|March 22, 2013||
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Are you a Harley enthusiast? Are you considering one of their limited edition 110th anniversary motorcycles? For 2013, Harley-Davidson has a lineup of amazingly beautiful motorcycles for all Harley lovers. All of Harley-Davidson’s 2013 110th anniversary bikes are produced in limited quantities, and give you the opportunity to enjoy exclusive upgrades such as anti-lock brakes, an H-D Smart Security System and beautiful Contrast Chrome Wheels. Every one of these bikes upholds the quality and beauty you would expect from Harley-Davidson, and gives enthusiasts a wonderful way to commemorate the company’s 110 years of existence, quality, and style.
Harley-Davidson has crafted each and every one of their limited edition bikes with quality touches and careful attention to detail. Each bike has a numbered Anniversary Edition badge and a gorgeous gas tank medallion of bronze and black nickel. For those who are looking for something unique and colorful, Harley-Davidson also has a line of Hard Candy motorcycles that incorporate colors such as gold, red, and lime to add charm and stunning brilliance to their already popular and wonderfully-crafted motorcycles. The Hard Candy touches are available on the Street Bob and the Seventy-Two, and allows you to individualize your bike and give it a unique look like no other on the road!
Along with the Hard Candy bikes and the Anniversary Editions, Harley-Davidson has released new bikes including the Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod, Touring, CVO, and Trike. Each of these are available with different customization to make them unique to your own desires. Additionally the 1200 Custom and Street Bob are completely customizable with H-D1 Customization. H-D1 Customization allows shoppers to tailor their bike to the fit they want, as well as to their riding style. Shoppers can also change the functionality and accessories of their bike, create their own style with designs, and upgrade the performance for the ultimate bike creation.
The new line of Harley-Davidsons for 2013 are beautiful, quality masterpieces that are ready for customization! Whether you’re considering the 110th anniversary bikes or Hard Candy customization, you will be happy with everything that is received from this quality motorcycle company.
With Indian Motorcycle’s conception in 1901, it began with a commitment to speed and distance. Over time, the company focused on providing an unrivaled product for American bikers. However, after World War II, the company struggled and ceased production of their products in 1953. It was believed that Indian Motorcycles was now history, and no longer available or successful in the public market.
Thankfully, the company was bought out in 2011 by Polaris, which has been focused on breathing new life into this legendary motorcycle brand, and built upon the company’s original focus to create a historical icon, premium products, and maintain the American heritage so closely connected with Indian Motorcycles.
With the reinvention of Indian Motorcycle, Polaris has decided to create a few new models, while also picking up the look, style, and beauty of some of the vintage bikes from the 1940’s. The Indian Chief line of motorcycles include the Vintage FE, Vintage LE, Vintage, Dark Horse, and the Classic. All of these are similar to the previous versions of Indian Motorcycle brands, but updated to turn heads and allow bikers to enjoy a part of history.
While many collectors and motorcycle enthusiasts strive to own one of the original models of Indian Motorcycles, others are happy to see a brand new line-up that encompasses the beauty and precision that the past bikes were built upon. The 2013 Indian Chief lineup is a sight to see, and a wonderful way to enjoy a new motorcycle with a touch of history and vintage flair.
This is a guest post by Chuck “Brutus” Wolfe, a retired Sergeant and Motor Deputy, Police Motorcycle Instructor and avid motorcyclist. He writes about motorcycle travel, safety, equipment, and the cyclist lifestyle at scootertrippin.com.
Have you ever wanted to experience the joys of motorcycle travel? Gotten all amped up to feel the wind through your hair, the sun on your face? Ran down to your local travelin’ type motorcycle sellin’ establishment only to be KO’d by sticker shock? You’re not alone brother, it has happened to all of us at one time or another. There is a solution to this though and it’s relatively easy to implement. All you really need is a little patience.
Does your Police Department, Sheriff’s Office or State Police/Highway Patrol have a Traffic Enforcement Unit that uses motorcycles? If they do, eventually they dispose of those bikes to acquire new ones. Most government agencies hold periodic auctions to get rid of their motor vehicles. These auctions will include cars, trucks, boats, and yes…motorcycles. I haven’t found one of those bitchin’ bomb robots yet but I’m gonna’ keep looking!
