The redesigned 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King optionally sports a new Rich Vintage Bronze and Antique Vintage Black colour scheme to celebrate the brand's 110th anniversary. This machine hasn't stopped improving since 2009, and embodies light touring at its best.
With a friendlier engine offering a generous power curve, an easier-to-use transmission that's perfectly geared to make the most of the fat torque, and a sharper, more rigid chassis, this flagship model delivers on a whole new level.
Exciting engine knows how to please
Sitting beneath the wide 22L fuel tank of the 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King, the V-twin engine with is increase in displacement from the previous generation. Discreet at idle, it enhances the riding experience with legendary sound effects at every acceleration. In the city, you can ride at ultra-low revs and storm back without the engine ever bucking; in fact, be prepared for an exhilarating, almost orgasmic cascade of mechanical thrills.
The highly flexible Twin Cam 103 of the 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King allows you to cruise effortlessly to wherever your inspiration takes you. Just sit back, and let it thrust you forward in smooth, charismatic fashion. Of course, it's hard to resist the urge to open the throttle; that being said, it's best to downshift to keep the engine in its sweet spot (100 lb-ft at 3,250 rpm).
All the benefits of the chassis' latest evolution can be appreciated on small, winding roads. Gone is the horrible feeling upon entering corners, where the old Road King used to waddle and hesitate. Now, the machine inspires confidence by showing much more stability and precision.
Comfortable touring for two
|The highly flexible Twin Cam 103 of the 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King allows you to cruise effortlessly to wherever your inspiration takes you. (Photo: France Ouellet)
The 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King proves supremely comfortable at up to 105 km/h; beyond that, an average-sized rider will feel some turbulence against his helmet. However, the seat and riding position remain comfortable over long distances, both for the rider and passenger. The latter also benefits from floorboard-type footrests. Luggage or groceries fit in a pair of large, hard saddlebags, which you can lock using the same key for the ignition.
In the braking department, the big 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King relies on three 300mm discs with 4-piston calipers. While this setup delivers more than adequate braking power, you still have to combine the rear brake with the front one to ensure short stops (as is the case with most cruisers and touring motorcycles that weigh 350+ kg). Next-generation ABS is also part of the mix, and proves more transparent than the original system of a few years back.
|The seat and riding position remain comfortable over long distances, both for the rider and passenger. (Photo: France Ouellet)
Nearly flawless, the 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King brings all the lovely character of vintage Harleys in a modern, hi-tech package. Starting at $20,099 (or $23,849 for the 110th Anniversary model), this stately steed from Milwaukee invites you to comfortably explore beautiful landscapes from coast-to-coast, either by yourself or with your loved one.
Excellent Twin Cam 103 engine
Comfortable ride for two
Surprisingly friendly given the size and weight
Turbulence against the helmet at high speeds
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