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This Is The 2019 FXDR 114

Words by Gareth Kurt Warren

The new FXDR 114 is aggressive. While Harley-Davidsons become sexier and more appealing to the younger generation, the FXDR 114 looks so mean that it doesn’t seem to care if the younger generation is appealed by it or not.

Tweaking something from within the iconic Softail range could be dicey but one look at the FXDR 114 and you know Harley-Davidson got it right. In my opinion – it’s forceful, it’s mean and it’s the best Softail out there.

The motorcycle’s visual design has reportedly been inspired at the drag strip. The bike looks like a comfortable cruiser yet violent enough to leap forward with the tap of the foot and flick of the wrist.

The FXDR 114 delivers a technical edge as well. The power cruiser combines the unrelenting torque of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with weight-saving aluminium and composite components.

The Specs

Length

2,425 mm

Fuel Capacity

16.7 l

Dry weight

289 kg

Engine

Milwaukee-Eight 114

Torque

160 Nm

Transmission

6-Speed Cruise Drive

The FXDR 114 is the tenth Harley-Davidson based on the Softail platform introduced in 2018 and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027.

David Latz, Harley-Davidson Lead Product Manager: “This motorcycle is really a blast to ride. The FXDR 114 surrounds the very capable Softail chassis with Milwaukee-Eight 114 power, premium front and rear suspension and a host of new weight-saving components and materials. This is a power cruiser that delivers exceptional ride and handling characteristics.”

Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design: “The look of the FXDR 114 expresses its performance potential and highlights the technical features that set it apart from the rest of the Softail line-up.

The drag-bike influence is strong with the raked and inverted front end, massive intake and exhaust, proportional contrast between the wheels and the clipped tail section. But we made sure that purely technical elements like the aluminium swingarm, fully integrated digital instrumentation within the rider controls, and exposed external suspension adjuster are highlighted as well and help define this bike’s mission, which is pure performance – not just straight-line performance.”

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For the spec heads:

The FXDR 114’s aluminium swingarm achieves a 4.62kg weight reduction (6.25kg vs. 10.88kg, or 43 per cent less) over a steel Softail swingarm accommodating a 240 mm rear tire. Because this is unsprung weight (mass located below the suspension) it has a significant impact on rear suspension performance, and is enhanced further by a lightweight 18-inch aluminium disc rear wheel.

The 19-inch forged aluminium Ace front wheel is a lightweight design that features very thin spokes.

The FXDR 114 seat and tail section are supported by a subframe of welded aluminium tubing, and the tail section is composite. This replaces the steel subframe, steel rear mudguard and aluminium mudguard supports used on other Softail models, for a weight saving of approximately 3.17kg. The front and rear mudguards are also constructed of lightweight composite material.

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