Dreaming of Harley-Davidsons

I’ve been doing a little light reading over the weekend of the 900-page 102nd Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories catalogue.

Even though I don’t own a Harley, it’s nice to dream and imagine which of the more than 10,000 accessories you could put on your favourite bike to personalise it.

Harley has thrown in a few examples which I have plucked out for your viewing pleasure.

My favourite would be the Breakout which is now their top-selling bike in Australia. Read my review of the bike here. Who wouldn’t want to bling up the traditional Softail to highlight its slammed rear and glorious naked front end? Even Captain America rides a Breakout. Read my story here.

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two
Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

The catalogue also includes pictures of a blinged-up “Easy Rider” Seventy Two which is another personal favourite. Read my review here. It takes you back to the hippy chopper days of skinny front tyres, raked forks and psychedelic paint.

Then there is the Wide Glide, a perennial favourite. This accessorised bike has more chrome than Peter Fonda’s Captain America bike. It gets the custom flame paint, mag wheels, pipes and plenty of chrome.

Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide
Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide


But if there is a bike I would own for the long-haul it would have to be the new Rushmore Project Street Glide. Read my review here. It is a powerful, comfortable, all-day tourer and with the new split vent in the front, it is one of the quietest rides I’ve experienced. Almost no buffeting or wind noise. Which means you can concentrate on the exhaust noise which you can spice up with some pipes from the “cattle-dog”. This one features a nice little backrest, gold-flecked “Hardy Candy” paint and stacks of chrome.

Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide

Your free 102nd Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories catalogue is now waiting at your dealership. But be quick. Only 22,000 copies have been printed off for Australia and New Zealand and they usually go fast.


  1. Bling up. Now they don’t they cost enough as it is, right.
    There are enough models, and paint works and options to choose from. Some models scream out for bling. Like say the plastic covering of the big join of the twin tanks on many models, have a plastic cover much like the lid on an ice-cream container not even resting flash against the tank. If you bought a Ferrari or Porche or Lambo you wouldn’t have to bling it out as well, eh. Or even a new BMW motorbike, how many bling them out? maybe a set of panniers only. Sorry, but I’m HOG since 15 years back, only riding my FLSTS (Heritage Springer -97). I never found a need to bling that model. (it was the pin-up bike of its time) I think a new bike should be a tiny bit more complete. Many of today’s bikes are like a starting kit, really, and I know many who wouldn’t even register it until they added or replaced parts (one friend adding $10,000 worth of such bling).
    Personalize yea sure, but some of the original parts should be acceptable at least.
    And the bling accessories, what’s the mark up on those? i.e. Where are they made? But I guess, as long as others have money to bling, it could keep the starting price lower for those who don’t worry about “eye lashes” and “false long nail additions” cosmetics or 10 more screaming horse powers at $200 each. A new bike in that price class should not be screaming out to be accessorized. If you must, buy a second hand one who’s bought a HD due to the fad an impress neighbors and less than 20,000 on the clock with all the bling on it and you’ll save many thousands

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