Most law enforcement agencies in America use Harley Davidson motorcycles for their traffic units with the most common bike being the Road King or Electra Glide Classic. Some agencies use BMW’s or Hondas with a few holdouts still riding Kawasakis. The one commonality among all the agencies is that their bikes are all touring models. The lone exception that I know of is the Washington, DC Police Department. Many of their traffic officers ride smaller bikes such as the Sportster. The great thing about these auctions is that they are open to the public and I have seen one and two year old Road Kings roll out of the parking lot for as little as $7000.
Stop! I know what you are thinking. Those cops just dog out those bikes and they are probably ready to fall apart. Let me address maintenance and upkeep now. As a former motor officer and Police Motorcycle Operator Instructor I can tell you that once a new police bike is issued to its operator, that bike becomes ”My Bike.” Motor officers are, in every sense, professional riders and spend an inordinate amount of time taking care of “their bike.” Additionally, I know of NO law enforcement agency in America today that does not have a strict schedule of preventive maintenance for their motor vehicles. If you are lucky enough to purchase one of these motorcycles, you will get a well cared-for scooter and I have actually seen two year old bike auctioned off with less than 3000 miles on them.
Another great thing about these bikes, all bikes for that matter, is that they are all a “blank canvas” ready to be “built” by their new owner in their own image. What image? That one is up to you. There are far more used police bikes on the road than you may think. Have you ever seen a Harley with red thumb buttons on the hand controls or “hockey puck” saddlebag latches? Harley only uses those on police bikes. The next time you see red controls or hockey puck bag latches, take a step back and get a good look at the bike. I bet you’ll be impressed.
Let’s look at a typical FLHP or police Road King.
Purchase price: $7000
Paint job: $1500 (OK, a really nice paint job.)
Total price for a two-year old scooter customized to meet your standards that would typically cost $12,000 to $14,000:
And now you need to find the auctions. Don’t worry, I don’t sell the ol‘ “Buy my secrets to finding government auctions and get so rich you can buy your own city” books. This is the easiest step of all. Simply get on the phone and call your local law enforcement agencies, ask for their finance, fleet maintenance or motors unit and just ask about their auction schedule.
One caveat here. If you have the choice of two auctions and one is conducted by the agency while the other is conducted by a contracted auction company…go with the agency conducted auction. They are really so much easier to work with. Their inspection period will typically be longer and more flexible and they can usually answer some key questions about the individual bikes. What questions you ask? Here are some to start with:
Can you tell me the rank of the bike’s operator? (Supervisors usually have lower miles on their bikes due to required administrative duties keeping them off the road part of every day.)
Was this bike assigned to an individual rider or was it a pool bike? (Pool bikes can be less well cared for because there is no personal “ownership” of the bike.)
Was the bike assigned to the training facility as a trainer? (These can be a little more abused from being dropped frequently during schools but have very low miles.)
Can I see your maintenance records for this bike? (Don’t ask for records on every bike in the auction. The answer will be NO!)
Finally, when you decide to attend an auction, always read and understand the agency’s requirements for payment. Some will take cash but they are few and far between, few take personal checks and some will accept nothing but certified funds or letters of credit from a bank. Since you won’t know what you will actually pay for the bike, certified funds is pretty much a wash.
So now you know how to attain motorcycle travel for cheap…well, a cheaper buy-in at least. Get out there, find your bike and hit the road. Figuratively speaking of course.
Thank you for everyone who entered our Baddest Sounding Bike Contest on YouTube. We got to hear some awesome exhaust systems and for that we thank all of you again. One bike, however, stood out above the rest and gave us a “special” feeling when it was started up. We realized right away that we had found the winner. Congratulations go to the owner of the 2005 Night Train whom we need to email us your details to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can provide you with your $100 Gift Certificate for www.BikersDen.com.
Please stay tuned for more YouTube video contests from The Bikers’ Den. We have several motorcycle-related video contests planned for the upcoming riding season.
Here is the new On The Biker Side Cartoon for April 2013. If you would like to see all of our previous motorcycle cartoons, click here.
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