2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special Review

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special

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THERE’S A DARK SIDE TO OUR HERITAGE. YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE KING OF IT.

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special: 

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.

If you want to know what ruling the road truly feels like, reach for the mini-ape handlebars on the ROAD KING® Special motorcycle and send some fuel to its Milwaukee-Eight® 107 engine.

 

Harley-Davidson Touring Story – Long haul comfort. No restraints.

Harley-Davidson® Touring models feature long haul comfort combined with power that will unleash your soul. Spanning decades of heritage and nostalgia, Touring bikes began their lineage in 1936 when the Motor Company introduced a new engine design nicknamed the Knucklehead. From that heritage grew the powerful Milwaukee Eight® engine with more power, comfort, and handling to go the distance, making piling up the miles
rewarding and comfortable for both rider and passenger.

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

NEW FOR 2018
◾New Milwaukee-Eight® 107 powertrain with blacked-out components and exhaust and unique engine-turned air cleaner insert (first for Milwaukee-Eight engine)
◾Aggressive blacked-out styling on triple clamps, front forks, headlight nacelle, and engine guards, and console with engine-turned highlights
◾New gloss black Turbine wheels; 19-inch front and 18-inch rear
◾Stretched Saddle Bags and FLHX rear fascia create a slammed profile; uses same all-new front and rear suspension setup as Street Glide Special/Road Glide Special
◾A new 9-inch-tall, 1.25-inch-diameter mini-ape handlebar combines a profiling rider attitude with comfort for the open road
◾Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS and Security system are standard equipment
◾Four colour options: Charcoal Denim, Vivid Black, Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom, Olive Gold

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

BLACKED-OUT, STRIPPED-DOWN BARE MUSCLE

 

Mini-Ape Handlebars

9-inch tall, 1.25-inch wide mini-ape handlebars so you can sit taller, feel more assertive, and ride more aggressively.

 

Milwaukee-Eight® V-Twin Engine

A powerful, cool-running engine with crisp throttle response and a pure, soul-satisfying rumble.

 

Blacked-Out Custom Styling

This machine is end-to-end blacked-out, stripped-down bare muscle from the aggressive turbine wheels to the tapered mufflers.

 

Stretched Saddlebags

A sleek look on the outside and roomy on the inside with more than enough space to stash your riding essentials. The lids open with a single touch of a hand.

 

Custom Black Turbine Wheels

19-inch of head-turning style in the front, 18-inch in the rear. Powerful blades extending all the way to the rim create an eye-catching impact.

 

Black Headlight Nacelle with Matching Trim Ring

Big and commanding, boasting a darkness-defying headlight that ensures you’ll have no trouble seeing everything out there that needs to be seen.

 

Responsive Suspension

High-performing front and rear suspension with easily hand-adjustable rear shocks put you in control of a plush ride.

 

Reflex™ Linked Brembo® Brakes with Standard ABS

The front and rear brakes are electronically linked to apply exactly the right amount of brake to each tyre no matter the road condition. No matter how good you are, this will make you a better rider.

 

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 
USD

Pricing6

  • Vivid Black $21,999
  • Color $22,449
  • Hard Candy Custom $24,399

Engine

  • Engine 1 Milwaukee-Eight® 107
  • Bore 3.937 in.
  • Stroke 4.375 in.
  • Displacement 107 cu in
  • Compression Ratio 10.0:1
  • Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust Black, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers

Dimensions

  • Length 95.3 in.
  • Seat Height, Laden 7 26.4 in.
  • Seat Height, Unladen 27.4 in.
  • Ground Clearance 4.9 in.
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
  • Trail 6.9 in.
  • Wheelbase 64 in.
  • Tires, Front Specification 130/60B19 61H
  • Tires, Rear Specification 180/55B18 80H
  • Fuel Capacity 6 gal.
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 5.2 qt.
  • Weight, As Shipped 783 lb.
  • Weight, In Running Order 820 lb.
  • Luggage Capacity -Volume 2.5 cu ft

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
  • Engine Torque 2 111 ft-lb
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,250
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated City/Hwy 5 45 mpg

Drivetrain

  • Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.593
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.65
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.938
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.407
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.875

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type 9 Black, Turbine Cast Aluminum
  • Wheels, Rear Type Black, Turbine Cast Aluminum
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, running lights, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, battery, security system (optional), low fuel warning, cruise control, ABS (optional), Gear/RPM display, miles to empty display
  • Gauges Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.
  • 1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
  • 6. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, added accessories, and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. Harley-Davidson reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer-specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.
  • 7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  • 8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  • 9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Below
 for Pricing in CDN

Pricing

  • Vivid Black $ 26,599
  • Color $ 27,199
  • Hard Candy Custom $ 30,049

Dimensions

  • Length 2,420 mm
  • Seat Height, Unladen 695 mm
  • Ground Clearance 125 mm
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
  • Trail 170 mm
  • Wheelbase 1,625 mm
  • Tires, Front Specification 130/60B19 61H
  • Tires, Rear Specification 180/55B18 80H
  • Fuel Capacity 22.7 l
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.9 l
  • Weight, As Shipped 355 kg
  • Weight, In Running Order 372 kg
  • Luggage Capacity -Volume 0.07m3

Engine

  • Engine 1 Milwaukee-Eight™ 107
  • Bore 100 mm
  • Stroke 111.1 mm
  • Displacement 1,746 cc
  • Compression Ratio 10.0:1
  • Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust Black, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers

Drivetrain

  • Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.593
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.65
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.938
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.407
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.875

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type Black, Turbine Cast Aluminum
  • Wheels, Rear Type 8 Black, Turbine Cast Aluminum
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
  • Engine Torque 2 111.4 Nm
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,250
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated City/Hwy 5 5.2 l/100 km

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 7 High Beam, running lights, front fender running lights, directional lights, battery, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, cruise control, speakers, accessory, security system, gear indication, low fuel warning, reverse, park brake, miles to empty display, fog/aux lamp indicator
  • Gauges Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.
  • 1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
  • 6. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  • 7. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  • 8. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road King Special – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Below for Pricing in  GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Pricing5

  • Vivid Black £19,995
  • Color £20,345
  • Hard Candy Custom £21,135

Engine

  • Engine 2 Milwaukee-Eight® 107
  • Bore 100 mm
  • Stroke 111.1 mm
  • Displacement 1,745 cc
  • Compression Ratio 10.0:1
  • Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust Black, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers

Dimensions

  • Length 2,420 mm
  • Seat Height, Unladen 695 mm
  • Ground Clearance 125 mm
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
  • Trail 170 mm
  • Wheelbase 1,625 mm
  • Tyres, Front Specification 130/60B19 61H
  • Tyres, Rear Specification 180/55B18 80H
  • Fuel Capacity 22.7 l
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.9 l
  • Weight, As Shipped 355 kg
  • Weight, In Running Order 372 kg
  • Luggage Capacity -Volume 0.07 m3

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • Engine Torque 3 150 Nm
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,250
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31
  • Fuel Economy Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated City/Hwy 5.9 l/100 km
  • CO2 Emissions Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • CO2 Emissions 135 g/km

Drivetrain

  • Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.593
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.65
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.938
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.407
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.875

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type 7 Black, Turbine Cast Aluminium
  • Wheels, Rear Type Black, Turbine Cast Aluminium
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 6 High beam, running lights, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, battery, security system (optional), low fuel warning, cruise control, ABS (optional), Gear/RPM display, miles to empty display
  • Gauges Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.
  • 1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
  • 6. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, added accessories, and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. Harley-Davidson reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer-specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.
  • 7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  • 8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  • 9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

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