Well I just got back from a week on a Road King...
OK... I'll say it... it didn't suck.
Being a bit of a snotty Beemer snob I was prepared to hate this bike. I rented it only because it was slightly better than renting a cage.
I rented the thing from Eagle Rider of Chicago (actually in Berwyn) Not a super experience with them, but that's a different story.
I told them I'd need the bike for a week and would be making my way to Detroit and back over the course of the week. The response was a hilarious "Wow, that's a long way!" It's ONLY 280 miles fer crissake!
They rolled out a nice metallic purple RK with exactly 2 miles on it! The kid did a pretty good job of showing me the bike and turned me loose. I tried to put my feet on the primary and the pipes a few times till I got used to the floorboards being so far foward, then we got along fine.
Overall I liked the bike more than I thought I would. There were some ergo problems but if it were my bike I would be able to fix them. I spent a good bit of time with my heels hooked on the leading edge of the rear boards, it kept my heels under my ass where they belong on a proper bike!
I did move the bars back a little the second day, if it were mine I'd add about 3 inches to the windscreen as well. It was a passable ride on the highway, best at around 65. There was a nice groove at 80 but the buffeting was severe enough to blur my vision so I couldn't ride long at that speed. I did spike 100mph once on a nice long downhill. It was not comfortable or stable there and the bike wouldn't hold 100 on the flat, certainly not on a climb.
Where this bike shone, and I really enjoyed it the most, is on nice country two lane. Loping along at about 50mph and soaking up the scenery.
Cows to the left, corn to the right, pass a pretty lake, then corn to the left and cows to the right.
It got as much or more attention than the LT while parked but then we were in the heartland.( I must admit that the LT draws an entirely different demographic than the RK) I saw a handfull of BMWs near citys and maybe 2 dozen UJMs in a week... I saw probably 300 Harleys in that same time.
All together a nice easy 1000 mile week of visiting family, friends and getting to ride to all of it. Ride to it on a big chromey noisy kickazz HAWG!
But ride I did!
OK, I get the whole Harley thing now. I still won't buy one, but I get it.