New 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 power cruiser

Softail-based cruiser with 1,868cc engine, 240-section rear tyre and lightweight aluminium swingarm

THE PR blurb maybe goes a teeny bit far when it describes this bike as being like 'a drag racer crossed with a fighter jet'. But this new Harley 'power cruiser' looks like it should be good fun.

It's built around the firm's Softail chassis, and uses a new aluminium swingarm, with a cunning rear mudguard that pivots up and down with the rear wheel, so it can hug really tight. The tyre itself is a huge 240-section hoop, matched to a 19-inch front. Harley reckons it's saved nearly eight kilos over the steel swingarm and rear subframe of the standard Softail range. The front end incorporates a raked USD fork, with an Ace thin-spoked alloy rim.

The FXDR uses the latest Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine, that puts out around 90bhp at the rear wheel, pushing along 289kg dry. They're not great numbers compared with something like a Ducati Diavel of course, but we're used to that with Harley.

We'll be riding the new bike next month, and will report back on how it goes then...


That comment about belt drive being a limitation is simply utter tosh. Do motorcycle journalists know nothing these days.

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