2019 H-D FXDR
22nd August 2018
FXDR 114™ | Milwaukee Eight® | 1,868cc
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Does this motorcycle remind you of the 1971 Harley-Davidson FX Superglide as devised and designed by Willie G? Well that was our first thought, anyway.
The Superglide was, arguably, H-D's first custom motorcycle. With its Sportster front fork and boat tail rear end, the bike was a sensation and successfully blew the dust from Harley-Davidson's fairly staid catalogue of heavyweight/lardy cruisers and paved the way for bikes such as the Low Rider, the Wide Glide—and all the other Glides since.
Harley-Davidson calls the 2019 FXDR 114 "an unapologetic power cruiser", not that H-D has anything to apologise for. Underpinned by the massive 114ci (1,868cc) Milwaukee-Eight® engine, there are four valves per cylinder, a 10:1 compression ratio, and dual counter-balancers to knock out the vibration at idle.
This newcomer to the stable has also been designed with "liberal use of weight-saving aluminium and composite components, including [a] new aluminium swinging arm and sub-frame, lightweight wheels and composite mudguards to amplify every aspect of its agile handling and performance."
The front fork is 43mm and inverted, and there's a single cartridge with a triple spring rate in each tube to smooth the tarmac. The chassis is Softail®, now with an aluminium swinging arm offering a 10.2lb weight reduction when compared to a steel swinging arm. In hard numbers, that means 13.8lbs compared to 24lbs. And there's pre-load suspension adjustment at the rear, but that's all you get. No damping controls.
The dual front discs are 300mm (no word so far on the rear disc). But ABS is, of course, standard. The rear tyre is 240mm. The fuel tank is 4.4 gallons (US), and that converts to 3.6 gallons imperial.
The torque is a claimed 119lb-ft at 3,500 rpm (note that the press release refers only to US models, which begs the question of how the power will be served up in other markets). And naturally, H-D has provided no overall power figure.
The FXDR, we hear, is designed to emulate the World Champion Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag bikes, and that's a look that Harley-Davidson had cultivated many times. And for a street bike, it's convincingly macho, etc.
Other features include a complete LED lighting rig (headlamp, tail light and indicators/turn signals), keyless ignition, and a USB charging port.
We haven't yet seen any pricing, but no doubt Milwaukee will get around to telling us as and when the firm wrestles with the EU tariff demands and comes up with a suitable number.
Six colours are on offer: Vivid Black, Black Denim, Industrial Gray Denim, Wicked Red Denim, Bonneville Salt Denim, and Rawhide Denim.
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