Accessories for Your Motorcycle
by Pat Goss
We get lots of motorcycles questions especially about Harley-Davidsons, and here to give us some tips about Harley is Lyndon Abell, he’s the General Manager of Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax, Virginia welcome to the show!
LYNDON ABELL, GENERAL MANAGER, PATRIOT HARLEY-DAVIDSON: Thank you, Pat.
GOSS: Now, we have a stock Harley here. Why doesn’t anyone leave them that way?
ABELL: Well it’s wonderful the way it is but - just browse through our catalog and you can make it yours.
GOSS: Okay, now there are three parts to making it yours that you’ve discussed.
ABELL: Style, comfort, performance.
GOSS: All right, comfort. Let’s start here. We’ve got some luggage.
ABELL: Two of the most common upgrades that people are looking for are a way to fit themselves to the motorcycle a little bit better, and to carry some extra gear. This luggage right here, which fits on the different size backrest pads, allows you to carry a lot more gear. There are other options as well: saddle bags and so forth. This is an option that would allow a rider to move about an inch and a half forward on their seat. It’s cut a little bit narrower in the front so you can take a more direct path to the ground. Shorter riders would appreciate this. There are also a multitude of handle bar options and footboard and foot peg location changes.
GOSS: Okay now, lots of chrome and goodies and so on, now this bike has it all.
ABELL: It started as that bike, this is what happens.
GOSS: Wow, now here is something that intrigues me. This is the new line from Harley with the military insignia.
ABELL: Available for all five branches of the military, it’s a nice partnership between the motor company and the military.
GOSS: And there’s a complete assortment of accessories that are done like this?
ABELL: Yes, five different pieces.
GOSS: All right, lots of things that you can add. Of course, very popular are going to be foot pegs and floorboards.
ABELL: One of the easiest ways in the style department to make your motorcycle look different, special, yours, is - grips, pegs, boards, mirrors. Those are just easy things to grab and change. This bike has the Skull line, but there are many to choose from.
GOSS: All right, let’s don’t forget paint, and this paint is pretty radical.
ABELL: Very radical!
GOSS: And Harley has their own special paint program.
ABELL: Radical paint program and a color shop program that you can do a lot with. Paint is a little expensive but one of the most dramatic ways you can change the look of your motorcycle.
GOSS: And performance. Now, although this polished rotor wouldn’t perform any better.
ABELL: It sure looks better!
GOSS: Yeah, and brake upgrades are very popular.
ABELL: Very popular! If you want to make it go fast you want to make it stop fast. We have braided brake lines which give you a much more tight feel on your brake, as well as floating rotors which give you better braking performance as well.
GOSS: All right, and the engine in this bike has been updated, it started life as an 88 and came up to a 103.
ABELL: Right! Huge increase in power, a 103 cubic inches after 88 is night and day. Very nice motor.
GOSS: Now if you stay with your Harley dealer for the modifications, if they’re approved for street use they’re also guaranteed, right?
ABELL: That’s correct. If the Harley dealer installs it when the bike is new it goes into your factory warranty, which these days is unlimited mileage and two years.
GOSS: Great, Lyndon. Thank you.
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