I got a heritage because it converts so easily. Run it with windscreen and bags on a trip. Strip all that crap off when you don't need it. Almost like getting 2 bikes in one. Never rode a road king, but the heritage gets down and runs good when I am by my self, and it will carry a 2up load very well (not a light load with us). But the fact that you can change it for how you need it is the biggest factor, besides imho it is better looking then a road king, I like the old school look, and I am just not much of a fan of tour bikes in general. Though about a road king too..everyone said it would get traded for one in a year....but it didn't and i don't see it happening either, if it died today it would be a toss up between a fatboy/heritage/nightrain.