Review : Harley Davidson Road King (1996)

Review : Harley Davidson Road King (1996)

MCN says, for some, the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King is the best Harley of all, mixing the 50s style of the Fat Boy with the versatility and comfort of the Glides thanks to its twin shock chassis and built in panniers and screen. For extra cool there’s also the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King Classic and Harley Davidson FLHR Road King Custom versions.

 

 

Specifications

General information
Model: Harley Davidson Road King
Year: 1996
Category: Touring
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1338.00 ccm (81.64 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2, four-stroke
Power: 61.20 HP (44.7 kW)) @ 5000 RPM
Torque: 102.00 Nm (10.4 kgf-m or 75.2 ft.lbs) @ 3000 RPM
Valves per cylinder: 2
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type, final drive: Belt
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Physical measures and capacities
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 325.0 kg (716.5 pounds)
Seat height: 749 mm (29.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Other specifications
Starter: Electric

 

Ride Quality & Brakes

Impressively plush and manageable. With its weight carried low the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King is refreshingly stable and easy to steer, even at low speed. The ride is smooth and comfortable, too. Just be aware that, although improved in recent years, Harley brakes aren’t the best and like most big Hogs the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King takes a fair bit of stopping.

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Engine

Like the rest of the big twin Hogs, the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King’s ‘Twin Cam’ motor has just been boosted to 1584cc (from 1450cc and, before that, 1340cc) which gives it a healthy torque and midrange boost. The Harley Davidson FLHR Road King’s engine is authentically vibey and useful enough but don’t expect anything like modern Japanese performance.

 

Build Quality & Reliability

Classic Harley in every respect: the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King’s powertrain is understressed, made from girders and been in production for decades, so no worries there. The chassis and cycle parts are hefty, lavishly painted and chromed and built to last. The Harley Davidson FLHR Road King is a glossy tank among motorcycles.

 

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Running Costs & Value

Need a huge amount of money, whichever way you look at it but Harleys, certainly in terms of appeal and depreciation, are different to other motorcycles and the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King is one of the best Harleys. For our money, the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King Classic, more than the stock King, is a better buy. Find a Harley Davidson Road King for sale.

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Equipment

The Harley Davidson FLHR Road King may not have all the bells and whistles of its full-dresser Glide brothers but its still a fairly tasty bolide. Panniers and screen are on the clunky side of robust, instrumentation and seating is lavish. Of the three, the Harley Davidson FLHR Road King Classic is by far the sweetest.

 

For some, the Road King is the best Harley of all ..

 

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Reveiw claimed: I have received no compensation of any kind for writing this post, nor do I have any connection with the brands, products, or services mentioned. I only recommend products and services that I personally believe in and use.

Harley Davidson Road King

8.6

Ride Quality & Brakes

9.0/10

Engine

8.0/10

Build Quality & Reliability

9.0/10

Running Costs & Value

8.0/10

Equipment

9.0/10

 

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