MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson today unveiled a new Road King derivation that lessens the chrome level in favor of black.
“The Road King Special pounds down the boulevard like a gleaming locomotive rolling through a train yard at midnight,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice-President of Styling and Design.
“The Road King has always reflected the purity of the Harley-Davidson FL riding experience. By exchanging chrome surfaces for black and lowering the bike’s profile, we’ve moved the traditional Road King into a new space that’s very current in the custom bagger scene.”
The Road King Special features a gloss black headlight nacelle and a black, nine-inch-high, mini ape-hanger handlebar. The model’s engine guard, hand controls, mirrors, turn signals, engine covers, air cleaner cover, mufflers and exhaust shields also feature black surfaces.
“Chrome was retained only on some key engine components,” said Harley-Davidson Designer-Stylist Dais Nagao.
“The lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet blocks are finished with chrome to emphasize the V-Twin shape of the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. We added a new engine-turned air cleaner insert, a finish that’s also featured on the tank console.”
The Road King Special will be offered in four colors – black, denim, olive gold and “Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom.”