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    Adding a Motorcycle Endorsement to Your Driver's License

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If you are ready to get behind the handlebars of the new Harley-Davidson motorcycle you’ve dreamed about in NJ, you must first obtain a motorcycle endorsement to ensure you are a legal rider. The process of obtaining a motorcycle endorsement also ensures that you are competent and safe at riding a motorcycle. If you already have a driver’s license, here’s how you can add a motorcycle endorsement and enjoy the open road from the comfortable seat of a Harley.  

    Enroll in a Basic Rider Course

    The Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic Rider Course is required if you are under 18 years old and want to obtain a motorcycle endorsement. But even if you are not 18 years of age, taking the course makes obtaining your motorcycle endorsement easier. Not only that, but it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you are a safe and confident motorcyclist.

    Apply for a Permit

    Applying for a permit is necessary regardless of whether or not you’ve completed the Basic Rider Course. To get a permit, you must be at least 17 years of age. You must also pass a knowledge test covering the material found in New Jersey’s Driver and Motorcycle Manuals.

    Using Your Motorcycle Permit

    While holding a permit, you are not allowed to operate your motorcycle 30 minutes after sunset or 30 minutes before sunrise. Furthermore, you are not allowed to carry any passengers, and you cannot ride on a limited-access highway or a state toll road.

    Take the Motorcycle Road Test

    If you did not take the Basic Rider Course, you must practice ride with your permit for 20 days, and then take a road test. To take the road test you must be at least 18 years old, and you must bring your own motorcycle, eye protection, and helmet.

    To find out more about how to obtain a motorcycle endorsement, visit the State of New Jersey’s Motorcycle Vehicle Commission’s website. And if you are ready to test-drive a new or used Harley-Davidson, come to Harley-Davidson of Ocean County, NJ. Call us at (732) 719-3196 or visit our website to learn more about the legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycles we have to offer you.

    What is Project RUSHMORE?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, but that’s not even the really big news from America’s favorite motorcycle company. The 2014 Harley-Davidson lineup has been announced, and eight new bikes benefit from a new company-wide design scheme named “Project RUSHMORE.” As the largest scale new model launch in Harley-Davidson’s long and illustrious history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the motorcyclist’s experience. Here is a closer look at some of the innovative new features of Harley-Davidson’s Project RUSHMORE motorcycles.

    State-of-the-Art Infotainment System

    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could play your favorite song just by telling your motorcycle to play it? What about being able to take or end a call with a simple voice command? Thanks to Project RUSHMORE, you can do both. Featuring the first and only fully integrated voice recognition and touchscreen infotainment system in motorcycling, Project RUSHMORE bikes set the new standard for touring motorcycles.

    Unparalleled Comfort and Driving Feel

    Whether you are driving across town or across the country, Project RUSHMORE bikes will keep you comfortable, longer. After thousands of hours spent in the wind tunnel and countless hours more spent in the rear world, Harley-Davidson developed the new Splitstream vent, which equalizes airflow to reduce head buffeting by 20 percent. Select Project RUSHMORE models also feature a wider and deeper passenger area, including new ergonomic back and arm rests and extra leg room.  

    Next-Generation Harley-Davidson Powerplant

    The crowning achievement of Project RUSHMORE is the new Twin Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ engine. The long-rumored liquid cooled Harley-Davidson engine is finally implemented in a production motorcycle, and from the smiles on the faces of early test riders, there’s never been an engine that feels quite this good.

    Bike Profile: The 1986 Harley-Davidson Softail Custom

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Harley-Davidson motorcycles may be some of the most instantly recognizable bikes in the world, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few (more than a few, in fact) that stand out from the rest. One such bike is the 1986 FXSTC Softail Custom known as the “Harley Fox.” From the twisted front spokes in the front to a custom engraved fox head on the clutch cover, this one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson motorcycle is the essence of rider customization. The Harley Fox was so unique, in fact, that the Harley-Davidson Museum took permanent ownership of the bike in 2012.

