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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Mountain Cruiser, Jan 20, 2013.
Thanks Mr Toad, taken close to our new place in south eastern Tennessee.
Don't have one but would like to. Beautiful bike that looks like it could do it all. Congrats.
So lemme get this straight... I'm gonna do some detective work here: Deans BMW owns many BMWs, founded a BMW club....and now rides a Harley. And appreciates it too.
THIS MUST BE A FAKE POST!! We all know that Harley's suck, right?
Haha! Nice bike Dean. Nice pics too.
Watch this video. I had 4 Harley's and actually got use to it in a sweeper. Then it happened on a bad rode, that was it for me. http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=relmfu&v=Gmw6QppXnEY
Harley improved the frame in 2009. Mine, a stock 2011, doesn't do that, at higher speeds and more lean angle than in the CHP test.
Guys, I enjoy my '13 Road King, reminds me of a 50's Buick or Olds but with better materials and metals and engineering of the original engine along with much better brakes, suspension, excellent fueling, and even smooth and handling. a lot of fun to ride, but still a modern built low tech bike.
Outstanding fit and finish also.
I saw that too... I have a 2013 Road King Police model but I brouse craigslist all the time. One saturday i woke up and realized I'd picked up an immaculate 2000 Road King with the 88", Andrews tw37 gear driven cams and ported/decked heads for 6500... :eek1 The Magnetti Marelli Fuel Injection sucks so I'm in the process of pulling that off to be replaced with a Mikuni HSR42 and Crane ignition. Fun bike, I'm not sure if I'll keep it or resell later.
It is one of the few bikes I have sold that I wish I didn't. This is from a ride cross country with friends.
I bought new a 2000 and added Andrews TW26G's, the 95" big bore kit, and also replaced the Marelli stuff with the Mikuni and Crane. 87K miles and I love it.
To Dean's point on the fit and finish, Harley knows how to lay down paint. My tank and fenders still look new, and great. I used a clay bar on the whole bike a couple of weeks ago and can't stop looking at it.
Everyone that I've talked to says the carb is a vast improvement over the MM...
This is a good strong motor, still makes 150psi front and rear, (at 7000 feet elevation) no leaks or drips, but it surges, fuel economy blows, idle speed wanders all over the map.
I have had all Harleys...except a Road King. Never thought I would like it. Found this one 3 miles from my house for sale in Feb and I Bought this Road King. My wife told me That I seem to like this Harley, and I do! Keeping it I guess
How do you like the lowers? I did about 300 miles straight highway yesterday, 70 to 80 mph the whole time. Wind was trying to blow my feet off the floorboards pretty bad, it was getting annoying. I'm too short for highway pegs, so that's not an option. Can't reach the crashbars.
No lowers on my Classic and floorboard extenders cured that problem for me. Moves them out about an inch or so. It's surprising how much more solidly your foot stays planted.
Cheap enough, I'll give it a shot. Thanks.
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I picked up my '08 Road King two years ago with 32K on the ticker. My '93 FXR died the death just outside the dealership in Des Moines, IA, and after some wheeling and dealing it was easier to get the road king and sell the FXR to the service manager, who was looking for one. It took a while to really accept the change - I really liked the FXR. But two years later, 5 tires, 5400 miles, two more cross-cocuntry trips and several to Canada, you'd have to pry this one from me now. At 6'4", 260 lbs, my uncle says Im the first person he's ever seen that makes a Road King look like it might not be quite enough bike. But it is. Here's last week's photo, beside Mt. St. Helens:
I'm buying a new bike in a couple years, one I plan on having for quite a few years alongside the klr, and the road king is one of the bikes on the short list.
Looking at c.l., looks like if I want a stock bike it's going to have to be a new one. Here's what I don't get. Harley fought and worked and finally started making good, dependable bikes and asshats have to stroke and pipe them to ruin that dependability. Kind of pisses me off when I see a stock looking bike and first thing is Vance and Hines pipes like that's a good thing...
Very, very few Twincams are stroked to increase displacement. They are bored to get more cubic inches. Stroking was the common way 30+ years ago with shovles.
Do your research hippie and you'll see that a lot of the bikes will not be hard to get back to stock. ( Yes , I run my 11 Glide 100% stock , down to the mufflers). Stock mufflers, air cleaners and many items are super cheap and easy to find on many forums.
I too am too short for regular highway pegs on my Road King. I have floorboard extenders too and they work great. Look into Kuryaken Longhorn Highway peg arms. They are adjustable big time and you can use the arms with just about any highway pegs, HD included.
A lot of owners replace the exhaust to reduce the heat on their right thigh because HD puts the catalytic convertor in the header. Also, as with most bikes, a free flowing exhaust with a less restrictive air cleaner will do a lot to improve throttle response, let the motor run cooler (provided the ECU is corrected), add a bit of power (never a bad thing), and allow the rider to actually hear the motor. The latter is cited by most owners of most brands, we all like to hear our internal combustion motors despite the impact on Al Gore.
Agreed. Many many Harley buyers seem programmed to toss the stock stuff before the bike leaves the dealer. Stock parts (mufflers, air cleaner, even stock barrels and cylinders) on Craigslist are dirt cheap. I see wheels too, new, with rubber, for barely more than new tires. Almost bought some recently.
"big bore" kits are just that...all bore, no stroke.
I'm like 131..I ride completely stock, so far. 2011 road glide, 23,000 miles and counting (been too busy to ride much this year, alas).