Category: Harley-Davidson

At Bowker Motor Group we are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and the impact this is having on our business, employees, customers and partners.

We are following the Government’s guidelines in that all UK citizens and businesses have a part to play in helping to combat this virus and to protect the NHS, and for this reason we have temporarily closed our showroom. 

Our telephones will not be manned throughout this period and we would ask you to submit any enquiries to info@bowkerhd.com. We will do our best to answer them as soon as possible.

Whilst our physical showroom is now temporarily closed, our online sales showroom is fully operational and we are available to answer any queries you may have.

Please call Greg Lockhart 07776 463820 or email info@bowkerhd.com.

For those requiring an MOT, please be advised of the recent communication from the Government which can be read here: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

When we are able to reopen, we will inform you. In the meantime, you can keep up to date through our social media channels and our website.

We thank you again for your continued loyalty through these challenging times.

For a limited time only, we’re offering you up to £1,000 deposit contribution and 7.9% APR Representative across selected motorcycles. 

DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY. CONTACT US TODAY ON 01772 551800 OR COMPLETE THE ENQUIRY FORM ON THIS PAGE AND WE’LL CALL YOU BACK.

H-D Finance Campaign
Offer applies to selected new models only (excluding CVO and Trike variants). Ask us for a personalised quote. Offer ends 31 March 2020.
These offers are available on Harley|OWN™ PCP and Harley|PURCHASE™ HP through Harley-Davidson Finance, a trading style of Black Horse Ltd, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. Credit is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over.
With Harley|OWN™ Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) you have the option after you have paid all of the regular monthly repayments to:
1. Return the motorcycle and not pay the Optional Final Repayment. In these examples, if the motorcycle has exceeded 12,333 miles, a charge of 7.2p (including VAT at 20%) will apply per excess mile. If the motorcycle is in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and has not exceeded 12,333 miles you will have nothing further to pay.
2. Pay the Optional Final Repayment to own the motorcycle or
3. Part exchange the vehicle subject to settlement of your existing finance agreement; new finance agreements are subject to status.
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SAVE UP TO £1,000 ON YOUR NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON!

Enjoy the beginning of the new riding season on a brand new Harley-Davidson! We have special savings and deposit contributions available for a limited time only. Don’t delay! You need to purchase your new Harley-Davidson by Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Harley Davidson Iron 883 MY20

H-D Sportster Iron 883

Customer Deposit: £600
Bowker Deposit Contribution: £600
36 x Monthly Payments: £122.97

H-D 1200 MY20

H-D Sportster Iron 1200

Customer Deposit: £800
Bowker Deposit Contribution: £800
36 x Monthly Payments: £118.65

Sport Glide

H-D Softail Sport GlideTM

Customer Deposit: £3,000
Bowker Deposit Contribution: £1,000
48 x Monthly Payments: £141.36

H-D Softail Low Rider®

Customer Deposit: £3,000
Bowker Deposit Contribution: £1,000
48 x Monthly Payments: £113.10

softail deluxe

H-D Softail Deluxe

Customer Deposit: £3,000
Bowker Deposit Contribution: £1,000
48 x Monthly Payments: £151.31

road king

H-D Touring Road King®

Customer Deposit: £3,000
Bowker Deposit Contribution: £1,000
48 x Monthly Payments: £195.56

Have your dream Harley ready and waiting for the sunshine. Contact us today on 01772 551800 or complete the enquiry form on this page and we’ll call you back.

pERSONAL CONTRACT PURCHASE REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE

Model H-D Sportster Iron 883
On the Road Cash Price* £8,895.00
Customer Deposit £600.00
Bowker H-D Contribution £600.00
36 Monthly Payments £122.97
Term Of Agreement 37 Months
Total Amount Of Credit £7,695.00
Annual Mileage 3,000
Excess Mileage Charge (Per Mile) 6.0p
Total Amount Payable £10,572.92
Option to Purchase Fee^ £10.00
Optional Final Payment^ £4,946.00
Representative APR 8.9%
Interest rate (Fixed) 8.51%
Bowker Harley-Davidson is a credit broker not a lender.
Motorbikes to be purchased and registered by 31/03/2020. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Other finance offers may be available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. Promotion available to customers financing on Harley|OWN (PCP) via Harley-Davidson Finance in the UK & Ireland . Motorcycles must be purchase and registered by 30th September 2019. Retail customers only. Harley|OWN™ (Personal Contract Purchase) is provided by Harley-Davidson. Finance, a trading name of Black Horse Limited. This finance offer is only available through Harley-Davidson Finance, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. Credit is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Finance offer ends 30th September 2019, examples correct at the time of production but may be subject to change. With Harley|OWN™(Personal Contract Purchase) you have the option at the end of the agreement to: (1) RETURN – Return the motorcycle and not pay the Optional Final Repayment. If the motorcycle has exceeded the maximum agreed mileage a charge of 6p plus VAT will apply per excess mile. If the motorcycle is in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and has not exceeded the maximum agreed mileage you will have nothing further to pay. (2) RETAIN – Pay the Optional Final Repayment to own the motorcycle or (3) RENEW – Part exchange the motorcycle subject to settlement of your existing finance agreement; new finance agreements are subject to status.

