2000 Harley Road King Specsby Christopher Rogers
Introduced in the mid-1990s, the two-seat Road King custom cruiser is part of Harley Davidson's FL line of touring motorcycles. The original Harley Electra-Glide inspired the Road King's design, with the addition of a detachable pillion seat and no fairing. Changes for the 2000 model include laced wheels, white-wall tires, leather saddlebags with hard inserts and new narrower handlebars.
An air-cooled, 1499.00 cc, four-stroke V-twin engine generates 67.00 hp at 5,200 rpm. Paired with a five-speed manual transmission, the Road King produces 81.1 ft-lb of torque at 3,100 rpm, giving the motorcycle a power-to-weight ratio of 0.17 hp per kilogram.
Built around a steel, double cradle frame, the Road King's seat height is 26.93 inches, over a wheelbase of 63.46 inches. The bike's suspension is comprised of twin, Swingarm shocks. Dual front disc brakes and a single rear provide stopping power for the 760.6-lb. motorcycle. The Road King's gas tank accommodates 4.99 gallons of fuel. Available color options in 2000 were black, red, blue, lilac, orange, blue with gray, orange with gray, red with black and green with black.
Harley claims a top speed of 102.5 mph for the 2000 Road King. The big tourer is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in eight seconds and from zero to 100 kph in 8.4 seconds. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) was not available for this model year.
Based in Boston, Christopher Rogers has been writing arts and technology articles since 1995. His work has appeared in "The Boston Book Review" and on HappyPuppy and Games.com. Rogers was a visiting James Joyce Scholar at Shakespeare & Company's Bloomsday celebrations in Paris. He has studied psychology, comparative literature and philosophy.