NEW figures have revealed what most of us already know – Griffith is punching above its weight when it comes to Harley Davidson ownership compared to other centres of similar size.
A Roads and Maritime (RMS) spokesperson this week confirmed there were close to 200 Harleys registered in Griffith – more than major regional centres like Bathurst and Albury.
Allan Moore has been a diehard fan since he purchased his bike in 2000. He said the number of owners in town could even be more, with a few garages concealing unregistered bikes.
“I know a few with them in their garages,” he said. “The number in Griffith would probably be even more, but times have gotten a bit tough or people who own them are getting older and selling them. When things get tough, it’s the toys that go first.”
Griffith Motorcycle Centre’s Tony Harris put the city’s love affair with the iconic bike down to style.
“It’s an iconic brand that has had a long history. They celebrated their 110th anniversary this year,” he said.
“People love the look and the sound. In America, they have even tried to patent the sound. Most people can pick the sound. It has a resonance that is appealing.
“It is as popular as ever with locals. They like the laidback easy ride style and the fact you can customise them. After 12 months of ownership, no two Harleys look the same.”
Daniel Mohr is another enthusiast who wouldn’t trade his “Hog” for the world.
“I’m on to my second one. I got my first one three years ago. I had a Honda before this but I’d never go back now,” he said.
“I think people like the status that goes with the Harley and the ride is very comfortable.
“They have come down in price but are still pretty pricey for a motorbike.
“You don’t realise how many there are in Griffith until you get a nice sunny day and they all come out.”