I do not know the statistics for total motorcycle sales (broken down into manufacturers) over the years in the USA; but, I do know that the list of anyone who ever made bikes for sale in the USA is much longer than today’s list of companies still producing motorcycles. Whatever happened to many of those, once famous brands? However, in one form or another, the Harley Davidson motorcycle still survives – not only are new Harleys coming off the production line and being purchased from the dealers; but, there is a huge demand for used Harleys. Some of the used bikes are simply purchased “as is” to be ridden away and used immediately. Others are seen as an investment to be lovingly restored to their completely original condition – afterwards, apart from special owners’ rallies, these bikes are more likely to be on display rather than used for transportation. The remaining (and possibly majority) of Harleys bought on the used machine market are going to be modified; either by their new owners or by one of the customized bike specialists that have established themselves across the nation – particularly in the wake of well known reality TV programs about their activities.
The handlebars on a motorcycle serve a dual function; apart from the obvious that they steer the bike; each end of the handlebar contains essential controls that the rider must operate by hand. The handlebars themselves are nothing more than a shaped piece of metal tubing and the open ends need something to fill the open ended hole; plus accommodate whichever controls are applicable to that end. However, they also need this “end plug” to provide a comfortable grip for the rider to hold on to and, most important for customized bikes; these should be Harley Custom Grips that add a unique, eye catching appearance to the bike that was absent on the factory original.
Harley Custom Grips are usually heavily chromed and the rubber used to dampen down vibration; while ensuring a firm grip (don’t forget that the throttle side has to be gripped and twisted); will be bonded to the chromed metal in a range of attractive patterns (compared to the basic rubber sleeve usually found on straight factory bikes).