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HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXDR (2019-on) Review

Published: 20 September 2018

The most hardcore of Harley’s new Softails

Harley-Davidson FXDR in action

The most hardcore of Harley’s new Softails

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

The Harley-Davidson FXDR

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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…)

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

The Harley-Davidson FXDR in action

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

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.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £19,855
Used price £17,000 to £17,500
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 91 bhp
Max torque 118 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 1868cc
Engine type Four-stroke, 45-degree, pushrod V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 16.7 litres
Seat height 720mm
Bike weight 289kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

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.

Other versions

This is the sole variant of the Harley-Davidson FXDR.

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