Yield to lure of in­de­pen­dence

The free­dom of the open road is now more en­tic­ing with spe­cial of­fers from Har­leyDavid­son

Business Day - Motor News - - HARLEY-DAVIDSON - MO­TOR NEWS RE­PORTER

HAR­LEY-David­son is a brand syn­ony­mous with so much more than just two wheels. It sym­bol­ises in­de­pen­dence, that free­dom of the open road where you imag­ine cruis­ing along Route 66 in the US or the Garden Route in SA.

It is typ­i­cally Amer­i­can in guar­an­tee­ing an in­alien­able right to free­dom and by all ac­counts al­low­ing the rider to de­clare their in­de­pen­dence.

This week Har­ley-David­son SA is launch­ing the 2013 model range as it en­ters its 110th model year. It has come a long way from that 116cc mo­tor­cy­cle it first pro­duced back in 1903, which was really lit­tle more than a pow­ered bi­cy­cle.

In 1909 it launched its first V-Twin en­gine bike that has be­come iconic for the brand, and while many may per­ceive it has a niche mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer, in 1920 it was the largest mo­tor­bike com­pany in the US and no one can ar­gue its global pop­u­lar­ity in the mar­ket to­day.

The lo­cal op­er­a­tion is now also in­tro­duc­ing a num­ber of new ser­vices that will fur­ther bol­ster the ap­peal of th­ese leg­endary bikes and are avail­able un­til the end of next month.

The first is Har­ley-David­son Pro­tect, a one-year, fully com­pre­hen­sive in­surance pol­icy that is free with any 2012-13 Big Twin model with the ex­cep­tion of cer­tain models.

The fully com­pre­hen­sive stan­dard pol­icy nat­u­rally in­cludes cov­er­age for ac­ci­dent, fire and theft, but also pro­vides full road­side as­sis­tance for a num­ber of even­tu­al­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, own­ers have the op­tion of adding a prod­uct called Tyres 4 Life. This car­ries a nom­i­nal cost of R1,188 a year, equiv­a­lent to just R99 a month, which given the cost of tyres, is ac­tu­ally quite a good in­vest­ment.

You can also up­grade your stan­dard pol­icy to a Chrome pol­icy by sim­ply paying in the dif­fer­ence.

In­sur­ing your pre­cious bike is a ne­ces­sity, but there are also many ways to ac­quire your dream Har­ley-David­son, and the lo­cal deal­er­ships are now pro­vid­ing a unique fi­nance package. Called Har­ley Free­dom Ser­vices, the new package pro­vides mul­ti­ple re­pay­ment op­tions de­signed to suit you and to get you onto the road as soon as pos­si­ble.

As any Har­ley owner will tell you though, the bike is only part of the package. It is all about the life­style and through the Har­ley Free­dom Ser­vices fi­nance package you can also fi­nance up to R20,000 worth of that al­limpor­tant rid­ing gear.

In ad­di­tion, fi­nance is avail­able for an un­lim­ited value on a wide range of parts and ac­ces­sories, en­sur­ing you can have ex­actly the bike you want and the im­age to go with it.

Terms and con­di­tions ap­ply of course, and the of­fer ex­cludes Sportsters, Cus­tom Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions (CVO) bikes, po­lice bikes and demo models.

This leaves the rest of the range avail­able for you to choose from and to­day the range of Har­ley-David­son’s avail­able is big­ger than ever. The lat­est models in­clude the new Hard Candy range ,which was only re­cently launched, as well as the new 110th An­niver­sary Edi­tions which are set to be highly sought af­ter by Har­ley fans and col­lec­tors the world over thanks to their unique spec­i­fi­ca­tion and se­rial num­ber.

For next year, the iconic Har­ley-David­son Street Bob has re­ceived a makeover with new blacked out triple clamps and pow­er­train and a chopped rear fen­der with side mounted li­cence plate holder. The Sof­t­ail bikes have also re­ceived at­ten­tion for next year, while the leg­endary Fat Boy now features mir­ror chrome alu­minium bul­let hole disc wheels as part of its stan­dard equip­ment.

Even the tour­ing models have been up­graded with the new equip­ment, as well as new colour and graph­ics op­tions on the Street Glide, Elec­tra Glide Ul­tra and Road King An­niver­sary Edi­tion.

As more Har­ley deal­er­ships open around the coun­try, the pop­u­lar­ity of not just the bikes but the whole life­style sur­round­ing them is in­creas­ing.

So if you are yearn­ing to be granted the true free­dom of the open road, then there may be no bet­ter time to head to your near­est Har­ley-David­son deal­er­ship and get the full low down on the new 2013 model range and the spe­cial of­fers that are avail­able.

FREE­DOM: The 2013 Switch­back, above. The 2013 Fat Boy Spe­cial, right. The 2013 Night Road Spe­cial, left.

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