2019 Harley Davidson FXDR Test Ride

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By Jim Pruner

A Modern Harley Davidson Is Born

My recent review of the 2018 Harley Davidson Sport Glide (review here) left me unfulfilled searching for a sport touring offering from the “Bar and Shield”.

Despite that disappointment, I didn’t hesitate to swing a leg over the brand new 2019 FXDR while at AimExpo. No one wants to be disappointed twice in a row and I especially don’t want to seem like someone who just piles on undeserved criticism. For the record, I am a fan of every motorcycle brand and Harley does build some nice bikes.

Happily, the FXDR didn’t disappoint me. It made me just as happy as I was with last year’s Fat Bob 114 (review here). I compare the two bikes quite a bit in this review. You may think the V Rod would be a better comparison point, but it’s discontinued and was liquid cooled etc. Certainly, I do admit there are some similarities between the two designs, but why dwell on the past?

The Significant Numbers

The FXDR uses the fuel injected Milwaukee Eight, 114 cubic inch engine coupled to a six-speed transmission. Since it’s the same powertrain setup used in the Fat Bob, the power and performance numbers are basically identical between them.

  • 1868cc Air Cooled Oil engine putting out 90 hp and 119-foot lbs of torque @3500 rpm
  • Seat Height 28.5 in
  • Ground Clearance 5.3 in.
  • Steering Rake 34 degrees
  • Front Tire 120/70ZR-19 60W, Rear Tire 240/40R-18
  • Michelin Scorcher 11 tires
  • Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal.
  • Weight full of fluids 668 lb.
  • Max lean angle 32.8 degrees
  • Fuel Economy 46 mpg
  • Brakes: 300mm dual disc, 4-piston fixed front and single disc 2-piston floating rear
  • Price Vivid Black $21,349 or other premium colors for $26,949

First Impressions

Distinctive & Stretched

The look is modern and sleek. Very “un-Harley” from a traditional standpoint. Devoid of chrome and somewhat drag bike-esque with dual staggered exhaust …read more

Source:: 2019 Harley Davidson FXDR Test Ride


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