They say a change is as good as a rest. You couldn’t get further away from the current crop of middleweight bikes than one of the biggest Harleys on the road. Yes sirree – this is the Road King which is a version of the iconic Electra Glide. I had a picture of the 197Os ‘Glide on my bedroom wall! What does the current model look, sound and, more importantly ride like? I had to mosey on down (sorry) to Iron City on my own steed, to rustle up a demo (how long can I keep this going?). It was a sunny September morning and I had the pick of all the Harley demos – all seven of them. I pointed to one and found it was the Road King Special. What’s special about it, is that it is more expensive than the standard, particularly with a bigger engine.

The Americans talk about cubic inches, not metric cubic capacity for engines, and the standard engine on the Road King is usually 107 in, but on the special (as per the sign on this one) is 114 in.³, or 1,868cc Big!

I calculated, as I was riding along later, that one of the cylinders on this V twin bike was bigger than all of the four cylinders on my 800cc Honda!

I hitched the Honda up and walked away into Iron City, and Adam couldn’t have been more helpful. Having picked the bike, I had a nervous moment as pulled it forward for some pictures, as of course, a bike this size only has a side stand. I pulled the side stand

out it shifted on the side stand, and could see disaster about to happen. He calmed my nerves by telling me that as long as the side stand was engaged in the slot and showed me, it might move about on the side stand  but not tall over. Phew.

This model was resplendent in vivid black, and he said there was a lane splitter windscreen (great name) on it, and Vance and Hines slip-on end cans on this model. This is a factory custom and this size engine is the largest production engine that Harley makes. Apparently, it’s 100 bhp but Adam said it’s all about the torque and this one is 119lb-foot.

This bike is all in black with black wheels, black engine black everything. All blacked out he said.

Very easy controls, although the self-cancelling indicators mean left and right thumbs which took me a bit of time to get used to. Pressing the button on the handlebars causes the massive engine to churn over and then catch. It was like a shotgun starting and the feeling that only a huge V twin like this can give you. This engine is a mixture of air and oil cooled with a pushrod design (showing its heritage) and has four valves per cylinder. It’s a lowish seat height at 27.4 inches and of course, has the obligatory forward footboards and rear-facing parallelogram panniers or side bags (I nearly went there again!).

Off up the road from beside the Metrocentre in Gateshead and I was wary on the first mini roundabouts after taking a Harley out some years ago which was a Fatboy. I didn’t want to ground on the first bend. The overall impression apart from size and power, is the pull away, from such a big motor. I read up on the bike afterwards and I found it had linked brakes which made sense for something this big and also vehicle hold control which is like hill assist. Probably needed. Off I barrelled up to the junction with the A69, off the A1 and headed west. Part the way along to Hexham, barrelling along, I had an urge to go to Carlisle and beyond! The screen did a pretty good job of keeping the wind away and you did feel like a king of the road. I was looking for “trailers for sale or rent!”.

Trying to think of a themed pit stop, I couldn’t think of an American diner near so I thought why not hightail it down to Mexico? See later. I decided to go through Hexham town centre which was probably a mistake on a bike as big as this as I was worried about the size of it and decided not to filter through the heavy traffic. I sought the open road and took the B6305 south and south-west of Hexham past the racecourse and over the high moors towards Alston. What a delight this bike was on those roads.

It showed its size however, on the turn right back to Haydon Bridge beside Langley Castle as those short bends require a fair amount of attention on any bike, especially at the start of autumn with the leaves. The long A and B roads were great, as was the motorway, but you would need to be confident around town and on the smaller bends. This isn’t

the bike for scratching but is a BIGGG tourer or cruiser whichever camp you fall into. If you are touring you could take the kitchen sink with you. Back on the A69, this bike was supremely comfortable. The step in the ample and very comfy saddle (not seat) was good on the small of your back and I had no problem with the wider high bars which suited the bike and the ride. A swing of the hips and you are overtaking cars. Nimble—despite the size. At one stage on one of the smaller roads, I had accelerated from 4th to 5th to 6th gear uphill rather than holding the bike in 4th. The bike really moved.

Reassuringly expensive as one of the beer ads says, this bike is a statement but a very useful statement and an aural and visual sensation. Not for the fainthearted but I thoroughly enjoyed mv ride. I was going to start quoting “Ride like the wind, to be free again. . . to make it to the border of Mexico. . .” from the song but jumped off at Barrio Bella in Sandyford in Newcastle. Parked up at the curbside I had a fantastic Mexican breaklast (all day) with hash browns, guacamole, Mexican cheese and a fried egg plus a grapefruit Jarrito bottle. I was nearly at the Mexican border town!

Daydreams aside, it is easy to make so many comparisons with a bike such as this which is a real tour de force. I don’t think you would ever get bored riding a Road King. It is awesome, as our American cousins say. Agreed. With many thanks to Adam & Iron City – what are you waiting for – this is a must-ride bike!

