The New FXDR 114 Delivers Power, Style, and Performance!
I have to admit the FXDR 114 is pretty sweet, and I like it! After being with Hot Metal Harley-Davidson for 12 years and seeing dozens of new entries to the model line-up get unveiled at the Annual Dealer Show, it takes a lot to impress me. This new bike did just that.
This isn’t a bike that I would likely own, but that shouldn’t stop you from considering it. After all, I’m about touring nice and slow with my wife or kids on the back and with this new model neither going slow nor having a passenger is an option.
From the sleek styling to the brand new Milwaukee Eight engine, the FXDR is about performance first and foremost. It’s perfect for someone who wants to come off of a sport bike and get into Harley-Davidson’s cruiser line-up. With fighter-jet inspired lines and 34-degree rake, the FXDR is one of the meanest looking cruisers on the market today. Riders looking for a more extreme look and aggressive stance will find both on this bike.
This model is built on the updated Softail platform and the new aluminum swing arm cuts off just over 10 pounds from the rear of the bike. Combined with a 18-inch cast aluminum disc wheel, you have a beautiful marriage of engineering excellence. The front of the bike features a five-spoke 19-inch cast aluminum wheel that is mounted to 43mm inverted forks.
Milwaukee 114 Engine
If the impressive looks were not enough, the brand new Milwaukee Eight engine provides exceptional performance and looks.
The 114ci is the ninth generation of Harley-Davidsons Big Twins. At 114 cubic inches with dual-over-head cams, this engine packs a punch. Off the line you get impressive (and usable) torque. On the highway when you are looking for hard-hitting mid-range power to make a pass, you have all that with a simple twist of the throttle.
The secret behind the new Milwaukee-Eight’s hard hitting power is better air flow and combustion. The gurus at Harley-Davidson engineering use dual spark plugs for each cylinder. This provides better combustion as well as improved fuel economy.
My favorite thing about the FXDR is the performance and handling. If you are willing to commit, the bike will handle extreme corners and hold a good line. Though I didn’t get to put it through it’s paces, I did get to put a few miles on around the dealership and it handles corners just as well as the as the straight-away.
The 18-inch, 240 millimeter rear tired performed exceptionally well when I started to ride more aggressive. The clip on handlebars gave me good body positioning and I felt very much in control as I felt like I was inside “the pocket” of the motorcycle.
With the smooth ride and powerful engine, it is easy to get carried away and come into a turn too fast. Luckily, the braking is consistent and reacts well to the road conditions we have here in Southwestern PA. The 43mm inverted front forks help to dampen the front end drop of getting on the front brake too hard.
With the handlebar positioning set forward over the tank, it is easy to be aggressive when riding. This took some getting used to but overall was not an issue. Remember, I like to take my time and go slow? Once again it’s not an option on this bike.
The FXDR 114 is the perfect bike for riders that want the comfort of a cruiser but also want to be aggressive in turns and on the straightaways. This bike is the ultimate for the motorcycle enthusiast who doesn’t mind riding solo and it will put a huge smile on your face wherever you are riding.
If you are ready to give the FXDR 114 a test ride, stop in to Hot Metal Harley-Davidson and check out all the new 2019 models we have on our showroom floor. We literally get a tractor trailer full every Monday. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get up-to-date notifications on when our shipments arrive.