Harley-Davidson 2019: the twin disc ‘Power Cruiser’ Softail we’ve been waiting for

Andy H Harley-Davidson, Launches 2 Comments

Straight from the horse’s mouth: more in American-V 91. On sale – finally – on 6th September!

Oxford (21st August, 2018) – The new Harley-Davidson® FXDR™ 114 delivers hard-core drag-strip aggression with a technical edge. It’s an unapologetic power cruiser bringing a new level of all-out performance to the Harley-Davidson line-up, combining the unrelenting torque of the Milwaukee-Eight®114 engine with the liberal use of weight-saving aluminium and composite components. As a result every aspect of performance is amplified.

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.”

MY19 FXDRS FXDR 114. Softail.

MY19 FXDRS FXDR 114. Softail. INTERNATIONAL ONLY

The FXDR 114’s aluminium swingarm achieves a 4.62kg weight reduction (6.25kg) vs. 10.88kg, or 43% 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.

Pricing for FXDR starts at £19,855.00

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      It would be disappointing to think that one motorcycle could destroy a 115 year old legend, and it would be far better to judge it having seen it in the metal. I’m looking forward to next month and the opportunity to ride it.

      On the bright side, it is just one of thirty-plus models and you’re not expected to like them all, and if you had £20k you’d obviously spend it on a bike you liked. I feel exactly the same way about the Diavel – which flies in the face of Ducati’s heritage to me – but it hasn’t stopped people buying 946 of the £9500 carbon models since 2001, or 426 S models since 2016, which are currently closer to £20k than the FXDR is.

      Interesting times. I welcome the diversity, because something has got to change if we’re going to bring new riders into motorcycling – which is far from being a problem that only affects Harley-Davidson.

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