I’ve never owned a motorcycle and I have only ever ridden them very sparingly. I can’t say that many bikes have tripped my trigger enough to go, “Wait…what’s that?!” Recently I have been paying more attention to motorcycles. Some of it is by design as I’ve shot TV shows with nitro burning dirt drag racers and recently shot an episode with an insane no-wheelie bar pro street style bike. Beyond that we have been carrying some motorcycle drag racing coverage here on BangShift and that’s kept me paying attention as well. Combine those factors and then the release this week of video and images of the upcoming 2019 Harley-Davidson FDXR 114 and all of a sudden I am smitten. This bike looks pretty bad ass and by the specs, it seems like it would be fun as hell to ride. Am I wrong here?
I think the fact that the motorcycle seems to include (again, to my completely uneducated ass on the subject) elements of both a sport bike and a drag bike with its “big n’ little” style front and rear ties, the narrow handlebars and body work, and the lack of a sweeping rear fender as part of the body. There’s a very modern appearance to this bike and to me, it’s the type of machine that gets a guy like me who could not care less for a big motorcycle laden with saddle bags and junk off of his ass and into a showroom.
The engine is a the Milwaukee-Eight 114 which is a 4-vave per head, 114ci, V-twin that makes more than 100hp and gobs more torque than that. The rig should move as well as it looks, at least by my math.
Between the drag race styles air intake, the neat looking exhaust, cool rear swing arm with a mono-shock, and the nip-tuck modern looks, I’m kind of in love. Hmmmm……