Exile’s Monster “Fat Tracker”
Remember the early 2000’s, when your TV was dominated by big personalities building even bigger choppers? During the era of bass-boat paint colors and super long front forks, this 2001 Exile “Fat Tracker” slipped under the radar.
Bike Builder Russell Mitchell founded Exile Cycles out of California in 1995. The idea behind the Fat Tracker was to mimic the shape of a hardtail, while still making use of a hidden rear spring.
Engine and Performance
A 113ci V-Twin from Total Performance Engineering violently sends power to the bike’s massive rear tire. Every turn you take is a fist fight with the 150mm front tire.
Though this motorcycle is powerful and impressive to look at, it is not a particularly fast bike. The massive, doomsday weapon engine and heavy tires make it anything but agile. The Exile clearly values aesthetics over pure function.
Aesthetics and Design
However, aesthetically it is impressive. The build quality of every component stands out, and the design is amazingly clean. Throttle cables and wiring run through the bars to reduce clutter in the front end. While there is no shortage of brightwork, each piece of metal is polished rather than chromed.
It is a remarkable combination of both simplicity and quality. One interesting detail that encapsulates the style of Exile Cycles is the rear brake. Rather than having both a brake disc and sprocket cluttering the rear wheel, this bike uses its sprocket as a brake disc.
Riding the Exile is a similarly impressive experience. The words excitement, drama, and chaos come to mind most immediately. The exposed belt between the engine and transmission makes a supercharger-like whine as you throttle up. The clutch has a distinct jingle when disengaged, and the acceleration is nothing to scoff at.
This 2001 Exile has aged noticeably better than many of its contemporaries. To this day it is an impressive display of just how chaotic internal combustion can be, while still being refined where it counts. To see the Fat Tracker in action, check out the video linked below.