When it hit the road in 1984 the now iconic Softail® platform became an instant classic. And we want you to share in the Legend.

This event will be a celebration of the Softail platform, from the original FXST Softail to everything that’s come after it, including the original Fat Boy ™ – which celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2020. Whilst the line-up may have changed over time, what hasn’t changed is the unique Softail character, each model as individual as its owner. From the vintage details of the Heritage Classic
through to the futuristic edge of the FXDR ™, there’s a Softail for everyone.

If you’re one of the first 50 visitors to our event you’ll not only receive a specially designed limited-edition print, but you’ll also have the chance to win a signed framed print of Willie G. Davidson’s original tank graphic for the 1990 Fatboy®.

Throughout the event we’ll have exclusive offers on Softail® Motorcycle models and accessories.

Join us to celebrate the life of the Softail® Motorcycle from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th February. A modern motorcycle with its roots deep in our heritage.

For more information, please call us on 01772 51800 or visit the dealership.

Harley-Davidson® motorcycles offer the perfect blank canvas for expressing your individuality – no other bike allows you to express yourself quite like a Harley®.

Our models are already full of character but if you want your bike to reflect even more of your personality, we’re giving you a little something to help start you off.

For a limited time only, you’ll get up to £1,500 to spend on Parts, Accessories and Motorclothes® when you purchase a Harley-Davidson Street® 750, Iron 883™, Iron 1200™, Softail® or Touring model (MY19 or older).

For more information, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call the team on 01772 551800.

Street® 750 Iron 883™ Iron 1200™ Softail® Range Touring Range
Parts, Accessory & MotorClothes Contribution £750 £883 £1,200 £1,500 £1,500
Offer applies to MY19 motorcycles and older only. Motorcycles to be purchased and registered by 31 March 2020.

£1,000 CUSTOMER DEPOSIT | £1,000 BOWKER H-D CONTRIBUTION

There’s nothing like a Breakout 114. And the price could be nothing like you’d expected. Whatever kind of ride you want, there’s a bike to suit your budget.

The Breakout® 114 model takes long, lean muscle to the modern edge with the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine that stands out like a flexing bicep. It sends massive torque to the 240mm rear tire. There are custom details from fender to fender. And a re-invented Softail® frame and suspension.

Book a test ride and let the Breakout 114 speak for itself, you won’t be disappointed!

DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY. CONTACT US TODAY ON 01772 551800 OR COMPLETE THE ENQUIRY FORM ON THIS PAGE AND WE’LL CALL YOU BACK.

Model MY19 Softail Breakout 114
On the Road Cash Price* £18,699.00
Customer Deposit £1,000.00
Bowker H-D Contribution £1,000.00
47 Monthly Payments £236.40
Term Of Agreement 48 Months
Total Amount Of Credit £16,699.00
Annual Mileage 3,000
Excess Mileage Charge (Per Mile) 6.0p
Total Amount Payable £23,974.80
Option to Purchase Fee^ £10.00
Optional Final Payment^ £10,864.00
Representative APR 9.9%
Interest rate (Fixed) 9.46%
Bowker Harley-Davidson is a credit broker and not a lender.
Motorcycles must be registered by 31 March 2020. Harley | OWN™ (Personal Contract Purchase) is provided by Harley-Davidson Finance, a trading name of Black Horse Limited. These finance offers are only available through Harley-Davidson Finance, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. Credit is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Examples correct at the time of production but may be subject to change. With Harley | OWN™ (Personal Contract Purchase) you have the option at the end of the agreement to: (1) RETURN – Return the motorcycle and not pay the Optional Final Repayment. If the motorcycle is in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and has not exceeded the maximum agreed mileage you will have nothing further to pay. If the motorcycle has exceeded the maximum agreed mileage a charge for excess mileage will apply – in this example 6p per mile + VAT for any excess mileage up to 4,999 miles and 6p per mile + VAT for any excess mileage exceeding 5,000 miles. (2) RETAIN – Pay the Optional Final Repayment to own the motorcycle or (3) RENEW – Part exchange the motorcycle subject to settlement of your existing finance agreement new finance agreements are subject to status. Finance example based on 3,000 miles per year. Offers maybe withdraw or amended at any time without notice. Test ride subject to applicant status and model availability.

