Many will argue it’s the best damn bike Harley-Davidson ever made. It’s the FXR's ability to be flogged like Secretariat down the straight that makes it such a prized possession. It’s also what makes it hard to find for the everyman. But we found them. They dwell in Southern California, and they showed up en masse at Born-Free 10.
Launched not long after Harley-Davidson reclaimed ownership of the company from AMF, the FXR added fuel to the fire of the company’s resurrection. With fewer castings, less vibrations, a stiffer frame, and greater clearance than its predecessors, the FXR added more sport to the Harley equation and helped The Motor Company close the gap with its performance-oriented competitors from Japan.
Somehow San Diego Customs rallied the troops to host the FXR & Open Bike Show at Born-Free 10 after hosting the Hot Bike Issue Release Party the weekend before. Don’t know how they do it, but props to our friends at SDC. The grounds were packed for Saturday’s FXR show, which featured stiff competition. While many of the bikes were worthy of top honors, it was teamdyna_bradley and his 1982 Shovelhead that rode away with the win, and deservedly so. His build was not only ultra clean, but he built it in memory of his dad, making the victory that much sweeter.
If you’d like to learn more about FXRs, be sure to check out this great article by Charles Plueddeman from the Hot Bike archives: Separating The Men From the Boys—History of the FXR.