Stuck for a gift? Solution No2: Harley-Davidson merchandiseFri, 09 Dec 2011
Next year marks a strange anniversary for Harley-Davidson; 100 years of the firm's merchandising operation. Yes, just nine years after getting in on the motorcycle game H-D realised that the real cash was to be found in selling accessories rather than just bikes.
And they're masters of the art.
Looking simply at the Christmas-related 'gifts' section of the firm's catalogue (and that's discounting the simply 'seasonal' section, which is stuffed with things like Harley-Davidson wooly jumpers – for off-duty Hells Angels everywhere) you'll find H-D snowglobes, Christmas tree baubles, Santa-and-his-Harley Christmas cards and gift wrap. You can even get Harley-Davidson Santa hats in a suitably biker-style black rather than the tradition red. Not leather though, which is surprising...
Stepping away from the purely Christmas stuff, there's a baffling selection of stuff. It's like somebody has snapped up all Woolworths old stock and then rampaged through the warehouse firing 'Harley-Davidson' logos at everything through a special Harley-branded machine gun.
I wonder who made the call that there should be a Harley-Davidson 'mirrored tea light holder' in the range? Or rubber stamped the H-D 'anodised aluminium and stainless steel carabiner with flashlight and bottle opener'?
See if you can find anything weirder at motorclothes.harley-davidson.eu
See also: Harley-Davidson Closing Australian Cast Wheel Subsidiary, Afghan Heroes tribute Harley MT350, Harley’s Ed Krawiec is 2011 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champ.