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Old 12-10-2012, 04:36 PM   #136 (permalink)
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:11 PM   #137 (permalink)
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The voices in my head argued about the Road King being an old man's bike.

Voice One said "This is what old people ride and they don't give a damn about what others think."

Voice Two said "Hey, old people don't have much time left and they don't give a damn about what others think. Ride the most exciting bike that you can afford."

I'm 66, but I don't consider myself old. Voice Two won me over. I sold my FLHPI and bought a BMW K1200R Sport.

Both Voices now yell Holy $#it! every time I roll the throttle, but I don't give a damn about what they think.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:13 PM   #138 (permalink)
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Depends on your definition of "old."

I've been riding bikes since I was 13. Had just about all of the *** brands and even some american scoots. Started my Harley years with a shovel and have progressed upward (not that I didn't think my shovel head was the best ever), just leaned more towards bigger, faster, more efficient and more comfort. Going thru the Sporty's, a Super Glide, Springer and a Fat Boy I still wanted a ride that had the look of the "old Glide" the ones I used to see as a kid going down the dirt road in front of our house. Man, you could hear them coming a long ways off and I'd run to the side of the road just to hear and watch 'em go by. Wow, one day I was going to have one of those. Well when Harley first introduced the Road KIng, I said that was what I had been waiting for and in a couple of years I gathered up enough cash and traded in a Fat Boy for what I consider to be one of Harley-Davidson's major achievements, a Road King. I recently purchased a 2011 RK Classic and have been very pleased with the 103 and six-speed. I don't know how long I'll keep this one, hope it'll last me, hell, I'm only 63.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:33 PM   #139 (permalink)
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:48 AM   #140 (permalink)
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My first motorcycle was a bagger 1937 UL paid $35.00 for it rode it three years.I was 14 yrs old and certainly did not see a bagger as an old mans bike.Back then I like most all my friends saw a Harley Davidson motorcycle as a "Mans" bike.
Also met my first girlfriend that summer she took my virginity a summer to remember for sure!! Harleys and women seemed to go together.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:19 PM   #141 (permalink)
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is the road king a old guys bike?
i cant really say, i havent turned into a old guy yet, im olny 59 and i love my 01 "king"
but i can say i like the way it rides, the other bikes just seem to be too small. as long as your happy when your riding who cares what others think.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:07 PM   #142 (permalink)
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I don`t think I` old but I guess my age says different. I`m 54 and have a RK but have seen all ages riding Kings. I guess maybe because you can put a w/s on them and hit the road or strip it down and go bar hopping they a very versatile bike.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #143 (permalink)
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I rented a new road king for a week last summer. Very nice bike, almost made me wish I'd gotten one instead of my roadglide. Very striking appearance also. Looks like a bike should. Well, that is unless you paint it some baby or robin's egg blue color and put a khaki seat on it. Only some hillbilly from the hills of NC or TN would do something like that
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:40 AM   #144 (permalink)
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The first Harleys to be around where we lived back in the 50's were baggers all solid colors,never saw a Sportster till the 60's,certainly nothing we wanted to ride.Not taking away from them it is how it was with the guys I knew.That look of a bagger burned itself in my brain the Road King fits the bill to a tee.The best thing is you can have the shield and bags off in a couple minutes like owning two different bikes
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:03 AM   #145 (permalink)
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They are an excellent do everything bike. If Michigan didn't have such cold spring and fall riding seasons I'd probably put another 50k miles on one instead of trading for the Ultra which, with the extra protection, is the ultimate old mans bike. I found the Road King attracted a lot of compliments from the ladies so that might make it a young man's bike to some!
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:41 AM   #146 (permalink)
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Like every other thread along this topic, I think it comes down to your riding style more than age. I added my Ultra to the stable at 38! That was also 115,000 miles ago. You cannot beat the touring frame for long-distance riding. It's also a great town bike. They're more nimble than you think. Go watch a police competition!

I see the RK as a Heritage on steroids!
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:34 AM   #147 (permalink)
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40 here and thinking about a RK for my next bike.

One thing to keep in mind is the RK is not a light weight. Once you learn the nature of the beast and get it and your riding skills to gel it's all gravy from there. If you are not used to a heavy bike go and give one a test ride.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:35 AM   #148 (permalink)
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They seem like old head bikes to me but not as severe as a trike


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Old 12-19-2012, 11:52 AM   #149 (permalink)
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:26 PM   #150 (permalink)
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IMO the bike that says "older mature rider" is the fully loaded Ultra Classic. The Road King picks up on the heritage of older FL's with the headlight nacelle. You want to think young and buck the trend, ride a bobbed rigid or softail, you want to be comfortable, carry some sh!t in the bags and ride cross country get a Road King (or any FL bagger) and screw what age appropriateness is.
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