    You can’t find anything like the Harley Fox at Harley-Davidson of Ocean County, but our staff can help you customize your new bike to make it stand out from other motorcycles on the road. Visit our website to browse our complete inventory of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, or call us at (732) 719-3196 to learn why we are one of the leading Harley dealers in NJ.

    4 Tips for Customizing your Harley-Davidson

    Last updated 3 months ago

    For 110 years, Harley-Davidson has allowed daring men and women to express their originality. But if you want your bike to stand out from other Harley-Davidson models on the road, make it your own. Harley-Davidson offers dozens of bike products and accessories to help you personalize your motorcycle. Whether you are shopping for a new motorcycle or looking to upgrade your current ride, here are a few tips for customizing your Harley-Davidson.

    Add Custom Handlebars

    Not only will new handlebars make your Harley-Davidson stand out, but they will also ensure that you have the ideal riding position for maximum comfort. Harley-Davidson offers handlebars ranging in size and style from low-profile drag handlebars to high-hanging “ape hangers” and tallboy bars.

    Make it More Functional

    A personalized Harley-Davidson should make a statement, but it should also be more functional and practical. Fortunately, Harley-Davidson offers numerous products that can help you achieve this level of personalization. Storage racks, backrests, and windshields are just a few of the add-ons that can give your Harley-Davidson the functional touch that other bikes are lacking.

    Get a Custom Paint Job

    No matter what kind of rider you are, you can get a custom paint job to make your Harley-Davidson an extension of your personality. From color-matched components to limited-edition paint schemes, the Harley-Davidson Color Shop can give your bike a personal touch to help it stand out from other motorcycles on the road.

    Upgrade the Performance

    When talking about a custom motorcycle, you can’t forget to mention torque, horsepower, brute force, and speed. Again, no matter what kind of rider you are, Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle® Performance Parts can give your bike the custom performance you crave.

    Whether you already own a Harley-Davidson or are looking to buy your first bike, Harley-Davidson of Orange County can help you customize your ride. Visit our website to learn more about our Harley-Davidson sales and parts department, or call us at (732) 719-3196 to learn why we are the leading Harley-Davidson dealer in NJ

    Essential Motorcycle Safety Tips

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Buying a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle is a great way to add excitement to your life and enjoy the open road atop one of the most iconic motorcycles in the world. But while motorcycles are definitely a thrill-ride, they just aren’t as safe as passenger vehicles. Taking risks can be part of what makes riding a motorcycle rewarding, but that doesn’t mean you should hit the road without knowing how to ride safely. To make sure that you aren’t cheating death every time you ride your Harley-Davidson motorcycle, remember these essential motorcycle safety tips the next time you suit up for a ride.

    Avoid Distractions

    Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when you’re riding a bike. Motorcycles are tough for drivers to see, so you need to be hyper-aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep your smartphone in your pocket and, if your touring motorcycle is equipped with a stereo, keep your eyes on the road and change the song or station when you can safely do so.

    Leave Enough Space

    Although motorcycles need less space to stop and maneuver than passenger cars, they still need more space than you might think. At the very least, you should strictly adhere to the three-second rule when riding in traffic. You should also keep an escape route open to the side to give yourself room to maneuver if you can’t stop in time.

    Pay Attention to the Weather

    Riding a motorcycle in the rain is much riskier than driving a car. Two wheels mean half the traction, and no windshields can compromise your visibility. To minimize your risk, check the weather reports before you head out on a long road trip and keep a weathered eye on the horizon. If the reports call for rain, or if you see storm clouds developing in the distance, keep your bike parked until the weather clears up.

    With these safety tips in mind, you can get the most out of your Harley-Davidson motorcycle. If you are in the market for a new or used Harley-Davidson, visit Harley-Davidson or Orange County. Our dealership serves customers in the Tri-State area with the best selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in NJ. Call us at (732) 719-3196 to set up a test drive. 

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