For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a Harley Davidson. There is something amazingly iconic and timeless about them. Not to mention that amazing sex appeal that oozes from every Harley model. Then there is that huge distinct lion roar of a sound that comes from the engine. If I shut my eyes, and any motorbike drove past me, I would instantly recognise the Harley sound, without even seeing it.
The time has finally come for me to buy one, I want to buy a bike, and I’m 99% sure, it’s a Harley that I want. However, talk about being spoilt for choice, that saying doesn’t even scratch the surface of just how overwhelmed I am at the thought of not knowing where to begin.
Motorbikes for Men, Guys with Bikes
In my heart of hearts, if I was to ask myself that age-old question, what category do I fit into?
The thought that Motorbikes for men should be loud, fast, big and sexy. Alternately, in this day and age of global warming, guys with bikes bring to mind an appealing image of quietly riding through the city at night on a machine that is modern, forward-thinking, and in tune with a world that is finally trying to reverse the harm done to the place that we live, called planet earth.
I think I would say the latter, but boy I still want to buy a big fat noisy, stylish, Harley Davidson.
I can picture myself riding it, in my tight black leathers looking just like I have stepped right out of a Hollywood film set.
So which model shall I buy? And what the hell is it gonna cost me?
Looking online, I bring up, the Harley Davidson family of awe-inspiring machines through the ages, but I decided that I will probably go for a newer model, rather than an older one.
A Bit Of Harley Davidson History
I begin to read a little bit about the history of Harley Davidson.
His name was William Sylvester Harley, and he was born on December 29, 1880, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to William Harley senior, who was a railway engineer, and Mary Smith, from Littleport. He died on September 18, 1943.
William Harley was an American mechanical engineer and businessman, who co-founded, The Harley Davidson Motor Company.
He first worked in a bicycle factory at the age of 15. That is where he first drew up the plans to mount an engine on an ordinary bicycle. A few years went by and William and his childhood friend, Arther Davidson, both worked on their motorcycle idea, with the help of Henry Melk, who was the owner of the bike factory where they worked. In 1907, William Harley and Arther Davidson, both formed the most famous iconic motorbike brand in the world, called Harley Davidson.
How Much Does A Harley Cost?
Looking at the prices, I can see they are quite expensive, but I will be paying, for what I get.
I have made a shortlist of my Harley machines of choice. However, I already have a favourite one in mind.
- 2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe Billiard Red/Vivid Black; £17,149
- 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster Vivid Black: £9,499
- 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Moonlight Blue & Deep-Sea Blue £41,039
- 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Vivid Black: £13,899
- 2020 Harley-Davidson Livewire electric Yellow Fuse From £27,799
- 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob Olive Gold; Red Iron Denim: £12,899
- 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob vivid black; Bonneville: £17,099
- 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Billet Silver From £17,449
- 2017 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Nigh Crushed ice denim from £15,849
- 2017 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider Billet Silver; Vivid Black £13,000
- 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster Roadster Vivid Black From £9,299
- 2016 Harley-Davidson Switchback Redish maroon from £15,199
Well, there they are, and I know exactly which one I will be going for……
The ‘2017 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider in Vivid Black’ for £13,000
Now I know nothing about engines, and specs, apart from the things I have read, but this one looks so damn cool.
Just the other day I test rode one. I went to this little motorbike showroom down on the south coast. He had everything from Harley’s to Honda’s, old Triumphs to electric skateboards. I took it out for about half an hour.
I didn’t go fast, as I was just test riding it, but I could feel the raw intense controlled power, waiting to be unleashed. I just can’t explain the feeling I had as this amazing machine and I, for a very short while, became one and the same with the road.