Harley-Davidson is pulling out all stops on new innovations of the cruiser segment. Its latest offering is a new ‘power cruiser’, christened as the FXDR 114.
Harley claims that the new drag-strip inspired motorcycle is complemented by its torque oriented mechanics. The bike is built on a Softail chassis which uses a lightweight aluminium swingarm and wheels. Apart from that, a liberal use of composite components on the bike also saves weight.
The FXDR 114 is the tenth Harley-Davidson that is based on the Softail platform that was introduced in 2018. The company has planned close to a 100 more bikes based on the same platform by 2027.
The power cruiser’s aluminium swingarm achieves a claimed reduction in weight scaling up to 4.62kg over a steel Softail swingarm. Mechanically, the bike carries a 1868cc Milwaukee-Eight V-twin engine that delivers 161Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm.
Harley says that the bike is a drag-strip inspired bike which is evident on its cosmetics including a moulded speed screen, a clipped tail section and also a solo seat. The rear mudguard is shaped to hug a massive 240mm tyre and moves with the tyre through the range of the suspension, so becomes almost invisible when the FXDR 114 is in motion.
“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 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.” said Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design Brad Richards.