£0.00 CUSTOMER DEPOSIT | £1,000 BOWKER H-D CONTRIBUTION

There’s nothing like a Fat Bob 114. And the price could be nothing like you’d expected. Whatever kind of ride you want, there’s a bike to suit your budget.

From the modern, aggressive look of its 2-1-2 upswept exhaust and asphalt-devouring fat tires to the massive torque of the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine to the ride of the Softail® frame, to inverted front forks and easily adjustable rear suspension, the Fat Bob® 114 is built to shake up the status quo. This is for the rider that wants to break new ground at a high rate of speed.

Book a test ride and let the Fat Bob speak for itself, you won’t be disappointed!

DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY. CONTACT US TODAY ON 01772 551800 OR COMPLETE THE ENQUIRY FORM ON THIS PAGE AND WE’LL CALL YOU BACK.

Model MY19 Softail Fat Bob 114
On the Road Cash Price* £14,995.00
Customer Deposit £0.00
Bowker H-D Contribution £1,000.00
47 Monthly Payments £199.77
Term Of Agreement 48 Months
Total Amount Of Credit £13,995.00
Annual Mileage 3,000
Excess Mileage Charge (Per Mile) 6.0p
Total Amount Payable £19,400.19
Option to Purchase Fee^ £10.00
Optional Final Payment^ £9,011.00
Representative APR 9.9%
Interest rate (Fixed) 9.46%
Bowker Harley-Davidson is a credit broker and not a lender.
Motorcycles must be registered by 31 March 2020. Harley | OWN™ (Personal Contract Purchase) is provided by Harley-Davidson Finance, a trading name of Black Horse Limited. These finance offers are only available through Harley-Davidson Finance, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. Credit is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Examples correct at the time of production but may be subject to change. With Harley | OWN™ (Personal Contract Purchase) you have the option at the end of the agreement to: (1) RETURN – Return the motorcycle and not pay the Optional Final Repayment. If the motorcycle is in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and has not exceeded the maximum agreed mileage you will have nothing further to pay. If the motorcycle has exceeded the maximum agreed mileage a charge for excess mileage will apply – in this example 6p per mile + VAT for any excess mileage up to 4,999 miles and 6p per mile + VAT for any excess mileage exceeding 5,000 miles. (2) RETAIN – Pay the Optional Final Repayment to own the motorcycle or (3) RENEW – Part exchange the motorcycle subject to settlement of your existing finance agreement new finance agreements are subject to status. Finance example based on 3,000 miles per year. Offers maybe withdraw or amended at any time without notice. Test ride subject to applicant status and availability.

Thursday 19th December.

Stuck for Harley-Davidson® gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. With Christmas just around the corner, why not treat that special biker or ride partner in your life with a Harley-Davidson® gift?
 
 
Join us on Thursday 19th December from 5.30pm – 8.30pm for late night Christmas shopping at Bowker Harley-Davidson.
 
 
  • Free hot drinks and mince pies
  • Offers in store on Clothing and Accessories
  • Free gift wrapping
  • The Food Shack will be open serving hot food until 8.00pm

Back for the 11th Year in Kendal, Wake the Lakes 2020 will be BIGGER & BETTER!  The new Mintbridge Facility is fit for a celebration of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.).  Join us in the Southern Gateway to the Lakes – Kendal.  Over the course of the weekend we will explore the Lake District, and enjoy all the hospitality of the local area.  With entertainment of all kinds throughout the weekend centered around Mintbridge.

Wake the Lakes is one of the “must go to” Events in the Harley Owners Group events calendar.  The event is also an opportunity to earn extra miles on the Chapter Millage Challenge.

Ride-in Custom Show

With more Custom Bikes than ever before competition is heating up, but we’d love for you to show your bike at Wake the Lakes, prizes and awards are up for grabs!

Glamping Village (Onsite Accommodation)

This year will see the return of the Glamping Village to Wake the Lakes, you will have a Camping experience like no other, the village is being built around the needs of HOG Members!

