1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Bomber Bike Prototype
No.1 in a series of 10 built
Featured in many magazines including Cycle World, Hot Bike, Perfect 10, and Thunder Press
WWII bomber nose art created by artist Dawne Holmes
Looking for a way to commemorate the men and machines that spawned the sport of motorcycling, Mike James of Santa Cruz Harley-Davidson, and Bruce Canepa of Canepa Design teamed up to design a limited series of bikes that would capture the essence of days gone by. The result was the Bomber Bike.
This particular example is the show bike and no.1 in a series of 10 built. In addition to going on the show tour, this was the bike featured in all the advertising and articles about the Bomber bike program. It was sold to a friend of Bruce Canepa and has remained in his collection to this day. The bike has only been ridden 1372 miles and is in new condition. This was the only bike in the series that was built to this high of a level of detail and finish.
Starting with a 1999 Fat Boy soft tail, the chassis was cleaned up by removing all extraneous tabs and brackets, metal finished and painted in Warlord Silver which is the base color for the entire bike. The chassis has been lowered over stock. Many components of the bike have been shot with a black powdercoat or gloss black finish to accent the cast aluminum powdercoat seen throughout the bike. The crowning touch is the unique tank design reminiscent of WWII bomber nose art created by artist Dawne Holmes.
The bike features custom chrome plated controls, custom rearview mirrors, Harley nostalgia brake pedal and air cleaner. The turn signals have been relocated and a custom one off taillight with integrated rear turn signals has been designed just for this bike. The seat and dash are covered with distressed Bomber Jacket leather that matches the jacket that comes with the bike.
The engine was upgraded using Harley's line of Screamin' Eagle accessories including pistons, heads, cam, lifters, pushrods and a set of roller rockers. A Mikuni 42mm feeds the engine and heat-wrapped Paughco exhaust extracts the gases. The engine bottom end and transmission have been powdercoated.
This bike was featured in many magazines including Cycle World, Hot Bike, Perfect 10, and Thunder Press, and comes complete with the factory owners manual (still shrink wrapped), removable passenger seat, and a unique goat-skin bomber jacket that is custom tailored and has a matching hand-painted version of the tank art on the back.