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2018 Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special
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  • Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    Milwaukee-Eight 107
  • Displacement:
    107 cubic inches
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The Iconic American Tourer With DNA That Goes Back To 1958

Harley-Davidson made some fairly major changes for MY18, but the Road King stands firm unchanged as a link to the past with a heritage that arguably started in 1958 with the Duo-Glide. The base-model carries the 107 cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight into its sophomore year within the tourbike range. Engine output places it well within the power-tourer bracket with a whopping 111 pound-feet of torque on tap to push its 836-pound curb weight — may as well call it half-a-ton with a rider plus whatever is in your bags and on the pillion. The factory also kept its blackout Road King Special in the lineup for its connection to the custom culture of yesteryear and popularity with riders who’re looking for an alternative to the usual chrome-wagon look.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road King and Road King Special.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special

The Iconic American Tourer With DNA That Goes Back To 1958

Harley-Davidson made some fairly major changes for MY18, but the Road King stands firm unchanged as a link to the past with a heritage that arguably started in 1958 with the Duo-Glide. The base-model carries the 107 cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight into its sophomore year within the tourbike range. Engine output places it well within the power-tourer bracket with a whopping 111 pound-feet of torque on tap to push its 836-pound curb weight — may as well call it half-a-ton with a rider plus whatever is in your bags and on the pillion. The factory also kept its blackout Road King Special in the lineup for its connection to the custom culture of yesteryear and popularity with riders who’re looking for an alternative to the usual chrome-wagon look.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road King and Road King Special.

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King & Road King Special

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King & Road King Special

The Road King has long been an alternative for Harley-Davidson riders who want a tour-capable bike sans barn-door fairing. It keeps getting better in the 2017 model year with the new Milwaukee-Eight engine and a special trim package called — wait for it — the Road King Special. Updated looks and performance are the main selling points here, over and above the usual litany of reasons to consider the Road King, and the recent demise of Victory Motorcycles makes this ride even more important to H-D in the long run.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road King and Road King Special.

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King brings classic, FL design elements and the MoCo’s newest engine — the Milwaukee-Eight — together for this new generation of the touring king. Not only is the engine all new, but Harley finally got out of its suspension rut and threw on something other than its usual vanilla components. Is it enough, and can it compete with other established cruise/tour models out there? What else has Harley hidden away in there? Join me as I take a good look at the new FLHR and check out what all the factory tucked in there to stay relevant in an ever more demanding market.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road King.

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Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 50,000 Models Due To Clutch, Reflector Problems

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 50,000 Models Due To Clutch, Reflector Problems

Harley-Davidson has found itself under siege from a barrage of recalls affecting a lot of its current touring models. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 45,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles are affected by the recall, covering a myriad of models that include the Road King, Street Glide, Road Glide, and Ultra Limited.

At the heart of the issue is what’s been reported to be clutch problems plaguing a handful of these models. The issue is specifically tied into what the NHTSA describes as "glass bubbles" that could potentially damage the bike’s clutch system and prevent it from disengaging even after the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

This recall, somewhat surprisingly, has been months in the making, or at least the wheels were put into motion in October 2014 when Harley opened an investigation on the issue after receiving multiple complaints about the aforementioned clutch master cylinder. The company even went so far as to hire a chemist to help with the investigation surrounding an issue that has led to an incredible 313 warranty claims.

It would’ve been manageable if that was the extent of Harley’s recall woes, but it isn’t. Turns out, another 9,285 models of the 2015 Street 500 and 750 are also being recalled for an entirely different issue. The good thing is that these bikes don’t have it as bad as the other Harley models. The bad news is that it’s still significant enough to warrant a recall.

Apparently, these bikes don’t have any rear reflector assemblies. That’s a problem because rear reflectors are federally mandated equipment for all motor vehicles, Harley Davidson Street 500 and 750 models included. Turns out, Harley simply forgot to put them there. If that isn’t embarrassing enough, the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard issued a similar recall for these Harleys since the country has the same requirement for its own vehicles and these bikes don’t have their own rear reflectors.

This particular recall affects Street 500 models built from Jan. 28, 2014 to March 9, 2015 and Street 750 models built from May 12, 2014 to March 9, 2015.

As is always the case when it comes to recalls of this magnitude, Harley-Davidson is setting a plan in motion that would allow its dealership network to inspect any bike that shows up and, if necessary fix whatever’s ailing all these Harley bikes, be it a problem with the clutch or the absence of rear reflectors

Continue reading to read more about Harley-Davidson’s fresh round of recalls.

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Famous Bike Builders Sign up To Be Part Of Buffalo Chip Challenge

Famous Bike Builders Sign up To Be Part Of Buffalo Chip Challenge

John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts and Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation are two of the most renowned motorcycle aftermarket names in the industry today. The two are stars of the History Channel’s “Biker Battleground: Phoenix” and now, Shope and Yaffe have also signed up to be part of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Buffalo Chip Challenge.

Both Shope and Yaffe will play pivotal roles in assisting Black Hills area high school students as they embark on the challenge of customizing a 2014 Indian Chieftain and a 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will then auction off the two customized cruisers on Aug. 3, 2015, in support of its signature Legends Ride. For what it’s worth, these students couldn’t have found two more capable tuners to get assist them in this challenge.

