For many riders, the Harley-Davidson Road King® is the classic Harley-Davidson® Touring motorcycle. Its trademark silhouette represents Harley-Davidson history; a design that’s stood the test of time with roots that go back to 1949 when the first of the line – designated the FL – hit the American highways and around the globe.
For 2017 Harley-Davidson has added an exciting new chapter to the Road King story by creating the Road King Special; a machine that exudes a bold new attitude and much darker edge. Lower-slung, it channels a fresh, contemporary energy from the streets and distills it into Road King that looks, and feels, completely different.
Bathed in black and powered by the new muscular 107ci (1745cc) Milwaukee-Eight™ engine, the Road King Special’s look pushes Harley-Davidson’s Touring line in a dramatic new styling direction, expressing a modern perspective on the classic Road King model.
A dark front end topped by a massive gloss-black headlamp nacelle is the signature styling element of the Road King Special, further highlighted by the lack of a standard windshield. Adding to the attitude is a new 9-inch-tall, 1.25-inch-wide (22.86cm x 3.17cm) mini-ape handlebar to put the rider in an aggressive but comfortable stance that’s also comfortable on long runs.
The Road King Special’s engine guard, handlebar and hand controls, mirrors, turn signals, engine covers, air cleaner cover, mufflers and exhaust shields also feature black surfaces. Chrome is retained only on some key engine components – the lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet blocks to emphasize the iconic V-Twin form of the Milwaukee-Eight engine. There’s a new engine-turned timing cover insert, a finish that’s also featured on the tank console and air cleaner insert.
New gloss black Turbine cast-aluminum wheels include a 19-inch front topped by a low-profile fender. At the rear, Stretched Saddlebags flow over the mufflers to provide a slammed-to-the-ground appearance without reducing suspension travel. A rear fascia panel fills the space between the saddlebags and rear fender, and a low-mount license plate module completes the tight, low lines of the rear end.
In brief, here are a few more of the new Road King Special’s features:
An aggressive new Harley-Davidson® custom bagger
Contemporary signature style includes mini-ape handlebars, stretched saddlebags, lowered profile and dominant blacked-out livery
Powered by the acclaimed new Milwaukee-Eight™ 107 engine, delivering more torque and acceleration
First Milwaukee- Eight model to feature all-black engine finish
New front forks and rear shock absorbers offer improved handling control and ride comfort
Four stunning paint options: Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom, Olive Gold
Starting at £19,995 / €28,075 (Vivid Black)
Talking about the new Road King Special, Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice-President of Styling & Design said: “The FL series has always reflected the purity of the Harley-Davidson riding experience. By exchanging chrome surfaces for black and lowering the bike’s profile, we’ve moved the traditional Road King into a new space that’s very current in the custom bagger scene. Built to ride, and ride hard, the Road King Special also broods with menace. Just as we designed it to…”