Test ride a Harley-Davidson for free

Capitalise on rare English sunshine with Harley's test ride campaign

Posted: 3 April 2009
by Visordown News

HARLEY-DAVIDSON is offering motorcyclists a chance to challenge their preconceptions of the brand and its machines with a four-week demo test ride campaign in all UK dealerships.

Starting from Saturday 18 April, each week will have a specific themed focus to illustrate the breadth of the current line-up.

Judgement Days is the largest ever demo test ride campaign staged by Harley-Davidson UK with approximately 4,500 ride opportunities across the four-week period. Each person that completes a test ride will be entered into a free prize draw for a Harley-Davidson CVO Springer motorcycle worth almost £20,000.

The recently launched XL883 Iron will take centre stage among the Sportster family. With a price tag of just £5,375 - it's a cheap way to get into the Harley brand.

If you're interested, you can a book test ride slot in advance via a dedicated online resource at www.harley-davidson.co.uk/judgementdays.


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tried booking about 10 different dates, keeps saying that it has become unavailable? maybe doesn't like firefox

Posted: 03/04/2009 at 16:03

yeap,did the same to me,& i'm on firefoxmind you test rode thexr1200&nightrod last year going for the iron this time

Posted: 03/04/2009 at 16:50

doesnt seem to like IE7 either....then again nor do i....i might just ring them...

Posted: 03/04/2009 at 17:16

fuck it same issue here .... really fancied trying an XR1200

Posted: 03/04/2009 at 18:32

Same here.

If the bikes are as good as their web site....


Posted: 03/04/2009 at 19:49

I got through and booked - riding the iron, looks like a laugh. Didn't even know you could test ride Harleys!


Posted: 06/04/2009 at 14:32

Harley charges for test rides normally? No wonder they're having problems, personally I'd go Buell

Posted: 07/04/2009 at 13:12

I'd want one for more than an hour.

It would take me that long to do up me leather laces down the sides of me trousers


Posted: 07/04/2009 at 17:43

If the bikes work as well as their website I dont think I'll bother.

Posted: 07/04/2009 at 18:24

I've booked up a v-rod muscle for next thursday. I can't stand cruisers so it should be interesting.

Posted: 08/04/2009 at 00:08

Just had a phone call from HD customer support saying the web site's working again.


Posted: 08/04/2009 at 16:50

It serves you right for wanting to own a Harley....

 Poor taste my friend, poor taste !


Posted: 08/04/2009 at 17:00

Ive booked a VRod muscle for Saturday, might be a laugh

Posted: 08/04/2009 at 17:26

tedmagnum wrote (see)

It serves you right for wanting to own a Harley....

Poor taste my friend, poor taste !


I don't want to own one, just have a go on one.

An orange one.


Posted: 08/04/2009 at 17:54

i've booked a softail cros bones for may 7th. springer forks....should be a blast. shame its only an hour though.

i imagine they charge normally, as they must have so many test pilots. best they make them more reasonably priced...maybe more people would buy them.


Posted: 08/04/2009 at 18:08

Im sure a local farmer will have an orange tractor that you can blag a go on, its the same thing !

 Except the tractors spare parts are about 50% cheaper


Posted: 08/04/2009 at 18:08


tedmagnum wrote (see)

Im sure a local farmer will have an orange tractor that you can blag a go on, its the same thing !

 Except the tractors spare parts are about 50% cheaper

i'm sure the servicing is cheaper as well as the tax and insurance....

an offer to have a go one one...why not? i can't see a down side


Posted: 08/04/2009 at 20:04

I received the phonecall from hell tonight, my Bro asking me what I was doing on Saturday?

When he told me what he was planning I was horrified! We've test ridden loads of bikes in the past 12 months or so, Ducati 1098R, April RSV-R and a few weeks ago we did the Triumphs but when he said Harleys I had to draw the line! LOL

"Sorry Bro, but you're flying that fire mission solo!"

Over my dead fucking body would you get me on any of those piles of Septic Tank cack!!! Not even for a test ride.


Posted: 09/04/2009 at 00:41

i would like to have ag o on the XR1200

as i doubt manxie and neil will let me have a go on theirs at the TT


Posted: 09/04/2009 at 08:21

If you are gonna book it dont book it for Harley Chester. Me and a mate booked a couple of rides from there for this morning and neither of us got out on one.

I took Driving Licence and passport but apparently I also needed a recent utility bill. Mate had all but the Salesman claimed that the system had triple booked his hour. The bike he was to ride was sat in the showroom and didn't move during the hour we were there.

Attitude of the Sales Staff stunk of 'they are our bikes and you aint riding them' So, all in all, it is a wasted National 'try a bike' event (and a wasted morning for me)


Posted: 11/04/2009 at 16:05

There's no such thing as a free lunch, or free Harley test ride

Posted: 11/04/2009 at 19:53

Robbob wrote (see)

If you are gonna book it dont book it for Harley Chester. Me and a mate booked a couple of rides from there for this morning and neither of us got out on one.

I took Driving Licence and passport but apparently I also needed a recent utility bill. Mate had all but the Salesman claimed that the system had triple booked his hour. The bike he was to ride was sat in the showroom and didn't move during the hour we were there.

