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#4325492 - 02/09/17 07:57 PM 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special
DuckRyder Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 4207
Loc: Atlanta
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#4325510 - 02/09/17 08:26 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
benjy Offline


Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 865
Loc: pa
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!!

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#4325544 - 02/09/17 09:44 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
Robenstein Offline


Registered: 12/23/09
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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.
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#4325576 - 02/09/17 10:36 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
Reddy45 Online   shocked


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2967
Loc: USA
The lack of chrome is a plus in my eyes. I would gladly ride the silver one.

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#4325637 - 02/10/17 12:42 AM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: Robenstein]
02SE Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
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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.

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#4325647 - 02/10/17 12:59 AM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
dwendt44 Offline


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they had to put some vibration back into the motor. To smooth doesn't keep the
dedicated fans happy.
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#4325687 - 02/10/17 06:13 AM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
DuckRyder Offline


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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.
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#4325787 - 02/10/17 08:42 AM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
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Pass on beta-testing the new engine.
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#4325826 - 02/10/17 09:26 AM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
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Registered: 08/11/11
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Loc: n.c.
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.

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#4326038 - 02/10/17 02:21 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: Jarlaxle]
alarmguy Offline


Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2148
Loc: South Carolina
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.


Edited by alarmguy (02/10/17 02:33 PM)
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#4326055 - 02/10/17 02:49 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: gman2304]
Robenstein Offline


Registered: 12/23/09
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Loc: Central IA
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.
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#4327556 - 02/12/17 03:05 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
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Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 4058
Loc: Midwest USA
Now that looks awesome, especially the goldish-olive paint in the first two pics. Want one !!



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#4494768 - 08/21/17 08:11 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
odotb Offline


Registered: 08/10/16
Posts: 17
Loc: Loganville GA USA
Sportsters have 4 cams, all gear driven.


Edited by odotb (08/21/17 08:11 PM)

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#4494890 - 08/21/17 11:30 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
dwendt44 Offline


Registered: 05/17/06
Posts: 3968
Loc: Central Wisconsin
Quote:
Sportsters have 4 cams, all gear driven.


Been that way since 1952, The old K model had gear driven cams.
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#4495569 - 08/22/17 08:24 PM Re: 2017.5 Harley Davidson Road King Special [Re: DuckRyder]
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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
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