2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 First Ride
A drag-inspired power cruiser that can handle the twistiesBy Morgan Gales August 21, 2018
Power undermines great cruisers simply as it does great men. Time after time when an OEM goes to make a "power cruiser," you wind up with the same predictable creation of great cruiser style and forceful drag lines that outcome in a rake that is too long to effectively drop into turns and a back tire that is so wide it's difficult to remain in them. Harley-Davidson's architects have overseen, be that as it may, to pull off the assignment of accomplishing the look without influencing a straight line to bicycle. The 2019 FXDR 114 nails the drag styling that made its antecedents like the Breakout and the V-Rod so famous, however drastically expands dealing with capacities through new geometry in the triple trees and a cast aluminum swingarm.
The FXDR is the primary bicycle to leave the new softail line that isn't generally a Softail in the conventional sense. The cast aluminum swingarm is a considerably bigger, more grounded, more steady piece than the deride hardtail swingarm for which the model line is named, however when supplanting the Dyna, certain penances must be made for the sake of execution. What's more, for this situation, I question anybody is extremely whining. In refreshing this piece, the architects likewise needed to mount the back stun somewhat higher, which means the less than desirable end of the stun is special to this model too, and it sits somewhat higher than whatever is left of the Softails, which go from 4.5 to 5.1 inches, however 5.3 crawls for the FXDR 114. It's additionally the main model in the line that isn't offered in the 107ci removal, yet the entire bicycle was intended to look quick and handle that power, and it completes a damn fine activity.
Harley’s new FXDR 114 power cruiser blends straight line performance into a canyon carving beast with 240mm tire and 34-degree rake and 4.7-inches of trail.
As we exited the parking area the morning of our underlying ride, there was a wariness noticeable all around about the specs and cases of incredible taking care of at our supper the prior night. I wasn't the special case who thought this bicycle would have been a slug in the corners, however luckily we were demonstrated wrong rapidly. As we headed into the gulches of Ojai, California, speeds expanded and human advancement blurred from our back perspectives. From wide clearing swings to the most secure clasps, we were tip-to-tail pursuing each other through the turns. The battle we anticipated that dropping in would turns was scarcely existent. The normal power of footing hitting on that 240mm back tire and constraining the bicycle upright isn't there. That is to say, there's a few, however it isn't so awful as alternate bicycles with a similar rake.
The Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 is available in multiple colors: Vivid Black, Black Denim, Industrial Gray Denim, Wicked Red Denim, Rawhide Denim, and Bonneveille Salt Denim (shown).
The modification we feel was made by altogether shortening the bicycle's trail in the triple trees. This moves the fork back with respect to the neck and abbreviates the measure of tire out and about before the wheel's pivot, which means less grating toward the path the bicycle is voyaging, so less power holding the front wheel straight, which deciphers more responsive taking care of. So while the FXDR 114 has the same 34-degree rake as the 2018 Breakout, the trail of 4.7 inches is a full inch shorter than that of the Breakout, and even essentially shorter than the most forcefully raked model of the lineup—the Fat Bob, which sits at 5.2 inches.
We’re digging the FXDR 114 instrument panel that’s tucked tightly behind the front cowling.
Styling on the FXDR 114 is indisputably racing propelled, yet with a little trace of H-D's advanced level track hustling emphasizes tossed in there as well. The tailsection sits higher up, so a long plastic piece over the back tire shields water from running up your back when you go over puddles. The since quite a while ago modified fork stands out through the highest point of the trees, where cut on handlebars join—another energetic touch. The smooth advanced measure we saw presented on the Street Bob a year ago advances toward this new bicycle too, not mounted behind the cowl on the triple trees.
The factory upswept intake with exposed filer is a departure from traditional Softail styling.
The transformed 43mm fork completes an awesome activity at holding the bicycle consistent, eating the little knocks and holding the front tire out and about. The back monoshock's preload is movable by hand under the seat, and joined with the wide seat, was sufficiently agreeable to ride throughout the day without getting saddle sore and still sufficiently firm through the turns. Double front circle brakes and a solitary back stop the bicycle satisfactorily, are smooth and responsive, and there isn't excessively jump in advance .
A split five-talked cast 19x3.5-inch front wheel comes outfitted with double 11.8-inch rotors and double settled four-cylinder calipers. In the back, you'll locate a forceful 18x8-inch split-talked cast wheel with 11.5-inch settled rotor and two-cylinder skimming back caliper. Both are cleaned in Michelin Scorcher "11" tires (front: 120/70ZR-19 60W; raise: 240/40R-18 79V).
With regards to the vibe of the ride, the nearest bicycle I have ridden is Keanu Reeves' own Arch KRGT-1, however that will run you upwards of $78,000. This is a well-thoroughly considered, appropriately designed bicycle with execution that can in reality back up its forceful styling. At a beginning cost of $21,349, it's the most costly bicycle in the Softail line yet I would likewise bet to state the most competent. On the off chance that you've been sitting tight for a bicycle to supplant the V-Rod, you're going to be in for an extremely pleasant amazement—a bicycle that can truly deal with.
A tight view of the FXDR 114 frontend and new cowling. We feel the front turn signals could be trimmed down a bit.
A stylish 2-into-1 exhaust with the catalyst inside the header handles spent gases for the FXDR 114.
This article is from Hot Bike.
By Morgan Gales August 21, 2018