Harley Davidson FXDR 114

The FXDR 114 is the tenth Harley-Davidson based on the 2018 Softail platform, and is on two missions; to fill the canyon left by the now-adiosed V-Rod range, and to rustle up potential cowboys to saddle up to the Harley motorcycle experience.

Engine: 1,868cc OHV, V-twin
Transmission: 6 speed final drive belt
Power: 70kW
Torque: 119.0 lb-ft.@3,500 rpm
Curb weight: 303 kg
Fuel Capacity: 16.6 litres
Seat: 723 mm
Price: $35,495

The sell point won’t be an issue here. Every facet of performance is amped skyward; from the emphatic torque of the phat Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, to the weight-saving aluminium and composite components – it’s a take-no-prisoners power dragster with a technical edge.

The tech focus is on weight distribution – but it is a Harley – so it’s still gonna stay chunky and stick to the road because…gravity. Either way, the swing arm has been ‘aluminumised’ for a 4.6 kg weight saving, the wheels are ‘lightweight’ designs, and you’ll have to squint to see the fenders as they have been trimmed until the rear one is almost invisible.

The low riding position is a clear nod to the drag-bikes, with forward foot controls and drag bars that’ll have you leaning further forward than you did on your eye exam. So despite the monster 240 section rear tyre and 119 lb-ft V-Twin engine, Harley wants to market this thing as a corner carver. What would they know?

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Hannah Jeffs

Karina Vélez