With Harley-Davidson’s recent announcement that it will introduce 50 new models over the next 5 years, one could be skeptical about how “new” those models will be. Harley-Davidson is as guilty as any manufacturer of adding a few new chrome pieces, and a new paint job, to an existing model and calling it “new”. Today’s press release, however, indicates the Road King Special at least has some substance behind its newness.
Featuring the recently introduced Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, this Road King picks up some significant power versus the outgoing Twin Cam High Output 103, a lower profile and black finish replacing chrome parts. Frankly, we think it looks pretty cool … despite the fact we recoiled a bit at the reference to a “mini-ape” handlebar. Here are all the details from Harley on this bike.
MILWAUKEE (Feb. 9, 2017) – Swapping chrome for black and powered by the muscular Milwaukee-Eight™ 107 engine, the new Road King Special motorcycle pushes Harley-Davidson’s touring line in a dramatic new styling direction, expressing a contemporary perspective on the classic Road King model.
“The Road King Special pounds down the boulevard like a gleaming locomotive rolling through a train yard at midnight,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice-President of Styling and Design. “The Road King has always reflected the purity of the Harley-Davidson FL riding experience. 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.”