Recap: Demo Truck Weekend & Personal Preference

It is always interesting to see how people make their decisions on which bike is right for them. It is not as simple as just the style of the bike these days. With so many choices now within each class, the smallest details are what set each model apart. It’s all of those small details that make the experience of searching for your perfect bike something you will never forget.

Last weekend we had the Harley-Davidson Demo Truck out here for 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  On the truck was 18 different bikes, ranging from 750 Street all the way up to the CVO Limited and the CVO Road Glide Ultra.  The most popular bike in the “Touring Family” was most definitely the Road Glide Special and Street Glide Special.  The most popular from the “Dyna Family” was the Low Rider and also quite surprisingly popular was the Night Rod Special.  It was definitely interesting to see which bikes were preferred over the rest and finding out why the chose the bike they did.  People were excited at the fact they could try out any bike they wanted, back to back and feel the difference between them all.

Finding the perfect bike for you is possible with the amount of knowledgeable Harley-Davidson enthusiasts we have working here at Riverside Harley-Davidson.  Come down and check out which Harley-Davidson fits your preference and get yourself out on the open road!

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Fathers Day – Man of the House but King of the Open Road

Fathers Day is just around the corner on June 21st and what do you get for the man in your life who already has everything?!  Harley-Davidson gear of course because he only deserves the best of the best and we have just what you need!

Check out some of the options we have in-store to grab your dads for Fathers Day! We promise he won’t be disappointed!

Does your dad enjoy working on his motorcycle or just love to deck out his other ride in Harley-Davidson gear from the inside to back?! Well we have just what you need!

Pictured below: Shop Stool, Car cupholder coasters and H-D trailer hitch covers

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Does your dad have an epic game room or man cave?! Well we have the PERFECT gifts to either deck it out or add a little bit of Harley-Davidson flavor to it!

Pictured below: H-D light-up clock, pool table necessities, ping pong necessities, dart boards and necessities.

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Get your dad the best kind of jewelry! Check out the below pieces that just arrived in time for Fathers Day!

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Come down and see one of our Motorclothes Associates today if you have any questions on any of these items or just want to stop in and see what we have!

We hope everyone has an amazing Fathers Day!

World Ride 2015

The countdown has begun, 26 days until the Harley-Davidson epic World Ride on June 27th and 28th.  This ride is, “a call to arms, for all of those riders out there that have had it with the daily grind.”  Grab a group of friends and just ride, wherever you would like to demonstrate your freedom from the daily grind!

When you are done, record your miles here:  https://ridefree.harley-davidson.com/worldride/en-us/

Last year, in 2014, the World Ride clocked 7799140 miles! Be sure to check back in and see how many miles between every rider from here to New York City have recorded between those epic 2 days in 2015.  Will we pass it up this year?!

Where will you and yours be headed on June 27th and 28th?!

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Motorcyclists in the 16th Annual West Coast Thunder Ride Honor America’s Veterans

West Coast Thunder RideUpwards of 7,500 motorcycles were out in full force this Memorial Day as the West Coast Thunder Ride rumbled through Riverside in honor of every American who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This was the 16th year that riders from Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire took part in this patriotic event sponsored by Riverside Harley-Davidson and it sure did not dissapoint.

Benefiting the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee

All participating riders gathered at our Harley-Davidson dealership on the morning of May 25, and after the Ultimate Sacrifice ceremony, the parade began at 9:11 a.m., in honor of the victims of 9/11. The route lead from Indiana Avenue, up Alessandro and Van Buren Boulevard, and past the Riverside National Cemetery.

Along the way the streets were lined with flag waving supporters of all ages. The West Coast Thunder Ride, along with the ceremonies at the Riverside National Cemetery, combine to create the largest Memorial Day commemoration in the region, and the families that lined the parade route were thrilled with the roaring caravan of motorcycles.

Many of the riders stopped at the Riverside National Cemetery to pay their respects and take part in the scheduled ceremonies there, while others continued on to the Soboba Casino outside San Jacinto to enjoy a very special Memorial Day concert by country artists Big & Rich.

