Ive chosen to ride a 2003 Harley-Davidson Police Road King for many reasons. First, I rode one in a training class and fell in love with the way that it handled. U-turns are a piece of cake, and the twisties are like dancing with the bike. The dual disc brakes are wonderful, as is the fuel injection. The full windshield allows for a comfortable and relaxing ride in any kind of weather.
Another reason I chose the Road King was that I was doing more and more cross-country touring. More lights on the bike made for greater conspicuity—weve gotta be seen out there. The wider front tire provided more stability, and the hard saddlebags were much roomier than the leathers on the Dyna. I changed the seat to a stock Road King seat and had the bike lowered a couple of inches. This combination gave me more of a bend to my knees when the bike was stopped. I changed the license plate holder to a lay-down type, and I also added a detachable tour pack for those rides that last longer than a weekend or in case I need to carry anything substantial in size. The H-D Road Tech radio is a very nice touch on some of the desolate stretches of road I ride down.
Youre probably asking, “Isnt it too heavy?” It is balanced very well and not nearly as top- heavy as a Sportster. Total weight loaded with the detachable tour pack and a full tank is about 850 to 900 pounds.
Harley-Davidson sells the used Police models to the public after they have been ridden by various police departments. Many of these can be had at quite a savings, and they have been highly maintained by the police departments. I would highly recommend this bike to anybody who enjoys riding.
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I ride a Road King Classic and love it. I am only 5 feet 2 inches and don't have a problem with my bike. My husband measured for new handlebars to fit me in a comfortable sitting position and lowered it just a bit. I have a Corbin seat with a back rest which is really great. I have hard leather bags which I love (so much more room than the bags on my Fat Boy). I also have a leather tour pak for longer rides. I am able to keep up with the guys now too which is more fun than having to kill myself to stay up with them on the highway!
I think it's wonderful to see other women riding FLHPI Police Road Kings. Thumbs up to Lee Ann. I myself ride a 2003 Harley-Davidson (FLHPI) Police Road King in Birch White. They ride and handle so wonderfully. It was so nice to read this article.