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.
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.