By all accounts, the West Coast Thunder Ride was a memorable and moving way to celebrate Memorial Day and pay tribute to the sacrifices of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Best of all, the proceeds from the West Coast Thunder Ride go to benefit the Riverside National Cemetery, which is the third largest national cemetery in the United States.

Learn More at Riverside Harley-Davidson

Here at Riverside Harley-Davidson we are proud to help support this special tribute, and frankly we can’t believe it’s already been 16 years since the first West Coast Thunder Ride. If you’d like to learn more about our Memorial Day tribute ride, or if you’d like to participate in next year’s ride, stop by our Inland Empire area Harley-Davidson showroom. We are located at 7688 Indiana Ave., just south of the Riverside Freeway, in Riverside. We are the area’s premier dealer of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and whether you are an experienced rider or just a beginner, we’ve got the right bike for you today at Riverside Harley-Davidson!

Street Glide Customization Contest

As some of you may have seen through our FaceBook page that we are having a Street Glide Customization contest between ourselves and our 3 other sister dealerships, Avalanche Harley-Davidson located in Denver, Colorado, High Octane Harley-Davidson in Billerica, Massachusetts and Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas.

Each dealership has put a team together that will be working on the build.  It consists of a service technician, parts consultant, service writer and a fit specialist.  These teams are getting together and creating a Street Glide masterpiece.  We will be uploading photos in a FaceBook album titled “Street Glide Special Customization Contest”.  Through this album you will be able to watch the build happen through photos and updates.

Once all the bikes are completed each dealership will upload the photos onto FaceBook and you as customers can go on each dealerships FaceBook page and vote on which one is your favorite.  We know most will vote on the bike just based on their own dealership, but we ask that you vote legitimately on your FAVORITE customized bike! Let’s make this a good contest!!

GO RIVERSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON!!! 

**here are some photos below of the beginning of our build.

Follow the build on our FaceBook page Riverside Harley-Davidson

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Motorcycle Awareness Month!

With May being Motorcycle Awareness month, states around the world use this month to educate everyone on recognizing motorcyclists on the road and to encourage all riders to be careful and safe out on the open road.

Here is a photo of our Proclamation recognizing May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in May of 2010 (it is located in the customer lounge)

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Below are some friendly tips for both motorist and motorcyclist:

As a Motorist:

Give motorcyclists enough room

– Always look twice before entering an intersection

– Treat a motorcycle as a vehicle

As a Motorcyclist:

Always keep your head on a swivel (so to speak)

– Constantly check your surroundings

– Make sure cars will stop at the stop signs and red lights

– Always be prepared for an accident to happen in case a motorist does not stop at one of those

For a Motorcyclist the numbers one way to keep your self safe, is to take a Motorcycle Training course.  Here at the dealership we have a Riders Academy Training Course in-house.

**Please contact the dealership and ask for Jim Bridges our Riding Coach.

Custom Kings

Harley-Davidson has come out with a Custom Kings Street Customization Contest.  It is a battle royal among all the dealerships to build the ultimate Street 750.  Each dealerships creates a Custom Kings Team which involves the parts, service and sales team.  These teams have one month to plan and prepare their build, one month to take their vision from paper and make it into a real life Street 750.

Here is a photo of Riverside Harley-Davidson, Custom Kings Team

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Our team is hard at work!  Be on the look-out through our Facebook to check out all of the updates and photos we have on the customization of the Street 750.  The reveal of the Street 750 will be at our bike night on June 4th!

P.S Also be on the look-out for our Street Glide Special customization project! It will be between Riverside Harley-Davidson and their sister dealerships! Your votes will count!

April – Check Your Helmet Month

April is “Check Your Helmet Month”, so we decided to go speak to our girls, Paige and Jisel over in our Motorclothes Department and give ourselves a little lesson on all the different styles of helmets Harley-Davidson has to offer to protect every rider out there.

Half Helmets 

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The half helmets provide the least amount of protection.  If you choose to get one of these helmets be sure to get one that is designed for motorcycle riding and has the most protection afforded by this minimal amount of protection.  Be sure to look for the impact absorbing liner and the DOT approved labeling.

