Olympic cyclist Caroline Buchanan has gone from pedal power to a V-twin powered Harley-Davidson Street 500 as a new brand ambassador.
She joins Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, who will also ride the popular novice bike, and experienced rider and AFL star Travis Cloke who will ride a Street Glide Special.
Five time World Champion, Buchanan – who has also notched up 15 Australian national titles across the elite BMX and Mountain Bike disciplines – says she has always had an interest in motorised two-wheelers.
“Bikes have been my passion ever since I was a little kid – riding is what I live for,” she says. “Being a huge fan of Harley-Davidson meant that getting my motorcycle licence was always on the cards; my obsession with two wheels has now gone on to a new level.
“I was lucky enough to head along to my local Harley-Davidson dealer and begin my journey with Harley by helping to launch the Street 500. My first ride was absolutely mind-blowing – with the same feeling of freedom that I get when on my mountain bike or the BMX.”
Michael says Harleys are in his blood. “I’ve always envied my dad’s Harley and wanted to one day ride my own with him.
Collingwood forward Travis Cloke says he loved Harleys even before he had his licence.
“It was the dream of one day owning a Harley that kick-started my passion for bikes and led me to get my licence,” he says.
Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand Director of Marketing Adam Wright says their roster of celebrity ambassadors includes former Parramatta Eels and NSW Blues hero, Nathan Hindmarsh; legendary All Blacks flanker, Josh Kronfeld; Seven Network TV personality, James Tobin; and stunt rider, Matt Mingay.