Making a Stellar Road King Anniversary Even Better
Many appreciate the Harley Road King Anniversary's classic lines, but we're digging this mildly modded one even more.
Good to Great
For some, the clean and classic Road King Anniversary is perfect as is. But that fact didn't stop Harley-Davidson Forums member .:eMETAL:. (Erick) from taking his ride one step further. And the results of those efforts are undeniably awesome.
Photos: Harley-Davidson Forums
This particular bike was nearly perfect when Erick picked it up with just 2,200 miles on the clock. But since he's a pretty tall guy, he needed to make a few changes to accommodate his lanky limbs.
"I quickly began extending everything to fit my height (6'8") which included shift levers, brake lever, highway pegs, Le Pera Daddy Long Legs Outkast seat (2" back/1" down) for the first year," he explained. "Then off to apes in the flavor of Carlini Gangster 16s and a Rinehart 4" exhaust last summer/fall."
Soon, that focus shifted to more serious upgrades. "Now my build has changed a few times in the direction I wanted to go," he said. "This included a steam roller front end and a bigger 5" extended rear and fender, now to a 21" front end and a 4" drop in back. My plan overall is to keep it classic in design. As if an anniversary bagger could have been built by the factory (actually even better)."
To accomplish that goal, Erick started by nabbing a custom stitch job for his Le Pera seat. Then came a set of light visors and an S&S sleeper air kit. Capping off the new style was a set of Shinko white wall tires.
Subtle changes were planned for the paint, too. "Off to paint this week to split the scheme two-toned," he said. "Silver on top of the body line and black on the bottom (like the tank) with a custom remake of the anniversary stripe to separate them prior to clear coat."
After contemplating wheels, he finally landed on a set of Ultima 48 King Spokes with a black rim and chrome spokes. Needless to say, they fit the look of the bike perfectly.
Change of Plans
Along the way, however, plans soon changed. "Met with painter today and the two-tone split paint just wasn't working well. It was a lot of black and pulled away from the clean look I'm wanting to go. So after discussions and much debate, we opted to go full silver to pull the same look as the front and rear fenders, leaving only the tank to have a different identity."
Ultimately, we feel like Erick made the right choice here. As cool as his original idea might have looked, we certainly can't argue with the way the revised version turned out.
Altogether, this might just be the cleanest Road King Anniversary out there. So be sure and head over here to catch up on the entire build and see all the killer pics Erick (.:eMETAL:.) has posted along the way!
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