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Reviewed on June 30, 2024

RV reviewed 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King view listing

5.0
I have owned a lot of bikes in my life from sport to cruisers. The Road King is the first bike I owned that you can ride in super windy conditions and not get blown all over the road. It is a great Highway bike... read more
I have owned a lot of bikes in my life from sport to cruisers. The Road King is the first bike I owned that you can ride in super windy conditions and not get blown all over the road. It is a great Highway bike .
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Reviewed on June 30, 2024

RV reviewed 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic view listing

5.0
This is my dream bike. I’ve owned a lot of bikes (including 4 Harley’s) over the last 30 yesars and this is my first new bike. It’s unique and one of a kind. I’m only selling it because I don’t really ride any more and I don’t want it to sit and rust. I would like to see it go an... read more
This is my dream bike. I’ve owned a lot of bikes (including 4 Harley’s) over the last 30 yesars and this is my first new bike. It’s unique and one of a kind. I’m only selling it because I don’t really ride any more and I don’t want it to sit and rust. I would like to see it go an owner that will appreciate the quality and beauty of this bike.
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Reviewed on June 21, 2024

RV reviewed 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King view listing

5.0
The Road King FLHR is build using the same frame as it's more expensive brothers (Street and Road Glides) but without the expensive electronic bells and whistles . It is lighter but just as comfortable for long days in the saddle. I chose this bike because it has a more traditional look than the... read more
The Road King FLHR is build using the same frame as it's more expensive brothers (Street and Road Glides) but without the expensive electronic bells and whistles . It is lighter but just as comfortable for long days in the saddle. I chose this bike because it has a more traditional look than the more expensive baggers. It has the best of the former Big Twin motors. All the flaws were corrected by the 2016 version. The paint finish is the eye-catching vibrant Velocity Red with pin stripping. Road Kings are the jewel in the crown for the Harley-Davidson enthusiasts who appreciate the look and feel of of the past. It can easily be converted to match the other baggers with the addition of a detachable tour pack. Perfect for the rider that enjoys the music of their exhaust versus music via Bluetooth devices. Add a handlebar phone mount if music is a must.
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Reviewed on April 26, 2024

RV reviewed 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King view listing

4.3
I purchased this motorcycle in 2005. It had 5,050 miles on it at the time. I've put 78K miles on it including 3 cross country trips. Having been an aircraft mechanic I'm very disciplined about doing all the required maintenance consequently I have never had a breakdown with this bike. It's been... read more
I purchased this motorcycle in 2005. It had 5,050 miles on it at the time. I've put 78K miles on it including 3 cross country trips. Having been an aircraft mechanic I'm very disciplined about doing all the required maintenance consequently I have never had a breakdown with this bike. It's been totally reliable and even at 83K it still starts and runs perfectly. The quality of the factory build was excellent but I did find the dealership workmanship on some of the accessories subpar. The initial performance was also subpar. In 5th gear at highway speeds twisting the throttle did little or nothing. A stage one upgrade resolved that issue. For touring the factory seat was adequate but replacing it with and oversize seat with gel pads and a driver back rest made a long day's ride more enjoyable. I love the mustache engine guards. They provide an addition place to rest your foot when riding and the factory cruise control makes for a steady laid back ride. Would I recommend this motorcycle? YES! If your enjoy touring this is one reliable and comfortable long haul bike. I rode it from Washington State to The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and on the way back drove the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. Nothing better than those backroads!
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Reviewed on April 23, 2024

RV reviewed 2009 Harley Davidson Road King FLHR view listing

5.0
This is an excellent riding motorcycle. I have had no mechanical issues with this bike. I have owned this bike for 14 years with no issues. I have really enjoyed the rides and I have never regreted the... read more
This is an excellent riding motorcycle. I have had no mechanical issues with this bike. I have owned this bike for 14 years with no issues. I have really enjoyed the rides and I have never regreted the purchase.
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Reviewed on April 14, 2024

RV reviewed 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King view listing

5.0
I really enjoyed owning my Road King. Comfort is top tier, for rider and passenger, with wind buffeting hardly noticeable with the fork fangs. The Ohlin shocks made the ride smooth, eating up bumps. The aftermarket Vance and Hines pipes aren't too loud but make for a nice rumble. I added a Ciro... read more
I really enjoyed owning my Road King. Comfort is top tier, for rider and passenger, with wind buffeting hardly noticeable with the fork fangs. The Ohlin shocks made the ride smooth, eating up bumps. The aftermarket Vance and Hines pipes aren't too loud but make for a nice rumble. I added a Ciro phone holder wireless charger and a big cup holder for those long trips. Gas mileage is excellent. The Tour Pak has a rack on top for extra storeage. 2up seat is comfortable, so my wife says. Bike cover is included! Brand new battery. Battery tender is included. Just changed the oil and filter at 25000 mi. There is a reason cops ride these bikes in motorcycle rodeos: they corner like a rabbit!
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Reviewed on December 20, 2023

