Albany Advertiser - - MOTORING -

The new Har­ley-David­son® FXDR™ 114 mo­tor­cy­cle de­liv­ers mo­toag­gres­sion with a tech­ni­cal edge. Like a drag racer crossed with a fighter jet, this un­apolo­getic power cruiser brings a new level of all-out per­for­mance to the Har­ley-David­son line-up. The FXDR 114 com­bines the un­re­lent­ing power of the Mil­wau­kee-Eight® 114 engine with the lib­eral use of new weight-sav­ing alu­minium and com­pos­ite com­po­nents. Ev­ery as­pect of per­for­mance is am­pli­fied. “This mo­tor­cy­cle is re­ally a blast to ride,” said David Latz, Lead Prod­uct Man­ager at Har­ley-David­son. “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.” The FXDR 114 is the tenth Har­ley-David­son model based on the Sof­tail® plat­form in­tro­duced in 2018 and the lat­est in a line of 100 high-im­pact mo­tor­cy­cles the com­pany plans to in­tro­duce by 2027.

Fo­cus on Weight Re­duc­tion

The alu­minium swingarm achieves a 10.2-pound weight re­duc­tion (13.8 pounds vs. 24 pounds, or 43 per­cent less) over a steel Sof­tail swingarm ac­com­mo­dat­ing a 240 mm rear tire. Be­cause the un­sprung weight (weight lo­cated below the sus­pen­sion) it has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on rear sus­pen­sion per­for­mance, en­hanced fur­ther by a light­weight 18-inch­di­am­e­ter alu­minium disc rear wheel. The 19-inch forged alu­minium Ace front wheel is a light-weight de­sign that fea­tures very thin spokes. The FXDR 114 seat and tail sec­tion are sup­ported by a sub-frame of welded alu­minium tub­ing, and the tail sec­tion is com­pos­ite. This re­places a steel sub­frame, steel rear fender and alu­minium fender sup­ports used on other Sof­tail mod­els, for a weight sav­ings of about seven pounds. Front and rear fend­ers are light­weight com­pos­ite ma­te­rial.

Styled at the Strip

The FXDR com­mu­ni­cates its com­mit­ment to all-out per­for­mance through vis­ual de­sign in­spired at the drag strip, where the ap­pli­ca­tion of torque to pave­ment is so­phis­ti­cated in its ex­e­cu­tion. “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,” said Brad Richards, Vice Pres­i­dent of Styling and De­sign. “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.” A speed screen frames the LED head­lamp and helps breaks the wind, while a stretched 4.4-gal­lon fuel tank ex­clu­sive to the FXDR 114 length­ens the pro­file of the mo­tor­cy­cle. A race-in­spired chin fair­ing con­ceals much of the oil cooler. The tail sec­tion is clipped short in drag bike/stunter style to ex­pose the 240mm rear tire. A solo seat flows seam­lessly into the tail sec­tion. A cover on the top of the tail sec­tion can be re­moved to reveal a stor­age com­part­ment within the sub­frame. A molded com­pos­ite rear fender is shaped to hug the tire and moves with it through the range of the sus­pen­sion, so it be­comes al­most in­vis­i­ble when the FXDR 114 is in mo­tion. A rear light­ing mod­ule and li­cense plate fix­ture is se­cured to an alu­minium spar mounted to the left side of the swingarm, leav­ing the right side of the rear wheel dra­mat­i­cally ex­posed. The front and rear wheel are fin­ished in con­trast Gloss Black and Satin Black paint and de­tailed with bright “bolt heads” and laser-etched orange graph­ics in the rims.

