Motorcycle: Glides - FLHRCI Road King Classic, 2000
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FLHRCI Road King Classic, 2000
The Classic version of the Road King takes np where the standard model left off. In terms of straight specification, there is little to set the two models apart. Yet the Classic, as the name suggests, is a different sort of hybrid: a full-on tourer which is also a custom machine.
With laced (spoked) wheels and fat whitewall tyres, chrome-fringed saddlebags and swept-back lines, the King Classic is almost as svelte as the ElectraGlide is gross — or, as Harley puts it, "has enough traditional styling to drop jaws throughout the continent". Indeed, throughout any continent.
So, for a tourer, the Classic screams "style". As well as those wheels and tyres, it's in the custom metal emblems on the tank, fender tips and seat. It's in that bold trademark , chromed headlamp and twin 35-watt passing lights. It's in the chrome dual mufflers and stainless-steel "Buffalo" handlebars and — new for 2000 — in classic two-tone paint.
As with all year 2000 big-twin models, power comes from the Twin Cam 88 engine first unveiled the previous year. The 88.42cu in (1,449cc) ohv V-twin features electronic fuel injection via IVzin (38mm) inlet stacks — and, not least, an attention-grabbing chrome-and-black engine finish. Other than its long-legged lump, the King's touring credentials lie with its leather saddlebags (with rigid inserts to prevent their going out of shape), well-upholstered seat, Lexan windshield (quickly detachable for town riding) and 5-gallon (19-litre) fuel tank. In addition, both rider and pillion foot-boards can be adjusted to the right height.
Once upon a time, Milwaukee might have been content with leaving it at that, but not any more. In recent times, it has actively sought greater user-friendliness and better performance p on all fronts. So, in common with its fellow heavyweights (except the Springer Softail), the feeble old brakes give way to four-pot calipers (heavy-weights have two at the front), squeezing uprated friction pads on to much-improved 11 1/2 in (292mm) rotors. Both braking power and feel are improved as a result, while lever effort is reduced substantially.
There are new wheel bearings, maintenance-free for 100,000 miles
(160,000km). The same goes for the new sealed, long-life, 28Ah battery.
The King Classic is built as vast as only Harley-Davidson knows how, scaling over 700lbs (320kg) without so much as a drop of fuel in its Fat Bob tank. Tying the plot together is a massive mild-steel frame with heavyweight box-section spine and twin tubular cradles.
Suspension at both ends is air-adjustable, although wheel travel is less than generous. The HydraGlide-style forks offer
4.6in (117mm) of movement while the twin rear shock absorbers afford
(3in) 76mm. The King Classic will change direction in its own good time, and has 6.1in (155mm) of trail and a gargantuan wheelbase of 63 1/2 in (1,612 mm. Which is precisely the point: where's the dignity in rushing?
Engine air-cooled ohv V-twin
Capacity 88.42cu in (1,449cc)
Power 80 bhp
Weight 710 lb (322kg)
Wheelbase 63 1/2 in (1,612mm)
Top speed 110mph (177kph)
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