has appeared in several films and television shows. Probably most famously, it appeared in 1991’s Terminator 2 and again in Terminator: Genisys. One of the bikes from T2 is currently on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The Fat Boy has also appeared in Sons of Anarchy, Wild Hogs, and CSI: Miami.
One of the keys to the Fat Boy’s success was the rigorous testing and customer feedback it underwent during the two years before it’s unveiling. Willie G. rode a prototype of the Fat Boy to Daytona in 1988 and again in 1989. These trips were essential to improving the bike and contributed to its eventual popularity. The Fat Boy Lo was introduced in 2010 and advertised as a “darker, lower, meaner” version of the original. It featured the lowest seat height on any Harley motorcycle. The Fat Boy model itself has undergone very few modifications over the years. Aside from some minor design tweaks, it remains faithful to the original design from twenty-five years ago.