Whats an 01 Road King with 72000 miles worth? Interested in bike, don't want to get ripped off.
By - No_Crazy_4273
72,000 miles I guarantee this guy is asking a lot I wouldn’t give him more then what the guy mention in the comments 4K tops I could give a shit about the mods
Sooo like three cows and a goat?
Pretty much probably even your first born
If its a girl...I guess I could....xD
That's a lot of miles for an air-cooled V-twin.
I'd be asking if the engine has been re-built, new rings, any work done. If it's never been into it's at end of life. By now it has needed AT LEAST a clutch, and head work.
Chances are good that the current owner doesn't want to make the investment necessary to make it go another 50,000 miles, and simply didn't take HD's offer when he went to trade it in on a newer bike.
What's the back story. Why does seller SAY he's selling such a beauty?
Unless I was aware of an engine refresh I wouldn't give more than $4K for that bike.
Also, how's the tires? When people decide to let a car/bike go they typically let the tires get worn out.
I'd ask to see his service records, and tell him you want the local HD shop to evaluate it, go through it before you'd pay MORE than the number I gave you above.
Someone's been riding HD his whole life could take it for a 30 minute test drive and tell you exactly what sort of shape that motor is in from the feel, the sounds, the torque. But you, a noob, on a 5 minute test? Nope.
No way, that pizza carrier on the back pushes the value way over double KBB
Dude my bike has 400k kms on it and is a v twin air cooled ant the engine is still stock and running its all about taking care of her
And that's the one thing you can never tell on a used bike; without service records you don't know if they maintained it meticulously or not at all.
72.000 miles (or 115thousabd km) are not that much for an engine with low revs and not a lot of power, I know some of my friends with their bmw R1200R air/oil cooled with 160 thousand km and it still runs super smooth (without any special intervention, just the regular maintenance) and that bike has 110hp and it’s way more sporty, some bike engines last a lifetime if cared properly (not the 180 hp Japanese 4 cylinders obviously)
Thanks guys for all the input. I'm on an 09 Yamaha with 12000 miles. Don't know anything about Harley's are what are considered high miles.
I couldn't disagree more with the worn out guy. I've seen Harleys and Vics go over 100k. I would agree that I wouldn't touch that thing with a 100' pole. That's an EVO motor. We're talking super low HP and torque. Also, he is right, God only knows what it's "worth." With that many mods it comes down to what the owner thinks it's with and what you're willing to pay.
I'd look at local Indian and Harley shops if you're looking for a Vtwin cruiser. Try and find one that has a demo day and ride your heart out. The newer Harley M8 engines and the Indian Thunderstroke engines are amazing. Still American, still Vtwins, but 110-120 ft lbs and 80-90HP are easily achievable. Also, there are serious advantages to buying something close to stock, even if you end up modding the hell out of it (knowledge of what was done, what parts are compatible, etc.)
I was a motorcycle mechanic. Honda and Victory (Polaris) certified but worked on everything. I've owned everything from 70s Suzuki's to Buells to my latest, a brand new Indian. Hope this helps.
If that's a 2001, the engine is a Twin-Cam, NOT an Evolution.
Aside: it continues to boggle my mind that mills putting down 120 ft-lbs are only making 90 hp.
Long(er) stroke, low to no valve overlap, longer intake runners. All that contributes to a low-rpm tractor-like torquey engine that runs out of breath at anything above moderate RPM. No big mystery there.
Oh, I get *how* I just don’t understand why anybody thinks that’s ok to let out of the factory :P
Some folks just like different stuff? I've owned both peaky 4-cylinder bikes AND big-ish displacement V-Twin torque beasties.
Not sure I can ever go back to a peaky high-revving mill TBH. I get why people like 'em, I just....don't really care anymore.
I basically never get over 80 mph anymore on a bike, and for just commuting/"normal" riding around, a torque bias is just more useful to me. Ideally I'd take a nice, fat mid-range boost on the power curve; but if I had to choose, I'd take a 90hp at 5krpm /120ft lb at 2500 rpm over a 120hp at 9k/90 ft lb at 7k rpm any day (and the second one is probably more like 120 hp at 12krpm and 45 lb ft at 6k or w/e). Totally just made up those numbers so they probably don't make much sense :D
I know people that would take the high-rev machine over the low one too. It really does take all kinds.
It's a lifestyle, you wouldn’t understand 🤡
THAT’S EXACTLY MY POINT!!
I’ll be over here wreaking havoc with my revvy single and never understand why big V2’s will make my pipi stand up :*(
You have to remember that the torque curve is flat from 1800rpm to 4500rpm, too, which is pretty amazing. Gearing and the number of gears matter, too.
Bikes modded like that, it's what you will pay. It's hard to price them because those mods can make a bike worth less to some people. To me, it would take a few 1000 to get that back into touring shape, but to someone else it's a deal because mods they like are already done.
Try 60 horsepower….and at 72000 miles, it’s going to need some real attention, and those wheels and rear bag just scream “I have no taste”
Barely broken in
Harley, not Honda :P