HARLEY-DAVIDSON BAD BOY (1995-1996) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Possibly the most embarrassing name in motorcycling"

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"Possibly the most embarrassing name in motorcycling"

  • At a glance
  • 1337cc  -  60 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  143 miles range
  • Low seat height (680mm)

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

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.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

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.

 

Engine 3 out of 5

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.

 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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…

 

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON BAD BOY (1995-1996) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Love this bike!

20 January 2009 by jdbatman

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... Read more 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!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1995
Year discontinued 1996
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Top speed 112 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 143 miles
Specification
Engine size 1337cc
Engine type 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tube cradle
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 680mm
Bike weight 281kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 292mm discs
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None

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