Category: Harley Davidson News

2020 is a particularly important year as it marks the 30th anniversary of the iconic Harley-Davidson Fat Boy® motorcycle. Introduced in 1990, the original Fat Boy was designed by legendary Harley-Davidson stylists Willie G. Davidson and Louie Netz and combined a fresh, contemporary look with classic Harley-Davidson styling cues. Now a bestselling model, the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy® has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies over the years, most notably in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

To mark this special milestone, Harley-Davidson recently introduced the Fat Boy® 30th Anniversary motorcycle. With its dark finish with bronze highlights, the 30th Anniversary Fat Boy, at first sight, stole many hearts. However, limited to a production run of just 2,500 examples, customers and fans of Harley-Davidson quickly snapped up these special motorcycles in double-quick time so this model sold out. Fast!

However, we do have some good news…

While it is impossible to supply a new 30th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Fat Boy®, it is possible to replicate. Customers and existing owners of Milwaukee-Eight® 107 and 114-powered Softail®Fat Boy® models can now order an official Harley-Davidson® Accessory Pack to detail their Fat Boy® to the same blacked out stance to set it well and truly apart.

The 35-piece Accessory Pack features an array of replacement gloss and matt black parts; from pushrod covers to fork covers, headlight nacelle to matching rocker case covers, black slotted foot controls and more.

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
Bowker Harley-Davidson's 30th Anniversary Fat Boy®

For further information on the route to turning your Softail®Fat Boy® into something even more special, do not hesitate to contact us on 01772 551800, where our team will be happy to discuss all aspects of Harley®Genuine Parts & Accessories.

Bowker Harley-Davidson is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of a very special Harley-Davidson® Softail® FXDR™ 114 Limited Edition motorcycle – one of only 30 models released by Harley-Davidson® UK & Ireland across its dealer network.

The limited edition stand-out colour scheme of brilliant white, black and gold base colours with a matt clear coat finish is executed across the fuel tank, rear tail section, headlight cowl and front fender. Design highlights include the modern Harley-Davidson® logo, pinstriping, Limited Edition graphic on the tail section and the production sequence number located on the lower rear-right of the fuel tank.

The standard clip-on handlebars are replaced with a Harley-Davidson single-piece Dragstyle Fat handlebar mounted to an accessory gloss black Fat Ape riser kit. Because the handlebar position has moved upwards and back, H-D accessory extension wiring kits are added to the left and right switchgear units to maintain an unhindered left-to-right movement of the front-end assembly. For the same reason, a different length clutch cable is also fitted.

Limited edition Harley-Davidson motorcycles are big news with owners and fans of the American brand and the staff at Bowker are in no doubt the FXDR™ 114 Limited Edition will attract a lot of attention.

The Special Edition motorcycle will be available to see at our dealership from early June. The list price of the FXDR™ 114 Limited Edition model is £18,345.

From Monday 1 June, our showroom is fully open for Sales and Aftersales, in line with Government guidance. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone back!

Our main focus is to ensure that we safely and responsibly meet the needs of our customers and staff, while doing our part to keep our community safe. We’re a sociable bunch but we please ask that you limit your visits for Sales or Aftersales appointments only. The Food Shack will remain closed for the time being.

Here’s what we’re doing and how you can help:

– The temperature of our staff is being monitored on a daily basis, each morning
– Social distancing measures are in place
– Hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout the showroom
– Protective screens have been fitted to desks where required
– Disposable gloves are being used by our service advisors, technicians and valeters
– Pre-appointment calls are made beforehand to limit the number of customers in the Centre at any given time
– Each motorcycle that passes through the workshop will be sanitised using a safe disinfecting solution
– Customers are encouraged to make payments by card or other contactless methods
– Online sales enquiries are being conducted using video technology where possible
– Contactless collection/delivery of sold motorcycles is available on request

Please CLICK HERE to view our opening hours.


Our sales team is on hand to assist with your enquiry either within our showroom or from the comfort of your own home.  As we anticipate high demand, making an appointment is advisable to avoid any unnecessary waiting in light of social distancing and new hygiene measures.

Tel: 01772 551800


To make an MOT, Service or Repair booking, please call us on 01772 551800 or you can book an appointment online 24/7: 

We ask that you bring your motorcycle to our showroom for your planned Service appointment and park in customer parking. Please enter using the main doors where you will be met by a member of staff. As a result of social distancing measures and hygiene processes, waiting times may take a little longer than normal.

We will wipe down the frequently touched surfaces with a safe disinfecting solution. Likewise, when you return to collect your motorcycle from us, we will have done the same.

If your motorcycle’s MOT has been due since 30 March 2020, please be reminded of the communication from the Government regarding MOT extension which can be read here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our showroom again and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure experience.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and support.

Paul Bowker, Chief Executive

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.

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: 

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harley-Davidson adds to the long legacy of its Sportster motorcycle line with the introduction of two new models: Iron 1200™ and Forty-Eight® Special. The latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, these new high-bar Sportsters combine throw-back styling trends from the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution® 1200 V-Twin engine.

