Harley-Davidson Dealers To Offer Seat And Windshield Demos

As part of its “Upgrade Your Ride” Spring promotion, Harley-Davidson® is introducing a new Seat and Windshield Demo Program that enables a rider to visit a participating Harley-Davidson dealer and sample these components on their own motorcycle. By utilizing the demo programs, riders can take the guess-work out of creating a perfect-fitting ride. A rider can try several seats and see how each affects the style and ergonomics of his or her motorcycle, or demo windshields at different heights to gauge the effect of each on comfort and visibility, all with no charge or obligation. The seats and windshields used in the demo program are marked with “demo” labels.

The program will begin in early May at participating dealers. Approximately 80 percent are participating. To find a dealer near you, call (800) 588-2743, and ask if they are offering the Seat and Windshield Demo program. Dealers will have a minimum of four and as many as 26 different popular accessory seat styles available for demo on a variety of Harley-Davidson models, including the Sundowner™, Tallboy®, Reach®, Reduced Reach, Super Reduced Reach, Signature Series®, Hammock and Road Zeppelin® seats.

The windshield demo program features the Wind Splitter Windshield line, with three Wind Splitter styles available for Electra Glide® and Road Glide® models, in different heights and tints. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Website

14 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Dealers To Offer Seat And Windshield Demos”

  1. 1 Brian Klock Apr 3rd, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Resembles the Try-It program profiled in Powersports Business well over a year ago by the Original Klock Werks Flare Windshields. Imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, it was Willie G. himself who told me 22 years ago at the Central Regional HOG Rally that I had a good eye and possibly a future in this business on which I launched a career around the Harley Davidson product, thanks for the encouragement and all the best on your retirement, you have always been a gentleman, we will miss your leadership.

  2. 2 viz Apr 3rd, 2012 at 10:18 am

    this is great, but im pretty sure you have to pay for it first prior to taking it out for a test. No one is that stupid to just give you a seat and come back

  3. 3 Ryan Apr 3rd, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Hey, B. Klock. Complaining that you are imitated, but thanking Willie G. when the article is about Harley offering windshield wind splitting testing? Hmmm. Very confusing. Your comment seems to be written just to say to the world that you have talent. It’s a NO NO.

  4. 4 Woody Apr 3rd, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    They could’ve just printed a bunch of skulls all over the seats, that would keep most folks from even considering taking them. Good marketing idea, though, and certainly not one that was invented by Harley or anyone else posting here 😉

  5. 5 Joe Mielke Apr 3rd, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    In the past several years we have sent thousands of people down the road with a demo shield at rallies and events across the country and have only had a couple not come back. Sad thing is the shields that didn’t come back were given out on test rides to riders that were in law enforcement. Go figure. It is a great sales tool to allow the customer to try it first. It has worked great for us to increase sales and increase feedback from the riding public to help our product evolve and fit more and more riders’ needs.
    In regards to Brian’s initial comment and Ryan’s subsequent comment. If we don’t speak up and try to protect our brand, our product and our ideas who will? The sales of our product allow us to support our families and that makes sure that we can all pay our mortgage. We have had many a company capitalize on our windshield design including the “Factory” by coping our product. Our product is better and we sell it better than they do. Since they tried to copy our product why wouldn’t they copy how we sell it? Right?
    To defend ourselves we have to puff up our chest and scream louder than anyone that our product is the original and our product is better. And if as a consumer you still don’t believe us then we just have to ask you to let us prove it.
    It’s about more than a name, more than and idea and more than motorcycles. It’s our livelihood. If defending what is ours and defending how we support our families is a “NO NO”, then I guess we’re just going to have to be wrong.
    As far as I’m concerned we’re the little guys and we are winning, the big guys are just trying to catch up. That is why free enterprise is great, sometimes the little guy can win but you have to work hard at it.
    I support Brian and how we defend ourselves in our industry.

  6. 6 Shifter Apr 3rd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Trying to understand. So, Klock is going to sue Harley or it’s just ego blah, blah, blah,

  7. 7 Drake Apr 3rd, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    At Klock. What a bunch of whiners. Windshield demos are as old as the windshield.

  8. 8 Greeko Apr 3rd, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Tempers are Flairing. Lol.

  9. 9 Pat Blair Apr 3rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    What about the new National Cycle’s VStream® windshield. Much better looking and working than HD & Klock, I think.

  10. 10 Brian Klock Apr 3rd, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I am not complaining at all, just stating a fact, and thanking Willie for the encouragement and HD for creating such a following. Its like thanking Chevrolet for the 350, when I build headers for a street rod. Its been a fun and interesting business ride for sure. I don’t have the resources to get emblazoned in a legal battle with HD, nor is that what I desire. I love all aspects of business and this sounding board is one of them, good on ya Cyril.

    If people didnt have opinions and I wasn’t entitled to mine we wouldn’t have blogs, forums or Harley Davidsons, one of the greatest forms of expression in motorcycles.

    I wish all the brands well and am glad we are part of the push for better air management.

    Greeko, nice pun! I think the seat demo idea is long overdue, watch the sales soar!

  11. 11 badams Apr 3rd, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Its like a Sleep Number bed offer!

  12. 12 Cowboy Apr 3rd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Although I understand Brian’s and Joe’s frustraion, they really have no need to defend their company, themselves or their products. Klock Werks and its entire team represents nothing less than the highest standards of customer service, innovation, quality, friendliness and ethics this industry has to offer. Anyone who has had any dealings with them knows this to be true. For those reasons they will continue to succeed regardless of the naysayers or the copycats.

  13. 13 Industry guy Apr 5th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Clearly a rip off of the Klock Werks try It before you buy it program. Well done willie cheese!!

    Like all of their parts, Harley has their seats made at lowest bid. Cheapest possible. Their seats comfort and quality in workmanship are limited to the dollars ( or lack thereof) that they are willing to spend on manufacturing

    Thank god for the aftermarket.

  14. 14 cyclereckr Apr 7th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Great idea

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