V-Twin
Only 3 weeks ago, Harley-Davidson announced their intention to build adventure bikes and Street Fighter style bikes from 2020.  Hidden within the promo video were snippets of white cruiser doing the laps on a race track - and it looked to be moving fast.

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Please note the very fat rear tyre and the triangular exhaust, possibly to aid in cornering clearance - since when did Harley started caring about clearance? 😆

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From another angle, we can see feet forward riding position and a small wind deflector.

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From the rider’s perspective, we see the name, FXDR.  With ‘R’ in red, no less.  The fuel cap and the dash (if you can call it that) is new.  I can’t be sure, but I think I see adjustable front shockers, like sports bikes. 😳

Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents all manufacturers have to lodge every year, we know that FXDR will be equipped with a 114ci M8 engine.  Oddly, the FXDR appears with Harley’s touring models (i.e. Road King, Street Glide & Road Glide), instead of Softail models.  What that might mean, I am not sure.  Many people have been speculating that the 2019 model year might bring brand new touring bikes equipped with new mono-shock frames and 114ci across the board.  It is possible, the FXDR is built on the new touring frame.



If I have to guess, I suspect the FXDR is Harley’s vision of sports cruiser bike.  Similar in philosophy to the 2018 Fat Bob for the Softail range.  As such, I suspect the FXDR will be equipped with twin disc brakes up the front, like all touring bikes. 

We don’t have long to wait to find out.
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It turned out the FXDR 114 was the only new bike to be announced for the model year 2019.  I suspect, a mid-year announcement may bring another bike or two (as they did with the 2017 Road King Special release).  Here are some more photos.

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It is not my cup of tea but FXDR sounds imprerssive on paper.  Harley claims FXDR has the most amount of lean angle (32.6 degrees left and 32.8 degrees right) of all Softail models.  This bike is light for a Harley and with dual 300mm front disc brakes, this thing will stop as well.  The rear tyre is confirmed to be 240mm. 😳

Here are some snippets from their media release.

"Focus on Weight Reduction

The aluminium swingarm achieves a 4.63kgs weight reduction (6.26kgs vs. 10.89kgs, or 43% less) over a steel Softail swingarm accommodating a 240mm rear tyre. Because the unsprung weight (weight located below the suspension) it has a significant impact on rear suspension performance, enhanced further by a lightweight 18-inch-diameter 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 3.18kgs. Front and rear fenders are lightweight composite material."



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This will get new buyers... Not as many as 2020 though.

 

I find it "odd" looking. It needs a different styled front wheel and a bigger front wheel, but then that compromises handling of course. It looks like a V-Rod and a Breakout got together and out popped this...

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Hey V, the Road King Special is now 114... 😉 And Stage IV takes it up to 117.

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CHF10 wrote:
I find it "odd" looking.
I think FXDR looks a bit odd as well.
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Hey V, the Road King Special is now 114... 😉
Not looking for a naked bike at the moment.  And the Street Glide and Road Glide fairings are over due for refresh in my opinion.
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V-Twin wrote:
And the Street Glide and Road Glide fairings are over due for refresh in my opinion.

Couldn't agree more! I look at the Street Glide now and wonder how I was ever attracted to it and thank my lucky stars I picked the Chieftain over it.

Problem is, in terms of sales they're still selling in huge numbers in the US as they are... No doubt they'll do something when something needs to be done. But for now I'd say the focus is on the new "more modern" models.

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