Harley-Davidson recently revealed its 2016 MY updates for the Street 750, Heritage Softail Classic and the Sportser series. Along with these, the American bike maker has also announced that its entry-level Touring model, the Road King, will be re-launched in India in the next few weeks.
Like most of the components on the Road King, the massive 22-litre fuel tank gets the time-honoured shape of traditional cruisers. Chrome has been liberally used on the lamps, handlebar, engine, forks and the two into one into two exhaust system. The sweeping front fender wears the Road King badge and jackets the massive 130/80 whitewalled tyres. The rear tyre is hidden behind leather bags and the chromed exhaust. The ergonomics and the technology though, are all up to modern standards. The tank-mounted electronic instrument console integrates a speedometer, distance to empty gauge, tachometer and a gear indicator among other basic functionalities. The Road King also comes with a detachable windscreen, optional cruise control and ABS.
The Road King packs an air-cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine, which powers most of Harley-Davidson’s Touring range. This engine displaces 1689cc and delivers 142Nm of torque through a six-speed transmission. It rides on 17-inch front and 16-inch rear cast aluminium wheels.
Globally, Harley-Davidson offers the Road King in seven solid colour schemes. We expect the Road King to be priced around Rs 23 lakh. It will compete with other cruisers like the Indian Chief Dark Horse and the Moto Guzzi California 1400.