After waiting so long for our bikes it was time to ride. I didn’t want to go out on the open road for my first ride, so we thought we would just ride within Auckland city. We had heard that the 2017 Road King had a clutch that might challenge me. When I tried it in the workshop it seemed pretty stiff, but it’s hard to tell until you get riding.
I was nervous to get on the bike for the first time, and sitting on it and starting it up didn’t help. The Road King rumbles at idle which my Deuce didn’t do. Also, we chose Screaming Eagle exhausts, so the noise is very loud-they sound great! Anyhow, as I tootled off down the road I actually felt very comfortable.
As we rode around town the clutch seemed ok, although for me to hold it in for a long time at the lights is tough. I’m going to have to put the bike into neutral. I also noticed how much bigger the turning arc is on this bike. I guess that’s good, but hard to get used to, and I reckon to use the front brake at slow speed in a big turn will have me off in a jiffy. I’ve decided it needs to all be rear brake stuff unless in an emergency. I found the gear box really forgiving. The bike can handle being in too high or low a gear really well-although of course I tried to get it just right!
After riding around town I decided I wanted to do some slow speed control work on the bike. I need to master how to do tight turns with good clutch control. Off to an empty carpark for a lesson!