Harley Davidson isn’t just a motorcycle, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a culture that has grown around the bike. It’s a love of freedom and the open road. It’s that little piece of you that says I’m still alive. True Harley Davidson riders know that you don’t own a Harley, it owns you. It’s the feel of the leather, the gleam of the chrome and the rumble of the engine when it revs. It gets in your blood, it makes you heart race. Harley Davidson gets in your soul.
The purest of the lifestyle is you, your Harley and the vast miles of the American landscape. Harley Davidson culture is all about showing the love of that lifestyle. There are some Harley Davidson accessories that every Harley owner must have.
If you’re going to ride a Harley, a leather jacket is almost a requirement. A leather Harley jacket is where you show your love of the lifestyle and it’s how you support your club. There is also a practical side to a good leather jacket: it can save your skin if you take a spill. The thick hide of the jacket can take the brunt of punishment where road-rash might have occurred in a minor accident.
Another smart investment is a good pair of boots. Let’s face it, they look tough with the jacket, but more importantly, the pipes on your bike get hot. You don’t have to get burned to look tough. A good pair of boots is a must have accessory.
This may sound cliché, but a wallet on a chain is an accessory that every biker should consider. When you go on a run, there is a lot of sitting and there is a lot of vibrating. It can be a real pain in the chaps at the end of a day’s ride to discover that your cash and credit cards have become someone else’s road schwag. The thought of having to retrace an entire day’s ride makes a chain look pretty appealing.
A pair of fingerless gloves add to the tough biker look and they can be great for a soft-handed weekend warrior whose hands are normally on a keyboard. Which brings me to another of the must have accessories: A Cruise Control kit. A full day cruise can test the wrist strength of even the toughest veteran biker. Holding the throttle open for extended periods can cause wrist fatigue and pain. Over time it can even cause carpal tunnel syndrome. A good Cruise Control kit can help you keep up with the big dogs.
When riding with a group, sometimes plans can change. Unscheduled detours can be managed much easier if everyone communicates while on the road. A good Bike-to-Bike Communications system can keep you in touch and stifle confusion. If you have a passenger, most kits can be set up with separate intercom ports for rider and passenger communication.
Every Harley owner should have at least one black t-shirt bearing the iconic Harley Davidson slogan, “Live To Ride, Ride To Live”. This simple statement is the embodiment of the Harley Davidson spirit, and bikers everywhere have proudly lived by it for generations. Sleeves or no sleeves, it’s a mainstay in the Harley culture.
Harley sunglasses can reduce sun squints and road glare, allowing you to concentrate on the road ahead. A properly fitting pair of Harley sunglasses will keep the wind and sun out of your eyes, reducing eye fatigue.
Unless you’re eager to join the organ donor program, one must have accessory you can’t live without is a helmet. There are many Harley helmets that protect your head without detracting from the Harley image. Of all the Harley Davidson accessories, this one should be worn the most.
There is one more thing on the list of must have Harley Davidson accessories: a Tattoo. If you’re going to live the lifestyle, go ahead and really live it. Visit a reputable tattoo artist and choose a piece of art that really speaks to you. What are you saving that skin for anyway?