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Harley-Davidson motorcycles aren’t traditionally thought of for their incredible speeds. With their iconic Big Twin designs, Harleys are meant for cruising, and the average rider rarely ever goes out of their way to reach their bike’s top speed. However, this hasn’t stopped Harley-Davidson from producing some staggeringly fast (and even record-breaking) motorcycles in their time. From their traditional gasoline-powered V-twin models that put the company on the map to the more experimental custom jobs that have utilized Harley parts, Harley-Davidson isn’t a name that you should overlook when it comes to speed. This article will discuss which bikes are the fastest Harley-Davidson motorcycles, both currently available and previously made.

Harley-Davidson may not be know for their fast motorcycles, but they have some very fast motorcycle models

What is the Fastest Harley-Davidson Production Motorcycle?

In terms of the time it takes to go from 0 to 60, the fastest Harley production motorcycle that’s ever been produced is the current FXDR 114. Although it’s not aesthetically aligned with the designs that Harley enthusiasts might know and love the most, the sleek FXDR 114 has still appealed to many riders, especially given its exceptional acceleration abilities. It can reach 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds, a remarkable feat that is simply par for the course with the improvements Harley-Davidson has made over the past two decades.

Before the FXDR 114,the electric LiveWire held the record for being the fastest Harley motorcycle in production. Debuting not long before the FXDR 114, the LiveWire was the first electric motorcycle from the company and could reach 60mph in 3 seconds, the current record. The LiveWire took the record from the 2001 V-Twin, famously clocked by Cycle World for its ability to hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Despite the increased acceleration times found in these models compared to some of the competition, they don’t necessarily have record-breaking top speeds. In terms of pure horsepower, the most powerful motorcycle that has ever been produced using Harley-Davidson engines wasn’t made to be sold to the public.

How Much Horsepower Does the FXDR 114 Have?

The FXDR 114 has 90 horsepower. While this certainly makes the FXDR 114 a formidable beast out on the road, it still isn’t comparable to the most heavy-duty models on the market, let alone the more powerful and experimental motorcycles Harley-Davidson has seen their name attached to outside of the market. The FXDR 114 can achieve a top speed of around 160 mph. This feat makes it the fastest Harley-Davidson production motorcycle currently being sold new, although it’s not the fastest motorcycle in the company’s entire history. Even though the average biker would rarely find themselves in a situation where they’d wish to exceed 160 mph, that hasn’t stopped Harley-Davidson from always experimenting and trying to push the envelope when it comes to speed.

Harley-Davidson offers various models for different needs from off-roading to cruising.

Which Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Has the Most Horsepower?

The most powerful Harley-Davidson motorcycle ever produced was a custom motorcycle made for specialized purposes. It was called the Easyriders Streamliner and had to be handled by a driver who specialized in drag racing. That driver was Dave Campos. The unique bike was 7 meters long and completely enclosed, looking less like a Harley-Davidson cruiser than an oversized bullet on wheels. Due to its specialized design, as well as its two separate 1500cc engines, the Easyriders Streamliner was able to reach a recording-breaking speed of 322 mph. This was the overall record for a motorcycle for 16 years; however, this speed would be neither desirable nor attainable for the average Harley-Davidson enthusiast!

What is the Most Sought After Harley-Davidson Model?

Although excessive speed and horsepower are often what buyers are looking for when purchasing a vehicle, this isn’t always the case with Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Most of the time, the average buyer is looking for something much closer to the old-fashioned type of Harley-Davidson cruiser that you would see in the movies. While these can certainly be powerful bikes in their own right, their classic design doesn’t always lend itself to the same record-breaking speeds as the more aerodynamic models produced by their competition. Still, it’s what most people think of when they think of Harley-Davidson.

What Harley Holds Its Value the Best?

Rather than the fastest models, the most widely regarded Harley-Davidson motorcycles tend to be the ones that are the most unique and attractive in their designs. This includes the FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide, which was introduced to the market in 1993. This motorcycle was quite the spectacle, being the longest bike that Harley had ever produced at the time, as well as featuring dual exhausts. While it had the classic Harley-Davidson charm, it also introduced a unique edge that many people still crave to this day. The line was discontinued in 2017, with many believing the model to have hit its stride in the mid-2000s, specifically with the model year 2008.

The Harley-Davidson Road Glide is the most popular model currently in production

What’s the Most Popular Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Currently in Production?

Those looking for a more traditional Harley than the FXDR 114 may enjoy the touring 2021 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. With its V-twin engine and classic look, this represents one of the most popular twin-cam options currently being manufactured. As far as cruiser varieties go, the 2021 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 is a popular choice amongst riders and is still in production. Although these models aren’t quite as fast as others, they are much closer to what the average Harley buyer is looking for.

Find Your Next Ride at Harley-Davidson of Kingwood

Whether you’re looking for the newest models, a used classic, or simply need work done on your current ride, Harley-Davidson of Kingwood can help you optimize your Harley-Davidson experience. Our new inventory represents the best that Harley-Davidson currently produces, while our used showroom is constantly rotating stock. It’s one of the most diverse selections of Harleys that Texas has to offer, providing you with a unique experience and a great deal. Our Harley-Davidson expertise also makes us the perfect solution for when your Harley-Davidson needs servicing. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your current model or simply get it back on the road, we can do it fast!


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