Launched in 1994, the 1340 FLHR
Electra Glide Road King models were based on Harley-Davidson's long-lived
FLHT Electra Glide series of tourers. From 2000, Harley emphasized the Road
King's styling heritage with a huge headlamp in a highly polished nacelle on
the front fork, a feature based on the 1958 FL Duo Glide. The standard Road
King came with lighter, hollow-spoke cast alloy wheels and wire-spoked
wheels available at extra cost. Wire wheels and fuel injection were standard
for the FLHCRI Road King Classic.
Harley-Davidson tourers have been
known as some of the most comfortable bikes on the road. The 2000 Road King
is no exception, with its contoured, removable pillion dual seat and Buffalo
handlebars, which are designed to offer a relaxed, upright straight-arm
riding position behind a broad plastic screen.
As far as the power unit is
concerned, from 1999 the 80cubic inch (1340cc) Evolution engine that
originally powered the Road King was replaced by a rubber-mounted 1450cc
88Twin Cam engine. This was retained for 2000. Standard fitment was the 40mm
Keihin carburetor. Maintenance-free electronic fuel injection was an option,
although on the Road King Classic it was fitted as standard.
Roll on 2003, Harley-Davidson's
centenary year! What goodies could be in store for the zillions of Harley
fans around the world?