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6 Things To Know Before Buying A Harley-Davidson Bike

Harley-Davidson of Petaling Jaya (H-DPJ) is under a refreshed dealership network
Harley-Davidson of Petaling Jaya (H-DPJ) is under a refreshed dealership network
By Fiona Kee
By Fiona Kee
June 13, 2019
With over a century of quality riding experience, we spoke to the two-wheeler dealers on what makes these rides so special

We all have a friend or loved one who rides a motorcycle – or maybe even a Harley? Maybe they’ve always aspired to own a H-D bike, but for one reason or another they haven’t taken that step.

Motorcycle enthusiasts, Rewi Hamid Bugo and Goh Kian Sin, share about their passion for motorcycles that would hopefully change one’s perception on these mighty steads of steel.

The two-wheeler dealers, Rewi Hamid Bugo and Goh Kian Sin
Harley-Davidson of Petaling Jaya (H-DPJ) is under a refreshed dealership network

Admired for its essence of freedom, heritage, community and quality, the Harley-Davidson brand has captivated the attention of people the world over. Officially opening its doors in March 2018 under a refreshed dealership network, Harley-Davidson of Petaling Jaya (H-DPJ) comes with a unique twist in terms of its sales.

The partnership between, Rewi Hamid Bugo and Goh Kian Sin, chairman and director respective of DIDI Resources, the authorised importer of Harley-Davidson in Malaysia, and joint owner-operator of The Gasket Alley, had the idea to create a space for bikers that strayed from standalone dealerships. So, we decided to speak to both long-time bikers about their perspective on the acclaimed brand. 

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Rewi Hamid Bugo

Rewi Hamid Bugo, the Chairman of DIDI Resources and authorised importer of Harley-Davidson in Malaysi
Rewi Hamid Bugo, the Chairman of DIDI Resources and authorised importer of Harley-Davidson in Malaysia

Describe what it's like riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle?

The whole storyline behind Harley-Davidson, you can live it when you sit on the bike and start it up. Photo: Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya
The whole storyline behind Harley-Davidson, you can live it when you sit on the bike and start it up

It’s exhilarating, especially when it starts up and you get on the road. Also, the whole storyline behind Harley-Davidson, you can live it when you sit on the bike and start it up, and it sometimes feels like you’re living the legend yourself.

What advice do you have for aspiring Harley-Davidson owners?

Pick a bike you know you’ll enjoy looking at every time you glance at it. Photo: Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya
Pick a bike you know you’ll enjoy looking at every time you glance at it

Well, I’ll give you two instead. One, buy something you like and not what someone tells you, you should like. Pick something that catches your attention, but most importantly, pick something you know you’ll enjoy looking at every time you glance at it.

Two, don’t start off too big. These bikes are very powerful and very heavy, but safety is very important. So, it’s important to be honest with yourself and pick a bike that’s within your riding capabilities.

Using only one word, what does the Harley-Davidson brand represent?

The Harley-Davidson brand has captivated the attention of people the world over. Photo: Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya
The Harley-Davidson brand has captivated the attention of people the world over

Emancipation, because when you start her up and the noise tells you ‘I’m on a Harley’, and your mission is to go down the road and feel the wind in your hair, and not give two hoots about the noise you make, because people will stare either way.

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Goh Kian Sin

Goh Kian Sin, the Chairman of Goh Brothers Capital and operator of The Gasket Alley
Goh Kian Sin, the Chairman of Goh Brothers Capital and operator of The Gasket Alley

Describe what it's like riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle?

Inaugural ride organised by H-DPJ. Photo: Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya. Photo: Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya
Inaugural ride organised by H-DPJ. Photo: Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya

Fantastic. Harley-Davidson is a brand that pushes your riding skills, and with the new upgrades, it makes everything about the bike feel much sweeter.

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Name one thing that makes Harley-Davidson special.

The CVO Road Glide 2018 has a distinctive aerodynamic design, giving it optimal performance, handling, and ride quality
The CVO Road Glide 2018 has a distinctive aerodynamic design, giving it optimal performance, handling, and ride quality

That’s easy, “freedom”. It’s something that everyone wants and can relate to. Because motorcycles are interesting, and to fully experience a motorcycle to its fullest capacity, they need to be in the right environment. With freedom, it provides just the right setting to experience that.

What advice do you have for aspiring Harley-Davidson owners?

Motorcycle enthusiasts, Rewi Hamid Bugo and Goh Kian Sin
Motorcycle enthusiasts, Rewi Hamid Bugo and Goh Kian Sin

Enjoy yourself and enjoy the process. Know that there’s a lifestyle that comes with owning a Harley, so I say, enjoy every minute of it. But truth be told, in all my years in the business, I have never felt so much joy to see customers truly satisfied. People would come here and wait for their bikes’ arrival, just to help unbox it – and that is just amazing.

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  • Photography Dean Shaari & Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya

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