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Harley-Davidson release Road King Special

Published: 09 February 2017

Updated: 09 February 2017

Harley-Davidson has unveiled the Road King Special, which replaces the chrome from the standard Road King with moody black.

The windscreen from the standard Road King is ditched, and nine inch tall ape hanger bars have been added for more attitude. In black, of course.


The Road King Special’s engine guard, handlebar and hand controls, mirrors, turn signals, engine covers, air cleaner cover, exhausts and exhaust shields also feature black surfaces.

Chrome only remains on key engine components – the lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet blocks.

The Road King and the Road King Special both use the new 1750cc Milwaukee Eight engine, which offers 10% more torque over the previous engine and a much more refined ride and smoother throttle response.

“The FL series has always reflected the purity of the Harley-Davidson riding experience,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice-President of Styling & Design.

“By exchanging chrome surfaces for black and lowering the bike’s profile, we’ve moved the traditional Road King into a new space that’s very current in the custom bagger scene. Built to ride, and ride hard, the Road King Special also broods with menace. Just as we designed it to.”

The Road King Special will be available in four colour options; Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom and Olive Gold. Prices start at £19,995.


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