1998 Road King vs 2002 Road King

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Gunther, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Gunther

    Gunther Member

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    Hi Everyone, I hope someone can point me in the right direction.
    I've been looking for a couple of months now at buying a used Road King and I think I have narrowed it down to one of these two bikes:
    A. 1998 Road King Classic with 26,000 miles, Rinehart true duals, power commander, low profile air shocks, complete chrome front end including sliders, controls, jumbo bars and internal wiring, etc, etc
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    B. 2002 Road King Classic with 24,000 miles, It's a basic stock bike with the added slip-on Screaming Eagle Pipes.

    Both bikes are in excellent shape and very well cared. Also both bikes are listed for the exact same sale price.
    My question is, Which Road King would be a better purchase: A or B? And is there is anything I should be concerned or aware of with either year model?

    Thanks again for your time and help.
    Cheers :)
     
  2. Gunther

    Gunther Member

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    I forgot to mention: The 2002 Road King Classic is also EFI
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    And the 98 is an evo engine??
     
  4. Gunther

    Gunther Member

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    Yes, the 1998 is the 5-spd evo
     
  5. rkrdr2

    rkrdr2 Active Member

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    There was a lot of changes made in '02 to the touring line, first year for Delphi Fuel Injection,Timken bearings,larger rear axle and swing arm bushings,slightly larger rear tire..not to mention the bigger twin cam motor vs the evo in the '98...I believe '02 was a great year mechanically for Harley compared to the previous years with all the cam bearing and stator issues.
     
  6. 03classic

    03classic Junior Member

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    Your bank and H-D use NADA to determine bike values if you are going in that direction.
     
  7. bikerdad

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    I have a 1999 Road King Classic. I love everything about it except for the 5 speed transmission. At 70 MPH on the highway I would like to be able to shift again to bring the RPM's down. I think the 02 would give you that.
     
  8. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    02' was still a 5speed, and I believe the gearing was the same.
     
  9. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    IMP the 02 is the better of the deal with the TC engine and other refinements. One of the better earlier years for HD.
     
  10. creiter45

    creiter45 Member

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    IMO the 02 would be the better bike. not only with the efi but also the ride quality. no comparison between the ride on a tc88 to the evo. just my 2 cents though.