Mark Hipkin is a Partner/ Head of the Personal Injury and Civil Litigation department. He welcomes your e-mails or calls on the law (or your biking experiences) at or call 0191 2533509.


Mary was born and has lived all her life in the North East of England. Her first interest was science and she originally studied Biomedical Science at Northumbria and worked in the scientific research field and the NHS, before studying part time, again at Northumbria University, to obtain her degree in Law. Since then she has enjoyed a varied career covering many different areas of law, before specialising in Children Law, which she has done almost exclusively for the past 5 years.

Mary loves reading and history and at a weekend can often be found at one of the many historical sites the North East has to offer and has even been known to play video games when she can find the time.

Chris was originally a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives from 1997 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2001.

He has over 25 years experience in private client work comprising Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney and other Court of Protection Work such as Deputyship applications. Chris has been a Partner in several firms in the North East, being Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.

He brings a wealth of experience to his role and works closely with clients, providing them with a service tailored to their needs

Susan was born and bred in the North East, spending all of her working life in Blyth. She qualified in 1981 and, after some years at Alderson Law, began to specialise in family law, covering both private and legal aid. Susan was a member of the Law Society Family Panel and an accredited Resolution specialist, specialising particularly in private children law and domestic violence.

Susan took part-retirement in December 2018 but still works as a Solicitor here at Alderson Law. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She has also been a Brownie leader for over 40 years.

Originally from East Yorkshire, Jasmine moved to the North East in 2012 to study at Northumbria University undertaking the M Law Exempting (BPTC) course (the only undergraduate course in England and Wales which incorporates the Bar Professional Training Course), graduating in 2016 with a First Class Honours and a Very Competent in the Bar Professional Training Course. Prior to joining Alderson Law Jasmine specialised in RTA Fraud in a Personal Injury firm, before moving to another firm to work as a Family Law Paralegal.

In 2018 she joined our team as a Family Law Paralegal and before qualifying as a Solicitor within the Family Law Department based at our Morpeth office. Jasmine represents clients in a wide range of matters including; divorce and matrimonial finance, disputes regarding the arrangements for children as well as parents who are subject to Local Authority involvement both before and during Court proceedings.

In her spare time Jasmine likes visiting the beach, going to the gym, watching live music and looking after her pet rabbit.

Julie is a highly experienced property solicitor. She studied Law at Northumbria University and, after qualifying in 2000, went on to work at national and international firms prior to joining the team at Alderson Law in 2017. She works alongside her clients, advising on residential and commercial property development, property investment, portfolio management, property finance, landlord and tenant, easements and restrictive covenants.

Fiona is a specialist private client lawyer providing advice and assistance with wills, trusts, tax planning, probate & estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and elderly client work. Having previously worked with a number of Newcastle-based firms listed in The Legal 500, Fiona brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. She is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), the association for specialists in family inheritance and succession planning.

Fiona grew up in Northern Ireland and studied law at Durham University, and has remained in the North East ever since. She enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage in Northumberland.

Mark Hipkin, partner at Alderson Law LLP, has been advising businesses and claimants since he qualified as a solicitor in 1982.

Mark’s passion is for representing claimants on two wheels in complex, serious and catastrophic motorcycle, scooter and cycle injuries, but he also has extensive experience of acting for claimants in many other personal injury areas including occupiers and public liability work and accidents at work. He specialises in challenging and complex cases. Mark always puts the client first, looking from the first day of instruction to obtain the best and fairest outcome for a claimant, no matter how long a case may take. He is a fan of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and early neutral valuation as alternatives to litigation. Sometimes, however, litigation is the best option, together with the necessary drive to see every matter through to a fair conclusion.

Mark also, having started his own business, advises business clients, often with motorcycle-, scooter- or cycle-related businesses and also deals with complex commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, and general civil litigation.

Mark likes to spend what free time he has with his family and practising Tai Chi and Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate – in which he is a second Dan).

Having worked in family law for over 25 years, Julie is a highly accomplished specialist in her field. She has a vast body of experience in dealing with family law, from divorce and related financial issues to complex child-related cases. Julie was the first person in North Tyneside to achieve the status of an accredited advanced family law specialist, and is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel, which demonstrates her experience in complex contested family cases and other subject-specific matters.

Though multi-talented and highly experienced, Julie’s particular speciality is in complex ancillary relief (financial settlement) claims and complex residence and contact disputes.

In her spare time Julie enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and three grandchildren. She attends clients at our Whitley Bay and Blyth offices.

Tracey is one of our Partners and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Throughout her career she has had a varied caseload undertaking matters in most areas of civil and private client law. Tracey can assist clients in a wide range of matters including: Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Debt Recovery, Residential and Commercial Conveyancing as well as Licensing and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Tracey is one of our most senior practitioners with over 20 years of local experience, having graduated from both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. When not in the office she enjoys walking, cycling, and cooking with her family.