The Street Bob ethos sees many of H-D’s typical fripperies stripped away.
Harley-Davidson is a U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer. Typically, it is easy to find Harley-Davidson parts for purchase if the factory part number is available, but less so when only the model year and bike description is known. Workshop manuals are usually held by reputable agents and service locations; the staff may be prepared to look up a part number.
The FXDBI Street Bob
The Street Bob was yet another Harley-Davidson factory stab at the mass-production of a personal customization. In the immediate postwar period, motorcycles took on a new identity as a method of personal expression. Riders interested in increased performance removed extraneous parts from their Harley-Davidsons to increase acceleration, top-end speed and handling characteristics. The Street Bob, formally referred to as the FXDBI, was a custom cruiser that mimicked this stripped-down look by minimizing, among other things, chrome parts that did little but ornament the motorcycle. Sold new in model year 2007 for $13,195, it used a fuel-injected 88-cubic-inch engine exhaling through dual staggered shorty pipes, a six-speed gearbox with a belt drive and disc brakes all round. As of 2012, the FXDB line remains in production.
Seats that fit the Street Bob also fit Dyna, Super Glide, Wide Glide and Fat Bob models. This makes finding a replacement seat a simple project but perhaps a difficult choice. Some seats manufactured specifically for the 2009 model year and later may not fit the 2007 machine without a little modification.
Genuine Harley-Davidson Parts
The original seat on the 2007 Harley-Davidson Street Bob was 26.8 inches above the ground. The part number is 51475-07; Harley-Davidson confirms this is a solo seat that fits the 2008 model year also. As stocked at Ronnie’s Harley-Davidson, a mail-order specialist vendor for original Harley-Davidson parts, the part is priced as of January 2012 at $192.49 retail, $163.49 discounted.
Many aftermarket parts companies manufacture seats to fit the 2007 Street Bob. Representative of these are C&C’s part No. 1405, a low-profile solo unit; their part No. 1435 is a fast-back, two-up seat and their part No. 1455 is a sports touring two-up seat featuring a removable driver’s backrest. Mustang Motorcycle Seat’s part No. 75595 is a single piece, two-up fastback seat with integral back support for the rider. The Le Pera Bare Bones seat sold as part No. 801-466 by J and P Cycles is a narrow-profile solo seat intended to complement a sleek overall design.