1990 Harley-Davidson 1,338cc FLSTF Fat Boy Trike
Frame no. 017630
Engine no. 017630
The motorcycling world's biggest and most widely recognised brand, Harley-Davidson has been synonymous with rugged, uncompromising individualism for more than one hundred years. Large-capacity v-twins have been Harley's stock-in trade since the Edwardian era, their various incarnations progressing through countless technological developments that continue to this day. Considering the limitations of the product, Harley has managed to wring a quite extraordinary number of variations out of the basic theme, one of the most startling being the 'Fat Boy'. Introduced in 1990, the FLSTF Fat Boy combined components from the Softail Custom and Heritage Softail Classic in a futuristically styled (from a 1950s standpoint) package that proved instantly popular.
This example features a trike conversion by Lehman Industries of Spearfish, South Dakota, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of three-wheeled conversions for motorcycles. The immediately preceding (second) owner purchased the machine 12 years ago following the death of the first owner, an engineer who lived in Southport, Lancashire. The latter had acquired the solo machine new in 1990 and subsequently rebuilt it as a trike using the Lehman conversion, a lengthy process that kept it off the road for several years, hence the relatively low recorded mileage of circa 2,400 miles. While in the immediately preceding owner's possession the trike was serviced by Bower Millet in Manchester (formerly a Harley-Davidson dealer) and subsequently by independent Harley-Davidson specialist Will Burrows of Garstang, near Preston. The machine had been unused since August 2005 when it was acquired by the current vendor at Bonhams' Stafford sale in April 2007 (Lot 525). Forming part of the vendor's private collection since acquisition, the trike benefits from recent re-commissioning including a new battery, etc and is presented in generally excellent condition. The machine is offered with six expired MoT certificates, Swansea V5C document and MoT/tax to 2012. It should be noted that the current registration mark is being retained by the vendor.
- The original V5C will follow post-sale. There is a copy on file.