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Bell marks 100 years of Aussie Harley

Harley-Davidson Australia 100th anniversary Bell Custom 500 helmet

A limited edition of 1000 Bell Custom 500 helmets has been produced to honour 100 years of Harley-Davidson in Australia, but you better be quick.


Dealers only have a limited supply in various sizes and all were quickly sold out at Morgan & Wacker on Saturday at their launch party for the week-long 100th anniversary celebrations.Harley-Davidson Australia 100th anniversary Bell Custom 500 helmet

Harley sent the artwork to Bell helmets and they made the special limited-edition run just for the anniversary.

Bell Custom 500 helmets have one of the slimmest profiles of any helmet and Harley has several special models in the line-up.

But the most collectable would have to be this 100th anniversary model for only $199.

Harley-Davidson Australia is also celebrating the special anniversary by giving away a Street Glide signed by Willie G. Davidson, the grandson of founder William A. Davidson.

It includes Willie G. famous autograph on the tank plus special paintwork, wheels and Harley’s Boom! Audio Stage II with pannier speakers.

For a chance to win the Willie G. Street Glide, riders have to buy a commemorative 100 years pin for $25 (including shipping) to go into the draw. You can buy your pin here or at dealerships.

HD 100th Anniversary
HD 100th Anniversary pin

Harley has also launched a special 100th Anniversary Apparel Collection of men’s and women’s long and short-sleeved t-shirts and hoodies. They are available for a limited time at dealerships. Check out the catalogue here.

Harley-Davidson Australia 100th Anniversary t-shirts
Harley-Davidson Australia 100th Anniversary t-shirts

The 100th anniversary celebrations started with an invitation-only party on Friday night (May 5, 2017) with Bill Davidson at Morgan & Wacker in Brisbane.

It was the first Harley dealership in Australia and the first in the world outside of the USA.

Bill then rode to Gasoline Alley, Daisy Hill, and to the Morgan & Wacker Harley dealership on the Gold Coast.

He is now in Sydney for media interviews about the 100th anniversary of the brand in Australia before embarking on a ride to several dealerships down to Melbourne from tomorrow (May 9).

Bill Davidson at 100th anniversary parties
Bill Davidson

You can meet Bill Davidson and help your local dealership celebrate 100 years:

  • Monday, May 8, 6.30pm, Northern Beaches Harley-Davidson Dealer
  • Tuesday, May 9, 6.30pm, Canberra Harley-Davidson
  • Wednesday, May 10, 6.30pm, Phil’s Garage, Albury
  • Thursday, May 11, 6.30pm, Traralgon Harley-Davidson
  • Friday May 12, 6.30pm, Harley Heaven, Melbourne
  • (See your local dealership for invitations and details)

Ask Bill

Motorbike Writer will be tagging along for the Sydney-to-Melbourne leg, so if you have any questions to ask Bill, please email them to us.

There isn’t much Bill hasn’t done in the company since joining in 1984.

He has held many positions and is now the Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum.