Har­ley-david­son Road King

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes Special -

110.6ftlb | 379kg | Seat height 705mm

The FL fam­ily of tour­ers, in­clud­ing this one, get the new 107 Mil­wau­kee-eight en­gine for 2017 – and it’s rather good. To boost both per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency, the new Mil­wau­kee-eight is not just larger-ca­pac­ity (1745cc from 1690cc) it has four-valve heads for the first time each with twin plugs. These hot­ter­run­ning heads in turn de­mand a more ef­fi­cient cool­ing sys­tem, so, again for the first time, a sub­tle oil cooler is used on the more 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 with­out los­ing that Har­ley char­ac­ter.

New Road King gets a big­ger and bet­ter en­gine

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