2017-02-09

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special | First Look Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special | First Look Review:

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special. Images courtesy Harley-Davidson.

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special. Images courtesy Harley-Davidson.

Harley-Davidson has announced a new model in its 2017 Touring lineup: the Road King Special. This blacked-out, muscular-looking bagger is powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, and offers a fresh and contemporary take on the classic Road King.

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Most of the Road King’s chrome was stripped away, replaced by a shiny black finish. “Chrome was retained only on some key engine components,” said Harley-Davidson Designer-Stylist Dais Nagao. “The lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet blocks are finished with chrome to emphasize the V-Twin shape of the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. We added a new engine-turned air cleaner insert, a finish that’s also featured on the tank console.”

The 2017 Road King Special in Charcoal Denim.

The 2017 Road King Special in Charcoal Denim.

Harley-Davidson’s press release continues, “The Road King Special’s engine guard, handlebar and hand controls, mirrors, turn signals, engine covers, air cleaner cover, mufflers and exhaust shields also feature black surfaces. New gloss black turbine cast-aluminum wheels include a 19-inch front wheel topped by a low-profile fender. At the rear, stretched saddlebags flow over the mufflers to provide a slammed-to-the-ground appearance without reducing suspension travel. A rear fascia panel fills the space between the saddlebags and rear fender, and a low-mount license plate module completes the tight, low lines of the rear end.”

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The Road King Special sports a 9-inch-tall, 1.25-inch-diameter mini-ape hanger handlebar, the finishing touch on what looks to be a sleek and contemporary factory custom machine.

The 2017 Road King Special is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.

The 2017 Road King Special is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.

Like all 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models, the Road King Special also features new front and rear suspension components, with hand-adjustable emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers that offer 15 percent more preload adjustment than previous low-profile touring shocks. The front suspension features new double-bending valve suspension technology that delivers the damping performance of a racing-style cartridge fork with  linear damping characteristics and reduced weight. Reflex linked brakes with ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are standard.

The Road King Special model is available in four color options: Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom and Olive Gold, starting at $21,999.

(Via Rider Magazine)

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