2010 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Road Test Rider Magazine

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Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

2010 Harley-Davidson FLHR King Road Test

Harley-Davidson FLHR Road

Rider Contributor

January 6,

[This 2010 Harley-Davidson Road King Road was originally published as a web-exclusive on

Sometimes you just want to You don’t want to make a cause a scene, or otherwise a fun time. Well, Mr. Mrs.

or, Ms. the 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHR King awaits you. not that the Road King a good-looker, or that you can’t it up if you so desire. Certainly you can do all that, and but the standard Road King across as a very competent, no … –as in you’ve no need to “Look at me, look at me!”—-motorcycle.

boring? No way, it just about its travel a bit differently its more flashy brethren.

The King was introduced in 1995, or less a successor to the FLHS Glide Sport. That proved that there was a for a touring Harley that a large windshield, rather the traditional “bat wing” The Road King quickly its own identity, and became a top seller.

Newer models such as the Glide, have eclipsed its but savvy Harley owners that you get a lot for your Road dollar.

One of the big advantages to the King is its detachable windshield. With the on you probably have 75 percent of the protection you get with the Electra but in about ten seconds …if you’re the windshield pops off and you have a stylish cruiser.

Another to this set up is that the Road weighs 52 pounds less for example, the Electra Glide The impact of this is that, 1) the King handles easier, and is maneuverable at low speeds, and. 2) you can 52 more pounds of load with the Electra Glide.

In addition to reduced weather you also lose the full set and the radio.

2010 Harley-Davidson Road King tank

As the King and Electra Glide use the excellent Twin Cam 96, six-speed the King’s more svelte has a small edge in performance. It not, however, give gas mileage numbers as the windshield is aerodynamic than the bat wing At reasonable speeds, the King 39mpg to 44mpg numbers about 1,300 miles of travel.

These figures give you between 234 and 264 miles per tank. Harley cites a of 54 miles per gallon, which theoretically? give you a 324 mile If you’re very careful you be able to nurse that out of the King, but that’s not a real number.

If you’ve read my tests the years you know that I do not tank-mounted speedometers as found on the models. Well, the Road also has one, and I don’t it here either. Placing the and attendant warning lights and signal indicators, on the tank up the handlebars nicely, but it also that you remove your from the road to view not a particularly safe thing to do.

Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

?and this probably apply to you? using a bag covers the speedometer completely a big fan of tank bags).

2010 FLHR Road King in

Whether in town or out on the highway, the King really shines. As its ease of maneuverability makes traffic a breeze, and its 92 ft./lbs. of allow you to quickly squirt in and out of holes. Aiding your is a nice set of “passing lights” if you keep them switched on, a very visible signature to traffic.

Where I found the motorcycle enjoyable was in the mountains. Particularly serpentine roads with big turns. The lean angle is a 33 degrees on the right, and 31 degrees on the but you can maintain an entertaining pace on roads. Yeah, you’ll a floorboard or two, but they so this type of hooliganism upset the King.

The new-for-2009 is a marvel of rigidity, allowing you to a line without having to at it. And, of course, the dual brakes up front haul speed without drama. As load varies you can adjust the air shocks to compensate.

Harley has behind the industry with its components, but these air shocks do a job, particularly when one-up.

The FLHR Road has a stablemate, the FLHRC Road Classic. This “C” model thing upscale a bit what wire wheels, “tooled” seat, leather-wrapped saddlebags, and whitewall tires. Personally, I the 28-spoke cast wheels narrow whitewalls, as on the standard is a more attractive package easier to keep clean), but that’s why they make two models; so you have a choice.

Interestingly, while the Road and all the Electra Glides, switched to a 17-inch front wheel in the Road King Classic with the 16-incher. Riding back-to-back, I could not tell a difference between the two tire

So just who is this more Road King for? If you long-haul touring, and can do without weather protection and a radio, find the Road King to be a enjoyable, competent motorcycle. And if you do a lot of town or commute travel, it is adept due to its ease of handling. it gives you the flexibility of popping off the and stylin’ your … around town.

Not to be overlooked is the price advantage. an FLHTC Electra Glide will ding your for $18,899, the Road King is less, and the Road King $1,000 less. For that of savings you can buy yourself a heavier and an iPod to make up for what missing with the ‘bat

Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King
Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

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