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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King (1993-current)

Detail Value
New price £17,595
Used price range View Harley Davidson ROAD KING bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1584 cc
Power 65 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 0 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 0
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

£13,000+ new is 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, at £400 more than the stock King, is a better buy. Find a Harley-Davidson Road King for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1993: 1340cc Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King introduced.
1995: Quick-release catches added to panniers. Fuel injected FLHRI added to range.
1996: New smoother switchgear and master cylinder employed.
1997: Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Classic added to range.
1999: Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King now with 1450cc Twin Cam engine.
2001: Immobiliser and alarm system now standard.
2002: New swingarm and uprated rear suspension.
2004: Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Custom added to range.
2006: New 1548cc engine introduced to Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King from September.

Other Versions

Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Classic: as per base King but with slightly more retro, rounded styling complete with leather-look, buckled panniers, whitewall tyres and wire wheels.
Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Custom: a sleeker styled Road King with the screen and some trim removed, a lowered rear end and more pull-back bars.

Specifications

Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Max power 65 bhp
Max torque 91 ft-lb
Weight 332 kg
Seat height 693 mm
Fuel capacity 18.9 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1584 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 292mm disc
Rear brake 292mm disc
Front tyre size MT90 B16
Rear tyre size MU85 B16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(5 reviews)

  • Article Requires Update

    StevesRoadKing

    Average rating rating is 5

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    You need to carry out a new review of this bike. Ive just bought a 2011 version of the Road King Classic and it now has a 1690 engine, with updated suspension etc etc etc..... Brilliant......

    11 January 2011

  • Classic!

    roadking03

    Average rating rating is 4

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    This is my second classic and I love it. I bought it in Alaska to ride Alaska and the the Alcan highway and just sort of kept on going after finishing! Now touring all of the states and what a machine to do it on. It is a joy to ride over long, over 500 miles, rides. It commands respect and always admiring looks from passers by. It looks a truly beautiful machine. Though I question the lack of proper touring equipment...like ABS as standard, music system, electric or adjustable screen, heated grips. Ok ok...most of these are extras and we all know where Harley make their money....extras, accessories and clothes. But this IS 1 of their 2 main touring models so it should be fitted out as one. Not a week end decoration. The speedo and warning lights are in a daf(no, dangerous) place. You have to take your eyes off the road to focus and check. really bad! Brembo brakes are ace.....much much betteer than my 2003 Electra Glide Ultra. About damm time. It does what it says on the tin and does it well. I feel at home on Lucy (her name!) every time I throw the old leg over. She never complains, is always ready, warms up quick, she does what I say, never answers back, and takes me anywhere.... the exact opposite of the GF! Buy one and enjoy.

    27 January 2009

  • chill out!!

    darrell scarr

    haverhill , UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've had my road king classic just over a year and done nearly 12 thousand miles. Apart from warped front discs,(changed under warranty)i've had no problems.Cleaned regularily it's holding up quite well dispite all year riding. Ridden as it's meant to be, ie slowlyish, it's comfy, relaxing and enjoyable. Try to ride it hard it's bouncier than tigger on acid!! It's my first Harley and overall im more than happy with it. Fuel range is ok, between 165/170 miles per tank and so far it's not used a drop of oil. Ride it like a Harley cruiser and it does exactly what it says on the tin!

    13 May 2008

  • King of H-D?

    flyingdragons9999

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    There is no sufficient luxurious gadgets to make you feel like a King. Bike is on the heavy side, poor rear suspension, fuel tank too small and useless original windscreen. Classic is better.

    28 April 2007

  • Had one for about three months

    Sean Warwick

    UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    And loved it. I'd recommend the classic version - the custom model has a weird bar bend that is a bit of a strain on longer trips

    28 March 2007

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