Evidently, all manufacturers want you to demo their bikes. This year, Harley-Davidson and Victory are making huge efforts to convince you to twist the throttle of their new models and to compare to what you currently ride… or to what you just test rode at the competitor demo site. Victory incites you by offering you some money, Harley-Davidson by multiplying the events and offering beginners a stationary ride on a real motorcycle.
In addition to 180 free demo events hosted this year at Harley-Davidson dealerships, other company Demo Events are offered in more than 15 locations and are staffed by Harley-Davidson employees. What’s new? Harley-davidson now offers the opportunity for non-riders to experience their “Jumpstart”, a stationary motorcycle allowing aspiring customers to learn how to start, shift and twist the throttle on a fully-functioning motorcycle that does not move.
For those around NY state, the next Harley-Davidson one-day Dare to Compare Experience will be held June 6-11 at the Americade Motorcycle Rally (the biggest motorcycle touring rally in the world) and will offer riders not only their demo test rides, but also the option to swap their competitive brand motorcycle to test ride during a full day a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Dare to Compare Experience is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with select models from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It will be located at the Beach Road Lot down the hill from Fort William Henry. These rides are free, but participants must bring a valid motorcycle license, sign a release form and wear eye protection and a helmet that meets DOT requirements (picture copyright Harley-Davidson)