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Searching For The Right Hog

Aug 18, 2007
A Harley Davidson isn't a motorcycle, a mindset, a ride, or a hog. It's an entire culture within our national fabric complete with leather clothes, wild rides, thousands of t-shirts and darn good people. When you purchase a Harley you are entering a whole new world with friends in every corner and a way of life stretching out before you like a long scenic stretch of highway. For folks wanting to purchase a Harley who aren't close to a dealership or who simply like to do things online there are several ways to be a part of this vibrant community.

Straight To The Dot

Harley-Davidson is a dealer site that really packs a punch. You can view videos of their motorcycles in action and get 360o pictures along with a full description and options available. You pick the motorcycle by picture so you don't have to go through a bunch of names to see a bike you like. They also have a database of pre-owned Harleys and a great program called "Try-a-Bike" where you can see a list of demo ride events offered in cities around the country. Another bonus for people not quite sure if a Harley is for them, is found on the "Experience" page where you can go to plan a trip and rent a Harley while you are there. For great descriptions and community spirit, the dealer site is the place to start.

Local Dealers

Not only does Harley-Davidson have an amazing site, but each local dealer also has a site full of amenities and helpful links. As an example: Barnett Harley-Davidson in El Paso, Texas has a list of current bikes in inventory, internet specials, and clothing you can purchase online for you or a hog loving friend. A step in a more practical direction, the site also shows financial calculators, and lists financing options for customers with weak credit, and customers wanting to buy a privately owned Harley Davidson. You can also link to the Harley's Owner Group (H.O.G.) in El Paso or see photos of the store and area. Each local website is different but they all offer helpful advice and sales online.

Blogs About Hogs

If you want advice from the riders themselves or just want to share thoughts and feelings about the Harley experience, there are hundreds of blogs on the internet directed to and written by Harley owners. Some blogs are highly technical parts manifests or advice on everything from oil changes to trickle chargers. Others are more introspective travel dairies of people who have undertaken a cross country journey on their bike. There are blogs that list the most helpful dealerships or where you can stop along a cross-country trip if you need a good meal or quick repair. Harley collectibles from Zippo lighters to leather chaps also have their own blog sites where collectors can buy and trade, discover release dates and relate tales of where they acquired their object.

Harley-Davidson is more than just a brand, it's a people who like loud bikes, long rides, and shared experiences. Getting your Harley online is one of many ways go along for the ride.
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