The Road King has long been an alternative for Harley-Davidson riders who want a tour-capable bike sans barn-door fairing. It keeps getting better in the 2017 model year with the new Milwaukee-Eight engine and a special trim package called — wait for it — the Road King Special. Blackout treatment replaces the chrome on the custom-looking Special, and the front end leaves the extra lighting on the shelf while moving the turn signals to the handlebars for a cleaner look. Additionally, the Special does without the classic chrome trim and fender skirt that dresses up the base model for more of that homejob-custom appeal. The differences continue from there with classic chrome pullback bars and tank-mount instrument panel on the base model versus blackout mini-apes and console on the Special. Probably the most exciting news here lies with the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine that moves past the so-yesterday Twin Cam mills into what is hopefully a new era in H-D engineering.