Less than a month ago, Harley-Davidson announced its radical new product plan that will see a sub-500cc Harley-Davidson for India, an adventure tourer, streetfighter and a range of electric bikes. However, this plan is for the near future. Now, the American motorcycle brand revealed a new power cruiser in the Softail line-up called the Harley-Davidson FXDR 114. The bike maker has also updated its CVO offerings with new technology.
The FXDR 114 is a motorcycle that looks like an attempt to fill the gap left by the now discontinued V-Rod. The aggressively-styled power cruiser, as Harley likes to call it, is based on the Softail platform and uses the company’s Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. The FXDR 114 has all-LED lighting, keyless ignition and a digital instrument cluster. Above the headlight sits a small cowl that sharers its colour scheme with the bodywork. The tank on the new Harley is sleek and swoops down to meet the seat. The bike has a chopped of tail that ends much before the rear wheel and looks even more aggressive than its sibling, the Fat Bob. The raked-out fat fork at front also endows the bike with a mean stance.
Harley says that the bike has been designed with a number alloy and composite components to reduce the overall weight, which includes a new subframe and swingarm. The FXDR uses an upside-down fork and a monoshock for suspension duties. The motorcycle also has a new air intake that has been inspired by NHRA drag bikes. Powering this bike is the 1,868cc motor that makes a claimed 161Nm of torque. The tyres on the bike are 120/70 R19 at the front and 240/40 R18 at the rear. The FXDR 114 has a kerb weight of 302.9kg.
The FXDR 114 is the most expensive model in the company’s Softail line-up in the United States of America at $21,349 (about Rs 15 lakh). If launched in India, it will be the most expensive Softail model in the country as well. At present, the most expensive Softail model in India is the Heritage Classic at Rs 20.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), expect the FXDR 114 to be priced slightly above it.
CVO model update
The Harley-Davidson CVO line-up has received cosmetic and tech updates for 2019. The line-up still includes the three variants – CVO Limited, CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide – and they all get new styling elements and a new audio system. All three bikes also feature a “Blaze Red” band on the Milwaukee-Eight 117 motor they use. Other than this, they also get new colour schemes. The CVO Limited is the only model in this line-up that is available in India.