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While the Street Glides got all the H-D love last year, the 2017 Road King Special is the sleekest bagger yet with more of a big-ass, hot-rod aesthetic.
Chrome abstinence means less polishing and lots of black trim make up the profile of the 2017 Road King S creating a lowered and blacked-out version of the hard-baggage highway cruiser.
The Road King S get's the ninth engine in H-D history: the most advanced twin, liquid-cooled Milwaukee-Eight, 1,745cc (107 cubic inch) with four valves per cylinder adding to the modern Big Twin line of large-displacement V-twin powerplants. The Milwaukee-Eight engine features four-valve cylinder heads for more efficient air flow and higher compression for 10% more power and 50% increase in airflow.
Harley-Davidson VP of Styling & Design Brad Richards explains: “There’s an emotional lever that’s pulled when you ride a Road King versus when you ride a Street Glide or ride a Limited. What that is on the Road King is a very distilled, visceral experience of being in the wind and being out there. That, to us, is the Road King brand. Whether we dip it chrome or dip it in black paint, it’s still very Road King. This is just another personality we derived from that architecture.” - Interview with Brand Richards via ultimatemotorcycling.com
The “custom bagger” has trim-fitting saddlebags dropped over the mufflers without reducing the suspension travel of the emulsion shocks, while removing the heat of the engine from the rider.
A lowered fender and a low-mount license plate contribute to a shorter, tighter profile, and the 9-inch ape handle bars make for long distance comfort. Take off the wind shield and you get as naked as Harley gets. A first-time 19-inch front wheel looks just a bit more custom and the machine sits a little lower than the traditional Road King’s 28.2-inch seat height, at 26.4 inches (67 cm).
Pricing starts at USD $21,999, for the base model, up from USD $18,999 for the entry-level Road King and comes in four different colors—Olive Gold, Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, and Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom.