01 March 2020

How the Chiko Roll and Harley-Davidson became milk bar rock stars

It might be politically incorrect today to promote Australia’s iconic Chiko Roll with a scantily clad woman draped provocatively across a Harley-Davidson, but for more than 30 years, this is what the humble pork and vegetable roll did, shooting the homegrown snack food to ‘rock star status’. In fact, the racy Chiko Roll posters and billboards of the early 2000s featuring glamour model, Sarah-Jane, and her FLSTF Fat Boy were even banned following a public outcry.

Hands up everyone who can remember having a second look at those famous "Chiko Chick" posters that appeared on the walls of the local takeaway and fish and chip shop. Yep, that was most of us and all the blokes seemed ready to "Grab a Chiko". At the height of their popularity in the 1970s, 40 million Chiko Rolls were eaten annually, with a million exported to Japan.

And along with the beautiful model was that other object of masculine desire, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. So, by extension (oops, wrong word), if the aspiring bloke could attain the magic trifecta (bike, babe and Chiko Roll) his ascension to masculine superiority was complete.

This iconic late 1970s-era poster featured the FXS Shovelhead
This early 1970s-era poster featured the first Chiko Chick
to sit astride a Harley-Davidson, an FXS.
The Chiko Roll was first sold in 1951 and was an instant hit. And while it is true that the first Chiko Roll advertising poster featured a motorcycle of British manufacture, that error was later corrected and replaced by the more recognisable America icon, the Harley-Davidson.

That era of ‘babes and bikes’ and their hot Chiko Rolls may be over, but their place in history will always be remembered. The ‘millennial’ era Chiko Chick, Annette Melton, may have swapped the Hog for a classic Dragster pushbike, but after more than 60 years, the legend lives on.

“You can’t knock the roll”

Footnote: The Fat Boy lives on, celebrating 30 years. You can ride away on Harley-Davidson history today with the new Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Limited Edition, based on the Harley-Davidson® Softail® platform launched in 2018, the Fat Boy motorcycle re-defines an icon with power and presence.

25 February 2020

New Harley-Davidson Softail Standard could just be the ticket

Harley-Davidson has just made it that bit easier to get onto a Milwaukee-Eight Softail with the announcement today of the new Softail Standard model, billed as the ‘essential Harley-Davidson cruiser experience’.

Priced at $21,495, the new classic and minimalist styled Standard comes in at a full $1000 less than the previous entry-level 107ci Softail, the Street Bob.

The beauty of the range is, of course, the brilliant Softail chassis for a more comfortable, stress-free ride as well as the superb Milwaukee-Eight four-valve powerplant with better flowing cylinder heads and a dual knock sensor for the 10.0:1 compression ratio. Not to mention the trademark stronger torque and acceleration that exemplifies the all-new engine.

This new model will be your ‘blank canvas’ to style and accessorise to your heart’s content and your Harley-Heaven dealer has factory-approved customisation packages ready-to-go.

For example, you can add the ‘Day Tripper Custom Package’. Which retains the classic bobber style with the added versatility of a 21-inch detachable sissy bar with pad so your bestie can join you on the ride. It includes footpegs and mounts as well as forward foot controls. There’s also a cool black leather Swingarm Bag.

If you need a bit more, there is also the ‘Coast Custom Package’ featuring Softail Quarter Fairing, black anodized aluminium Moto Bar handlebar and matching 5.5-inch tall riser as well as a two-up seat. The ‘Touring Custom Package’ will see you neat and sweet for longer rides and the ‘Performance Custom Package’ will give you all the grunt and growl of the bigger, more expensive machines thanks to a Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner as well as high-performance pipes and air cleaner.

Any way you look at the new Softail Standard, it’s unmistakably a Harley-Davidson and your ticket to freedom.

As you read this, the first shipment is on its way from Milwaukee, so stay in touch with your favourite Harley-Heaven dealer and be among the first to test ride this new beauty.

23 February 2020

[watch] Fire Aid Ride - Windsor to Putty - 23rd Feb 2020

Hundreds of bikes turned out for this fundraising ride along the fabled Putty Road to meet at the Grey Gums International Cafe, a haunt much favoured by motorcyclists. The volunteer caterers were going like the proverbial one-armed paperhangers trying to feed the throng.

Were you on the ride? See if you can spot yourself in one of our videos.

For a small photo album, see here:

FIRE AID RIDE - Windsor to Putty - 23 Feb 2020

Did you wait out the burger queue?


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