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MCN overall verdict rating is 2

The  Harley-Davidson Bad Boy has possibly the most embarrassing name in motorcycling history applied to one of the weirdest Harley-Davidson combinations. On face value it had a lot going for it: all black image, cool Springer forks, flat bars and tons of attitude. In reality the Harley-Davidson Bad Boy is a bit naff, and neither handled, was comfortable or was particularly chic.



MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The 1340cc Harley Evo engine in the Harley-Davidson Bad Boy delivers grunt, fabulous noise (especially if you bin the stock silencers and fit a pair of open cans), lazy, US-style cruising and… not a lot else. Harley’s engineering hasn’t moved on much since the 60s. For fans, that’s the appeal of Harley-Davidson Bad Boy, for others it’s an anathama.


Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Harley-Davidson Bad Boy is not the most comfortable of Hogs. Softail rear end allied to flat bars and limited travel Springer forks does not the plushest or most predictable ride make. It’s under-braked, too. The Harley-Davidson Bad Boy is great for posing around town, but not a lot else.



MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Harley-Davidson Bad Boy is a bare bones, bad-assed motorcycle so don’t count on an luxuries or frills. What you see is what you get. Basic clocks, a small headlamp, a cut-down seat are about all you get on a Harley-Davidson Bad Boy. Nor is there much room to bolt on extras from Harley’s humungous accessories catalogue should the whim take you.

Harley-Davidson FXSTB Bad Boy (1995-1996)

Detail Value
Engine size 1337 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 112 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 2 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 2 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Modern Harleys set the benchmark for paint and chrome work and the Harley-Davidson Bad Boy is no exception. What’s more, the big engines are understressed and under engineered and, generally, the motorcycles themselves are ridden gently and regularly serviced. All of which adds up to few reliability woes…



MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

When new, the Harley-Davidson Bad Boy was punted out for over £10K and the minimal spec means that valuation is hard to justify even today.  Harleys keep their value well and the Harley-Davidson Bad Boy rarity compounds that, but there are nicer, better value Hogs around. Find a Harley-Davidson softail for sale.


Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1995: Harley-Davidson Bad Boy launched.
1996: Harley-Davidson Bad Boy  discontinued.

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Top speed 112 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.8 secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 281 kg
Seat height 680 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 143 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1337 cc
Engine specification 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel tube cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 292mm discs
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Love this bike!

    Jeff Dailey

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I've been averaging about 1000 miles a month since I got my bike in Oct 2008 and love this bike. The handling is great, the ride is comfortable and you can't beat the beautiful looks. Can this bikes handling compare to a sports bike? Hell No! But it is not supposed to. Can it scream down a back road and be fun as hell to ride? YES! Would I recommend it to others? You bet your sweet ass I would!

    20 January 2009


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 Embarrassing name? Weirdest combination? Naff? 2 stars? MCN editors clearly have no clue. 

04 September 2013 07:41

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