JOHN Winkworth is the proud owner of a 2016 Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Street Glide, which will be his ride during a three-day South Australian state rally later this month.
The bike is worth around $48,000, fitted with an 1800cc custom engine and Mr Winkworth said he was attracted to the bike because of its custom made detail.
“This model has more bells and whistles than a standard bike, it is more like a car on wheels,” Mr Winkworth said.
He has spent around $4,000 revamping the bike which involved restoring pipes, seats, the backrest and chromes.
“The bikes typically come with what we call a ‘Harley Bible’ to assist in ways to add individuality to them,” Mr Winkworth said.
“I cherish this bike as it is an iconic brand recognised across Australia.”
The Harley enthusiast has been riding since the age of 16, and as the years went by he was able to slowly afford newer models.
“I enjoyed racing motorbikes and dirt bikes throughout my life,” Mr Winkworth said.
He said he also finds enjoyment in riding the Street Glide as it is reliable and a comfortable touring bike.
“I got hooked to riding the Harley brand as they are addictive, once you buy a Harley you never go back,” Mr Winkworth said.
This is the fourth Harley Mr Winkworth has owned in six years, as he always wanted a custom modal, which he saved for.
In total the bike has traveled 26,000km spanning from Woolongong to Alice Springs.
Adelaide’s Bayside Harley Owners Group will be part of around 400 Harley-Davidson riders who will arrive in Mount Gambier on September 30 for a three-day South Australian state rally.
“I’ll be leading a ride to Port MacDonnell and Coonawarra on the Saturday afternoon on September 30 to showcase the region to fellow club members,” Mr Winkworth said.
Mr Winkworth said the group ride for the fun of it, but also in support of several charities, including Operation Flinders, the Make a Wish Foundation and the Black Dog Institute.