Camping Area (Onsite Accommodation)

Camping is included in the price of the festival ticket, with showers & toilets.  Bike parking is also available on hard standing or next to your tent (Weather dependent).

Parade Ride/s

Join us on a group tour off the Lake District, we’ll see lakeside roads, picturesque villages, open highways and breathtaking views!

The Parade Ride is unrestricted in numbers and is included as part of the Festival Ticket.

Group Ride-outs

We also offer Road Captain Led group rides around some of the more scenic areas of the Lake District, including the option of a ride over the World Famous Hard Knott Pass – The STEEPEST road in the UK!

For those who are looking for something a little more leisurely feel free to join us on one of the other group rides, all with their own twist and highlights!

When the group rides are full don’t worry we can provide maps and satnav guides to enjoy some routes on your own at your own pace with the option to stop and enjoy the hospitality throughout the region.

Family Fun

A great family event suitable for all ages. The weekend promises to be filled with plenty of entertainment – and it’s all free (under 16’s).  Of course we have not forgotten the kids, who want to be entertained as well, so there will be plenty of games, lots of fun and activities galore to keep them amused. Don’t forget your camera as there will be lots of opportunities to take photos of them “riding” some mean machines. The Custom Bike Show will certainly be a great spectacle with customised bikes, fascinating paint jobs and every type of machine you could ever imagine taking part.

Buy your tickets – CLICK HERE

Harley-Davidson launches new motorcycle models and technology for 2020

New models, new technologies, and more customer choices are featured in the expansive lineup of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles for 2020.The new Harley-Davidson Low Rider® S model brings aggressive style and all-out performance to a 2020 Harley-Davidson models that also include the all-electric LiveWire model and the new CVO Tri Glide® model, the ultimate three-wheel motorcycle. Also new for 2020 is the H-D Connect service, a subscription-based cellular connectivity service for select Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and the Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), a new collection of rider-control technologies for select models that includes traction control and advanced Antilock Braking System (ABS).

The new models and advanced technologies are components of the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan to accelerate building the next generation of riders through new products in additional motorcycle segments, broader access and a commitment to strengthen dealers globally.

“Harley-Davidson offers riders a host of new models, gear and accessories for 2020 as we leverage our unmatched ability to blend style, performance and technology in products designed to elevate the motorcycling experience,” said Heather Malenshek, Chief Marketing Officer. “This year Harley-Davidson offers more choices for more riders than ever before.”

New Low Rider S Model Combines Performance with Attitude

The new Low Rider S motorcycle takes a performance-first approach that emphasizes power, agile handling, and enhanced rider control combined with traditional Harley-Davidson character. Handling of the Softail chassis is enhanced by premium suspension components tuned for aggressive riding stoked by the power of a muscular Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine. Styling cues from the coastal build scene include a raised handlebar, mini fairing, solo seat and blacked-out finishes. 

New Technology

H-D Connect service introduces subscription-based cellular connectivity to select Harley-Davidson® motorcycles to keep riders connected to their motorcycle through their smart phone using the latest version of the Harley-Davidson™ App*. The H-D Connect service allows owners to connect remotely to their motorcycle and view key vehicle health information. It also provides the owner with the reassurance of being able to remotely monitor their motorcycle’s security, including tamper alerts on the Harley-Davidson® App and stolen-vehicle assistance. 

* The H-D™ Connect service is not available in all markets. Market availability will vary.

The Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) is a new collection of technology designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, utilizing the latest chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology. The RDRS features are standard on the 2020 Trike and CVO models, and optional on all 2020 Touring models in the U.S.

New Road Glide® Limited and Touring Model Options

The new Road Glide Limited model replaces the Road Glide Ultra model for 2020 and offers new premium luxury-touring features, including painted pin striping, a gloss-finish inner fairing, heated rider hand grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels and new tank, front and rear fender medallions. The Road Glide Limited model is a long-haul, two-up touring specialist featuring the distinctive aerodynamic Road Glide shark-nose fairing with triple split stream vents that limit rider head buffeting. The standard Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine delivers smooth, powerful touring performance while dual Daymaker® LED headlamps offer outstanding night visibility.

Premium Touring suspension includes an easy-adjust rear shock pre-load for a smooth, confident ride. Reflex Electronic Linked Brakes with ABS deliver confident braking performance. The Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with color touch screen offers navigation, communication and entertainment options.

