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Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR King

Like the rest of 2012 Big Twin lineup, the big for the FLHR Road King is the 103″ engine that find harnessed by a proven of rubber-isolated motor mounts to a frame. You want more from your Harley model? You’ve got it in spades that over-… (3.875″ x 4.380″ …) 103″

Harley claims 100 ft-lbs. of (at 3250 rpm), and the payback is acceleration response when you the throttle-by-wire right handgrip. not the kind of power that to rip your arms out of their but it’ll certainly push you in your seat enough to

repetition again and again.

New colors and optional, chromed tubeless, laced spoke are the other highlights that changes for the 2012 Road For a modest fee, FLHR can replace their bike’s tubeless, 28-spoke, cast-aluminum with a pair of more laced spoke wheels happen to be standard equipment on the Road King Classic. tubeless tires means you can fix most flats that otherwise put a crimp in your

But whether you give your a more retro look laced wheels and two-tone or you sign up for Harley’s most Road King in Vivid — the MSRP for the black FLHR is — there’s more than a little bit of heritage packed every Road King today.

Indeed, the King’s is traced back to the days Harley-Davidson offered the King of the touring option for Panheads and That accessory package primarily of fiberglass saddlebags, a fork-mounted windscreen, and the iconic Buddy seat, and the combination transformed a standard-issue FL into a capable of toting rider and across the horizon.

Naturally, could also order the assortment of chromed accessories as fender bumper guards, and other flashy do-dads, and it was at that time that the art headlight nacelle made the too. No doubt, the King of the label was an influencing factor in when Harley’s marketing unanimously agreed on the Road moniker for the new FLHR.

But the Road was years away from when Harley-Davidson expanded its line in 1980 with the FLT Glide. With that Harley enthusiasts rediscovered the of a faired bike for long-distance Soon enough, the King of the option disappeared, replaced by models such as the Road and Electra Glide Classic.

It helped, too, that the engine, introduced in 1984, was suited than the old Shovelhead for a faired motorcycle, and so customers a sense of security and confidence touring on motorcycles with engine. No doubt, the FLT Road and FLH Electra Glide Classic the ante; touring for Harley had never been more Bigger, it seemed, was better in of what constituted a worthy motorcycle.

Variations of the Electra and Road Glide prospered the 1980s, but some customers the FLH and FLT too big and heavy for their touring In response, Harley-Davidson went circle, and in 1987, the FLHS joined the lineup. The FLHS was a dressed-down FLH Classic, sporting saddlebags and a windshield, but no cumbersome or trunk.

The Sport was, for all purposes, a stripped-down FLH that a pre-Evo FL that had been up with King of the Highway The stage was set for the FLHR, the bike would be king in 1994.

The FLHS was replaced by the first that Harley marketed as an Glide Road King. literature at the time proclaimed the FLHR to be “a touring motorcycle a simple, straightforward approach to riding, but with the adaptability to quickly to a custom cruiser.” sounds much like how

Davidson touts the new Switchback doesn’t it?

But when all is said and the Road King is its own model, as pointed out, it boasts the new engine for 2012. The bigger continues with electronic port fuel injection, and a of free-flow mufflers emits a exhaust tone that proclaim this bike to be

Harley advertises fuel of 42 mpg (average) from the new engine, is about right; we achieved a of 47.5 mpg during long of 70 mph cruising, and after a long-winded blast that included spurts of wide-open-throttle acceleration, our King gulped fuel at a of 30.6 mpg. As you can see, varies depending on how you ride. The remains pretty much the as it’s been the past few

Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

The slick-shifting, six-speed Cruise transmission delivers power to a belt, and the dual-compound Dunlop rear tire offers wear in the center portion of its Softer compound on the rear shoulders affords better for cornering, the payoff being a that has longer life for touring, yet delivers welcomed when leaning the bike turns.

Harley advertises seat height at 26-1/2″, it only a fraction lower the FLHRC Classic, which happens to cost about more than the standard And while the FLHR costs you actually get more luggage with the more affordable Harley claims 2.26′ of in the FLHR’s bags compared to 1.85′in the Classic’s leather-wrapped There’s only a 2 pound variance — 775 pounds claimed for the to the FLHRC’s 773 pounds — so ride and should be about the same.

And you point the Road King’s Dunlop 130/80-17″ tire to the road, you’ll be rewarded a smooth, stable ride. Air on the left rear shock you to compensate for additional loads, and it comes to riding the backcountry, you be disappointed in how the Road King the curves.

In fact, during my test I had an to ride with some of my old race buddies (we call the Southern California Retired Racers — emphasis on retired), all crotch rockets of various and models. We didn’t go blasting the back roads like we did our road race heydays, but we set a rapid pace, and the King and I a nice account of ourselves.

more cornering clearance the King than any other bagger, and its center of gravity is than the Electra Glide or Glide, thanks to no trunk or packed with electro Moreover, the triple-disc brake (optional ABS comes with the Security System that a hands-free ignition fob) fading, providing I didn’t the bike too far into the turns tossing out the anchor.

Bottom the FLHR is a straightforward touring that offers predictable under all conditions. To be sure, not a rolling boom box. it can be, as sound systems from Boom! audio line adapt to the bike, or you can let your do the shopping for amps and speakers by advertisers in this magazine.

But the thing I like most the FLHR is that it wraps the you expect from a bagger into the nostalgic styling of It performs and handles well most road conditions encounter, and it does so with comfort, and style. It’s what you expect from a that wears the name MB


Story as published in the January issue of Motorcycle Bagger

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


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