So, Tell Me About Your Road King...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Mountain Cruiser, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Fast Ferris

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    Not strange at all, IMO - everyone likes to be unique in their own way.

    Can only speak for myself: I ride a Harley for ME. My RK has been, and continues to be, a great friend. When I ride with my Buell buds, NO one looks at my Harley - they get all the attention. Perfectly fine with me.

    When I ride to Raps (a local mostly-Harley hangout), my bike is lost in the sea of chrome. Unless.........unless someone stops down long enough to take in the details, to appreciate how sanitary this relatively high-mileage bike is, to marvel at the fact that it's 99% stock still, the fact that you could park my bike on a showroom and sell it for new (until you read the odo, that is...).

    I don't care that there are a million other Harleys on the road. Mine is mine, and it's unique. I make it "different" by keeping it hospital clean (I truly enjoying "rubbing" on my bike, as I call it - it's therapeutic), and mostly original. As the years go by, more and more people pick it out of a Harley crowd and comment favorably on what they see.

    Not preaching, not at all. To each their own, and I love all bikes.

    But I certainly wouldn't "shun" a brand just 'cause there are a lot of them out there. The world is an oyster; make your Road King your pearl. (Hallmark will be stealing that line, just you wait...)

    Best regards and happy trails,
    Ferris
  2. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    Great responses, that was the unwritten other side of the coin I was thinking about. Ride what you like, who cares what anyone else thinks.
  3. Fast Ferris

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  4. sixspeed

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    Didja give any thought to a Road King Police?

    Unique enough to stand out. And if you search you can find new ones that are for sale to the public. AND they have unique cop-king-only color schemes.

    I'm not much of a bragger and I don't worship material things at all, but I will say I've gotten more compliments on my FLHP in the year and a half I've had it than any other vehicle I've owned... Including my drop-dead-gorgeous vette.

    I'm utterly amazed how many young folks have given me compliments on my bike.... and a lot of the compliments are from the most un-stereotypical people.

    The HD Police brochure made me laugh when it used to say "There's something just right about a cop on a Harley".

    Oh, as for my RK, I've been on it every weekend but two since the beginning of August. Each road trip was from 575-1250 miles.

    I never thought I'd really love a big mama till I got this one.:D
  5. Patrol

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    I have the 2005 Road King Classic. Great bike. Tons of HD haters on here, and I get their point. But who buys a HD thinking it will be a Ducati? It's an antiquated, nostalgic, easy to ride bike.
  6. alii1959

    alii1959 Been here awhile

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    I have the '04. I was just thinking the same riding home from work today. My sportbike could be a handful in traffic. But, the RK purrs like a kitten regardless of the speed. Taking it easy is turning out to be a lot of fun. My speeds are down, fun is up, and cops don't worry me like they used to. I'm still riding a bit faster than traffic, when possible, but overall just enjoying the ride (with a few boards sharpened here and there:evil).
  7. dieatomkinder

    dieatomkinder Adventurer

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    Not all of the bikes or riders fall into this - :D

    My Roadking - [​IMG]

    which I've gotten out to a few decent roads. Like this one on my Dallas to Vegas 1,500 miles in 24 hours ride.
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    I've since started riding a HD that I think looks great in dirt/road grime etc.
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    but I keep going the wrong direction to get to bling shops and the starbucks. I found out that there is no bling or coffee shops on 129.
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    YMMV - 2009 Roadking 50K+ miles / 2013 RoadGlide - 32k miles since Jan 2013
  8. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    --begin sarcasm

    You Harley guys kill me. You keep posting big miles like it actually means something.

    --end sarcasm
  9. jon_l

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    HD guys usually post mileage in response to jackasses generalizing about them all being pirates and posers and bar-hoppers.

    Everyone on ADV except Harley riders gets to ride what he wants without endless nasty comments and people that shit in their threads.

    Who needs trolls? Fortunately, ADV has an ignore option.
  10. gus

    gus Been here awhile

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    You are right. My comments were about the CVO Road King. It puts the Bagger style first. Way too much bling for someone looking at racking up miles.
  11. BadKarma

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    And I'm wondering how much bling is too much for racking up miles? :rofl
  12. grelcar

    grelcar Been here awhile

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    Those Road Glides really seem to wear the bug splatters and mud well.
  13. rauchman

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    My wife and I both ride. I have a cafe racerized SV1000S and she's on a 2003 Z1000. We've both had cruisers, I, a 2002 Roadstar and she, a 2002 750 Honda ACE Shadow. This Tuesday is our 10 year anniversary and we're seriously dancing around the idea of new bikes.

