11 October 2019

A Million Miles on a Harley-Davidson


Just like cars, you can expect a long service life from your Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The new Milwaukee Eight engines haven’t been around long enough for any real high mileage tests, but owners of older models have racked up some impressive numbers on their faithful Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Scanning the forums, it’s easy to find owners who have great reports of their ownership experience.

HDTimeLine member, flh canuck says: “As a professional mechanic who worked for years in the automotive trade, I find the Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be an absolute joy to work on and maintain compared to previous Japanese bikes I have owned. I have since owned four different Harley Davidsons since 1998, all purchased new, and each one absolutely trouble-free. A properly maintained modern Harley-Davidson is every bit as well made, if not better, than any other motorcycle on the market but the difference is, it will still be going down the road long after many modern Japanese bikes have been recycled back into Tupperware or Fisher-Price toys.”

Another member, Rob Gray says: “I've got a Road Glide with 94,000 miles on it”

Over on harley-davidsonforums.com, member Thunder~Struck reports: “Had a 100K on my 83 80" Shovel with no rebuild. Just a top end for the unleaded conversion.”

Clearly, with regular scheduled servicing, a new Harley-Davidson should deliver as many miles/kilometres as most cars.

Dave Zien put a world record one million miles on his 1991 Harley Davidson FXR Super Glide

Some people, of course, like to go to extremes and in a feat that took nearly 20 years to complete, former Wisconsin senator and US Marine Corp veteran, Dave Zien put a world record one million miles on his 1991 Harley Davidson FXR Super Glide. Zien began the journey in 1991 hitting the million mark on April 4, 2009. The effort earned him a place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Not every Harley-Davidson owner is going to run up this kind of mileage, but nevertheless, your Harley-Heaven dealer offers extended warranty and peace of mind for up to three years in addition to the 24-month factory warranty. Choose 12, 24 or 36-month warranty terms, with unlimited kilometres for each term.

The benefits of HARLEY | EXTENDED WARRANTY™ include:
  • Available at point of sale only for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles up to 24 months old which have travelled less than 50,000 km
  • Provides peace of mind riding for up to 3 years in addition to the 24-month factory warranty
  • Choose 12, 24 or 36-month warranty terms, with unlimited kilometres for each term
  • Genuine Harley-Davidson® Motor Parts means genuine peace of mind
  • Repairs carried out by factory-trained technicians
  • Covers parts and labour costs
If you sell your motorcycle privately, the remainder of the warranty period can be transferred to the new owner (note that it is not transferable if the bike is sold to a motor dealer or motor trader)

Click to find new or used Harley-Davidson motorcycles

02 October 2019

World's Fastest Harley-Davidsons


Some Harley-Davidson motorcycles are born fast. Others have reached incredible speeds with a bit of tinkering. We’ve scoured the record books and come up with these stand-out superquick Hogs.

Harley-Davidson VRSCR (V Rod)

During its 16-year production lifetime, the 1,247 cc (76.1 cu in) water-cooled 60° V-twin was The Motor Company’s fastest production motorcycle. The venerable US motorcycle publication, Cycle World, timed the V-Rod from 0-60mph at 3.5sec. Compare this to most current 114ci Softails which run mid-4sec times in standard trim. But hold onto your hats, because the new electric LiveWire is going to wipe that slate clean with 0-60mph times as low a 3secs dead. (Think Porsche GT3 or BMW M5)

The fastest street legal (sit-on) Harley-Davidson is almost certainly Hiro Koiso’s 2006 Dyna Super Glide FXD/I which is powered by a 135ci JIMS131 Twin Cam engine modified by T-Man Performance to produce around 400hp.

At the famous Bonneville Speed Trials his team set two new FIM world and four AMA national records in 3000cc Blown classes. That included a one-way top speed of 193.596 mph without fairings!

Koisi’s team created a streamlined body fairing kit that allowed him to reach a staggering speed of 260mph over the measured mile. His aim is to go faster still.

