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2014-08-15 12:30

ICONIC US RIDES IN SA: Born2Ride has a wide range of Indian, Victory and Harley-Davidson motorcycles at its Sandton dealership. Image: Born2Ride

JOHANNESBURG - Fans of the US bikes can rejoice as premium Born2Ride motorcycle dealer has found a new home in Bryanston Boulevard and will be offering iconic, bespoke American motorcycles (Indian & Victory) including pre-owned Harley-Davidsons.

Born2Ride, believes Indian motorcycles is challenging the dominance Harley-Davidson motorcycles have held for decades, adding that serious motorcycle owners will, once they have ridden the bike, find it easy to convert to this powerful and increasingly popular brand of all-American bike.

The Vintage model has proved to be the most popular among the three models in the range, all using a thunder-stroke engine with a 1811cc. 


The market share of this motorcycle is currently growing in South Africa and a big part of why the team opted to stock these cruisers was that they represent the American dream. These leisure motorcycles are attractive to a far wider audience.

IMAGE GALLERY: Born2Ride dealer in SA

Founded by directors Markus Bucher and Kim Karlsson, Born2Ride caters to biking enthusiasts needs as bespoke models can cost in the region of R300 000, while a pre-owned motorcycle can retail for around R60 000.

Its showroom has a workshop that offers a full range of services.


Indian motorcycle is an American brand originally manufactured between 1901 and 1953 in Springfield Massachusetts in the US and has the richest heritage on two wheels. In 1910, Indian was already ranked the oldest motorcycle in the world and the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world.

Each bike in the lineup has been designed with a careful nod to the past, yet focused on the open road ahead. Within the range there are three models: Chieftain, Vintage and the Classic. They all have 111 thunder-stroke engine with a 1811cc.

For 2015 the company released the Scout, an entry level motorcycle, with a smaller engine producing 73kW. In addition to this, a touring motorcycle - the Roadmaster - has also been launched.


Victory motorcycle company was founded in 1997 and has 18 different models in the range, with the new 2015 Gunner being the latest addition to the lineup.

The engine size is 1737cc and the appeal is to be found in the riding style and overall appearance of these motorcycles. The 250mm rear tyre on the Vegas Jackpot, the whitewall tyres and high bars on the High-Ball are considered a definite and attractive quality.

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