If this question is asked to the diehard Harley-Davidson bikers, it might be taken as an insult. For those who refer to it as a grandpa bike, yes, it has been around since the 12th century and it’s not going anywhere. A Harley has that influence that bridges gaps and brings people from all walks of life together to have fun riding. Regardless of the make or model, they never compromise on quality. It’s a brand set apart from the rest and a legacy with bikers.
I have found what makes it special is everything, the looks, sound, reputation, camaraderie, culture, fashion, style, reputation, and accessories. Additionally, you can acquire it at a wide range of budgets. If you are short of cash, you can always get a damaged one at a Harley-Davidson salvaged auction. Then slowly repair it by getting Harley Davidson OEM parts from a dealer.
Reasons to have one of these dinosaurs
It is heavyweight
I discovered the hard way how bad lightweight bikes are for high-speed touring. If you are into cross country, it is the bike to go for. Having a longer wheelbase and greater rake angles make it stable and the wind can’t blow you around at high-speed. Well, you can’t win a superbike race but this dinosaur will surely get you across several states fast.
Combine the v-twin motor and a heavy bike, you end up in a touring haven. Some might say they are wheezy, asthmatic blockheads but their stump-pulling torque never disappoints. Say goodbye to constant worry about your speed and gear as you’ll always be on top gear and roll smoothly on the throttle.
Harleys last as long as you want them
Until recently, Harleys were fashioned to leak. Its engine comes very hardy, with no liquid cooling, and can be easily rebuilt. At the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, you will see a Harley with 1 million miles on it an indication of the remarkable motor.
Additionally, there are Harley dealers in almost any place you visit. If your Twin Cam or Evo engine burns up, it can be sent to the factory for rebuilding. When I am on the road and I have to stop at a dealer shop for spare Shovels, they usually have them on the shelf or someone is ready to get them for me. This is because Harley has taken centuries refining its bike parts not trashing designs and creating fresh new ones.
I am not trying to convert you into a Harley fan. But, next time you see someone riding their Harley, you can now relate to why they are diehard fans even if they don’t explain it.