28. HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON ROAD KING

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorcycle Live -

THE FACTS O 111ftlb O 379kg O Seat height 705mm

The FL fam­ily of tour­ers, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from the Street Glide and Road King to the full-dress Ul­tra Glide, all get a new 107 Mil­wau­kee-eight en­gine for 2017 – and it’s rather good.

To boost per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency, the new Mil­wau­kee-eight is not just larger-ca­pac­ity (1745cc from 1690cc) but now has four-valve heads, each with twin spark plugs. Th­ese hot­ter­run­ning heads need a more ef­fi­cient cooling sys­tem, so a sub­tle oil cooler is used on the naked bag­gers (such as the Road King here), while the faired

full-dressers, such as the Glide, get liq­uid-cooled heads. The re­sult is more torque, power and fuel econ­omy.

The en­gine and gear­box are also smoother, too, with­out los­ing that Har­ley char­ac­ter. The Road King is a rolling icon, and it just got even bet­ter.

HALL 3A STAND 3G15 Mil­wau­keeEight en­gine is smoother and cleaner

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