To the casual observer, Harley-Davidson appears to be on the ropes. So there’s a massive expectation with every new bike released: will it be the Hail Mary pass everyone’s waiting for?
The new Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 is under that intense scrutiny. Revealed hot on the heels of the Motor Co.’s recent four-model announcement, its aggressive styling and claims of superior performance has both detractors and fans fired up.
To find out if it lives up to the hype, I grabbed my Biltwell Lane Splitter and my best Dyna Bro flannel, and hopped a plane to balmy Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece.
The FXDR 114 is the tenth model in Harley’s new generation Softail range. So it shares the same chassis and Milwaukee-Eight power plant—with a few upgrades thrown into the equation, and a fresh, radical aesthetic.…