Since its introduction in 1957, Sportster motorcycles have been repeatedly reimagined, in the hands of both the Motor Company and bike owners. The Sportster is a bobber, a chopper, a scrambler and a café racer; a hero on flat tracks and drag strips and road-race courses; and an accessible entry-point for first-time riders, and a custom-of-one cruiser

Setting the new Sportster models apart right from the off are new fuel tank graphics for the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special, and combine bold colour stripes with a formal typeface, colour and graphic elements originally popular in the 1970s.


Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design: “Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders. A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.

“The art on the two fuel tanks reflect contemporary trends we are seeing on custom bikes and in design in general, a move away from more complex and intricate art to a look that’s very simple and clean. It’s also important to note that these graphics respect the shape of the fuel tank and, in the case of the Sportster, that tank shape is a classic design element in its own right.”


The Iron 1200 recipe starts with power. A 1202cc Evolution® 1200 V-Twin engine delivers 36% more torque (73.0ftlb. vs. 53.8ftlb.) than the 883 Evolution engine that powers the Iron 883, the original urban brawler in the Sportster family. The Iron 1200 brings more punch to the street fight – more power to blast away from green lights and more mid-range to muscle through traffic. More power means more rowdy fun.

The satin-black Mini Ape handlebar is an essential element of the garage-built chopper look that adds instant attitude. This 1.0in (25.4mm) diameter handlebar offers an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pull back, and that opens the rider triangle with a fist-in-the-wind posture. The gloss black speed screen framing the headlamp is a West Coast styling influence that amplifies the attitude of the tall bars. It is intended to offer some wind deflection at speed and provide space for easy personalisation. The fast-back Café Solo Seat flows to the rear fender and is shaped to help hold the rider in position when the torque of the Evolution 1200 kicks in.

A classic 12.5-litre Sportster fuel tank features multi-coloured striped graphics that wrap around the tank profile. The dark engine finish helps draw the eyes to the bright tank graphics. Fuel tank paint colour options include Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Billiard White, always contrasting with the Vivid Black speed screen.

The entire powertrain has been styled with a popular color: black upper and lower rocker boxes, black exhaust and muffler shields, and black timer, primary and derby covers. Chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers are the only brightwork and highlight the V-Twin engine shape. The Iron 1200 is finished with all-black 9-Spoke wheels (19-inch front and 16-inch rear diameter) and a solid black belt guard and rear sprocket.

Pricing for the Iron 1200 starts at £9,395 for Vivid Black. Colour options: £9,645.


The burly front end of the Forty-Eight Special – a 130mm front tyre framed by 49mm forks secured in massive forged aluminium triple clamps – looks especially menacing when topped with a gloss-black, 7.25-inch high Tallboy handlebar.

“We specifically selected the Tallboy bar for its shape,” said Brad Richards. “It offers less pull-back than the Mini-Ape, a look that really works with the steamroller front end and the smaller fuel tank on the Forty-Eight Special model.”

That 7.9-litre “peanut” Sportster fuel tank features rows of bold, horizontal stripes framing a simple Harley-Davidson text logo. The fuel tank is available in three colour options: Vivid Black, Wicked Red, and Billiard White.

The Evolution 1200 engine features a black top end and an expanse of brilliant chrome below, including chrome primary, inspection and derby covers, and solid chrome muffler and exhaust shields. Chrome lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet covers contrast with the black cylinders to highlight the V-Twin engine shape. High-performance Michelin Scorcher 31 tyres front and rear are mounted on Black Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels (16-inch diameter front and rear).

Pricing for the Forty-Eight Special starts at £9,995 for Vivid Black. Colour options: £10,245.

For more information on the new 1200 Iron or Forty-Eight Special, contact or visit Bowker Hraley-Davidson, where our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you. Alternatively, please visit: Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland.

Harley-Davidson has today (07-11-2017) revealed a new Softail® model at the EICMA 2018 motorcycle show in Italy. The all-new Harley-Davidson® Sport Glide™ is the factory custom that can do it all – cruise, commute or tour. And while it draws classic styling cues from the Harley-Davidson Touring range the Sport Glide outlines a compact and contemporary form all of its own.

Sport Glide™ is a quick-change artist, an aggressive factory-custom cruiser outfitted with a detachable fairing and panniers ideally suited for touring, cruising or commuting. The versatile Sport Glide slips stylishly through city streets and is equally ready for short or long-distance weekend runs – an ideal freedom machine.

The ninth model based on the all-new Harley-Davidson Softail® platform and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, the Sport Glide presents an engaging combination of technology and style. Designed to be lightweight and stiff, the new Softail chassis underpinning the Sport Glide delivers agility and handling performance, while the rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight® 107 V-Twin powertrain pumps out a mountain of torque for outstanding acceleration and passing power.

