So, Tell Me About Your Road King...

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

  1. Buck760

    Buck760 Been here awhile

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    I might be mistaken, but I believe the newer ones are tubeless spoked.

    Last week I rented a Street Glide one day, and a Road King another. I preferred the RK, as I found the SG a bit harsh with the shorter shocks, and the buffeting beat me up pretty good. I also like the idea of being able to easily remove the windscreen, whereas on the SG the fairing is always there. I found on the SG that I could barely hear the radio when moving at freeway speeds - iPod and earbuds work fine for me.
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  2. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    I went from this 09 Road King
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    to this 11 Electra Glide Ultra Limited
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    They feel like two different machines; RK to me is still the best all around tourer that Harley makes, but the EG is by far more comfy. I had no complaints with the RK even after 62k miles and no major problems.
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  3. Shov3BR

    Shov3BR Tinkerer

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    I'm on my second RKC. I thought my '06 would be the last HD I'd have to buy (I'm 71 yrs old) but couldn't resist the wider rear tire of the '09 & later. Here's a pic of the two before I sold the '06.
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    That TourPak is butt ugly so I would take it off for daily around town stuff but now I'm so spoiled by having that extra space I live with ugly.
    I spent last summer riding through Europe and Central Asia on my KTM 990ADV. I wished I could have had the RK for comfort on the good roads through Europe and then been able to switch to the KTM for rough stuff in Souther Russia and the 'Stans.:rofl
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  4. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    I think my post was misinterpreted.
    i had no problems reaching the ground with my 30" inseam,
    that part was fine.
    It was how WIDE the bitch was.


    Ain't got many so I'll keep shut.
    Bought it in Novemeber, dealer's sitting on it
    till the thaw, but will do.
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  5. studad

    studad Been here awhile

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    Yeah, the width is a bitch for me. It took about six hundred miles for me to get used to the way my hips were situated. Now it's easily the most comfortable bike for me to ride.

    I have to say my wife thinks the highly modified KLR was more comfortable, but she hasn't been on the latest RK seat yet.
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  6. mtwillyman

    mtwillyman Lost and Cornfuzed

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    Test rode the RK, and my knee was resting on the air cleaner. I'm 5' 7" short with a 29" inseam. I could not get comfy on the RK. The Softail fit me perfectly though. What's a short dude to do to correct the situation. I really like the FLH HD's but I don't fit well on them. Thanks for any advice.
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  7. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Take a look at the switchback :deal
    FL front end, 103" motor, QD hardbags and shield, 100 lbs less.

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  8. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    not a minute goes by....
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  9. marshrat

    marshrat Been here awhile

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  10. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    I'm 5'7" as well with 29" inseam. My first touring HD was a 06 Street Glide. It comes with the rear lowered 1" compared to the other touring bikes. First thing I did was swap the seat for a Corbin Close Solo (solo cause wife, now ex rode her own) with backrest which puts the rider about 2" closer to the bars/controls then after a year I installed a set of Sweeper pullback bars. I eventually swapped the 1" lower shocks for the standard 13" height for better handling/clearance and with the seat and bars the longer shocks were not a problem.

    Traded the 06 SG on a 12 Road Glide Custom (which also comes withe the shorter shocks) and did the same with the seat but this time got a two-up seat (no more wife) and had Corbin contour it to move me closer much like the solo seat and another set of Sweeper pullback bars. I then swapped out the shorter shocks for a set of standard height 13" Ohlins and as a little guy I have no problem riding it.

    Between the DR 650, the XR1200 and the Road Glide Custom, the RG would stay if I could have only one bike.
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  11. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    I'd like to do some serious two up long distance touring in the United States. With hotel prices and restaurant prices as they are that means I need to do some camping and cooking of my own meals. Not all the time, but probably most of the time. So I'm thinking a Road King and a Roll-a-Home tent trailer would be a great combo. Then I can set up camp for a few days at a time, explore the area with day rides on the bike and return to camp at the end of the day. Then break camp and move on to the next spot, repeat. That's my dream adventure motorcycle tour.....


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    This is the rig, but I will be using a Road King instead.

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    The tent camper set up at a camp site.


