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Winter catalogue riding gear

While many riders stretch their finances just to buy a motorcycle and then can’t afford to buy decent safety gear, Harley-Davidson has a solution.

HD Australia products manager Sébastien Bureau says they are offering customers finance deals that include up to 10% of the price of the bike to be spent on riding gear.

Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson products manager Sébastien Bureau safety gear
Harley-Davidson products manager Sébastien Bureau

“It’s designed to make it as easy and seamless as possible for the customer,” he says. “It’s not just about the bike, but also the parts and clothing. It’s a bit like selling them a menu.”

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Seb is a 33-year-old dual French/Australian citizen who has been riding since the age of 14 and graduated with a Masters of Commerce in Marketing from Macquarie University in Sydney in 2006.

He says Harley has three separate segments in its clothing range: FXRG tech products for the core male customer aged 35+; seasonable products such as the new winter catalogue to “create excitement in the market”; and the Black Label “outreach range” which targets young men and women.

Harley-Davidson safety gear
Winter catalogue riding gear

“Black Label is young, modern, edgy,” he says.  “It fits in with the Dark Custom range of bikes – Street 500, 883 Iron, Roadster – which target a younger audience.

“It’s casual wear not only for riding but also for going out. It’s quite important to our brand. Increasingly, we are seeing more women getting into Black Label gear.”

Harley-Davidson safety gear
Women’s winter riding gear

Seb says while Black Label is mainly slim fit, they carry a wide range of sizes in stock right up to 5XL.

“I’d be a medium on Black Label but small in general American sizing,” he says.

“Dealers are stocking all the sizes. We give our dealers guidance on what stock should be held to make sure they cover most things.”

He says if a customer requires a certain size not available in the store, they can usually supply an order within a month.

Seb says Harley is also reaching out to people, especially young adults, who don’t own a Harley and even those who don’t ride.

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Casual gear is a big part of the new winter range

“General merchandise is only available through our dealerships and younger people might find going into a Harley dealership a bit intimidating,” he says.

“We’re trying to find ways and alternative channels to reach to those guys with events, digital marketing and possibly clothing-only shops in retail centres or airports.

“At the moment we don’t have anything that is confirmed.”

  1. Are these fashion items? No mention of CE compliance or any standard. With the most likely to have an accident group 40+ cruiser riders I would have thought that a priority.

    Btw most bike shops finance gear in fact I’d guess they all do. I was offered to finance my Dainese jacket with my last bike 2 years ago. Didn’t do it but was offered.

  2. So, Graham, I assume you have statistics to back up that all these alleged 40+ year old cruiser riders that crash in HD gear have issues with the protective gear they are riding with? Or any problems or compromises for that matter?

    Didn’t think so…


  3. Tip
    Get them to throw in some gear as part of the deal to reduce the cost not increase it.
    They can use it to give you a better trade in price or as a discount on the retail cost of the bike. Don’t just pay more. If they won’t even listen or make some sort of offer walk away.

  4. …”He says if a customer requires a certain size not available in the store, they can usually supply an order within a month.”…

    A month? Usually?

    I translate that as “we don’t carry all sizes but we’ll include your request in our next order from the factory in Pakistan/Bangladesh”. It’s hardly bending over backwards to look after you is it?

    In the meantime the customer will have gone on the internet and ordered his size from a dealer in the US, received it in a fortnight or less, and paid roughly the same or less, including freight by avoiding the Australia tax.

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