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8 Reasons to Restore a Harley
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8 Reasons to Restore a Harley

Most Harley Davidson fans develop an appreciation of the bike at a very young age. After riding a Harley for a few years, some owners consider restoring a vintage bike. Fans that have not thought about restoring a vintage bike may require some convincing.

  1. A Harley Davidson motorcycle has an awesome sound. The Harley engine has two pistons connecting to one pin in the crankshaft. This combined with the cylinder arrangement creates the distinctive Harley sound. 
  2. Harleys have an American heritage. Originally, Harleys were manufactured only in America; however, Harley now has a plant in Bawal, India. Restoring a Harley saves a piece of American history.
  3. Harley riders enjoy a social aspect. A brotherhood exists between Harley riders. People walk up to Harley riders and start conversations about the bike. A restored Harley results in additional conversation.  
  4. A multitude of cool accessories are available for Harleys to customize to meet individual needs. Bikers that enjoy long road trips might add touring seats, a windshield and a saddlebag. A bike owner that appreciates the unique Harley sound might customize a bike with an Xtra Long Speedster exhaust system.
  5. Replacement parts are easily located compared to parts for other motorcycles. There are a horde of businesses that carry Harley replacement parts. Original vintage Harley parts may often be found at flea markets and junkyards.
  6. Good restoration work is well compensated with a Harley. Bikers will pay top dollar for restored vintage Harleys. There is always a market for restored Harleys.
  7. There is a feeling of pride for restoring a Harley to mint condition. The restorer learns an appreciation for the workmanship of a Harley. The manufacturers of Harleys take pride in workmanship. 
  8. Restorers could choose to restore another type of motorcycle, but other bikes are not a Harley. 

*Photo courtesy of Harley Davidson Road King by Colin J. Parker at Flickr’s Creative Commons.

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  1. Ann Johnston
    I feel like the best reason to restore a Harley is the fact you love your Harley. I love old Harleys and this alone is the perfect reason to restore one.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks for the comment Ann! Many people bringing back to life an article that someone else may have discarded. Your vote is appreciated!
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  2. Julie Sinclair
    My late husband had 3 Harley's. I was so happy when my son and daughter decided to finish restoring the one he was working on. I do have to agree a Harley is worth restoring.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Restored Harleys maintain dollar value and heart value. I would just imagine the Harley your husband was restoring has a lot of heart value. Thanks for the comment and vote!
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  3. Sarah Johnston
    Sarah Johnston
    My eldest daughter bought a Harley when she was 17. My husband and her were like little kids ridding it up and down the street. I was so angry I told my husband to make her take it back. He allowed her to keep it.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      LOL! Thanks for sharing the story, voting and commenting Sarah! It is greatly appreciated! I have a scar from a muffler burn when I was a about 13.
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  4. Justice Evers
    Voted for the Hawgs! #12
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks Justice for answering my text and voting! Hope that my directions for registering and voting were not too difficult.
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  5. Charlie Martin
    Good job.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks Charlie!
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  6. Dakota
    Dakota
    Great information and plenty of reason to restore a Harley.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks Dakota! A Harley is an investment that appreciates over time.
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  7. MrsTomCat
    Well written.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks for taking time out of your Memorial Day to answer my text message and vote!
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  8. Eve Sherrill York
    Eve Sherrill York
    Good article. I love the sound of a Harley and if I was going to have ne it would sure be a Harley.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Would you want a chopper? Thanks for commenting and voting!
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  9. Jasmila
    I enjoyed reading your post!
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks Jasmila!
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