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  12. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    Shov38R, sounds to me like you are living the life.:thumb
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  13. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Air cleaners can be changed for many different shapes and sizes, Floor boards can be moved out and forward with any number of adapters, seats and handle bars can easily be changed to custom fit the motorcycle to you. If you want an FLH, than you can make one fit you. But, as was said, don't overlook the Switchback.
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  14. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    I heard the Switchback has been given an unfortunate nickname.

    I wish you guys would stop posting about how much you like your Road Kings. One of these has been on my list of "someday" bikes ever since they came out in 94.
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  15. rider33

    rider33 Long timer

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    as I think was said earlier, the Road King is the most elemental of the serious long distance touring bikes, no extraneous bullshit to get in the way, just a rock solid steam ship of a bike that loves nothing more than to sail across the western plains for hours on end at 85 MPH. The nice thing is is that in the states at least you can rent one fairly easily and take it on a little 500 miles spin to see if it's really for you. If it is, you'll find it's perhaps on of the easiest bike there is to dial into your particular needs. Cruise, racks, seats, shields whatever, if you need something a bit different than stock, odds are there will be any number of alternatives available. I use a sport touring bike now for long distance travel but I must admit, even tho I'm more a 'Stich than fringe leather kind of guy, I still miss the King.
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  16. High Side

    High Side Squidventurer

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    This thread couldn't have come along at a better time (thanks RicemaanV). I didn't even think this bike would be represented here on advrider until I checked out the Road Warriors section.

    Last week while home battling todays cold version of the plague, I was browsing ebay looking at bikes like I have done thousands of times before. I came across this 2001 Road King that was done up with all kinds of aftermarket ( type 181056878787 in the ebay search bar to see her) stuff. Now I can tell you this version of a Road King is not going to be for everybody :rofl , either it was the NyQuil, or the 2lbs of daily pills I was on, but I had to have it. The bidding was cheap at first, and just before close it got away from me. It became personal and I then HAD to have it. The next morning I woke up, gave the head a scratch and thought, did I buy a two wheeled chrome pig mobile last night ? Opened up my laptop and yup, sure enough. That fact that the bike was in NYC and I live in Nova Scotia Canada just raised the stupid bar over my head. I then set forth to look up what exactly a Road King is. Despite owning approx. 20 motorcycles from childhood (1972) to now, I had never owner a Harley nor knew very much of them. So far no buyers remorse but I have yet to see it in real life. It left New York last week and is in transit. The seller couldn't have been a better guy and for that I was lucky.

    So you are probably wondering why in the sweet f#@k would someone buy that bike on impulse. Well, it honestly comes down to my house pet Goldie Hawg :

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    She is my 300lb ++ 10 year long live in house buddy. The orange tribal sneering pig on the gas tank of the Road King and the chrome "launching" pig on the front fender is what kicked me into buy zone. Too funny. Who knows, this may all have taken me to one of the funnest bikes I have ever owned ??? I will keep my Fz1 set up for touring to maintain my speed fix. If this bike fits in to the stable and provides fun than all good.

    I will post pics of her once it arrives !

    :freaky
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  17. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Nice looking scooter.
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  18. Zanotti

    Zanotti Been here awhile

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    Wow! Your own Bacon on the hoof!
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  19. Shov3BR

    Shov3BR Tinkerer

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    Yup, life is good. I worked full time until last summer and still stay busy with 3BR Powersports. Working the extra years past normal retirement age lets me the most of "retirement".

    I don't have pics of the KTM & Road King side by side but here's a pic of the Katoom taken in Switzerland. Note the Kuryakyn Switchblade hwy pegs. Some RK influence!

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  20. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    I'm 5'6", 29" inseam. Harley sells the equipment to modify the bike for smurfs like us.

    Seats
    There are two, the reach and the ultra-reach (various names listed) Both lower you down and bring you forward. The reach by about an inch each way, the ultra-reach scoots you forward about 2".

    Bars
    Reach bars come back further, as do the heritage bars. There are others as well. Go further and you'll need some cable and wiring extensions.

    Suspension
    It can be lowered 1" or 2".

    With this, you'll be sitting there with your feet flat on the ground, knees bent, comfortably in charge of the bike.
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