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Expert Author Sasha Eames
The wind in your hair, the open road in front of you, nothing but freedom and the exhilarating feeling of the engine beneath you making you go faster and faster with the sound of a thunderstorm. Yes, this is the experience of riding an original Harley Davidson motor bike .
Harley Davidson’s have always had the stigma of big, bad thugs riding them in menacing packs and causing havoc wherever they are. However this is slowly changing. Today bikers get together in clubs and go on Sunday Runs, charity drives and fun runs. Families get involved and woman riders are becoming more and more common on bike runs. Biker groups can range anywhere from 5- 30 or even 50 riders and when one see’s a group like this travelling alongside the traffic, it is an awe inspiring sight. The thing most riders love about their clubs is “simply the sense of camaraderie and the common love for riding” says a Harley Davidson owner and club member .
The biggest and most famous motorbike is the Harley Davidson. Due to its loud, thundering sound, it’s popularity with older bikers, and it’s hardcore image it is one of the best known brands in the world. Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the first decade of the 20th century, it was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression. The company manufactures heavyweight (over 750 cc) motorcycles designed for cruising on highways. Their first bike was sold in 1903. They also produce a line of motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise and related services. It’s most famous bike is the Sportster .
These bikes are collector’s items and generally loved by celebrities. The founder of Forbes magazine Malcolm Forbes one of the wealthiest men, began riding Harley Davidson motorcycles at the age of 40 and has loved it ever since. He was so fond of Harleys that he gave them as gifts to friends besides having 50 of his own. Other celebrities include Jay Leno, Bridgette Bardo and Elvis Presley.The most expensive Harley is the CVO Ultra Classic ElectricGlide where only 4200 were made with a whopping 40K price tag .
If you live in South Africa and have a Harley Davidson, there are Harley Davidson clubs in all the big cities where you can find fellow riders and actively get involved in fun rides and Sunday runs. Or if you are looking for a Harley there are various stores around the country including one in Edenvale and also one in Sandton. Definitely something to do on my bucket list. In leathers of course !