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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.