American bike maker Harley-Davidson recently unveiled the upgraded 2017 range with yet another cool model, the Road King Special, that retains the traditional styling with a blend of modern outlook.
The 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special gets its power from the new Milwaukee-Eight V-twin engine. This one is the first Harley-Davidson model that sports a blacked-out engine.
Harley-Davidson has done away with all the chrome parts and trimmings and has used matte black and gray that makes it look supple and meaner.
“You can see it coming from a mile away. Big and dramatic like a locomotive rolling through a train yard at midnight. Blacked-out from its headlight nacelle front forks and new wheels to its powerful Milwaukee-Eight engine, headers and exhaust,” says Harley-Davidson.
Other features include a low-profile fender, low-mount license plate, and trim-fitting saddlebags. The bike is a bit lower than the standard model. The seat height is 26.4 inches, compared to 28.2 inches in the previous model, and is 10 pounds lighter.
“The Road King is our biggest bike without a fairing, and it’s a really unique riding experience,” said Brad Richards, successor to Willie G. Davidson and head of styling and design. “You kind of feel like you’re on a locomotive with that big nacelle kind of haunching out over the front wheel. The visceral experience of riding the bike is really unique, and it’s pure Road King. Through redesigning the bike we got invigorated about the Road King again and we wanted to strip FL back down to its essence.”
The Road King Special is available in Olive Gold shade that perfectly complements the dark appearance of the bike. The cost for this configuration is $22,449 and the Charcoal Denim too costs the same. The Vivid Black costs $21,999 and the Hard Candy Custom Hot Rod Flake $21,399.