Harley-Davidson have announced a new take on the Softail platform with its 2019 FXDR 114. Deigned a power cruiser, H-D have cut chassis weight by using more aluminum and composite parts than other Softail models and it will be powered by the oil/air-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin engine. This is the most powerful mill currently offered in a Softail chassis, pumping out 119 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm.
The engine comes packing a forward-facing intake inspired by Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines championship-winning drag bikes and it’s equipped with a two-into-one exhaust set-up that allows for greater lean angle than other Softails (32.6 degrees left and 32.8 degrees right).
That lean angle will be welcome because according to H-D, the FXDR 114 is agile. The suspension set-up includes a Softail monoshock with external preload adjustment and an inverted 43mm fork with a triple rate spring and single-cartridge internal fork damping.
The agility is further enhanced by the weight savings achieved with elements like an aluminum swingarm, which saves 10.2 pounds over the steel swingarm on other Softails. Aluminum wheels, 18-inch in the rear and 19-inch out front, lighten the load even more, as does the aluminum tube sub frame and composite tail section. The front and rear fenders are composite material also.
All those upgrades result in a bike that weighs 668 pounds, ready to run. It’s not the lightest Softail in Harley’s line, but it’s pretty close. The Street Bob is 15 pounds under the FXDR 114 and the Low Rider is seven pounds less. Both those models, however, run on the Milwaukee-Eight 107.
As with the intake design, the aesthetic of the bike is taken from the drag strip. Here’s how Brad Richards, the Vice President of Styling and Design, describes the FXDR 114:
“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 aluminum 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.”
High power and less weight are sure to please some, but all that advancement comes at a cost. At this point, it will be the most expensive Softail in H-D’s line, starting at $21,349. Check out the teaser video from Harley-Davidson below the specs to see the FXDR 114 in action.