The Road King is perhaps the simplest, most obvious, and most traditional way to think about the journey west. Whether American or from all walks of life.
Some years there is only one Road King in the range. In 2017, there are three. The standard FLHR, for cruising with serenity and discreet panache; the Classic, to assert a certain period attitude; and this Special version. Also powered by the new M8 block, it boasts a more taciturn allure, an expression between the threat and the promise of a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon..
To create the Road King Special, the MoCo used much the same recipe as for the ex Fat Boy Special. Dark, night to cover the metal. Scents of black have landed in endless places: on the engine protection bars, manual controls, mirrors, indicators, engine and air filter covers, exhaust mufflers and heat shields, and concluding from the bottom of the fork to the end of the new Mini-Ape handlebars. This wants to put the driver in a more aggressive position, while preserving comfort.
Does she expect to run into Big Foot? This would explain the rise of larger shoes. The 16-inch wheels have given way to larger components, from 19" at the front and 18" in back. The Turbine rims, this intense black and the clearly stripped fork make the bow much more aggressive. While the rear sits and tapers with its specific suitcases, overflowing on the end of the exhausts. Its lowered profile is not only due to the design: the saddle is lowered here by 10 mm.
In order to continue bullying, a beefy engine is required. Good thing, the range was offered, and this Special too, the Milwaukee-Eight twin. Rich in valves, torque and presence, it has managed to forget some vibrations and preserve an aspect of yesteryear. On this model, black has almost completely invaded it. Only the cooling fins, the rocker rods and part of the cylinder heads were tempted by chrome.
Under this depth, the 1745 cm3 mechanics offer a generous 15 mkg, allowing a gain greater than 10% on acceleration and pick-up compared to the previous Twin Cam 103.
As much Road King as Touring, the Special also benefits from the emulsion shocks and the fork with double valve. The range wanted to offer more pleasure for its rollers, and split with an effort on the suspensions. Enough to satisfy this cruiser with a certain weight, exceeding 350 kilos. So expect to take full advantage of the road, keeping in mind that driving requires a certain presence and anticipation. Don’t go try and play with it like it’s an 883.
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1746 ROAD KING SPECIAL FLHRXS 2017
Model marketed in
medium: 5.70 l
about 160 km / h
The technical aspect
Harley-Davidson 1745 ROAD KING SPECIAL FLHRXS 2018
- Tank: 22.7 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,625 mm
- Dry weight: 355 kg
- Weight in running order: 372 kg
- Train before
- Secondary toothed belt transmission.
- Rear axle
(100 x 111.1 mm)
at 5,450 rpm
at 3,250 rpm