2019 FXDR 114 Customized by Thunderbike
Daily Slideshow: Renown custom shop Thunderbike have put their magic touch onto the new FXDR
Thunderbike has its finger on the pulse of the motorcycle industry; when Harley-Davidson launched their latest Softail, the FXDR 114, Thunderbike was one of the first to on the scene with aftermarket goodies. Now the German company can also say they were the first to seriously customize Harley's latest hot-rod cruiser.
The 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 hit the market last year powered by the brilliant Milwaukee-Eight 114. It rides beautifully thanks to its inverted front forks and the dual front discs bring the bike to a gentle yet brisk halt. It's safe to say this motorcycle has fantastic foundations, which is why Thunderbike didn't want to change its nucleus. While the German company did mechanically alter the bike somewhat, their real goal was to make subtle cosmetic improvements. The designers targeted the areas they thought owners would modify first.
3. At The Rear
The biggest changes to the FXDR 114 can be found at the rear. Everything has been tidied up and, while the stock tail unit is sporty, this is a whole new level. The first thing to go was the license plate mount that flanks the back tire.
Thunderbike fitted a side-mounted license plate bracket which shows off this bike's backside. And what a rear end this bike has, thanks to the newly chopped and dropped tail unit, which hugs a 260mm tire. This unit moved the new diamond-stiched seat down and back, creating more of a drag bike look. The three rear stock lights have also been removed in place of tiny LED turn signals and brake lights which were integrated into the tail unit.
Good From The Front
While the back of the FXDR arguably received the most attention by Thunderbike's designers, the front has also had a beautiful redesign. A new front fender has been fitted and is accompanied by a more pronounced chin spoiler. The chin spoiler may have gotten bigger, but not everything did; the stock turn signals have been replaced by much smaller Motogadget m-Blaze Pin turn signals. Apart from this, the only other change to the front of the motorcycle is the new Thunderbird Satin Gips. These have a punctuated design, which matches the air cleaner cover.
Form and Function
While Thunderbike's intention was to change the FXDR 114 cosmetically, some mechanical alterations were needed to facilitate this. Arguably, the most notable is the installation of Thunderbike's Grand Prix staggered exhausts. These are more compact and directly routed. So it cleans this side of the bike up nicely.
The FXDR 114's monstrous stock airbox was removed and replaced by Thunderbike's smaller Oval Airbox, opening up the right-hand side of the motorcycle. At the rear, the stock monoshock was removed in favor of Thunderbike's own air ride system. This helped achieve the low drag bike stance that the team wanted. To facilitate the air ride system, the bike's ignition coil had to be relocated. There's sure to be many more incarnations of the FXDR 114 from the German company, much to the delight of Harley-Davidson fans.
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