The Fat Boy in the gallery above originated in Germany. There, a shop by the name of Thunderbike has been in the business of modifying stock Harleys for the past 20 years or so, and it has completed quite the number of projects during this time.
Most of the German garage’s builds are of course unique, and created with the sole purpose of advertising the custom parts available in Thunderbike’s inventory. But that’s ok, as thanks to this approach we get to see the unique European way of customizing Harleys.
In the case of this machine, the Fat Boy got the usual complement of custom parts, ranging from the front and rear fenders to the grips and seat plate, all wrapped in a paint so black it seems to be swallowing light.
We’ve seen Black Harleys before, but this one seems to look particularly appealing because of the way the non-color on the body, engine and exhaust combines with the shiny chrome of the re-milled wheels. In fact, says Thunderbike, the Dark Dozer was the first time “we’ve combined our re-milled wheels with a matt black finish.”
As usual on Thunderbike-remade motorcycles, the Fat Boy packs the stock engine, and the only modifications made mechanically speaking are the addition of a Jekill & Hyde exhaust and a new pulley brake system.