Harley-Davidson has just unveiled its aggressive new drag-racing inspired FXDR 114. It’s the tenth H-D based around the Softail platform, and is the latest in a line of 100 new motorcycles that the Milwaukee-based brand plans to introduce by 2027.

 

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Priced just shy of 20 grand, Harley-Davidson claims its new FXDR 114 delivers hard-core drag-strip aggression –combining the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with the liberal use of weight-saving aluminium and composite components. In fact, the FXDR 114’s aluminium swingarm is 4.62kg lighter than the standard steel Softail swingarm, weighing 6.25kg instead of 10.88kg.

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.”

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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.”

Pricing for FXDR starts at £19,855.00. For more information and images on the 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114, visit: www.harley-davidson.com/gb/en

Ross Mowbray

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