2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide vs Kawasaki Vulcan - MotoUSA
The 2009 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide takes on the 2009
Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager for bragging rights as the top V-Twin cruiser
motorcycle in this comparison review. Read the full comparison test:
FLHR Road King Test Ride
2 weeks with a new Roadie.
My cunning plan successfully convinced Harley-Davidson Australia to lend me
their Road King press bike - so I could put together an article for Kiwi
A 'where to ride guide for the motorcyclists among the 400 thousand New
Zealanders who visit the South-East Queensland region every year'.
So, for two weeks this beauty graced my garage while my KLR 650 was in
safely stowed in the shed at my local Harley shop -- Morgan and Wacker.
Over the course of my...errr...research I had great rides to the North of
our East Brisbane base. To the Sunshine Coast and the great riding in the
hinterland and South to the Gold Coast and its scenic hinterland.
As well as a ton of day rides around the city of Brisbane and the hills to
the west of the urban sprawl.
It was great to get re-acquainted with one of my favourite motorcycles.
A number of Road Kings have passed my way in the time I've been dribbling
on about bikes.
I've enjoyed riding them since my first encounter in 2002.
One consistent has been that every year the bikes have gotten just that
little bit better, more refined -- as you would expect over time.
And Harley have had quite a while to get it right.
The First Road Kings appeared in 1994 although Harley states the bike's
Heritage goes all the way back to the original 1965 Electra Glide.
At the heart of the vehicle is the now familiar 103 Cubic Inch Twin Cam
engine with integrated oil cooler, it runs push-rod operated valves and
self adjusting lifters. The engine is rubber mounted and the six speed
gearbox features Harley's Isolated Drive system for smooth power delivery.
Compared to how the engine behaves at idle, there is very little vibration
at operating speeds.
It has a bore and stroke of 98.4mm x 111.1mm and is fed by Sequential Port
fuel injection and the real please of the engine is it's maximum torque of
136nm at 3,5900 rpm. It makes for pretty relaxed touring, even with a load.
The standard touring inclusions include hard luggage with pretty good
carrying capacity, a saddle that is 'all day' good, a big screen, easily
removed or replaced depending on the ride, folding footboards for comfort
and easy to use electronic cruise control.
I really did fine it very east to spend all day in the saddle across all of
the types of riding I put the bike through.
Freeway cruising is a delight. Sit back in comfort and just roll away the
Back roads and twisties are just as pleasant. Cornering clearance is pretty
good for a unit with footboards. 76mm of travel is available from the air
adjustable rear suspension, so the ride is quite firm, particularly on
rough surfaces, but the bike tracks well and holds a line very nicely. The
way it torques out of the corners adds to the appeal.
One of the most significant improvements has been in the way the bikes
The Road King has been fitted with twin 4 pot Brembos up front and a single
at the rear. They are genuine 2-finger brakes now. Fitted with ABS in the
local market as standard. They pull up pretty well.
Pretty well. That's sums up how I went with the latest Road King.
Over time it has evolved into a compliant boulevard cruiser, an excellent
day rider and it's capable of handling a much longer adventure - If you
could do so -- it would happily chug along at 80mph all day.
It's great looking, beautifully finished and just made me feel good to be
I did over 1000km in the two weeks I had it and loved every minute of it.
On to my next cunning plan.
2010 Harley Davidson Road King Classic - Stage II 103" with SuperTrapp Slip-ons
2010 Harley Davidson Road King Classic - Stage II 103" Big Bore Kit +
SuperTrapp Slip-Ons (Fishtails). This is my brand new scoot. The Super
Trapp slip-ons aren't too loud, but swapping the seat is my next priority.
For more information, see my blog at
http://www.roadkingclassic.wordpress.com - if you are also interested in
the 2010 FLHRC, please feel free to ask any questions or whatnot.
Harley Davidson Road King custom 2006 modifications http://www.couple2hire.com
Harley Davidson reloaded. This was a 2006 Harley Davidson Road King Custom.
1600 cc engine,original stage II Harley Davidson , Guenther und Sohn
calibrating. I had to chop some parts of....50 kg lighter now. After 3
years of work a wunderfull driving bike. My wife has not allowed to treat
the new 2009 CVO Road King the same way....
Have fun - Mirko - http://www.couple2hire.com