RV reviewed 2008 Harley-Davidson Road King view listing

2.5
I recently had the unfortunate experience of owning a 2008 Harley Road King, and it pains me to say that it has been nothing short of a headache on two wheels. The combination of chronic electrical issues, particularly battery drain and bad ground problems, has turned what should have been an... read more
I recently had the unfortunate experience of owning a 2008 Harley Road King, and it pains me to say that it has been nothing short of a headache on two wheels. The combination of chronic electrical issues, particularly battery drain and bad ground problems, has turned what should have been an enjoyable riding experience into a constant struggle. First and foremost, the ongoing battery drain problems were a nightmare. No matter how diligently I maintained the bike, it seemed like the battery just couldn't hold a charge for more than a few days. Replacing the battery didn't solve the issue, and trips to the mechanic became a regular occurrence. The frustration of being stranded due to an unexpected dead battery became an unfortunate part of the ownership experience. Adding insult to injury, the bad ground issues exacerbated the electrical woes. Constantly chasing down wiring problems and dealing with shorts became a routine maintenance task. The lack of reliability in the electrical system was not only inconvenient but also a major safety concern. It's disheartening to invest in a bike that can't be trusted to start reliably and without issues. To make matters worse, the maintenance costs for the 2008 Harley Road King were exorbitant. Frequent visits to the dealership and specialized mechanics drained my wallet faster than the battery on this ill-fated machine. The combination of high parts costs and labor charges made routine maintenance feel like a financial burden, turning what should be a joyous pastime into a regrettable expense. In conclusion, the 2008 Harley Road King may have the classic looks and a storied brand behind it, but the chronic electrical issues, specifically the battery drain and bad ground problems, along with the high maintenance costs, make it a regrettable choice for anyone seeking a reliable and cost-effective ride. Save yourself the frustration and explore other options in the market that offer a better balance of performance and reliability.
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Reviewed on October 21, 2023

RV reviewed 2022 Harley-Davidson FLHR - Road King view listing

4.8
This has been the best bike I’ve ever owned! The Road King is reliable, strong, and is one of the best looking touring bikes out there. The only discomfort I have is the reach needed for the handlebars. Sometimes on slow sharp turns, I have to lean forward to get a full... read more
This has been the best bike I’ve ever owned! The Road King is reliable, strong, and is one of the best looking touring bikes out there. The only discomfort I have is the reach needed for the handlebars. Sometimes on slow sharp turns, I have to lean forward to get a full extension.
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Reviewed on January 31, 2023

RV reviewed 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic view listing

4.8
Purchased in 2022 and a true barn find. I have owned many motorcyles and this is my 7th Harley. I teally like the 07 and 08 RKC's. Looked all over and could not find a low milage example. I came across this o e at a Kawasaki dealer that had literally came out of a barn after sitting for 15 years... read more
Purchased in 2022 and a true barn find. I have owned many motorcyles and this is my 7th Harley. I teally like the 07 and 08 RKC's. Looked all over and could not find a low milage example. I came across this o e at a Kawasaki dealer that had literally came out of a barn after sitting for 15 years and only 4700 miles. Absolutely filthy and beutiful at the same time. Pearl white and pearl cobalt blue. Cleaned up and reconditioned many oarts this bike is awesome. I could buy a new one with cash but it would not look andfeel like this one. A work of art and a true nostalgic experiance. Hard to explain but its awesome.
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Reviewed on November 17, 2022

RV reviewed 2013 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King view listing

5.0
This is a great and beautiful bike and really would like to keep it. But realize I just haven't had time to ride it. It's a joy to ride when I do get the time, nothing is like a Harley ride. I've gotten plenty of compliments on the candy Orange color too. I upgraded the stereo and speakers... read more
This is a great and beautiful bike and really would like to keep it. But realize I just haven't had time to ride it. It's a joy to ride when I do get the time, nothing is like a Harley ride. I've gotten plenty of compliments on the candy Orange color too. I upgraded the stereo and speakers (Bluetooth/Sirius XM capable). I just had a 10K full service done with brand new tires and brakes done at Harley Davidson in Valparaiso, In. (receipts available) I'm also throwing in two brand new Harley Davidson helmets that I also just got for me and my wife (Bluetooth capable also (Lg/M). I have about five more years before retirement and I be purchasing a brand new Harley for a retirement present, so I figured that someone should enjoy this awesome machine instead of sitting in a garage.
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