Harley-Davidson offers ‘forgiveness’ trades

David Turney trades

In an irreverent and cheeky promotion, Harley-Davidson Australia is offering up to $2500 in discounts on their bikes for customer trades on certain eligible models HD calls “imitations”.

While it may be seen as a swipe at “metric cruiser” riders to get on an SAE model, it also strangely targets riders of adventure bikes, sports tourers and big tourers.

The campaign doesn’t provide discounts on every bike you trade in, just those listed as eligible trade-in models.

Obviously the trades include all Indian and Victory models from their fellow American stable, plus cruisers from the four Japanese brands, all Triumph cruisers and the Ducati Diavel.

But there is also a heavy representation of adventure bikes listed, including all BMW GS models, Suzuki DLs, Triumph Tigers and even Kawasaki KL and KLRs 650s.

One wonders how many adventure riders are planning to hand in their peaked helmets and knobbies for an open face and a low-riding cruiser!

HD Australia head of advertising, promotions and PR, David Turney, says the campaign idea was his.

David Turney trades
That’s Dave leading the pack!

“It’s a retail offer and the intent is to offer riders of competitor brands an incentive to trade their ride in for what we believe is the real thing (and we’ll forgive them for their prior decision),” he says.

“The brands and models selected represent a range of rider profiles and their chosen models. 

“There were a variety of factors in making the offer to those and included their propensity to consider Harley-Davidson. 

“That the offer is made across the full family range of Harleys, shows that no matter what the customer may trade-in for there’s a forgiveness offer in it for them while the campaign is running.”

David wouldn’t supply any research figures on trade-ins, but you can’t blame him for not wanting to share commercially sensitive material.

However, we can deduct that these “eligible” models are the types of bikes riders are trading in.

Harley is also targeting trades on naked and sports tourers with bikes such as the BMW F 800 GT and K 1300 GT; Honda CTX and NSA 700s and ST1300; Triumph Trophy and Bonneville T100; and Yamaha FJR and TDM riders.

And more obvious eligible competitor models for the Harley Touring range are the BMW K 1600 and Honda Goldwing.

The forgiveness bonus offers are $500 on the learner-approved Street 500, $1000 on Sportsters,  $1500 for Dynas, $1500 on all Softail models, $1500 for V-Rods and $2500 on the Touring family.

The trades offer runs until the end of March.

Is it any wonder that Harley-Davidson is now the top-selling road motorcycle brand in Australia with this sort of aggressive marketing.

(This is NOT a paid article! Like other stories we have published about discount offers, it is presented as a service to riders.)


  1. My understanding is that most people buy the bikes like the BMW 1200GS or other adventure touring bikes to do just that: Tour, then adventure off road. Why someone who has bought one of these types of bikes would trade it in for something that you simply sit on to ride on a highway doesn’t make sense.

    1. Hi Justyn,
      Interestingly, I bought a second-hand F 800 GS a few years back with just a few hundred kays on it because the owner bought into the adventure image, but the first time he rode on dirt and the bike slipped around, he got scared and sold it.
      Maybe there are others out there who thought they’d love adventure riding but found it a bit too difficult for them.

  2. Trade my adventure bike for a Harley-Ferguson so I can’t actually ride anywhere more interesting than highways? They must be kidding!

  3. David Turney did not offer Moto Guzzi as a trade. Well then David, they are superior bikes!!! You may as well call HD the Corolla of the bike world as there are so common. Lol.
    That comment should bring the Harley guys and girls out fighting or do they only read HD stuff?
    Any how I don’t have time to argue cause I’m going for a ride on my vespa.
    HD riders are so tough that they never wave or nod back at you when I give them the nod from my Vespa.

  4. The other brands will run a what a mistake campaign and offer a discount on the cost of scrapping unwanted hogs, they’ll only charge an extra $500 on learner approved bikes and $2599 on all others

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