Ride and Shine
Picking a perfect motorcycle brand to saddle up for an end-of-summer adventure
Story by Tonya Thompson
You might ride a Harley-Davidson if….
The iconic lure of American muscle and bold engineering is your ideal transportation. To you, motorcycling is a lifestyle – it’s who you are and what you’re made of. You like to live life to the fullest, and you like to live it loud.
Harley-Davidson is as much a part of America’s story as is baseball and apple pie. As one of two motorcycle companies to survive the GreatDepression, it’s the American spirit on two wheels, and is immersed in everything from American literature to primetime television dramas.
Beyond the brand’s favored status with present-day celebrities like Lenny Kravitz, Adam Levine, and George Clooney, you also enjoy sharing your love of Harley-Davidson with timeless personalities like Elvis Presley, Ann-Margaret, and Steve McQueen.
You might ride an Indian if…
Words like vintage, timeless, and classy describe your tastes. You enjoy learning about the past and the stories that shaped it, just like you enjoy riding a bike made by America’s first motorcycle company. To you, motorcycling is more than rallies, group rides, and clubs — it’s a state of mind, and one that is as unique as it is timeless. You appreciate the simple beauty of the open road and being on a bike that reflects that beauty in its design.
Although you know how to be responsible, you like speed and you like the history of the pursuit of it. From the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy to land speed records, the Indian was there to create the legend. You believe your life should be no less legendary.
You might ride a Kawasaki if…
You’re a risk taker, adventure seeker, and find few things as thrilling as leaning into the tank and twisting the throttle on a wide-open road just to feel the wind at 150. With its supercharged, street-legal copy of the motorcycle raced on the famous MotoGP tracks, Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 is one of the fastest bikes on the road, and the obvious choice if going fast is what you need. Beyond riding for the thrill of speed, you enjoy the sleek curvature of aerodynamics on a vehicle, and like for your mode of transportation to “look fast,” too. With color selection ranging from candy plasma blue and pearl blizzard white to the famous Kawasaki lime green, Kawasaki has a seemingly endlessinventory of sport bikes to suit any taste.