Dy­namic Chas­sis

A strong-and-rigid Sof­tail chas­sis tuned to de­liver re­spon­sive han­dling will re­ward as­sertive riders with thrilling agility when rid­ing through twist­ing back­roads and nav­i­gat­ing con­gested ur­ban traf­fic. The FXDR 114 fea­tures the Sof­tail monoshock rear sus­pen­sion with a sin­gle coil-over shock with in­ter­nal free-pis­ton tech­nol­ogy and op­ti­mized an­gle be­tween the frame and swingarm for en­hanced travel and re­sponse. The shock is equipped with an ex­ter­nal hy­draulic pre-load ad­just­ment knob to al­low the rider to quickly and eas­ily dial in op­ti­mal sus­pen­sion per­for­mance for the pre­vail­ing load and con­di­tions. In­verted 43mm forks stiffen the front end for im­proved re­sponse to steer­ing in­put. Sin­gle-car­tridge in­ter­nal fork damp­ing tech­nol­ogy and a triple-rate spring re­spond quickly to in­puts to help keep the front wheel planted for im­proved brak­ing and han­dling per­for­mance. The FXDR 114 of­fers more lean an­gle than any other Sof­tail model – 32.6 de­grees to the left and 32.8 de­grees to the right. The dual 300mm front disc brakes pro­vide strong brak­ing per­for­mance with less lever ef­fort. A con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS) is stan­dard equip­ment on the FXDR 114. High-per­for­mance Miche­lin® Scorcher® 11 front (120mm) and rear (240mm) tires con­trib­ute to op­ti­mized han­dling and brak­ing per­for­mance. Se­cured by the deep solo seat, the rider grips alu­minium clip-on han­dle­bars in an ath­letic po­si­tion over the tank. In­for­ma­tion is pre­sented by a com­pact dig­i­tal dis­play lo­cated within the speed screen.

Mil­wau­kee-Eight Mus­cle

The FXDR 114 is equipped with the most-pow­er­ful engine of­fered in the Sof­tail chas­sis, a Mil­wau­kee-Eight 114 V-Twin tuned to pound out up to 119 ft. lb. of torque at 3500 rpm (U.S. model). The shape of the for­ward­fac­ing air in­take is in­spired by the World Cham­pion Screamin’ Ea­gle/Vance & Hines drag bikes and de­signed to en­hance the air­flow into the engine. The ex­posed air fil­ter uti­lizes a new syn­thetic me­dia that does not re­quire oil­ing. A new 2-into-1 ex­haust is tuned to emit a throaty rum­ble and shaped to max­i­mize lean an­gle. Ad­vanced four-valve cylin­der head de­sign, dual knock sen­sors, and pre­ci­sion oil cool­ing per­mit a 10.0:1 com­pres­sion ra­tio for strong torque out­put – and thrilling ac­cel­er­a­tion – from off-idle to wideopen throt­tle. The engine is rigid-mounted to fur­ther stiffen a Sof­tail chas­sis en­gi­neered to de­liver pre­cise re­sponse to steer­ing and brak­ing in­put. Dual counter-bal­ancers can­cel pri­mary vi­bra­tion at idle for im­proved rider com­fort. Riders crav­ing even more power can up­grade the FXDR 114 with street-le­gal per­for­mance parts from Har­ley-David­son® Gen­uine Mo­tor Ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing a Screamin’ Ea­gle Ti­ta­nium Per­for­mance slip-on muf­fler that weighs 50 per­cent less than the stock muf­fler and pro­duces an ap­peal­ing, ag­gres­sive tone. In­stal­la­tion of the muf­fler achieves a Screamin’ Ea­gle Stage I per­for­mance up­grade when com­bined with a Screamin’ Ea­gle Air Cleaner Kit and the Screamin’ Ea­gle Pro Street Tuner. Stage I is the foun­da­tion for avail­able Screamin’ Ea­gle Stage II, Stage III and Stage IV kits that can take Mil­wau­kee-Eight 114 per­for­mance through the roof, with the as­sur­ance of an in­tact fac­tory war­ranty when in­stalled by an au­tho­rized Har­ley-David­son dealer. Com­plete LED light­ing, in­clud­ing a Day­maker™ LED head­lamp with LED sig­na­ture halo plus LED rear light­ing and LED turn sig­nals, make the FXDR 114 more con­spic­u­ous in traf­fic and of­fer op­ti­mal light­ing per­for­mance. Key­less ig­ni­tion, the Har­ley-David­son Smart Se­cu­rity Sys­tem and a USB charg­ing port are stan­dard equip­ment. The FXDR 114 is avail­able in six colour choices: Vivid Black, Black Denim, In­dus­trial Grey Denim, Wicked Red Denim, Bon­neville Salt Denim, and Rawhide Denim. Demo avail­able now at your lo­cal Har­ley- David­son Dealer – Great South­ern Mo­tor­cy­cles.

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