The new Black Finish Option for the 2020 Ultra Limited and Road Glide Limited models gives these models a sinister blacked-out look direct from the factory. The Black Finish package includes: Slicer II cast aluminum wheels finished in Gloss Black, fuel tank, front and rear fender medallions with a Gloss Black fill surrounded by a Charcoal border, Gloss Black powdercoat powertrain, covers and exhaust plus black Tour-Pak® luggage carrier hinges, latches and rack, a black console, footboards, handlebar, gauge trim rings, hand control levers, mirrors, and foot controls, black LED Daymaker headlamp, trim ring and LED fog lamps (Ultra Limited only), and black fork lowers, fork covers, engine guard and saddlebag guards.

CVO Model: The Pinnacle of Harley-Davidson Style and Design

The new CVO Tri Glide® model joins the CVOLimited and CVO Street Glide® models in the portfolio of limited-production, super-premium CVO motorcycles for 2020. Created for discerning customers, CVO models offer show-stopping finishes, advanced technology, exclusive components and attention to detail that borders on obsessive, engineered and assembled to factory-quality standards and backed by the Harley-Davidson® warranty. The Milwaukee-Eight® 117 powertrain – the most displacement and power offered from the H-D factory – is exclusive to CVO models.

Bowker Harley-Davidson® is pleased to announce “The Bowker Centenary Edition” has achieved National Finalist status in the UK & Ireland National Round of the 2019 Battle of the Kings custom competition.

Our award was determined by online public voting via the Harley-Davidson® Battle of the Kings website, enabling us to go through to the expert judging panel stage alongside fellow UK finalists Sycamore Harley-Davidson® and Warr’s Harley-Davidson® who won the public voting round.

We’d like to thank everyone who voted for our entry, which placed it third overall and we’re now eagerly awaiting the announcement of international finalists in August to find out whether we will compete with the top entries globally for the BOTK 2019 crown.

The achievement is cause for double celebration at Bowker Harley-Davidson®, as the build celebrates 100 years since our parent company, WH Bowker, was established. The overall design of The Bowker Centenary Edition reflects the styling of founder William Bowker’s first truck purchased in 1919 and the new Anniversary Volvo.

If you’re interested in recreating a similar look, you can find detailed information on the building of The Bowker Centenary Edition here. Alternatively, please call in to the showroom, where our Custom King specialists will be more than happy to discuss your customisation ideas and requirements.

2019 marks 100 years since our parent company, WH Bowker, was established when William Bowker used his war gratuity to buy the first vehicle. Our “Battle Of The Kings” entry for this year tips our visors to our Founder and the design is styled on the new Anniversary Volvo and original Bowker truck.

We chose a Forty-Eight® from the Sportster Range as our base bike. We chopped the back end of the frame off for a simplistic, clean look and fitted a full compliment of Harley-Davidson Brass Collection accessories, plus a range of products from Kinetic Motorcycles.

You can read the full bio on the bike by visiting the BOTK web page here: http://bit.ly/VoteBowkerH-D 

Help us take the crown – With bikes from Harley-Davidson dealerships around the world, this year’s competition will be fiercer than ever before. We’ve put in some longs days to build our bike. Now we need your vote to help us take the BOTK crown.

View & Vote for us here: http://bit.ly/VoteBowkerH-D

There’s not much longer to wait until the launch of the all-new 2019 Harley-Davidson® FXDR™ 114.

The new Softail® powerhouse that delivers arm-stretching, smile inducing performance in a way only a Harley-Davidson torque-laden muscle-bike can.

Feel the torque of FXDR’s 114ci Milwaukee-Eight® V-twin engine and watch the scenery come to you, fast!

We know demand on the demonstrator is going to be high, so get your request in early… To book your test ride, pop into our showroom, call us on 01772 551800 or enquire via our website here FXDR Contact.

The FXDR 114™ is bold as brass, a statement of intent and is coming to Bowker Harley-Davidson on Thursday 4th October 2018.

Join us from 17:30 to see the FXDR, enjoy a complimentary drink and the Food Shack will be open with hearty homemade dishes.

Harley Davidson Fat Bob crowned Auto Trader’s Best Cruiser Bike of 2018

From the moment Harley-Davidson released information and images of the all-new Softail range, everybody took notice. Blending aspects from the previous Softail models with the outgoing Dyna range, the latest Softail motorcycles promised to deliver a refined shot of Harley heritage and performance by way of modern technology. This promise has proven to be a longstanding and honest one as thousands of new Softail owners will testify.

As if to underline what we already knew, the Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Bob has scooped the award for Best Cruiser from the coveted Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018. Now in its fifth year, the Auto Trader awards proved to be bigger than ever this year, featuring more contenders from various manufacturers and across a broad biking spectrum; from touring to trackside toys, to go anywhere adventure bikes and learner legal two-wheels.

