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The motorcycle trades are sounding off!

August 29, 2018

The motorcycle trades are sounding off!

The motorcycle trades are sounding off and the FXDR is getting some rave reviews. Check out what people are saying about Harley-Davidson’s newest power cruiser!

New Atlas: “Harley-Davidson might be thinking big, loose and crazy for its 2020 range, but it's saved a bit of candy for 2019 as well.”

Milwaukee Business Journal: “On the heels of its late-July strategy announcement and just ahead of its 115th anniversary celebration this Labor Day weekend, Harley-Davidson Inc. detailed its plans for the 2019 model year, leading the rollout with a new power cruiser model and numerous technological upgrades.”

Cycle World: “If you’re searching for the biggest, brightest, and brawniest of the Harley-Davidson line, then your search begins with the CVO offerings.”

American Iron: “Harley continues its revamp by building a streetfighter-style ripper to draw a younger audience.”

Hot Bike Web: “The 2019 FXDR 114 nails the drag styling that made its predecessors like the Breakout and the V-Rod so popular, but radically increases handling capabilities… the whole bike was designed to look fast and handle that power, and it does a damn fine job.”

Jalopnik: “[on the GPS system] That is one of the coolest vehicular features I’ve ever heard of, and is exactly the kind of fun innovation I was talking about when I was moaning about Harley-Davidson needing to sell stuff nobody else offers and nobody knows they want yet.”

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Motorcyclist: “After its big announcements earlier this month detailing plans for entering key new market segments—including the electric bike scene—Harley-Davidson is unveiling a new machine that proves it has no intention of leaving behind its core audience. Introducing the 2019 FXDR: a fat-tired, big-bore power cruiser that says “batteries are for suckers.”

Motorcycle & Powersports News: “Three 2019 Harley-Davidson CVO models offer show-stopping finishes, advanced technology, exclusive components and attention to detail that borders on obsessive. The Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations program creates limited-production Harley-Davidson motorcycle models for the most-discerning customers, often using finishes, materials and accessories that are only available on a CVO model.”

Easy Riders: “The new Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 motorcycle delivers moto-aggression 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 aluminum and composite components. Every aspect of handling and performance is amplified.”

Top Speed: “After releasing nine new Softails earlier this year, the Milwaukee brand has unleashed a brand new one, and this time, it gets the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc. It’s the FXDR 114, and it comes built around the new platform with 240-section rear tire and lightweight aluminum swingarm.”

Motorcycle News: “Harley-Davidson's new performance cruiser looks set to have the ‘go’ to match its drag-strip styling. The new, street fighter-style FXDR doesn’t just have Harley’s latest, most torquey Big Twin engine, it uses an updated, lighter version of its new Softail frame which should give it the best handling of any Harley Softail.”

Ultimate Motorcycling: “One look at the single seater (27.7-inches high) with its 240mm rear tire and this sentiment speaks truth, the bike appearing ready to pounce the light-to-light competition.”

American Iron: “The FXDR 114 is a power cruiser that brings a new level of performance to the Harley-Davidson lineup. The FXDR 114 combines the power of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with weight-saving aluminum and composite components, including a new aluminum swingarm (10.2 pounds lighter), aluminum subframe, lightweight wheels, and composite fenders, to amplify every aspect of its agile handling and performance.”

Road Racing World: “The all-out performance of the new 2019 Harley-Davidson® FXDR™ 114 model sets the pace for Harley-Davidson's new 2019 motorcycles, accessories and gear that deliver fresh style, thrilling performance and advanced technology.”

Jalopnik: “I’ve noticed that enormous touring motorcycles don’t tend to be popular with internet commenters, and I’m not wild about that look myself, but I’m earnestly excited about the fact that Harley is working to encourage people to take bike road trips.”

Cycle World: “Studying the jet fighter-inspired lines, the 34-degree rake, and clip-on handlebars of this new Harley-Davidson model would have one thinking this is the replacement for the V-Rod that slipped from the H-D lineup. But it is not. Oh, no, it is not that at all. It is a new type of power cruiser for The Motor Company, designed for the rider who wants a more extreme look and stance, but also wants performance and handling not commonly found in a cruiser.”

Cycle News: “The FXDR gets the firm’s badass 114 cubic inch motor, which we tested here when we had an H-D Fat Bob last year. Harley claims the 114 will churn out a huge 119 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm, although the FXDR gets an updated, forward facing intake to look like the factory Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racers and a new two-into-one exhaust that helps aid cornering clearance.”

Motorcycle.com: “Billed as drag racer crossed with a fighter jet, the FXDR 114 offers the most powerful engine in the Softail line. But the FXDR isn’t just designed for straight-line performance; a focus on weight reduction and greater lean angle should help make it more agile than any other Softail.”

Hot Bike: “The FXDR is the first bike to come out of the new softail line that isn’t really a Softail in the traditional sense. The cast aluminum swingarm is a much larger, stronger, more stable piece than the mock hardtail swingarm for which the model line is named, but when replacing the Dyna, certain sacrifices may have to be made in the name of performance. And in this case, I doubt anyone is really complaining. The whole bike was designed to look fast and handle that power, and it does a damn fine job.”

Thunder Press: “The new Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 motorcycle delivers moto-aggression 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 aluminum and composite components. Every aspect of performance is amplified.”

Rider Magazine: “The V-Rod is dead, long live the V-Rod. Well, sort of. When Harley-Davidson overhauled the Softail platform for 2018, it created an all-new chassis to accommodate the Milwaukee-Eight V-twin in different sizes as well as a wide range of body styles. Capitalizing on the flexible design, Dyna models were folded into the Softail line, creating one big, happy family, like the Brady Bunch. Joining the Softail lineup for 2019 is the FXDR 114, a long, lean, dragbike-inspired power cruiser that channels the spirit of the VRSC V-Rod, which quietly exited the stage last year after 17 years of production.”

Iron & Air: “The 2018 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 is a dramatically styled “power cruiser” that pulls hard from a stoplight and feels as planted on the open road as it does through a chicane, meant to tantalize people who think Harley-Davidson is too traditional.”

Motorcycle Cruiser:  “Styling on the FXDR 114 is unmistakably drag racing inspired, but with a little hint of H-D’s modern flat-track racing accents thrown in there too. The sleek digital gauge we saw introduced on the Street Bob last year makes its way to this new bike as well, not mounted behind the cowl on the triple trees.”

Baggers Magazine: “Harley-Davidson’s CVO series (CVO stands for Custom Vehicle Operations) doesn’t do things by half. The company’s premium, top-of-the-line machines often serve as test beds for new technology that usually trickles down to the mainline models, and tons of new components, accessories, and paint jobs first see the light of day on CVO bikes. True to form, The Motor Company isn’t holding back for the latest models.”

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