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Motorcycle: Glides - FLHR ElectraGlide Road King, 1994 - Present
Date: Sunday, October 31 @ 13:50:51 UTC
Topic: Motorcycle, Motorcycles, Motor Cycle


FLHR ElectraGlide Road King, 1994 - Present As standard equipment became even more comprehensive at the top of the ElectraGlide range, there came a demand for a model more like the stripped-down FLs of the 1960s. Harley-Davidson's response was the FLHS Sport of 1987 - a real lightweight at "only" 6901bs (313kg). Today's handsome FLHR Road King is in much the same mould.

Launched for the 1994 season, the Road King was an attempt to bridge the gap between Milwaukee's custom and touring models. Although in essence a full-on ElectraGlide minus the fairing, with a "retro" chromed headlight and tank-mounted speedometer, its long, low silhouette belied its super-heavyweight roots. Here was a machine that could hit the highway with the same authority as any other Glide once the detachable windscreen was installed. As well as the QD windshield (an idea borrowed from the Low Rider Convertible), the panniers and pillion perch were also easily removed, changing the machine's profile and character in the wink of an eye. Thus stripped, the King liad all the languid grace of a custom cruiser. To most eyes this is the best looking o{ all the Glides, the normally ponderous lines replaced by a machine which, if not exactly svelte, has a certain grace. Where fully-loaded FLs tend to obesity, the Road King has style. It's a Harley-Davidson for those who want their heavyweight cake in custom clothes. Equally, its touring roots make the King an eminently practical custom bike. Six hours in the saddle is hard work on any Softail but a Glide can comfortably knock that off- and more. The rubber-mounted Evo engine keeps vibration at bay but lets that evocative nimble pour through. Parked anywhere it looks good; on the open road, it works. The first fuel-injected Road King, the FLHRI came in 1996, although carburetted versions continued to be produced in parallel. The ESPFI (Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection) system is based on a similar Italian Magneti Marelli design to that of Ducati V-twins, although in this case the emphasis is on user-friendliness rather than sheer power. Though some owners may prefer the reassuring simplicity of a stock single carb poking out of the nght-hand side, the new fuel-injection system is a major bonus. As well as improving emissions, it offers slightly higher torque (83 lb/ft rather than 791b0/ft) and much better driveability, particularly at high altitude. The fuel system was improved across the Injection range for 1997. High-tech is largely absent elsewhere, except of course for Harley-Davidson's trademark belt final drive. Suspension is adjustable only for air pressure in the twin rear shock absorbers. Both wheels are cast light alloy, 16in (406mm) in diameter, wearing characteristically fat Glide rubber. Twin hydraulic disc brakes grace the front, with a single disc at the rear. All three of these brakes have a lot of work to do on a machine that scales 6921bs (314kg), but these days, Harley-Davidson stoppers work fairly well. Like most of the Glide family, the Road King's top speed is maybe a shade over lOOmph (161kph), although screaming the big twin that hard is a futile pursuit. The Road King is happiest when it is ambling along at a disdainful 75mph (120kph); if you travel at much above 85mph (140kph), a disconcerting weave has sometimes been known to intrude. To be king of the road the Milwaukee way, you don't need to be the fastest just the coolest.
SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: air-cooled ohv V-twin Capacity: 81.6cu in (1,340cc) Transmission: 5-speed Power: 69bhp Weight: 692 lbs (314kg) Wheelbase: 62.7 in (1,590mm) Top speed: 100mph (161kph)





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