The opportunity to learn from two of the best bike tuners in Shope and Yaffe is a tremendous opportunity for these young bloods. Not only will they get the chance to get instructions from these industry heavyweights, but they can also get their feet wet in the world of motorcycle customization. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Shope is regarded as one of the best motorcycle artists in the world and students can tap into that kind of brilliance, together with his Dirty Bird Concepts fabrications to transfer the Indian Chieftain into a fully customized world-class cruiser. On the other end, Yaffe’s reputation as a big wheel bagger should come in handy when he leads another group of students in giving the Harley-Davidson Road King its own customized make-over using parts from Bagger Nation.

Both bikes are expected to be finished and ready in time for the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show on March 28-29, 2015. The Buffalo Chip Challenge is also open to any high school student in the Black Hills area, even if the orientation is set to take place at Sturgis Brown High School.

I’m personally excited to see what these students can come up with. They’ve got some of the best tuners in the world serving as instructors so expectations are pretty high that they’ll come up with two sweet customized bikes.

Click past the jump to read more about the Buffalo Chip Challenge.

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2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King

2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King

Harley-Davidson has some deep roots in the motorcycle industry, and frequently draws on them when designing newer models. Detractors say the brand is mired in the past, but I submit that some of us appreciate the old is new again approach that gives the brand a certain continuity and connection to the models that made it great in the first place.

Harley’s ’15-’16 FLHR Road King is just such a model. The FLHR replaced the Electra Glide Sport as Harley’s non-faired bagger, but if you look hard enough you can see shades of the old “Duo Glide” FL in the front end, fuel tank and tank-mount instrument console from the late ’50s.

Although the folks at the factory bill this bike as a touring model, I kind of feel like it’s more of a cruiser with light touring capabilities, especially when compared to Harley’s full-dresser touring models. Let’s take a look at the Road King together and you can make up your own mind on that point.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road King.

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic

The Road King Classic model takes the nostalgic look and feel of the Road King a little further with extra details for this road-worthy touring bike, like leather-wrapped saddlebags, chrome fuel tank console, tooled metal detailing on the fender, tank, seat and bags, and chrome laced wheels with wide whitewall tires.

The motorcycle is built on Harley-Davidson’s innovative touring chassis which is based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and a stout swingarm. The ride quality is assured by a front 41.3 mm telescopic fork and a rear air-adjustable shock absorber.

Power comes from a 1690 cc air-cooled, twin cam 103 engine with Integrated Oil-Cooler and Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). Power is sent to the rear wheel through a six speed cruise drive gear box and the combined fuel consumption is rated at 42 mpg.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic.

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

The Harley-Davidson Road King was launched in 1994, but shortly after it managed to become a benchmark in its segment. The 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King looks like a timeless boulevard cruiser, but it is also a fully equipped, long-distance tourer.

As far as comfort goes, the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King features a detachable windshield, an air-adjustable touring rear suspension and a comfortable seating position. You also get a set of spacious, standard saddlebags.

The Harley Davidson Road king is equipped with a 1690 cc Twin Cam 103 engine which sends power to the rear wheel through a 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission. The engine’s fuel consumption is rated at 42 mpg.

Other features worth noting are the optional anti-lock braking system, Harley-Davidson’s Smart Security system, a six-gallon fuel tank and the electronic cruise control.

The bike is offered in a wide range of colors including Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl, Midnight Pearl, Ember Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King.

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2014 Harley Davidson Road King

2014 Harley Davidson Road King

The Harley Davidson Road King was received a series of upgrades for 2014. The new model is more comfortable, better looking and delivers better performances than its predecessor.

The motorcycle is propelled by an air-cooled, 103.1 cu.in. high output Twin Cam 103 engine with integrated oil cooler. For 2014, the engine was slightly modified to deliver more low-end torque, more passing power and a better feedback. In terms of power, the engine cranks out a maximum torque of 104.7 ft-lb at 3,250 rpm and offers a combined fuel economy of 42 mpg.

The air cooled unit sends its power to the ground through Harley’s six speed cruise drive transmission that delivers smooth and quiet shifts.

The motorcycle also comes with new a Reflex Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Linked Brakes, new dual halogen and LED headlamps and fog lamps, brighter Tour Pak lighting, brighter turn signals, brighter brake lights, and a new steering head with stiffer front forks.

Hit the jump for more information on the Harley Davidson Road King.

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Harley-Davidson Road King Custom turns rust into fashion

Harley-Davidson Road King Custom turns rust into fashion

There was nothing wrong with this 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King Custom before California-based Chris from Fox Custom Paint and Ric Greene from Southeast Custom Cycles began working at it and now it looks like everything’s wrong with the American bagger. That is because our guys decided to get the bike rid of its shiny paint and chrome only to create the distress look that they think fits this H-D model very well.

Indeed, after noticing how much attention rat rods were getting at custom shows, the Californian boys uncovered the clean metal underneath Harley’s impeccable paintjob only to then start applying their own sky blue paintjob (actually several layers of basecoats and different color primers), which also had to be partially sanded off.

But it is the finishing touch that gives the bike its rusty look. A spray bottle of different color base was used to squirt paint on the thing and obtain the rust-like spots that are actually eye-catching.

This is definitely something we don’t see every day, although we could start living with this. While most custom builders aim towards Harley’s quality finishing, these guys have just tipped the scale in the complete opposite direction.

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Michael Jackson Harley-Davidson to be auctioned

Michael Jackson Harley-Davidson to be auctioned

Michael Jackson will sell his police spec Harley-Davidson Road King together with more than 2000 items from his Neverland ranch during a five-day auction in Beverly Hills, California. Julien’s Auctions organizez the event which will take place between April 22 and 25.

As reported, part of the money will go to charity, but most will end up in the pop star’s continuously shrinking pocket.

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