Three-Quarter Helmets

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This style is the choice for riders who prefer the wind in their face.  The three-quarter helmet affords riders good head protection but lacks the face protection that a full-face helmet gives.

Full-Face and Modular (Flip-Up) Helmets 

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Full-face helmets provide the most protection through their coverage of the face and jaw and protects the rider from all of the elements, i.e rain, bugs, sand and road debris.

Modular or “flip-up” helmets are very popular.  They allow the rider to flip the chin-bar up for talking, eating, drinking and etc.  If you choose this type of helmet be sure to have the chin-bar down and latched in place while riding.

The below diagram shows the percentages which areas of impact happen the most when and if an accident occurs.  As you can see the largest amount of impacts occur in the jaw and face area.  When choosing a helmet be sure to keep this chart in mind and give serious consideration to what areas are protected.

*Be sure that every helmet you choose to wear while riding is DOT approved!

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There are more benefits and new technology to each helmet so be sure to stop by our Motorclothes girls to get fitted and up to date with your helmet!  Nothing means more important to us than keeping all of our riders out there safe!

The Upcoming Marvel Blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Will Feature two Custom Harley-Davidson Motorcycles in Starring Roles

Harley-Davidson Street 750 in the AvengersIf you’re anything like us here at Riverside Harley-Davidson you were thrilled to see Captain America riding a Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 in the 2014 movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Well, you’re in for a double-thrill with the next Marvel epic, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will not only feature the Street™ 750 but also the Project LiveWire™ electric motorcycle.

At our Los Angeles and Orange County, CA area Harley-Davidson dealership we’ve been fielding a ton of questions about Harley-Davidson’s first ever electric bike. With the Project LiveWire™ concept hitting the big screen on May 1, everyone will have the chance to see this innovative and dynamic motorcycle prototype in action.

An Action-Packed Thrill Ride

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, will ride the Project LiveWire™ bike. It has been leaked that the movie will feature an “epic scene” featuring the Black Widow’s electric Harley-Davidson versus Captain America’s Street™ 750. We can’t wait.

Combining the latest, most advanced technologies with the classic elements that have made Harley-Davidson one of the most iconic names in the motorcycle world, the Project LiveWire™ concept has captivated imagination of motorcycle enthusiasts ever since it was unveiled in June of 2014. This revolutionary all-electric motorcycle features an innovative motor that is mounted lengthwise beneath the frame and has been clocked from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.

Is the Project LiveWire™ electric motorcycle moving closer to a public release? We certainly hope so. Meanwhile, you can check out the latest Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 right here at Riverside Harley-Davidson.

With its liquid-cooled RevolutionX™ engine and aggressive, custom design, the Street™ 750 is manufactured expressly for urban riding. Smooth and nimble handling combined with explosive power make this street bike capable of taking on any challenge the city throws your way.

Learn More at Riverside Harley Davidson

We will be happy to set you up with a test ride on the Harley-Davidson Street™ 750, and fill you in on all of the latest news regarding the Project LiveWire™ electric motorcycle today at our Harley-Davidson showroom near Orange County and Los Angeles. We are located at 7688 Indiana Ave., a block south of the Riverside Freeway, in Riverside, CA. Contact us if you have any questions, and come check out the full line-up of Harley-Davidson motorcycles we have in stock today at Riverside Harley-Davidson!

United States of America Combat Flag

If you’ve ever been to our dealership, I am sure you have seen the American Flag that is in one of the hallways of our dealership.  It is a very special American flag that was flown by member of A-Co 1/140th Aviation Assault Battalion aboard a Blackhawk helicopter.  One of the members of that battalion is Phuc Tran, a now friend of Jim and Sharon Bridges and he donated this flag to their popular non-profit West Coast Thunder.  When asked about the flag, Jim said, “the flag was folded and placed on the dashboard of the helicopter.  When the helicopter was on the ground anyone could see the flag across the front of it.”

This combat flag was flown from May 1, 2011 through July 4, 2011 in Northern Iraq throughout hostile enemy territories and it accumulated 100 combat flight hours on 10 combat missions.

If you are ever in the dealership be sure to stop by and check it out in person.  It really is something special something! IMG_1636

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