The Harley-Davidson Fat Bob was the judge’s undeniable favourite in the Best Cruiser category, beating two other so-called custom cruiser competitors in the final three choices. Auto Trader judge, Phil West put it best by saying: “When it comes to cruisers, there is one name head and shoulders above the rest, and that is Harley-Davidson. A new Softail family for Harley in 2018 is massive news. If you thought Harleys were bikes from a different era, they’re now bang up to date!”

The Auto Trader judging panel rode thousands of miles to test over 36 models and compile the year’s list of the most impressive bikes on the market. Reliability, running costs, appearance, practicality, performance and technical advancements were all considered by the judges as they put together a well-informed list of category winners.

Auto Trader’s Best Bike Awards aim to help every motorcyclist find their ideal motorcycle. With 13 categories and 16 manufacturers, Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018 reveal the best machines on two-wheels, whether you’re a first-time rider looking for a humble 50cc, or a rider looking for style, ability and status that only Harley-Davidson can deliver.

Joining renowned motorcycle journalist Phil West on the Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018 judging panel was racer and all-round bike enthusiast Andrew Shim, best known as ‘Milky’ in the film and TV series This is England, along with Rob Morphet, Director for Auto Trader Bikes.

So before we all raise a glass in celebration of the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob taking such a major award, let’s leave the final word about the Auto Trader Bike Awards to Auto Trader judge Phil West: “Biking is on its way back with more and more varied new machines on offer than in recent memory. Whatever your taste, whether it’s for fashionable retros, café racers, or ultra-sophisticated sportsters or grand tourers, there’s something out there for you, and the Auto Trader Bike Awards does a brilliant job of directing you to your perfect bike.”

For further information on any of the new 2019 range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, feel free to call in at Bowker Harley-Davidson and talk to our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

A bold Power Cruiser, updated Touring, Trike and CVO ranges plus all-new infotainment system top a full slate of new products across the board.

• The new FXDR 114™ mixes drag-race style with 114ci Milwaukee-Eight® power
• 114ci Milwaukee-Eight® engines for selected Touring motorcycles
• Sophisticated new handling package for Trike, plus 114ci Milwaukee-Eight® engines
• All-new, faster, sharper infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay
• CVO range gets stunning new paint finishes and premium audio
• Genuine Motor Accessories updated to match new models, plus new FXRG® Touring/Urban clothing range


The all-out performance of the new 2019 Harley-Davidson® FXDR™ 114 sets the pace for Harley-Davidson’s new 2019 motorcycles, accessories and gear that deliver fresh style, thrilling performance and advanced technology.

Less than a month after announcing plans for future product in new-to-the-brand categories and a commitment to advance its heavyweight Touring and Cruiser models, the Motor Company introduces a suite of new products that will continue to inspire people around the world to experience the exhilaration of riding a Harley-Davidson®.

Heather Malenshek, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Marketing: “Harley-Davidson innovation is infused in all of the new products we are offering for 2019. Innovation in design, innovation in technology, and innovation in performance will inspire Harley-Davidson fans and a new generation of riders to share the wide-open freedom of motorcycling.”

2019 FXDR 114™
The FXDR 114 is an unapologetic power cruiser that brings a new level of performance to the Harley-Davidson line up. The FXDR 114 combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight®  114ci (1868cc) engine with liberal use of weight-saving aluminium and composite components, including new aluminium swingarm and subframe, lightweight wheels and composite mudguards to amplify every aspect of its agile handling and performance.

The FXDR 114 is equipped with the most-powerful engine offered in the Softail® chassis, a Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin tuned to punch out up to 119 ft-lb. of torque at 3,500 rpm (U.S. model). The strong – and rigid – Softail chassis and premium suspension components will reward assertive riders with thrilling agility when riding through twisting backroads and navigating congested urban traffic. The FXDR 114 offers more lean angle than any other Softail model. 

Visually, the FXDR 114 communicates its commitment to performance through design inspirations from the drag strip – from a moulded speed screen to a clipped tail section and solo seat. The rear mudguard is shaped to hug a massive 240mm tyre and moves with the tyre through the range of the suspension, so becomes almost invisible when the FXDR 114 is in motion. Further information can be found on the accompanying FXDR 114 release.


2019 TOURING AND TRIKE
Harley-Davidson continues to advance its Touring and Trike models with technology that elevates performance, function and style.