Let’s not forget that in 1970, renowned racer Cal Rayborn rode the 90ci Harley-Davidson Sportster Streamliner to set a new land speed record of 265.492 mph on the Utah Bonneville salt flats, a record that remained unbroken until 1975. The streamlined, stiletto-shaped machine was equipped with a Sportster engine that ran on 70 per cent nitro-methane.

Twenty years later, drag racer Dave Campos smashed the motorcycle land speed record with a specially built 7-metre-long bike called the Easyriders Streamliner. This wild machine was powered by two 1500cc Harley-Davidson engines and reached an eye-watering 519.609 km/h (322.870 mph). This record stood for 16 years.

In drag racing, Australian Nitro Harley racer Adam Layton is aiming to break the world record for nitro V-Twin Harleys. The Australian record is the 6.3s time of Mark Drew, while the world record is 6.1s.

While you may not be aiming to break any world records, your Harkey-Heaven dealer can help you with performance parts to put some hurry-up in your Harley-Davidson.

26 September 2019

Genesis: Korean Revolution

Hyundai’s new luxury brand, Genesis, aims to disrupt the luxury automotive sector.

Words: Roderick Eime

It’s the marketing strategy they teach at university. Create a breakaway brand with a new set of core values to capture a market unreachable with the current brand. The template for this is well established since Toyota’s launch of Lexus in 1989.

The premise being that while the parent brands enjoyed solid respect for reliability and value, they did not portray luxury and aspiration in sufficient quantity to challenge the big European brands such as BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

So perhaps today we can call Hyundai Korea’s Toyota? After all, it is now, the fifth largest car manufacturer in the world and has rapidly developed an international profile with modern, cosmopolitan styling and superior quality control thanks in the main through use of imported European talent such as stellar German designer Peter Schreyer and more recently, Belgian Luc Donckerwolke.

The Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) of 2019 is a whole other animal than when launched here in Australia in 1986. The dinky little Corolla-beating Excel took the country by storm, briefly outselling all other passenger cars, but Hyundai’s move into larger, more luxurious vehicles has taken somewhat longer despite winning prestigious awards and with quantum leaps in design, perception and build finish.

The name Genesis entered the Hyundai lexicon in 2008 with the premium passenger sedan, the Hyundai Genesis. But it wasn’t until 2015 that Genesis became a marque of its own, with the eponymous luxury sedan repackaged and uprated as the Genesis G80. Similarly, the larger Hyundai Equus became the G90, to rival the likes of BMW 7-series, but it seems doubtful the LHD-only model will find its way to Australia any time soon.

Until the opening of the stunning, split-level concept store in Sydney’s Pitt Street, all the news was devoted to ‘if’ and ‘when’ as launch dates were pushed back again and again. As it turned out, integrating the Genesis brand into the existing dealer network and still retaining its exclusivity proved a challenge. Hence, the disruptive factory-owned concept store approach was developed, turning our whole automotive retail culture on its head.

The ultra-modern Genesis Studio is located in the former Billabong store right in the beating heart of Sydney’s premium CBD retail precinct, rubbing shoulders with Bally, Tiffany & Co, Chopard and Mont Blanc. It is revolutionary in how the brand interfaces with customers. New studios are also planned for Melbourne and Brisbane.

“We’re leading - which is both interesting and difficult - because it’s nice to be a pioneer, but in many ways we’re paving the way,” said then Genesis Australia brand chief, Peter Evans, in a 2018 interview.

Instead of pushy, incentive-driven salespeople, customers will be met by polite, fashionable front line staff who do not have direct experience in the automotive retail sector, coming instead from roles with other luxury brands. Servicing is done remotely, with staff collecting your car and providing a loan car while the scheduled service is performed. Scheduled servicing, by the way, is included for five years, along with a class-leading five-year warranty with every new vehicle.

Genesis reflects the Korean ethos of being brave but strategic and you can be sure we’ll hear a lot more of this brand as new models arrive.