WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?
These are some of the excuses we hear every day from people whose souls are obviously aching to ride. Think of them as the little voices in your head that want to stop you living the life you deserve. Now let's silence them…
"It's too expensive"
You might be surprised to learn that Harley-Davidson® motorcycles start from as low as R98 750. Find a Harley® motorcycle that's right for you at the right price.
Give a little: Pack a lunch, golf a little less, skip the pub for a night, lose a few satellite channels - that's really all it'll take. You won't regret it.
Get a lot: It's your passport to the life you deserve. Your bid for freedom. Your statement of individuality.
There's more. Think about what you'll save at the pump. We all know where petrol prices have been heading, so switch to the bike for the daily commute and you'll be quids in.
"Harley-Davidson? Don't they just do big old tourers?"
There are over 28 different Harley-Davidson models to explore. In fact, no other motorcycle manufacturer offers more options than we do.
Sure, we do some amazing long-haul luxury models but then we also do everything else from stripped-down Sportsters and street Cruisers to Custom classics.
So whatever your size, style, experience or desire there's a Harley for you. Remember, this is before we even mention customising. Basically, you can be riding a Harley that's unique to you sooner than you think, for less than you think.
"I don't know where to start."
Well you're here, so you've made a pretty good start already and the next step's not so hard either.
Need lessons to get your licence? Our Rider's Academy (opening soon)is a great way to get the skills and confidence you need to love your life on two wheels. Find classes in your area.
Ready to look at a bike or two? There's a Harley-Davidson® dealer in your area standing by. Just stop in. Ask some questions. See the bikes. Everyone's welcome. Especially folks who didn't think they knew where to start. Find your closest Harley-Davidson dealer at www.harley-davidson.com.
"Now's not the right time."
If we all spent our lives waiting for 'the right time' before we did anything, we'd still be sitting around waiting for the Industrial Revolution to happen. Sometimes you've just got to grab life by the scruff of the neck and live it to the full.
You know what breaks our hearts? The number of people who finally get around to buying their first Harley and then say to us "Why did I wait so long?"
"I don't know when I'd have time to ride."
Really? What about that boring commute to work? Or when you need to run out for a takeaway? That could be your time. You're just wasting it in your car. Reclaim it, and free yourself from the cage.
Pretty soon you'll be inventing reasons to ride. Freeing up whole weekends to explore the country. To see it in a way you've never seen it before. To truly experience freedom.
Or you could just carry on waiting for the 'right time' to come along. Your choice.
"I'm worried about getting hurt."
Look, we'd be lying if we didn't acknowledge that riding has its risks. Just like driving does. And playing sports. And getting out of bed in the morning.
The important thing is to take safety seriously, and to be prepared.
That's why we offer training courses to drill safe riding skills into you. And it's why we strongly recommend that you never take to the road without the proper protective riding gear.
"My partner will never go for it."
We hear this a lot. So don't worry, you're not alone. To be fair, it's understandable that they're going to have a few concerns. They'll probably worry about your safety, about how you're going to afford it, and about you disappearing at the weekend. So let's see if we can help you get them on board…
Do your research: We don't want this to sound like a half-baked plan, do we? So arm yourself with information. Know what you want. Have the figures ready. Check out the bikes online and make a visit or two to your dealer.
Get them involved: Start by visiting a dealer together. Then talk about riding together, with them on the back or on their own bike. Refer to all this as 'extra quality time together'. It just might work.
Make it a family affair: With seats that swap easily to a full line of quick detachable passenger backrests, your bike will transform from a solo cruiser to a two-up touring machine in minutes. Ride solo or ride together. See? It's not just for you.
Promise you'll be safe, but be honest about the risks. Reassure them that you'll take a rider education course and invest in the proper riding gear. Let them know you're that you're not just serious about riding: you're just as serious about safety.
Plan a trip: There's no better way to get someone excited about a new bike in the family than talking about the places you'll go together on your new Harley. It might be a local bike night or an epic adventure to one of South Africa’s scenic provinces in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Western Cape or amazing rides along the East or West Coasts or inland to the Highveld