01 Baby got back! Jon needed to clean up the bike’s rearend—more importantly ditch the ga
The always-popular Road King has stood the test of time with its classic lines and style that has made it a top-seller for Harley since its inception. However, some feel that there may be too much bulk on the front fender (chrome bumper and decorative trim). And in the rear, the cumbersome light bar’s turn signals and brake light could be best left in the take-off parts bin in lieu of something a little more sanitary.
Road King owner Jon McDevitt is a younger fella and ditching unnecessary parts for a cleaner, meaner bagger is his modus operandi. Jon decided to take the next step to personalizing his already blacked-out 2009 Road King by swapping the stock front and rear fenders, and ironically, he went with Harley-Davidson parts for the swap. Whodathunk?
The Clean Front Fender ($299.95) was ordered up because of its minimal visual aesthetic. You probably recognize the tin from the Street Glide, and since Jon really liked the look of it on that bike he decided to give it a try on his King. It’s available for ’94-later FLHR models and ’89-later FLT and FLHT models from your local dealer in a primed-and-ready-for-paint finish. Simply put, it’s a smooth fender with no bells, no whistles, no bumper, which is exactly what Jon wanted.
For the rear, Jon liked the look of the CVO-style rear fender ($235) and fascia ($237.87), which requires the Envelope taillight and turn signal assembly for the left and right ($151 each), and a few other components are required to make this conversion. Roughly, it’s about $1,000 at the end of the day to make the swap to the CVO-style rear fender setup, but it’s great because it not only cleans up the rear by eliminating the need for a rear light bar, but the look of the fascia’s vertical lighting is pretty darn cool, plus the filler panel closes the gap between the saddlebags and rear fender to really complete the package. The CVO-style rear fender fits ’09-later Touring models (except FLHRC), and FLHTC and FLHTCU models require the purchase of the saddlebag support kit bracket.
Because the rear lighting was being swapped with the rear fender, Jon decided to update the front headlight and driving lights to the new 7-inch Gloss Black LED Headlamp ($524.95), which is DOT-approved and is exponentially brighter than stock. Two 4-inch LED Auxiliary Lamps ($384.95) were also ordered up and promote the triad of LED lighting to really light your path and make others aware of your presence. The driving lights fit ’04-later.
We headed over to the Harley-Davidson Fleet Center in Carson, California, which is where Jon works, so he’s pretty knowledgeable about installing Harley parts on … uh … a Harley, especially since it’s his personal bike! Follow along to see the drastic difference the fender and lighting swap made.
02 Jon’s not necessarily a chubby chaser, so the swap from the bulky accessorized stock front fender was definitely the route he needed to take.
03 The Clean Front Fender (bottom) from Harley-Davidson is a great way to clean up the frontend of Jon’s Road King. It’s made of steel and comes primed so your painter’s prep work is pretty much non-existent. Speaking of which, Jon had the tins painted before installation to keep things pretty for the camera. Thanks Jon. The CVO-style rear fender (above) also comes primed and ready for paint and installation, so both fenders required minimal effort and time. Located at the top are the new fascia (filler between the bags and fender), the new vertical lights, and the new license plate mount.
04 The 7-inch Gloss Black LED Headlamp and 4-inch LED Auxiliary Lamps (two are included in the price) models are constructed of high-grade billet aluminum and then powdercoated black and machined for a contrasting finish. The auxiliary lamps will fit any model with 4-inch driving lights.