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Old 02-20-2011, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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road king vs. road king classic

I am interested in a 2011 road king as my first HD...

Can you get the 103ci motor in the road king, or do you have to get the road king classic to get it?

Other than cosmetics, can anyone tell me if there are any other differences between the road kind and the road king classic?
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am interested in a 2011 road king as my first HD...

Can you get the 103ci motor in the road king, or do you have to get the road king classic to get it?

Other than cosmetics, can anyone tell me if there are any other differences between the road kind and the road king classic?
The RK Classic has the 103 ci motor, the RK has the 96 ci motor. For differences in the specs, the HD site is an excellent place to check.

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Old 02-20-2011, 08:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cosmetic between RK RKC EG EGC ULTRA. all same frames and suspension
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, Murf. Nice king you got there in your picture.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I didn't like the spoked wheels, leather covered bags, the reverse slash cut muffler tips and the wide whitewall tires. I DID like the color not available on the standard road king so I had a classic turned back into a standard road king. In the bargain I wound up with factory installed cruise control, best feature of the bunch. Mine is an 08 model, so check the harley web site for current specifics. At least they all come with the SE compensator now, which I added to mine at 15k miles.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks btsom. What's an SE compensator?

I bet those whitewalls are a bear to keep white. I like the leather wrapped bags, though.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Be careful with the leather wrapped bags. My friend's husband has divits in his lids from the nuts on the frame.
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The SE compensator is "Screaming Eagle" compensator, a heavier duty shock absorbing chain sprocket mounted on the engine crank shaft. "Screaming Eagle" is a Harley brand name for Harley made performance parts. The "standard" compensator used prior to the 11 models was too weak for the load put on it, especially by the starter. Mine, and many others had a loud crack sound when the starter was engaged caused by the compensator bottoming out from the sudden shock from the starter. I am fairly new to Harley myself, but in reading the threads, with the introduction of the 96 ci engine, the compensator turned out to be be a bit weak for the task. Never read about much trouble with the STOCK 88 ci engines.

My stock compensator was contributing to a noisy primary and the bang on start. The heavy duty compensator quieted the "box of rocks" noise in the primary and eliminated the bang noise at start. Nice to see that the factory finally wised up.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That 103 would do it for me !! I have a '09 classic with the 96. Love it. Spokes, WWW's,
Leather covered bags, cruise (never thought I'd want that on a motorcycle) and with slip-ons and quick detach, its like getting more than one bike !! So much that i ordered a set of matching hard bags cuz I love the standard RK too. Was real close to picking up a "take off" set of stock RK rims just because they are so nice. Can't believe one gets a bigger motor than the other. Just now doing my stage 1 (AC, Fueler, 2nd set of Muffs) and one day maybe a little cam upgrade. Whatever your choice...Good luck !!
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a 00 RKC, these bikes look sweet. Spoke wheels and WW tires are a pain in the ass to keep clean. Went to blk walls and only clean the rim. Saddle bags are smaller then the Standards.
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