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.
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