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Harley-Davidson Road King static side view
Harley-Davidson Road King.Brian J. Nelson

So the boss asked if I would like to travel to Milwaukee to ride some bikes at Black Hawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, Illinois. I was about to apply fresh knee sliders to my Astars suit when he informed me that I would be testing the all-new 2017 Harley-Davidson FL family touring models featuring an equally fresh powertrain. Hell yeah! I'm all about low-risk apex strafing and fine Wisconsin brew. So I arrived to find seven mixed models consisting of standard 107ci and 114ci Sreamin' Eagle powered CVO versions. A threat of rain resulted in rapid seat hoping with three-lap stints aboard each bike in turn, sorta like having a quick bite of everything at the buffet. But on a positive note I can tell you that each bike ridden handled the track with stedfast ease. And while I didn't wear a hole in the knee of my Astar riding jeans I enjoyed every moment.

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Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special on-road action
Due to its frame-mount fairing, handling and cornering stability aboard the 107 Road Glide Special was well…extra special.Brian J. Nelson
Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special on-road action
They say cops target red vehicles for speeding more than any other color. Here’s hoping orange buys a 5-10 mph reprieve and perhaps even a lower bail.Brian J. Nelson


Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited on-road action
Riding solo aboard the Ultra Limited seems a waste of cushy passenger pillion space. With the added torque of the new Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, I could pack heavy for two (no offence honey) and hit the road for a long weekend tour.Brian J. Nelson
Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra on-road action
So your lady packs a lot of shoes and who knows what else for a simple overnighter? Fear not with the 114ci CVO Ultra’s added pulling power. What better way to cover your bet on an uphill top-gear pass around a semi truck on a two-lane highway?Brian J. Nelson
Harley-Davidson Road King on-road action
Riding With the King…a personal favorite BB King/Clapton album that always comes to mind when I climb aboard a Road King. I recommend “Three O’Clock Blues” if you have killer subwoofer, or “Key to the Highway” if you wish to stay more on topic.Brian J. Nelson

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