HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXDR (2019 - on) Review
- Dragster styling
- Great V-twin soundtrack
- Expensive and compromised
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£480|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The drag-style FXDR looks great, is the most powerful Harley big twin yet and has performance brakes and forks – but it also has just 5bhp more than a Fat Bob, is uncomfortable, has compromised handling yet costs a full £4000 more than the Fat Bob, too.
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Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Harley-Davidson shout about the FXDR’s 43% lighter alloy swingarm, lighter wheels (including rear solid disc deliberately reminiscent of the V-Rod) and the best lean angles of any Softail.
But this is no sharp sportster: the drag bike kicked-out forks and comedy 250-section rear tyre make steering unnervingly slow and laboured; that rake compromises the USD forks and twin discs while bumps uncomfortably jar the bike’s – and your – rear end.
Yes, once acclimatized and confident the FXDR will carve a curve but it’s nowhere near as nimble as H-D’s own, 114-powered Fat Bob and a Diavel will destroy it.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Inlet tweaks and a new two-into-one exhaust help boost this bigger, 114ci version of the 'Milwaukee Eight' from 85bhp to 91 ponies. But, to be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference.
So, though decent and delivering familiar Harley rumbling and lumbering, on this evidence it’s not really deserving of the performance 'R' tag. It’s no V-Rod, certainly no 150bhp+ V-Max or Diavel, and if you want the true 'stop light to stop light acceleration' Harley promised, you'd best go and buy a Stage two or three tune (which, considering the hefty base price, is a little disappointing…)
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
There's nothing wrong with the FXDR here. The Milwaukee Eight engine debuted two years ago on Harley’s tourers with no complaints, mechanically it’s quite simple and the cycle parts are better than most. Solid it is – and should remain so.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Geometry and styling aside, the FXDR has a similar specification to Harley’s Fat Bob but that bike, even in 114ci trim, costs over £5000 less. Nor does the FXDR have particularly impressive clocks or even a pillion seat. Overall, the fact it costs so much is something of a mystery.
Starting at £19,855 the FXDR is not only the most powerful (just) of Harley’s Softails – but the most expensive, too, so it’d be reasonable to expect to get a few posh bits.
There aren’t many. True, there’s the uprated engine, twin discs, fancy wheels and USD forks, but the better-handling Fat Bob gets most of those for around £5K less.
What’s more, the FXDR's clocks are basic (with only a small, switchable LCD panel with a strip of idiots underneath) and there’s not even a pillion.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, 45-degree, pushrod V-twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||16.7 litres|
|Front suspension||43mm inverted forks, non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Single shock, adjustable spring preload|
|Front brake||2x300mm discs four-piston calipers, ABS|
|Rear brake||220mm disc, single-piston caliper. ABS|
|Front tyre size||120/70x19|
|Rear tyre size||240/40x18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||55 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£480|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||91 bhp|
|Max torque||118 ft-lb|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||140 miles|
Model history & versions
Although a new model for 2019, the FXDR sits as part of the existing Harley soft tail range. There is the possibility for more variants of the FXDR to appear, however no details have been released at this time.
This is the sole variant of the Harley-Davidson FXDR.
Owners' reviews for the HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXDR (2019 - on)
3 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXDR (2019 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
|Ride quality & brakes:|
|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£480|
Annual servicing cost: £475
Best features are duel front brakes, seat is comfortable, engine/power/speed, low/travel and ergonomics. Worst features are rear tail light/blinker position, no sissy bar available, not a trip bike, muffler too quiet and air intake is too large. (pushes leg out).
Bike is best on cooler days, however, it performs regardless of temperature. Always hot when sitting at a traffic light which is expected. It is perfect for short to medium rides. I’d say I need a break between 100-150 miles. Not intended for long rides or across country! Great for around town, country roads or cruise around neighboring county’s.
Fast! I dislike nothing. It obeys your command. I only have 2000 miles on it. Still learning it. I can say when in 6th gear at cruising speed of 60mph, if you twist the wick 100% without downshifting, I was at 90mph in seconds. Also 1st gear at 3k rpm is 30mph, 2nd gear at 3k rpm is 60mph and 3rd gear 3k rpm around 91mph. Don’t forget 4th, 5th and 6th! I haven’t gone faster. No windshield at 91mph your laying on gas tank. I upgraded to a Bassani 2 in 1, K&N air intake and a fuelpak. Wow. Fast!
Purchased new. Very robust motorcycle.
I will spend what I have to in order to ensure my safety!
PPE! The biggest feature to avoid is one up. Passenger. I invested for my wife to ride perhaps a few times a year. No sissy bar available. I purchased a passenger seat ($200.00) , foot pegs ($160.00) and mounting brackets ($190.00). Not including jacket, helmet and gloves ($750.00). Save your money.
Buying experience: Dealer. New.
Can be uncomfortable on a long ride
I bought this bike because i loved the idea of it; drag bike which looks different. I had lots of fun driving it; drifting it, and going crazy on it. But the fact is; i hate the riding position on this bike; i hate that small screen that makes the bike look cheap. I hate the rear fender; i hate that this bike has no modifications out there. Harleys supposed to be modifiable; this bike has a very limited options out there. I bought another bike from harley (( streetglide special 114 )) along side my FXDR; since then i never drove my FXDR again and im gonna trade it or sell it. My advice; if you wang a softail; BUY A FAT BOB 114. Best softail i tried.
Im 6’2 The bike is very uncomfortable; you’ll start feeling pain in ur hands and shoulders after one hour of riding; forward control and clip ons; not good. Although im tall; but i hate the riding position.
Crazy fast; amazing torque.
AirCleaner breather was leaking oil into the aircleaner; causing the bike to smoke from the exhaust. First 300km of driving; the primary started making a very loud noise; the dealer replaced a piece of plastic in the primary. Noise gone.
You got ZERO equipments on this bike; a small calculator like screen shows the speed and fuel and you can change views to see RPM and ODO. Go for stage one; get a fender delete to remove the hideous rear fender.
Buying experience: I bought this bike because i loved the idea of it; drag bike which looks different. I had lots of fun driving it; drifting it, and going crazy on it. But the fact is; i hate the riding position on this bike; i hate that small screen that makes the bike look cheap. I hate the rear fender; i hate that this bike has no modifications out there. Harleys supposed to be modifiable; this bike has a very limited options out there. I bought another bike from harley (( streetglide special 114 )) along side my FXDR; since then i never drove my FXDR again and im gonna trade it or sell it.