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Harley’s new Street Rod was our excuse to go to Daytona last week, but while we were there we got to ride The MoCo’s new Road King Special too. Okay, so, yeah, the Street Rod was a bit underwhelming, but it would be fun to sit all the commenters heaping abuse upon H-D for that bike on one of its FLs for about a 10-minute ride. I think it would shut most of them right up. Well, actually it probably wouldn’t. I think we’ve all learned how hard it is to unseat deep-rooted preconceptions lately.

Harley has this type of bike so dialled, it’s easy to forgive them their dysfunctionality in some other arenas. The Road King is the base-level FL model (the FLs being the touring models), and as such we could’ve seen the RK Special coming, since there are already Street Glide Specials, Road Glide Specials, etc. This is the bike for people who want a naked bagger and don’t care about a stereo or Infotainment. Purists! (H-D offers various optional windshields.)

It is altogether fitting and and proper that Harley should so honor the Road King, as it’s been one of the company’s biggest sellers since its 1994 introduction. The new bike is to the original as an Airbus A380 is to a DC-3. H-D product planner Paul James points out that, in a recent dealer-customizing competition, almost everybody chose an RK as the starting point. It’s a blank slate, a clean canvas…
Read more about the 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special FLHRXS First Ride Review at Motorcycle.com.
 

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That's a good looking bike.
 

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i guess i am missing it... it looks like every other road king out there minus the shield... i mean i could take the windshield off my xr and it would still be like the other xr's out there...

dunno, maybe we have hit the pinnacle of bike design and there is really nothing left as far as design goes except for small changes or slightly warmed over versions of the current model.
 

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That rider in the photo is a LOT shorter than what I think is average around here. Makes the ads look better though.

And the writers comment "Well, actually it probably wouldn’t. I think we’ve all learned how hard it is to unseat deep-rooted preconceptions lately." goes both ways and more often works to HD's benefit when people buy for the persona.
 

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Ya'all can get mad at me all you want but this is what the Road King should have been all along. I've been all over this bike since it came out and imo if you take everything a Harley Davidson should and could be....the Road King Special is that bike. I have to say; "they did goooood :devil "
No I'm not buying one, but I got my neighbor, Suzuki Sammy on to the RKS and he will be buying one as soon as they are available in the area. I can't wait to see up close and personal.
He ask me to help accessorize the bike. We picked a low dark-tint windshield, stealth luggage rack w/ low passenger back rest, CVO touring seat, Vance&Hines HO black mufflers and a Daymaker LED headlight.
and it'll be in the Green...
 

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But...but...the saddlebags. They're so small! :O
 

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My calendar did not stop in 1948. I don't understand the "traditional" thing. Thank goodness for our Cross bikes.
 

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My calendar did not stop in 1948. I don't understand the "traditional" thing. Thank goodness for our Cross bikes.
Aiming at the heart of HD loyalists everywhere! :D
 

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My calendar did not stop in 1948. I don't understand the "traditional" thing. Thank goodness for our Cross bikes.
Heyyyyy RICZ, good point, it is just soooo tame or boring... Just look at all the vic bikes

The lines / length / design

It just looks much more like finished product

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Aiming at the heart of HD loyalists everywhere! :D
Hmm...Suzuki Sammy is a 34 year old , 150lbs, Puerto Rican kid who wears skinny jeans, drives an Infinity SUV and owes his own loan brokerage......Not typically who one thinks of as the "heart of HD loyalists" ... :ltr:
 

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LoL I was referring to RicZ's traditional comment.


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Really? In the Victory motorcycle news thread the lead story is a Harley test ride???
 

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Really? In the Victory motorcycle news thread the lead story is a Harley test ride???
yeah...seems we are powerless over what forum thread starter motorcycle.com put up on the home page.
remember the Ducati front page.
 

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I sat on one today before my ride (we left from T-Town HD). Beautiful bike, but I'd have to change the mini-apes. They are too short and too far forward. Add a black Daymaker headlight, and that is probably my second bike.

The bags are very close to as big as my Vic's.

As far comparing them to XR's or other Vic's, I'll wait till Victory comes out with its 2018 line to judge.

It's a sweet bike. Paint, fit and finish can't be beat....if you cant see the updates on an old classic, you haven't looked very closely.


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2918 line?

Boy I would like to see the 2018 line also. Oh yeah we seen that line back in history along with the 1985 line of Victorys. LOL.
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Boy I would like to see the 2018 line also. Oh yeah we seen that line back in history along with the 1985 line of Victorys. LOL.
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Yep. They all look the same .


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Wowwwwww . It's very pretty. I love Harley-Davidson
I have learned not to love them because those I've ridden handled poorly and are too cramped even for my average height and inseam. In my riding club, there are 2/3 Harleys and the other 1/3 is other brands, mostly Victorys. All too often, a Harley or two is AWOL due to "being in the shop" while the other brands can be counted on for 100% attendance. One member has had 3 Harleys in as many years due to too many failures. Another has had 2 Harleys in 2 years for the same reason. My Vic is over 7 years old and has never failed me.
Now, if you "love" the look of Harley, that's another thing. But remember, that kind of beauty is only skin deep.
 
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