How Much Does a Harley Davidson Cost?
Throughout the years, there are several companies that released their own versions of these famed motorcycles, but none has had a lasting reputation like Harley Davidson.
Harley Davidson was able to endure and survive the Great Depression and have also beat out several competitors over the years from different manufacturers. Harley Davidson started in 1901, and since then, the company has been known for selling motorcycle heavyweights that are over 750 ccs, designed for highway cruising.
How much is it?
- The cost of a Harley Davidson can depend on so many factors, so the prices can and will be all over the place. The cost will depend on the model, the year, condition, dealer you purchase from and if any premium options are added. The costs, brand new, can be anywhere from as little as $7,000 to more than $41,000 MSRP. Refer to our chart below to get a better idea of what each brand’s MSRP is.
|Model||2016 Average Price Paid (basic)|
|Fat Boy Lo||$17,500|
|Heritage Softail Classic||$17,500|
|Softail Slim S||$18,500|
|Street Glide Special||$23,200|
|Electra Glide Ultra Classic||$23,600|
|Road Glide Special||$24,000|
|Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low||$24,700|
|Road Glide Ultra||$26,000|
|Ultra Limited Low||$27,300|
|Tri Glide Ultra Trike||$33,500|
|CVO Street Glide||$36,800|
|CVO Road Glide Ultra||$40,300|
NOTE: The MSRP won’t include shipping fees, taxes, title and dealer prep.
What is going to be included?
- Some dealers, depending on who you purchase from, will throw in some additional start-up accessories such as cleaners, a satchel and helmet. Check with your local dealer to see what kind of incentives they have to offer at the time.
What are the extra costs?
- Safety gear, of course, will be required. Items such as helmets, jackets and boots can cost anywhere from $150 to $400.
- Like a car, it will also have to be insured. Insurance rates will depend on important factors such as your geographical location, the bike you purchase, your driving history and age. Most liability costs will be between $100 to $500 per year.
- Most buyers opt to purchase an extended warranty. This warranty is going to protect you outside of the company’s warranty when it expires and/or will cover damage the limited warranty may no. The extended warranty plan on average is going to cost around 25 to 35 percent of the bike’s price.
- Premium options will be available to add on to your purchase. This can include customizing the color, adding new rims, customizing the exhaust, changing the emissions if you lived in California, for example, and adding security features. Each premium add-on can be a few hundred dollars each. Changing the color, for instance, can cost around $400, while adding premium rims can be closer to $600. Another popular option like the stage 1 kit, which includes a free breathing air cleaner, free breathing exhaust, rejetted carburetor and upgraded ignition, can cost close to $1,000.
- Routine maintenance and repairs need to be budgeted in the future. For example, the company recommends a checkup during the first 10,000 miles, which can cost $400 to $650.
- While optional, you may need to take lessons in order to ride confidently. For example, Harley Davidson offers its own riding academy, which can cost about $350 per person.
Tips to know
- The Harley Davidson build your bike feature can offer a close estimate to what you may pay at a dealer once your customizations are done.
How can I save money?
- If you want to purchase new, negotiate the extended warranty and bike’s price. Like a new car, the price isn’t always what you have to pay.
- Special financing offers are often available at local dealers when you purchase a new bike. For example, at the time of this writing, some dealers were offering 0.99% APR with $0 down on select models and a free extended warranty.
- Like purchasing a car, consider purchasing used to save up to 50%.
- If you don’t know if you want to commit to a purchase just yet, many dealers allow you to rent a Harley for an extended period of time. This cost, according to some, can be around $125 to $150 per day, but if you commit to a purchase shortly after, some dealers apply this rental price to your new bike.