Harley Davidson bikes as we know are also known affectionately called by the name of H-D or Harley. It is an American motorcycle manufacturer founded in Milwaukee. There is a great story of revival during the time of depression and strong competition from Japanese manufactures where many bike manufacturers stopped production. The lightweight designs of the Harleys were a flop and Harley Davidson chose to manufacture only heavyweights and are still ruling the markets in Europe, though naked bike sales in America is still a debatable issue. The Harley-Davidson Road King in India opens up an altogether new picture for Indian cruisers.
Design and Engine
The Harley-Davidson Road King in India is indeed a classic cruiser. It is respectable for what it offers and certainly demands total respect. It combines the true heritage styling of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles and comfort for long range cruising. The debut of the first FLHR Road King was in 1994. It replaced the FLHS Electra Glide Sport. The Road King sported reminiscences of full-dresser style headlight cover first spotted on the Big Twins of the 1960s and also featured the signature Harley Davidson five gallon Fat Bob’s fuel tank with twin gas caps. Nostalgic features of the Electric Glides were further spotted on the 1994 Harley Davidson Road King’s saddle bags and simple handlebar-mounted windshield. Passenger seats could be removed to make a single-seater solo cruise, though typically the Harleys look good with a pillion.
The Harley Davidson Road King has been a favourite among the Harley fans since its birth. V-twin engines employed to run this machine has been continually evolving, though the manufacturers have not changed their insights much in the theory of its design. They have just focussed on the heavyweight features, engineering to perfection and the ability to cruise hassle free for long distances. 1995 saw fuel-injected FLHRI added to the model. In 2002, it got a new swingarm and uprated rear suspension. The engine has certainly evolved from the original 1340 cc power plant to the 1450 cc twin cam in 1999 to 1584 cc twin cam 96 engine it now has.
The 2009 Road King sports a redesigned frame, exhausts are new 2-1-2, air-cooled 1584 cc twin cam 96 engine, and classic styling designs including full-length rider and passenger floorboards, an injection-moulded GTX hard saddlebags and detachable Lexan windshield. It also comes in a more appealing version called as Road King Classic.
The Harley-Davidson Road King price in India starts from Rs. 22,45,000.
- Engine type: Air-cooled, twin cam 103.
- Displacement cc: 1690 cc.
- Stroke: 112.
- Torque: 134 Nm at 3500 rpm.
- Fuel system: Electronic sequential port fuel injection (ESPFI).
- Starting System: Electric.
- Lubrication: Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler
- Transmission: Six speed cruise drive.
- Clutch type: Multi-plate, wet.
- Weight: 255 kg.
- Length: 2465 mm.
- Width: 955 mm.
- Height: 1435 mm.
- Wheelbase: 1625 mm.
- Ground clearance: 145 mm.
- Fuel capacity: 22.7 litres.
- Fuel type: Petrol.
- Front brake: 32 mm four piston fixed.
- Rear brake: 32 mm four piston fixed.