All-new infotainment system
The new Boom! Box™ GTS infotainment system for select Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycles offers the contemporary look, feel and function of the latest mobile devices and tablets, with durability and features designed specifically for motorcycling, plus Apple CarPlay compatibility (when a microphone is in use with optional Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories headsets) and hands-free voice recognition.

Sophisticated handling package for Trike range
The all-new electronic Reflex Linked Brake system for 2019 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide™ Ultra and Freewheeler™ three-wheeled motorcycles incorporates Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) and linked front and rear braking system; features that work together to inspire greater rider confidence.

All-new premium Harley-Davidson Touring suspension technology gives the 2019 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra and Freewheeler a significant improvement in ride quality and ease of spring preload adjustment. 

114ci Milwaukee-Eight powertrains
Select 2019 Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycles will be powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. At 114 cubic inches (1868cc), the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine has the most displacement offered from the Harley-Davidson factory in standard model motorcycles and delivers strong acceleration and overtaking performance.


2019 LIMITED EDITION CVO RANGE
Three limited-production 2019 Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO) motorcycles offer show-stopping finishes, advanced technology, exclusive components and extreme attention to detail. The high-performance Milwaukee-Eight® 117 engine is exclusive to CVO models and the new Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system is standard on each 2019 CVO™ model. Further information on the CVO range can be found on the accompanying release.

2019 CVO™ Limited
For the rider who expects it all; luxury, performance, features and style. The CVO Limited model offers the ultimate in long-range touring comfort and luxury.

2019 CVO™ Street Glide®
An edgy, custom-bagger with hot-rod performance and a mind-blowing premium audio system.

2019 CVO™ Road Glide®
Distinctive, menacing style combined with long-haul comfort in a performance touring motorcycle ready for long roads and late nights.


2019 GENUINE MOTOR ACCESSORIES
Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories are developed alongside new motorcycles to ensure that all customisation options are backed by the highest fit, finish, testing and OEM standards. Harley-Davidson® Authorised Dealerships are the customisation experts equipped to help select and install Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. 

Highlights for 2019 include:

The 7-inch Daymaker® Adaptive LED headlight utilises patented sensors and electronics integrated into the headlight to determine lean angle of the motorcycle, and automatically project additional light into corners to illuminate areas of the road that may be unlit by traditional LED headlights.

The new Dominion™ Collection offers the unique ability to personalise individual accessory components for almost unlimited custom options. This collection is offered in gloss black anodised and bronze powder coated base colours and features interchangeable trim pieces in brushed black, bronze powder coated, brushed orange anodised or brushed aluminium that can be added in any combination. This premium accessory collection accentuates a bold, high-performance riding style.

Performance-enhancing Screamin’ Eagle® Stage Upgrades are engineered to generate specific torque and horsepower gains, eliminating all the guesswork and trial-and-error testing normally associated with engine modifications. The new 4.5-inch Screamin’ Eagle Muffler for the Harley-Davidson Sport Glide® model enables Screamin’ Eagle Stage I through IV. New Screamin’ Eagle Timer Cover & Inserts for the Milwaukee-Eight engine show off “what’s inside…” with a premium metal medallion labelled with 107, 114 or 117 displacements and the Stage level.


NEW FXRG COLLECTION
Ride when you want, where you want. The new FXRG® Collection was created for passionate motorcycle riders who demand a riding system with a combination of road-tested designs for customisable head-to-toe comfort and versatility in any riding environment.

FXRG for Touring
Utilising innovative technologies and materials, including a moisture-wicking Coolcore® lining and stretch Cordura® panels for improved fit and comfort, the new FXRG Triple Vent System Waterproof Jackets for men and women (in leather or textile fabrics) offer year-round comfort in almost any condition. These jackets are paired with new FXRG Waterproof Overpants. Because the touring rider needs the ability to layer up or down to manage everything nature can deliver, the new FXRG Collection includes base layers and an insulated mid-layer designed specifically for motorcycling.

FXRG for Urban
The urban riding environment demands riding gear that is built to offer protection, comfort and mobility. The new FXRG® Gratify Slim Fit Leather Jacket and Men’s FXRG® Slim Fit Riding Jackets combine contemporary style with real coverage and comfort features, including a moisture-wicking Coolcore® lining, power-stretch materials for improved fit, lightweight CE-certified removable body armour and engineered perforations to help release body heat. Riders can pair these jackets with new abrasion-resistant FXRG® Armalith® Denim riding jeans.

The complete FXRG Collection includes three new FXRG helmets and waterproof FXRG Dual Chamber Gauntlet gloves.