    We started the day at the dealer that we've bought all our bikes from. They used to only carry the Asian big 4. Now they carry the entire Piaggio line and Victory. They had the Moto Guzzi California 1400 non touring model in silver and black. Had never seen the silver before and thought it looked pretty good. I've read a lot about this bike and was interested in seeing it person. At first glance, it's a gorgeous bike and looks better in the flesh vs. pictures. Just sitting on it in, I loved the riding position. Definitely cruiser, but commanding. My wife sat on it as well and also like the riding position. Then she starting noticing some styling/design things that started souring our perception. Sat on a new VMax and it didn't gell w/ me. Road Star Warrior 2009 leftover, and .....eh. Sat on a Yamaha Raider, and while I really liked it, I couldn't see myself on one. She wanted to check out a few Vespas as well, and then we were on to an HD/BMW dealership where I've recently test ridden a 2013 1200GS wethead and HD Street Bob. Very much liked both for different attributes.
    From the pictures we've seen, we're both fans of the Switchback, but had never seen one at a dealer. While the dealer didn't have one. There was one in the parking lot, and both of us really liked its look. Classy classic look. I sat on a Street Glide and while I love the look and what it offers, it just seems massive. They had lots Street Bobs, Street Glides/Specials, Fat Boys and Sportsters. Nothing else jazzed us much and headed up to another nearby HD dealer.
    Sitting outside as you walk in, they had a 2014 Road King in Mysterious Red Sunglow,......and it was absolutely gorgeous.
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    So many people knock HD for many reasons, but I've always had the best dealership experiences at their dealers. Talked to a great sales guy that was a true rider, and in talking to him, seemed to value very similar attributes of functional, comfort, performance needs and so on. We chatted about various bikes and I'm very curious to see what one is like. While my wife fell in love with the bike shown above, I fell in love with the Whiskey Amber & Silver combo. Taking it off the stand, it felt lighter than I thought it would be. We're both off on Tuesday and have a test ride scheduled at 10:00AM. Can't wait!!!
  14. gus

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    I don't know for sure. I've been a member here for a long time and ain't going nowhere. Let's challenge each other to find one in the next 10 years that has over 10,000 miles on it and pm each other when we find one.

    It's not that the CVO RK is not capable, I just don't see potential buyers as the type to put a lot of miles on this bike.
  15. Deans BMW

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    Oh my, beautiful, still maintains the soul of a '56 Duo Glide. Seriously considering...I mean seriously, trading my '13 RK for a new '14.

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    I currently have as perfect a do it all stable as I have ever had,

    '13 650 Husky Strada
    '10 R1200GS 30th Anniversary
    '13 HD RK

    :freaky :clap :D
  16. BadKarma

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    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mpo/4057973673.html 12K

    http://desmoines.craigslist.org/mcd/4081756519.html 50K

    http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/mcy/4031665042.html 29K

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mcy/3980669755.html This guy only lists it as less than 14K...

    Honestly it didn't take 10 years to find these, about .29 seconds according to google... Harley riders ride.. Even those with chrome! Whoa! What a revelation! :rofl
  17. gus

    gus Been here awhile

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    You proved me wrong. I will expect to see The 2014 CVO RKs on the road loaded for traveling. Too Pimpy for me but evidently not for the people buying them. The older CVOs seemed to hold a lot of value even the one with 50,000 miles.
  18. BadKarma

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    They do. Harley riders do ride. it's true you'll see twenty year old bikes with less than 5000 miles on them but I suspect that's true of any brand. I'm looking at a ten year old KLR right now that has less than 4K. I'm not sure what these people are saving them for?? :lol3
  19. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    Yeah, the new RK in that color combo is freaking gorgeous. There was one on the floor when I picked up my RG.
  20. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    While I kind of agree with you, 2 out of 3 of the Harley's in the 2013 Iron Butt Rally this summer were CVO's. That competitive rally is 11,000 miles in 11 days, and they cross the county a couple of times. They ain't gentle on their bikes, or their bodies. It's a grueling event.