Harley-Davidson® make a skill out of making each motorcycle a tribute to the 110+ year heritage of the oldest Motorcycle Company in the world. We deliberately do not make visible changes for changes sake as we don’t want to devalue older models reducing the value for the owner and losing them money in depreciation. The residual value of our motorcycles is legendary and you can be assured of a high value part exchange when the time comes.
Don’t be fooled by appearances however! Just because our motorcycles have heritage doesn’t mean that they don’t have state of the art technology as well.
Many of our bikes feature Keyless go like some of the more expensive car brands. As you walk up to your bike, the fob and the computer that controls the bike are talking to each other. When you get within 8 feet or so, the key fob and the bike have recognized you, switched off the built in movement alarm and disabled the immobilizer, allowing you to flick the on switch, fire up that V-twin and ride!
Almost all of our bikes now have Anti-Lock Braking systems (ABS) as standard but you won’t see any evidence of this with decals or obvious markings. The ABS system has been designed to be effective but hidden away so the beauty of the bike can be seen without distraction.
Many of our bikes have four computers on them. The old days of having to adjust the carburetor mixture if you wanted to go across the Alps is long gone!
Some of our bikes have slipper clutches…technology straight off the race circuits to make sure you don’t lock your back wheel if you go down too many gears for the road speed.
Some of our bikes have no throttle cable- your movement of your right hand is transmitted by electronic signal to the main computer and more or less power is delivered. That’s Star Trek stuff!
Some of our bikes have got CAN bus (Controller Area Network) wiring. This allows all the computers to communicate with each other efficiently. This is cutting edge stuff!
When you stop at a traffic light and want to turn right, your bike knows that you are stopped at the traffic light, it knows when you pull away and 50 metres after you have turned, it knows to cancel the indicator- how cool is that!
All of this technology is there for one thing only….to make riding your Harley the best experience it could be.
We need our staff to be the best also. Informed and trained with all the up to date knowledge so that whatever concerns you might have, they can be dealt with speedily so you can get back on the road, mashing the miles.
Time equals money and unlike money which can be replaced, time cant. So, yes, some aftermarket service shops may quote a cheaper price per hour, but we believe in the saying “you get what you pay for”. If we can solve any problem faster, you will end up paying less in the end over the person who has to “figure it out” by trial and error as they go.
Our staff are continually being trained. A ten year old Harley-Davidson Fatboy® may resemble a new one, but it’s had a complete new chassis, fuel injection, two engine changes , a different gearbox, 200mm wide tyre, ABS, CAN bus wiring and a whole host of other detail changes.
We have three highly qualified Harley-Davidson technicians here at West Coast who are dedicated to making sure you get the most out of your Harley. Two of the boys have qualified as Master Technicians from H-D University which takes several years and around 20 courses to achieve. There are only 2 Master Techs in Scotland and we are very proud to have them both under our roof. There is a vast amount of experience between our three technicians and that's why you know your pride and joy is in more than safe hands here at West Coast.