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Rented a 2011 Road King Classic last week when I visited Arizona.
My bike is 2003 Electra Glide Classic and I was really surprised at the lack of power of the new Road King. This was the 103 cubic inch six speed. Totally stock,but still. My 88 cubic inch Stage 1 EG was much faster off the line. I would say the Road King cruises nicely at 80-85 mph , but it takes some time to hit that speed. Of course it goes without saying that this 2011 was so quiet you'd hardly know it was a Harley. Seems a shame to spend $20K on a new bike knowing that another $1300 for a Stage One upgrade is immediately necessary. I will say this, the ABS Bremco brakes were nice and the bike is a beauty.
 

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The gearing on the new bikes is very tall. Makes them turn less rpms so as to pollute less, but kills the pep. Especially when starting off.
 

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It's the lag in the throttle by wire that makes it seem slow.
Possible. If so, this is something that can be adjusted with a good tuner along with stage one. The new 103s are dogs in stock form. Put a stage one and cam in there and it's a completely different bike. Nothing wrong with a stock 103 - and the power is plenty for most people. Nothing new - stock Harleys have been dogs since i can remember. If you want to unleashe the power all you have to do is open your wallet.
 

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Miles to go your so right about that I had to spend $2600 boss fat cats Alin Ness AC SE 254 cam TTS and a great tune by doc, she made 103 TQ at 3200. No valve train noise its as smooth as stock if not smoother
 
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