(1.)The bar on the top is the original Road King handlebar, while the bar on the bottom is the Burly offering. The new bar had a bit less rise and a flatter bend over the OE handlebar.
(2.)The Arlen Ness RAD III controls are beautifully sculpted with a sleek design and nice coat of chrome plating. The matching mirrors and grips are also from Arlen Ness.
(3.)We started by removing the original equipment handlebars and hand controls. We fitted the new Knuckle bars and got a feel for where to locate the Arlen Ness controls.
(4.)By using our handy Deutch connector removal tool, we removed the pins from the wiring harnesses that are housed under the nacelle.
(5.)We then removed all of the wires from our OEM hand controls and checked all of the wires for wear.
(6.)We chose to internally wire the controls in the handlebars since Burly pre-drills them from the factory.
(7.)Once the handlebars were wired, we installed the OE switches into the chrome Arlen Ness switch housing.
(8.)With the controls secured on the bar, we torqued the handlebars down to factory specs and reinstalled the clamp cover.
(9.)With all the controls adjusted to the proper locations and checked for alignment, you can see just how nice the RAD III controls look.
(10.)This is how the controls look from the front of the bike. They have a very Art Deco appeal to them, which fit the look of the bike well.
(11.)The bike's owner liked the look of the new bars as well as the controls and claimed it to be more comfortable for him while riding.
Burly Bar And Arlen Ness Control Install
Back in the February
09 issue of Baggers we installed a set of RC Components wheels on this02 Road King. After seeing just how well the increased amounts of chrome looked on the bike, the original handlebars and hand controls looked a bit lackluster. Fortunately, the fine folks at Arlen Ness and Burly Brand were able to help us add a bit more glitziness to the front of this machine in the form of a set of RAD III controls and 1 -inch Knuckle bars. We chose both of these items because both the handlebars and the controls are made to be used with the stock Harley-Davidson wiring, brake lines, and throttle cables, making installation a very simple process. The bar and control swap was a snap and took us about half a day using only handtools that any rider should already have in his saddlebag.