Harley Sportster Roadster could be a brand turner

CAPTION: Harley Davidson sold 10,282 road bikes in Australia in 2016, beating Honda's 9,651.

I REMEMBER reading somewhere once that, per head of population, Perth was one of Harley Davidson’s most successful markets on the planet. The bike you’re looking at here is the 2016 Sportster Roadster, a bike which, in our minds at least, could win the iconic American brand even more friends here in the West.

I’ve never owned a Harley and, apart from a brief mental flirtation with a giant Ultra (read the story here), I must admit that I’d never seen one that really pushed my buttons.

CAPTION: No mistaking this for anything else.

CAPTION: No mistaking this for anything else.

But I have now. With its low bars, sculpted seat, and good old fashioned yes-it-actually-looks-like-a-motorbike styling, you could just about tempt me onto one of these, despite its somewhat schizophrenic nomenclature.

Pricing is about $20k, for which you’ll get 43mm inverted front forks, dual-disc front brakes, a way-cool chopped rear fender, shorty exhaust, five-spoke cast aluminium wheels and, of course, that unmistakeable and endlessly copied 45-degree, 1200cc lump.

CAPTION: Designed for one but built for two, the two-up seat means you can take someone to carry the beer.

CAPTION: Designed for one but built for two, the new two-up seat means you can take someone to carry the beer.

CAPTION: No risk of information overload here.

CAPTION: No risk of information overload here.

 

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