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    • I've been living with the new Harley muscle cruiser for the last fortnight (it's a Press Bike) - and I really like it. It's a very enjoyable machine. I've read lots of comments online about how Harley have lost their way with this bike.
      I think they've found it.
      It's no litre sport bike, but all of the usual (incorrect) static about Harleys, 'Don't handle, don't stop, don't go etc etc' well, they especially don't apply here.
      AND I have a new Camera Slider that I was trying out:

    • I keep seeing reviews of that bike, and I'm loving the look. I think Harley might be succeeding in redesigning to appeal to a younger demographic.

      One question I have―I've only ever ridden one bike with forward controls, and I found the body positioning awkward when trying to push hard in some twisties. What's your experience with regards to that on the FXDR?

      ...also, how do I get a press bike???? (Just kidding, although having that be part of your job sounds pretty awesome.)

    • Forward controls are an acquired taste, but once I bed in and get the mojo I don't have any trouble chucking a bike with them around. I'm 6'5" so in a lot of cases I appreciate the leg room and they give me more of a 'standard' riding position.
      The FXDR also has a good range of adjustment in the handlebars. They are clip ons and can rotate on the fork leg. With them pushed well forward I find it quite roomy and the saddle is a lot more comfortable than it looks.

      Here's the first few paragraphs of the test report I've submitted to Heavy Duty Magazine:


      The un-usual suspects.

      Not since H-D released the V-rod in 2001 has there been a new model that has polarised Harley owner’s opinions so widely.

      It’s therefore quite fitting that the 2019 FXDR fills the gap left by the discontinued V-Rod in a number of ways.

      As one reviewer succinctly said way back then: "The V-Rod was intended to bring in more than the usual suspects, and it did."

      So too will the FXDR attract a range of different customers, regardless of how much its appearance and style has incensed some of the rusted-on old-school Cruiser owners.

      This is a bike that covers some of the ground recently broken with the 2017 Fat Bob, but takes it to the next level. It’s a bike with enormous potential.

      Quite simply, this is a wonderful motorcycle to ride. It’s powerful, smooth, responsive, handles well, has excellent cornering clearance, is surprisingly comfortable and I think it looks great. And that’s just in the standard trim of the ‘Bonneville Salt’ coloured Press bike. I had a glimpse of its potential too with time spent in the saddle of two other examples that were fitted with performance upgrades.

      But first, the Press Bike.

      I spent two weeks dodging the early October monsoonal rain squalls around Brisbane on it and rode it every chance I could. Every time I rode it I liked it even more than the time before. To say it grew on me is an understatement. By the end of the test I was in serious lust.

      plus 1000 more words