Some Interesting Facts About Our Road King


I like nothing better than jumping on the back of our Harley and hitting the road, but with the weather being so unpredictable lately, Jim and I haven’t been able to get out and enjoy the spring as much as we would like to.

Needless to say, I did some research this weekend and discovered some things about Harley-Davidson, most specifically our Road King, that I didn’t know.

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The Road King, otherwise known as the FLHR, has been around since 1994, but its roots go way back to 1941 when the first FL model was introduced by Harley-Davidson. Harley built its first motorcycles, which looked like motorized bicycles, in 1903. As Harley designed and built bigger engines, the company had to design special frames for hauling, climbing, off-road and track racing. Today’s Road King is actually a refined version of the touring bike that evolved from those big framed bikes that took over US roadways in the 40’s, and are still here today.


The Road King has had a few upgrades in the past few years including the size of its engine. The 2012 Road King was the biggest ever and features a Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine. If you are into bikes like Jim, you would know that the air/oil cooled mill pumps put out around 1690cc’s, is married up with a six-speed transmission and has a belt final drive. This makes the Road King fly up steep grades without having to constantly down shift. It also allows the rider easy access when it comes to passing on the freeway.


Our Harley-Davidson Road King is a classic and we’ve logged plenty of miles on her, and plan to do more when we have time in, “Travels With Harley.” All we have to do is pack up our gear, a few bottles of water, and we are ready to hit the road, if the weather would ever cooperate with us!