Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic Review from Australia

2009 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired2800 kilometres
Most recent distance2800 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSE 750


Rolls Royce of bikes


Nothing has gone wrong as yet.

General Comments:

Handling is excellent.

Acceleration is not bad for a 360 Kg plus bike.

The aftermarket seat and backrest makes the boss (pillion) a lot happier than the original.

Finish is of a high standard.

It looks the part.

Expensive but...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2009

5th Oct 2009, 20:44

I bought a new 09 RoadKing Classic.

From the very first ride I had a problem with bottoming out and hitting hard. Could find no sweet spot as far as air pressure goes. Harley Rep tells me I am the only one.

I put a set of 440 progressives, improved. However, it definitely did not solve the problem. They cost $900.00 and change.

One would assume that the rear suspension is supposed to come standard. The rear suspension on the 2009 RoadKing classic is crap. I certainly expected more.

They have a long ways to go to have the same ride a Yamaha.

16th Nov 2011, 14:59

That's exactly why I ride a Yamaha!

7th Dec 2011, 09:24

That's why it's a Harley, and not a Japanese washing machine!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review