Plans are firmly in place for the eagerly awaited Sportster Weekend here at Bowker Harley-Davidson. Over the weekend of 12-13th May, we will be celebrating the reveal of two new Sportsters, the Forty-Eight Special® and Iron 1200™. Test rides of these two additions to the 2018 Sportster line up will be only part of this special event – all of our demonstrator Sportster motorcycles and more will be fuelled and warmed up ready for free test rides. From Street to Sportster to the new nine-model Softail range and the much admired Harley-Davidson® Touring motorcycles, there will be a Harley available to suit everyone.

Once again, Harley-Davidson has turned up the wick to produce two stunning new Sportsters that deliver performance in a chassis topped with authentic Harley styling reminiscent of the seventies. These classically styled motorcycles represent Freedom to Ride and deliver the care-free ride most folks can only dream about. Packed with modern technology and legendary Harley-Davidson Sportster easy-to-ride quality, is it no wonder so many Harley-Davidson owners started their Harley ownership journey with a Sportster.

You could take our word for it on how brilliant Sportsters are, or you could ask the thousands of today’s Sportster owners. You could also find out why the new Forty-Eight and Iron 1200 are going to be just as well received as Harley’s existing Sportsters by reading what the motorcycle media have to say about them…

Recently, over a two week period in the mountain regions of Croatia, motorcycle journalists from across the globe were riding the two new Sportsters in order to deliver their verdict on these magnificent rolling representatives of Harley heritage. First up for his words on the new Forty-Eight Special is Visordown’s Alan Dowds, who said about his ride:

“Then it’s back out towards the Adriatic and north to our hotel. We’ve calmed down a little, and are cruising along, as nature intends you should do on a Harley. There are some great tunes on my phone, playing through my Ultimate earphones, the sun is blazing down, and the breeze is just the right side of ‘too hot’. It’s time to sit back, enjoy the trademark Harley sound and watch Croatia passing by. Bliss.”

And after a similar riding experience on the Iron 1200, Mr Dowds topped it off with: “…if you’re a fan of the Milwaukee lifestyle, and are thinking about getting in on the deal, either of these new Sportsters will do a great job, for just under £10k.”

John Milbank of BikeSocial arrived in Croatia with a very open mind on riding the new Sportsters – by his own admission he hasn’t had big experience of our beloved American motorcycles. All the same, we get the impression he liked what he saw and rode.

“Okay, they all have a very similar style, but what do you expect of a machine powered by such an iconic V-twin motor. It’s all about the engine, and that goes a long way to setting the look.” Words of wisdom there from Mr Milbank, and there are more:

“Have you noticed how many people moan about all the electronics on bikes these days? Yet many of the same bunch hate Harleys. It’s hard to think of a more pure and unadulterated premium modern motorcycle than a Harley-Davidson; ABS is a legal requirement, but you won’t have to faff about with riding modes, traction control or any of that nonsense here. Fuel injection, yes, but it’s totally unobtrusive. A Harley is all about the ride, and there are no computers to dull that experience.”

You could read these next words from BikeSocial’s first ride experience and be happy with what you see. But there is a whole heap more of similarly balanced views in the review that could make you smile even more: “Personally, it’s the Forty Eight Special that does it for me. I’ve long been a fan of the ‘standard’ Forty Eight, but the higher bars just feel so much more, well, bad-ass. Cruising through the beautiful scenery of our Croatian launch, I couldn’t help thinking just how great all forms of biking are. When I get home I’ll enjoy going fast on my own KTM, but there’s definitely a Harley-Davidson-shaped space in my garage…”

MotorCycle News fired in its first ride report early in the day and its representative Jordan Gibbons covered most areas of the Forty-Eight Special, but went large on the Iron 1200: “The Iron 1200 has been ‘murdered out’, so everything that can be black is. In fact the only colour options are the tank, which is available in three different AMF-Harley-esque paint schemes that all look great (although the white is definitely the pick of the bunch). The Iron’s brooding looks are further enhanced by satin black mini-ape bars and a West Coast style ‘speed screen’. The fastback café single seat and nine-spoke wheels complete the look… If you’ve always fancied an Iron but wanted more go, then this is the bike you’ve been waiting for…”

To avoid the queues and not delay your chance to experience the new Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200, or any of our fantastic Harley-Davidson motorcycles, please schedule ahead by visiting: test ride booking. Alternatively, call in to our Bowker Harley-Davidson dealership to arrange a test ride with our friendly staff. Remember: Sportster Weekend is 12-13th May. See you there.