All Hail the King, the 2009 Harley Davidson Road King
Looking at the profile view of the 2009 Harley Davidson Road King, there is the sense that one is looking at the apotheosis of motorcycling. The 2009 Harley Davidson Road King is the one bike young children name first when guessing what a motorcycle is. Is it a Road King?
Regardless of whether the bike is in fact a Harley Davidson or not. The 2009 Harley Davidson Road King for this model year features a redesigned frame, suspension, and wheels, among other components, together creating a more agile, rider-friendly Road King that looks as good as it performs. The 2009 Harley Davidson Road King also receives Harley’s redesigned isolated drive system this model year, that integrates the rear wheel compensator into the rear wheel hub, providing a more seamless look, and which provides smooth acceleration throughout the power band.
The engine for the 2009 Harley Davidson Road King is Harley’s ubiquitous air cooled Twin Cam 96 V-twin, which provides 92.6 lb/ft of torque at just 3500 RPM. Fed with the Electronic Sequential port fuel injection, the 2009 Harley Davidson Road King is able to achieve 54 miles per gallon in highway riding, and 35 miles per gallon in the city. Four-piston brakes front and rear are standard, and the 2009 Harley Davidson Road King is available with ABS for an additional cost to the MSRP.
A tank-mounted electronic speedometer is large and easy to view, incorporating an odometer, clock, dual trip meters, low fuel indicator that includes a mileage countdown feature (Possibly a scary feature depending on just how far from civilization you find yourself,) low oil pressure indicator, engine diagnostics, and a s-speed trans light. There is also an indicator light to let you know that your running lights are on.
The 2009 Harley Davidson Road King standard is available in fewer colors than the classic, but still offers a range of choices for riders, including three new colors, Red Hot Sunglo, Two-tone Flame Blue Pearl/Pewter Pearl, and Two-Tone Red Hot Sunglo/ Smokey Gold. Pricing starts with the basic Vivid Black color, at $16,999. Either Dark Blue Pearl or Red Hot Sunglo will cost you $17,374, and the two-tones will set you back $17,729. Security is a $345 option, while upgraded wheels are $450.
Cruiser control is an option at $270.
So, the question becomes, is the 2009 Harley Davidson Road King the right motorcycle for you? Pricing is just below that of the Road King classic and about average for the Harley Davidson lineup for 2009. Once you take away pricing, it’s all about your own personal style.
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