Built around the new platform, comes with aluminum swingarm and carbon-fiber bits

With what went down as the biggest shift in the company’s corporate stance, Harley Davidson has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD has showcased multiple concepts under electric motorcycles, adventure-tourers, streetfighter, and Customs being the prominent ones.

But Harley has definitely taken care not to forget about its past nor the present. After releasing nine new Softails earlier this year, the Milwaukee brand has unleashed a brand new one, and this time, it gets the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc. It’s the FXDR 114, and it comes built around the new platform with 240-section rear tire and lightweight aluminum swingarm.

Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114 Exterior
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Harley-Davidson promised to give us 100 new models in the coming decade and has already showcased 12 new ones this year. Nine new Softails, the Street Rod, and two from the Sportster series – Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. With 88 more to come, Harley has gone ahead and registered three new names for their new motorcycle models: ‘Bronx’ ’48X’ and ’Pan America’.

The latest one to hit the streets now, however, is a brand new Softail model that gets a new engine and chassis architecture. The FXDR 114 is “Like a drag racer crossed with a fighter jet” which combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, the biggest put out on any of the current Softail models. 90 hp and 119 lb-ft peak torque to lug around 668 lbs.

Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114 Exterior
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Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114 Exterior
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Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114 Exterior
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Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114 Exterior
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You can be assured of a richer exhaust note pouring out of the neat looking 2-1-1 staggered edged pipes due to the fewer mechanical noise of the powertrain and optimized cover designs and driveline improvements for that aural glory. A 6-Speed Cruise Drive Transmission and a slip and assist clutch provides the rider smooth shifting of gears that help in maintaining fatigue-free long rides.

Harley has recently started ditching so much chrome for blacked-out engines and matte finishes, and they don’t look half as bad. This FXDR is no different. A stubby rear end comes with a small trunk even (nothing big though) and a swanky set of LED light setup at the front gets surrounded by a minimalistic cowling that hides a functional digital dash.

Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114 Exterior
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This power cruiser comes with a handful of weight-reduction elements including an aluminum swingarm and plenty of carbon-fiber bits including the front and rear fenders. The rear tire is a massive 240-section hoop, matched to a 19-inch front that is hooked to an Ace thin-spoked alloy rim and a raked 43mm USD fork.

The spec sheet indicates the FXDR is more raked out than the Fat Bob and has a nearly 5-inch-longer wheelbase. Pricing for the new machine will start at $21,349, with paint options adding extra, making it also the most expensive Softail yet. ABS is standard, as is a security system, keyless ignition and a USB charge port.

Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114 Exterior
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Blowing the door wide open, HD gave us a peek at all their new products coming in the next five years including new internal combustion engines (500cc, 750cc, 975cc and 1,250cc) that will go onto 16 new models. The first to hit the streets will, however, be its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, in 2019. It will be the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of products that will put the company right in the center of the electric race.

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