HARLEY-DAVIDSON BAD BOY (1995 - 1996) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
Power: 60 bhp
Seat height: Low (26.8 in / 680 mm)
Weight: High (620 lbs / 281 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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

Next up: Engine
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.



Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.


2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Annual road tax £101
Annual service cost £300
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Used price -
Insurance group 15 of 17
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Top speed 112 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 13.8 secs
Tank range 143 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

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

Other versions


Owners' reviews for the HARLEY-DAVIDSON BAD BOY (1995 - 1996)

3 owners have 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.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON BAD BOY (1995 - 1996)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
5 out of 5 Unique look for a factory bike
01 June 2018 by Chewy

Year: 1995

Has a unique look for a factory bike. Get a ton of compliments wherever I ride it.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

It's a cruiser. Great for bombing around town and for day trips.

Engine 4 out of 5

Plenty of power for a bike of this nature. You want more, get a crotch rocket.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I've owned it for 24 years and it's been trouble free.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I change the fluids and every couple years change out the neck bearings and the tyres. That's it. Pretty minimal actually

Equipment 5 out of 5

The fact that it's blacked out. Drag pipes, a new seat and some drag bars.

Buying experience: Bought it through the military.

4 out of 5 One wicked little bike!
07 October 2015 by Papa Wataweet MC

Version: 1997 FXSTS-B

Year: 1996

Annual servicing cost: £300

She's beautiful, plenty of power (stock Screaming Eagle), iconic Harley sound of a carburated Evo, a sweet feel and great suspension. She always grabs attention and as my dealer's mechanic describes her, "That's one wicked little bike!". Her worst feature is the uncomfortable seat. She's not a long trip ride. Skinny front tire tracks in road cracks and steel gratings.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Her 'sweet spot' is 83 mph. Perfect sound and feel. A Zen moment. Brakes are good but not anti-lock. Would like better braking when carrying a passenger.

Engine 5 out of 5

Engine is the best of the Evo. She's a little cold-blooded below 40°.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well made. By 1997 Evo has all design defficiencies addressed. Frame and suspention make for a road gripping ride. No corrosion at all (painted, powder coated or chrome). The only part failure was seals on rear master cylinder failed at 16 years in an arid environment.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Harley-Davidson servicing ain't cheap. Stock tires are not cheap.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Perfect mix of Black and minimalist chrome. Do not add anything to this bike other than a Gremlin Bell and black and red braided brake and clutch levers! She is as elegant as a woman in an evening gown. Accessories would be gaudy and distracting. Absolutely recommend the stock tires.

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 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!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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