Most Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners are naturally huge fans of the product they purchased and choose to drive, finding it superior to other brands. In fact, Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson had a whopping 35 percent of the motorcycle manufacturers' U.S. market share in 2014. But while they come off of the assembly line, ready to roar, most owners choose to purchase additional after-market parts to further customize their bikes to their specific needs. Here's a look at three great product categories that will enhance your wide open road experience even more.
Leather Luggage Bags
Unless you plan on only driving around town, you will need a way to carry your road trip gear. A sissy bar tool bag is the perfect size for not only a few basic tools, but for storing other small items as well, such as your wallet and cell phone.
Saddle bags, which straddle each side of the rear tire, are useful for carrying your gear for longer trips. They're the perfect spot to store extra clothing, rain gear, and more. Some also have a built-in gun pocket for safely carrying your sidearm. You can also get a soft-side insulated cooler insert to retrofit a saddlebag. Here, you can store cold beverages and snacks for when you get thirsty or hungry on the road.
For longer road trips, consider installing an aftermarket luggage rack. This will allow you to strap on a larger touring pack. This usually consists of two or three pieces of luggage that will allow for more storage of personal items as well as a bedding roll. Most bags will also require chrome brackets to keep them safely in place.
Most Harley-Davidson bikes come with perfectly fine side mirrors, but when you can choose from an assortment of cool aftermarket mirrors, why not? You can outfit your Harley with mirrors that come in unique shapes, such as a teardrop, or mirrors that have split vison, reducing blind spots and allowing you to see even more of what lies behind you. Anyway, who doesn't want to add even more chrome to their bike?
An air cleaner will not only make your bike look cooler, it may even optimize its performance. An air cleaner will send extra air to the engine, and that oxygen boost can provide a little extra power. Between the added horsepower and the availability of air cleaners in different designs and materials, your bike will truly be custom designed by you.
To learn more about these and other accessories, speak to a Harley Davidson dealer near you.