The V-twin 1,584cc engine lunges around in the frame at idle, forcing your retina to do the same, but it's smooth and torquey on the hoof – if a little quiet on the standard wrist-twist. There's no escaping the pageant of riding a Road-King either. While most people won't give you a moment's notice on a sportbike, everyone notices this city bus, and you always get a smile, even if it's given a little ironic.
The Harley-Davidson Road King is surprisingly rewarding out on the road. The only major handling flaw is its propensity for shaking the bars mid-corner if the surface isn't smooth, but it's otherwise predictably ponderous, but tight. The footboards scrape Tarmac with extraordinary readiness, yet it behaves well when they're down, and pick up nicely on the power as you exit bends.
- The real deal; this is a proper Harley-Davidson
- Actually cool, whoever you are, whatever you ride.