Sport Glide’s fairing is shaped to deflect wind away from the rider’s chest while leaving his or her head in a clean stream of air. It’s secured to the fork tubes with quick-release clamps, making removal or installation fast and easy. Sport Glide will be available in three solid colours: Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Silver Fortune.

The new rigid, lockable panniers feature a sleek clamshell design. They’re easy to load and unload and can be opened with one hand by a seated rider. Also the bags can be removed in seconds with an internal quick-release mechanism, leaving behind barely visible mounting points. Combined pannier capacity is 25.5 litres.

Additional luggage capacity can be added with an accessory sissy bar upright, luggage rack or Tour-Pak mounting rack, each with the all-new HoldFast™ detachable latch system designed specifically for the new Softail platform.

A broad, supportive seat and forward-mounted foot controls contribute to a rider triangle designed to fit a broad range of sizes; seat height is set at just 652.7mm. The Daymaker LED headlamp is surrounded by a ring of LED signature lighting and complements the bright LED taillight and rear indicators. A USB charging port, keyless ignition and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are standard features.

New 43mm inverted forks deliver precise handling, stability and confident braking performance – which is further enhanced by standard ABS. The Sport Glide rolls on new Mantis cast-aluminium wheels, 18-inch front and 16-inch rear, shod with Michelin Scorcher 31 tyres.

The Sport Glide also features the all-new Softail monoshock rear suspension with remote hydraulic spring preload adjustment, controlled via an exposed knob below the right side cover. It’s thus easy to accommodate the weight of luggage or passenger while maintaining optimal suspension performance and steering geometry.

The blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 107 powertrain brings a new level of performance and sophistication to Harley-Davidson Big Twin cruisers, including the new Sport Glide. The engine is rigid-mounted in the frame, which stiffens the chassis and connects the rider more directly to the powertrain. A 2-1 exhaust, with sweeping rear header and black exhaust muffler contribute to the bike’s sporty style and enhance cornering clearance. Electronic throttle control enables standard electronic cruise control.

Speaking about the new Sport Glide, Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson’s Vice President of Styling and Design said: “The Sport Glide presents the broad influence of Harley-Davidson design in a very contemporary way. In the new fairing, for example, you can see the influence of the iconic batwing fairing from Harley Touring models, but it’s been trimmed back to create a more compact, sporty shape.

“The Sport Glide project offered us a unique opportunity to utilise a directional wheel, the first of its style to come out of the Harley-Davidson factory on a non-CVO model. The spokes sweep from the hub to the rim to create a sense of motion even when the Sport Glide is parked. The look of motion is reinforced with the shape of the fairing and the panniers, and even the slash-cut exhaust tips.”

If you’re planning to visit Motorcycle Live 2017 (18-26th November) at Birmingham’s NEC, make sure you get along to the Harley-Davidson stand (4A10 in Hall 4) where the new Sport Glide will be on display amongst a wide selection of the 2018 range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

For more information on the Harley-Davidson® 2018 range of motorcycles, please call in to talk to our knowledgeable staff at Bowker Harley-Davidson, or alternatively please visit Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland.

Can’t wait to take a test ride of the new 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycles? Book now to secure a ride at a time that best suits you. Call us on 01772 551838.

 The all-new 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail® models have arrived at Bowker Harley-Davidson and are ready and primed for viewing and test rides.

The new Softail range consists of eight totally reinvented Harley-Davidson motorcycles that encompass the riding dynamics of the iconic Dyna® line with the awesome Softail styling that many have tried but failed to replicate.

Featuring the latest 107ci Milwaukee-Eight® engine – with some models such as the legendary Fat Bob® available with an all-powerful 114ci version – in a thoroughly modern chassis, the Softail range go as well as they look. But don’t just take our word for it…

Last week the UK and Ireland motorcycle media got to grips with the new Softail range in the heart of the Montseny mountains, just 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. The twisting and undulating roads proved to be fun to ride, moreover they highlighted how exceptional the new Softail bikes really are.

Online specialist BikeSocial kicked off the first ride reviews of the new Softail range with an in-depth report on the all-new Fat Bob®. The bike’s 114ci engine surprised the rider into saying: “There’s proper go in the 114 motor too – the typical thudding Harley exhaust bark is more prominent with less mechanical noise to mask it; pin the bike and it roars like it means it, shoveling great gobs of air through the bores like a drag motor.”

Chris Cope of online motorcycle media RideApart praised the latest Heritage Classic, citing it as “…one of the best big twins Harley’s ever made. More importantly, it doesn’t need to rely on its storied name to be desirable.”

Motorcycle website Visordown also said of the new Heritage Classic: “This bike is great fun to ride, and embodies the classic spirit of Harley-Davidson, in an updated, darker package. You get a lot of bike for your money and there are tons of additional options available.”

But don’t just take their word for it, find out for yourself why the Harley-Davidson custom revolution is a major talking point.

Book a test ride now by calling our showroom on 01772 551838 & get a first and lasting feel for what a revolution is like.

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