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2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special #4325492
02/09/17 08:57 PM
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Atlanta
DuckRyder Offline OP
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Robert
  • 2007 Toyota Prius Touring
  • 2005 Honda Civic Sedan
  • 1972 Ford F100
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4325510
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looks nice but i am Victory-ious! M8 is finally an engine as fast as a Vic 106, no cool aid for me, had one that was enough!!

Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4325544
02/09/17 10:44 PM
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I never can seem to get excited about baggers. But I am eager to see how the new engines perform in the hands of customers. Like that green color though...kind of an olive green metallic.


2011 Triumph Speedmaster
1986 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
1970 Chevy Nova
2006 Scion TC
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4325576
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The lack of chrome is a plus in my eyes. I would gladly ride the silver one.

Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: Robenstein] #4325637
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The Canyons
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Originally Posted By: Robenstein
I never can seem to get excited about baggers. But I am eager to see how the new engines perform in the hands of customers. Like that green color though...kind of an olive green metallic.


I've had the opportunity to ride most of the Lineup powered by the new M8 engine. It's a definite improvement. If a Harley is what someone wants, they should be happy.

Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4325647
02/10/17 01:59 AM
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they had to put some vibration back into the motor. To smooth doesn't keep the
dedicated fans happy.


There's no such thing as:
Too big of a battery,
Too large of a gas tank,
or too loud of a horn,
or too bright headlights.
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4325687
02/10/17 07:13 AM
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Atlanta
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I like the “Hard Candy Hot Rod Red”

Never really been a fan of extended bags though.

This one has the rear emulsion shocks and new (Cartridge?) forks.


Robert
  • 2007 Toyota Prius Touring
  • 2005 Honda Civic Sedan
  • 1972 Ford F100
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4325787
02/10/17 09:42 AM
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New England
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Pass on beta-testing the new engine.


1979 Coupe de Ville, 542 stroker, Super Tech 15W40, Purolator
2011 Crown Vic P71, 5W-20 NextGen, Motorcraft
Bike crashed. frown
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4325826
02/10/17 10:26 AM
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The M8 is currently only available in the touring models. Hopefully the M8 will be available for the rest of the lineup within a couple of years. After all the problems with the cam shoes/chains on the TC engines, I was disappointed the MOCO didn't go with the gear driven cam system. Even my old EVO had the gear drive timing system. IDK...probably saved them a few dollars per unit.

Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: Jarlaxle] #4326038
02/10/17 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted By: Jarlaxle
Pass on beta-testing the new engine.


Yeah, me too. There have been some issues in the forums for some but all in all, its been a pretty good roll out for HD, EXCEPT if your one of the few with issues. beta-testing is the right word, as issues crop up with those few, they work on solutions and then need the local dealer mechanics to learn and work on the solutions. Not that this doesnt occur with any new product but I pass too.

Also a bit more common with the M8 is certain amount confirm a engine vibration around 3000 rpm or so, not everyone. Some say its over tightened exhaust transmitting it, I havent really followed it except to know some report it. All I know my 14RK is truly silky smooth anything above dead idle which is like a jumping bean but above idle, no matter what I do and what speed and what RPM there is never a vibration so if I went for the 17 and got stuck with one that has this vibration some talk about, even a little, I would freak out. *L*
I never rode a 17 so only commenting on stuff in hd forums that I read. One thing they all say, the torque is amazing, yet with the lightest of the bunch (Road King) I guess I dont feel I would need it vs maybe the Street or Road Glide.
I ride the interstate all the time (GPS 75+, most times two up, sometimes with luggage, to the beach or the mountains, 14 RK never breaks a sweat. Maybe in a couple years if I get the itch, the time will be right, but not yet.

Im a fan of the green, looks the same or similar color green from previous years. I never have been a fan of the blacked out look. Maybe better said, the bike looks cool but its not for me, just dont like all that paint where chrome is normally, I could be wrong but to me looks like it will certainly show chips, marks and scratches more easy. Also visibility is less.

Last edited by alarmguy; 02/10/17 03:33 PM.

14 Road King (current)
08 VStar 1300 Tourer
07 Suzuki C50
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: gman2304] #4326055
02/10/17 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted By: gman2304
The M8 is currently only available in the touring models. Hopefully the M8 will be available for the rest of the lineup within a couple of years. After all the problems with the cam shoes/chains on the TC engines, I was disappointed the MOCO didn't go with the gear driven cam system. Even my old EVO had the gear drive timing system. IDK...probably saved them a few dollars per unit.


They can't go back to gear cams because they make noise....and noise is pollution now. If you went with gear drive cams you would have to make the bike quieter somewhere else...like the exhaust.


2011 Triumph Speedmaster
1986 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
1970 Chevy Nova
2006 Scion TC
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4327556
02/12/17 04:05 PM
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Midwest USA
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Now that looks awesome, especially the goldish-olive paint in the first two pics. Want one !!






'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4494768
08/21/17 08:11 PM
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Loganville GA USA
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Sportsters have 4 cams, all gear driven.

Last edited by odotb; 08/21/17 08:11 PM.
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4494890
08/21/17 11:30 PM
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Quote:
Sportsters have 4 cams, all gear driven.


Been that way since 1952, The old K model had gear driven cams.


There's no such thing as:
Too big of a battery,
Too large of a gas tank,
or too loud of a horn,
or too bright headlights.
Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder] #4495569
08/22/17 08:24 PM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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I wanna sell my Sporty one day and get an RK ... Prolly a 2004~6 or somewhere like that. I'll take all the bags I can get to carry all our stuff.

Love RK's. Rent when we go more than a ways from home grin


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
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