Harley-Davidson dropped a bombshell on us this week, revealing a new liquid-cooled modular engine platform, prototypes of its first adventure touring bike, a streetfighter and custom model, and detailed plans for the LiveWire and other electric motorcycles and small-displacement models for Asia.
Along with the announcements came a promotional video highlighting this bold new direction for Harley-Davidson. Look closely at the video and you can see at least one detail that was not announced, a new 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114.
You first catch glimpse of the FXDR at the 41-second mark, a rear shot of a motorcycle on a racetrack. You can make out a fat rear tire, a white tail cover that extends along the sides and a sporty-looking triangular shaped silencer.
The mystery bike appears again in a couple of quick cuts at the 2:18 mark. The shots are blurry or from a distance but you can see a small flyscreen over the headlight. The foot controls appear to be slightly forward, though it’s difficult to say how far forward they are. The big giveaway is at 2:21 with a shot from the rider’s perspective, showing some raised bars, the fuel cap and, most notably, the letters “FXDR” with the R in red.
More clues come to us via filings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on an initial list of Harley-Davidson’s 2019 models. Listed among them is the FXDR 114, indicating the new model will run on the 1870cc Milwaukee-Eight engine. The NHTSA filing indicates a brake horsepower of 91 hp.
That Harley-Davidson would drop some hints of the new model in the video without mentioning a word of it suggests a full announcement is coming sooner rather than later. The FXDR 114 might also help ease the minds of hardcore Harley-Davidson traditionalists who might feel estranged by the announcements made this week. A brand new performance-focused cruiser may help show that Harley-Davidson has not forgotten about its core.
Harley-Davidson traditionally announces its models in late August, so expect to hear official new in the next few weeks. As always, we’ll have the latest here on Motorcycle.com.
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