Originally Posted by Doru-in-Romania
As I wrote somewhere else in this forum I like Harleys. I don't care about their mechanical performance, have my K, just like the look and the sound. Checked whole range, I am between the FatBoy and Road King. Since I am not very familiar with the technology maybe you can answer to few questions:
1. Why same year bike Fatboy is a little more expensive than the Road King, even new is vice versa (at list here)?
2. Fatboy only has 1 disc on front wheel, is it difficult to stop?
3. What is the highest speed you can run those bikes without shaking at long run?
4. Is there any difference in engine between FB and RK? I am after a 2005-2007 with 10,000 max on odo.
5. Is the suspension on RK substantially better than FB?
6. Which one is bigger, don't want bike to look small when on it. I am relativelly big - 1.85m, 125kg.
Thanks for any input.
7. Which one do you recommend afterall? I don't do any city riding, only cruising inside and outside the country 500-3000km journeys.
Doru, for my money the Road King is your bike.
1) not sure about the pricing strategy
2) All harleys need a firm pull on the brake lever when compared to the GT. The Road King will stop better with the twin discs.
3) Its really up to you, I find that all bikes have a sweet spot, my GT is at 4800 - 4900rpm in 6th when all vibration seems to disapear. Except for the screen, you are riding naked on either of the Harleys you mention so your own comfort is going to be your regulator of consistent speed. I could ride my last Softail Heritage all day at 130kph comfortably.
4) The engines are different. The softail range (fatboy) has counterbalancing built into the engine eliminating most of the vibration This allows them to hard mount the engine into the frame.
The Road King has no counterbalancing and is mounted into the frame on rubber mounts At idle the engine will look like it is going to shake out of the frame. It wont. Other than that the engines are the same. You should try and get a late 06 or later model as they have the newer 1585cc engine and the 6 speed gearbox. The top gear in the 6 speed box is very tall and has the bike running very economically at highway speeds at very low revs. If you want them to run really sweatly you need to play with ECU, air intake and pipes. They are made to meet Euro emmission specs and they run lean and hot. Drop me a pm if you want more detail on what bits will do this.
5) the suspension is better on the Road King and the Road King is also bigger. The Fatboy is very low to the ground and you will be constantly scraping the running boards. They (FB) scrape when you see a corner coming which is the only reason I sold mine but I would buy a Road King in a flash and probably will .