Attitude of the Sales Staff stunk of 'they are our bikes and you aint riding them' So, all in all, it is a wasted National 'try a bike' event (and a wasted morning for me)

I think you may have bumped into my Bro mate, he was telling me about your episode!

His was funnier though, he took out the night rod/V-Rod/Rod Hull and fucking Emu whatever...when he got back he noticed that the keys weren't in the ignition. He was about to leave when the sales guy was shouting him, asking him where the keys were. My Bro said they weren't in it, apparently they'd fallen out at some point! 250 squids to replace them, not my Bro's problem...CYA! TTFN!

See what I was saying before, yank shite! Corvette of the bike world.


Posted: 11/04/2009 at 21:56

Yep, chatted to your kid and seen the salesman running after him to get the keys back

Posted: 11/04/2009 at 23:38

Robbob wrote (see)
Yep, chatted to your kid and seen the salesman running after him to get the keys back

Posted: 11/04/2009 at 23:45

Yeah, that was me!!! To be honest, I never saw him put the keys in it!! Imagine though, you are half way across some deserted road in the U S of A and then you realise the bike has sneezed the keys out!! Bit of a problem!! lol

Not a bad bike though, loads of torque and a good place to see the world from!! Just not when you live near roads with corners!! Bit of a Harley 'club' thing i reckon. 

Apparently though, I wasn't booked in either!!!  And Robbob, the Z is still for sale mate!!


Posted: 12/04/2009 at 00:10

A1 9R that mate, but then I am bound to be biased!

Posted: 12/04/2009 at 00:16

 Never mind, bought an RSV-R last monday

Small bloody world though


Posted: 12/04/2009 at 00:20

Robbob wrote (see)

 Never mind, bought an RSV-R last monday

Small bloody world though

It is mate.

Posted: 12/04/2009 at 00:23

Have fun with the RSV-R. Nice bike!!

Posted: 12/04/2009 at 11:09

Well, I got an e-mail yesterday confirming that I was booked in for today at 10am. I phoned them as I was running late and they said it was fine. Got there and I wasn't booked in!
Sales fella was really nice and let me go out on the vrod muscle.
Now, let me just state that I am sports and dirt bike through and through, however I really enjoyed it. The bike felt chunky, diddn't corner all that well, but for slow speed posing and 'cruising' it was great.

I can really see it working in the environment that it was built for. Also, I discovered something about myself... I just love bikes. I'm sure that I could've ridden a c90 and loved it in some way.

Bad thing was that it made my 9R feel like a skinny 125.

Posted: 15/04/2009 at 12:57


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Had a blast on an XR1200 today! i must say, i liked it plenty of torque, nice handling, good brakes, was a decent machine, i would'nt mind owning one! also even though it weighs 250kg+ it really does not feel like it at all!


Posted: 15/04/2009 at 22:57

Keys - all Hogs come with proximity keys that don't need to be kept in the ignition (and will fall out as they are a loosish fit in the ignition-lock barrel); so just need to be on your person when you're riding. The salesman should have made sure that test riders kept the keys in a pocket somewhere...

Just arrived back from Vegas, hired a Heritage Softail for a day and rode up to Valley of Fire. Ace bike, awsome ride, beautiful scenary. Quick blat up I15 and into the national park: 35mph limit, twisty and undulating, 3rd gear rolling on and off the power; clear skies and 25oC

Riding a Hog stateside really gets you to see the appeal. Its an old cliche but the endless arrow straight roads, 4 lane city streets, etc mean that cornering ability is vaugely useless and just makes for an uncomfortable time on sportsbikes. Instead, a big torquey engine and a decent seat make for riding smiles.

Would I own one in the UK? Maybe. I much prefer riding around at my own pace, checking out the view, doing my own thing to hitting bends at speed and worrying about gatsos, etc. But, Harley's are expensive, and the whole value retention thing only applies to immaculate examples.

So, I'd only really go for a Streetbob, Sportster, or sub-10K softail (I loved the touring Heritage, but its 14K and at walking pace is undeniably heavy - great balance over 8mph though). As you top 10K, things like the Victory Vegases and 8balls, and Honda's Fury (but don't tell anyone I'm liking a 'metric' ), suddenly start looking like good rivals.

The test ride idea seems a good one, but me and the missus covered about 120 miles in one day and I was only just gelling with the whole Harley thing. If your curiosity is piqued, I'd say contact Riders Edge and do their whole day ride out thingy in Cheshire - not free but a good day in itself. (or fly to the US, rent a Hog and do it properly )


Posted: 16/04/2009 at 00:46

I agree with that entirely, they work "over there" but not over here. In the same, watching Hammond pull up on a Harley in the Evel knievel documentary he looked a c**t on one. Also Gordon Ramsay in his US Kitchen knightmares uses a Harley and it just ain't right.

In my eyes and opinion, Paul Teutul Snr. and the Teutuls in general look good on those type of bikes but over there, not over here! LOL


Posted: 16/04/2009 at 02:06

Its got me thinking about making a stripped down cafe racer though. There's a fella in a bike mag that I read in the doctors and he's building them using old cb750's. They are reliable and look great.

Posted: 16/04/2009 at 17:12

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