Best Harley-Davidson Road King Fairings Reviewed
One of the most striking and loved features of the legendary Harley Road King, aside from its huge engine, large chassis, and wide-body panels, is the enormous front fairing, in which we’ll discuss the best replacement fairings that’ll fit all Road Kings.
To give a bit of context, all fairings used on motorcycles aren’t just for design. These panels made of ABS or fiberglass or even carbon fiber will also improve aerodynamics, improving your fuel efficiency and high-speed stability. So in this article, we’ve picked great performing and good looking fairings, take a look.
Let’s start with something slightly more subtle in design, something that gives out more for less. I’ll get into detail into what I mean by that. Arlen Ness was a notable figure dedicated to designing motorcycles. And he did a great job on this fairing.
The Bob Dron Quick Release Fairing made by Arlen Ness is a thick and heavy ABS plastic fairing complete with everything. It includes a plexiglass windshield that adds up to the looks and redirects air from hitting the rider, which improves aero and reduces air noise for the rider, resulting in a more comfortable experience. It also includes stainless steel mounting brackets and screws to install everything together.
The fairing itself looks simple, and it is, in fact, smaller than stock. It’s sent to the customers with a thin gloss black paint, and asides from that, the plastic finish is excellent enough that you can pretty much use this fairing without further painting and tweaks if you have a black motorcycle.
This fairing brings high-speed stability with its aero as all the air is redirected to the sides. But overall, it still brings more appeal with less design, since when this fairing is attached to the visible stainless-steel mounting bracket, it gives off a classic look, especially with the small windshields. Not for everyone, but give it a try, especially if your bike build is all about classic design cues.
Another famous fairing design is the Batwing Fairing, which mostly covers the whole handlebar of a Road King. This means it has to be extremely wide, which is just why this looks so good. We picked the Batwing fairing from XMT-MOTO for a couple of reasons.
Like the previous fairing, this batwing fairing has a glossy black finish that you can then easily paint over with a different color. And again, the gloss black finish alone can be enough to be used on your motorcycle without any problems. Other than that, this batwing fairing will also utilize stock mounting hardware, although you have to be careful about installing this fairing since this does not include any mounting hardware. On the other hand, the great thing about this is how easy it is to install, no drilling, no threading, and anything like that.
In terms of its design, the batwing features very wide coverage throughout the whole handlebar. But it only gives half coverage over the headlamp, which doesn’t look bad, but it doesn’t look great either for most people. If you’re going for a more modern design, then this might be perfect for you. And besides the batwing fairing itself, this will also include a plastic windshield, which is just there to finish the look. Otherwise, you can install an actual transparent windshield if you want to.
Both fairings we showed so far is mostly used for classic designs and classic Road King design. This last fairing has variations that you may like.
The TCMT Bat Wing Fairing is mainly designed for Harley-Davidson Touring models like the Electra Glide, Street Glide, and Road King, all made from 1996-2013. And the listing also has a batwing fairing for the same Touring models produced from 2014-2020. The classic 1996-2013 design features a clean and smooth design that’s more focused on aero. And this first fairing features a full ring for the headlamps, unlike the half ring on the XMT-MOTO Batwing. The 2014-2020 design fairing is similar but only with new screw placement to ensure a proper fit on new models. And this newer fairing also includes a vent on the top to help cool electronics like the amp for the speaker system found on newer Road Kings.
Both fairings are made out of high-quality ABS plastic and have an OEM matched Vivid Black paint, which you can then easily paint over for a different color. Overall, if you have a Road King, definitely give this a try. Just make sure to select the proper fairing for your model year to ensure an appropriate fit.
To finish up this article, we’ll remind you to make sure to check your motorcycle for its model, year manufactured, and if you have aftermarket or stock accessories mounted on the handlebars that can impede the installation. If everything’s set, modify to your heart’s content. If you’re interested in these fairings, you can check them out, and you can also buy them using the links provided above! Keep riding!