Harley Davidson FXDR 114
For years the Harley Davidson V-Rod held a solid spot in the American brands' lineup, managing to maintain a solid presence in their portfolio for 16 years. Needless to say, when the decision was made to bring its extensive run to an end it was met with outcry from the biking community. Harley however, had not come to such a decision without a solid succession plan in place - they had every intention of making right with the V-Rod’s global following. The boffins at Milwaukee were working on building a new muscle, what would be known as the Harley Davidson FXDR 114.
A well-developed muscle is what the FXDR is, and it's accompanied by a domineering presence that's difficult to ignore, partially due to the 240mm wide Michelin that comes fitted from the factory, wider than most rubber you'll find on two wheels. It plays a significant role in the bikes overall appearance.
The brawny 1864cc Milwaukee-Eight engine has enough torque to pull a small house and makes riding the Harley around town effortless - just stick it into 5th and leave it to do its thing.
The wide rear stance is lovely to look at will attract many inquisitive onlookers, but having such large contact patch on the road takes some getting used to. Cracks and uneven levelling on the tar make the big Harley a tad nervous. Leaning in for a turn is also something that takes practice to get right. The big wheel will defy you, and requires a deliberate shove on the handlebars when turning this 300kg machine,
HD has entered new territory with the FXDR 114 as this is the first in their new breed of bikes that appeals to a new generation of riders. For the longest time this brand has attracted a very specific audience - middle-aged men covered in ink and with big bushy beards. Here's to a new era of Harleys.
Price: R274 500