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2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Nostalgia plays a big role in the cruiser market, especially when the iconic Harley-Davidson name is involved.

Realizing this long ago, The Motor Company has always catered to the nostalgia side of things, a perfect example being the 2012 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic.

For 2012, the Road King Classic gets a larger, rubber-mounted 103 ci engine with an integrated oil cooler, the motor delivering 100 ft. lbs of torque at 3250 rpm. This power is channeled to the pavement through a 6-Speed Cruise Drive Transmission.

But what makes the Classic different from the standard Road King is the styling – the road-worthy touring machine has classic features such as leather-wrapped saddlebags, nostalgic chrome fuel tank console, tooled metal detailing on the fender, tank, seat and bags, and chrome laced wheels with wide whitewall tires.

Harley-Davidson says: “Add in the standard electronic cruise control and the Road King Classic proves, once again, that no one else can combine a glorious heritage with modern features and technology like Harley-Davidson.”

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic.

2012 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic Highlights:

  • NEW Rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • NEW Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option
  • NEW Paint color options
  • 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission with integrated Isolated Drive System (IDS)
  • Dunlop “Multi-Tread” rear tire construction extends tire life by 25 percent
  • Brembo 4-piston front and rear caliper with dual front rotor brake system
  • Air-adjustable rear shocks
  • Full-length rider footboards
  • Height-adjustable passenger footboards
  • Six-gallon fuel tank
  • Black powder-coated powertrain with chrome covers
  • Chrome 2-1-2 dual exhaust with slash-up end caps
  • Chrome, Laced Steel wheels with wide-whitewall tires
  • Chrome, nostalgic fuel tank console with electronic speedometer
  • Deep FL front fender with trim
  • Clean rear fender with deluxe trim
  • Stainless steel, ergonomic handlebar
  • One-piece, two-up Road King seat with tooled leather trim and chrome accents
  • Clear, large Lexan® quick-release detachable windshield
  • Tooled, leather-wrapped hard saddlebags; 1.85 cu. ft. volume
  • Large Hiawatha headlight and chrome nacelle
  • Auxiliary passing lights
  • Electronic cruise control

2012 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic Specs:


  • Air-cooled Twin Cam 103TM with Integrated Oil-Cooler
  • Displacement (in./cc): 103/1690
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive
  • Miles Per Gallon: 42 MPG combined City/Hwy
  • Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 6/22.7
  • Power: 100 ft. lbs. Torque @ 3250 rpm


  • Length (in./mm): 94.2/2393
  • Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 26.7/678
  • Wheelbase (in./mm): 63.5/1613


  • Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, bias wide whitewall
  • Front: D408F WWW 130/90B16 67H
  • Rear: D407 WWW 180/65B16 81H


  • Front: Steel Laced 16 in. x 3 in. (432 mm x 76 mm)
  • Rear: Steel Laced 16 in. x 5 in. (406 mm x 127 mm)
  • Optional Style: Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced

Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg):

  • 773/350.6

2012 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic Color Options/MSRP:

  • Vivid Black / $19,599
  • White Hot Pearl / $19,984
  • Big Blue Pearl/Vivid Black / $20,334
  • Midnight Pearl/Brilliant Silver Pearl / $20,334
  • Tequila Sunrise/H-D Orange / $20,504
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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).