On any long road trip on the highways of America, you are bound to see someone riding a Harley-Davidson bike. Harleys are known for being ridden on long road trips by dedicated and loyal bikers. The 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King was created for those mile-eating riders who love taking their Harleys on long road trips, and those who seek a powerful bike with which to conquer the highways of America. The Road King is aptly named, as Harley-Davidson intended it to be capable of accomplishing anything on the highway that its rider demands. It stands as Harley-Davidson's ultimate touring bike.
The exterior design of the Road King fits its name. With large headlights, a low aggressive stance, and plenty of chrome (especially on the spoke wheels), it epitomizes the term ""power cruiser."" The low, side-mounted horizontal exhaust complements the power cruiser look nicely. A large analog speedometer and a digital odometer are mounted on the gas tank, giving the bike a minimal-looking instrument panel. No matter what your preference in colors, Harley-Davidson offers a color scheme for you. The 2005 Road King is offered in colors ranging from Black Pearl, to Glacier White Pearl, to a two-tone Sunglow Blue.
With a name like the Road King, one expects Harley-Davidson to put some muscle under the rider to back that up, and the Road King does not disappoint. A 1450cc, Twin Cam 88, V-twin engine supplies the power. The Twin Cam 88 is Harley's go-to standard engine, and it produces the loud rumbling distinctive of Harley exhausts. This engine produces between 65 and 80 horsepower, depending on the specific set-up of the bike. Around 86 lb-ft of torque is generated, with peak torque coming at 3400 rpm. This means the Road King is strong off the line and strong in the mid-range, but isn't designed to accelerate from 100 mph to 150 mph like a sport bike. Fuel can be delivered either via a carburetor or Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI), depending on how you customize your bike. A new, cable-actuated clutch improves the shifting on the 2005 Road King, as compared to earlier editions.
One look at the 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King and you can tell it's not made for side-to-side handling like a sport bike. This is a large touring cruiser, so it's set up more for highway stability than it is for tight-turning maneuverability. The beach style handlers, upright riding position, size, and weight of the Road King make it more suitable for highway mile eating, rather than taking mountain twists at speed. Harley uses a 41-mm telescopic fork for its front suspension, with dual air-adjustable shocks with three inches of travel for the rear. This suspension generally provides a smooth ride and is tuned for straightforward freeway use.
To stop this heavy touring bike, high-quality brakes are required. Dual 11.5-inch discs with four-piston calipers are used up front, together with a single 11.5-inch disc with a four-piston caliper in the rear. This configuration endows the Road King with strong stopping power and leaves the rider with the confidence that the 750-pound bike underneath is never out of control.
With its stylish exterior, accessories made for road trips, and an intimidating presence, the 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King is definitely a bike made for the open highway, though it will certainly appeal to riders who want to ride on road trips, rather than just cruising the boulevard on a Friday night.