Harley Davidson Adventure Bike…

Who needs BMW when you can have a Harley Davidson Adventure bike?

Who needs BMW when you can have a Harley Davidson Adventure bike?

I’ve been away in Vermont for the past week, and given the weather there, I was not able to capture many bikes for posting.  So you can imagine my surprise when I pulled into a gas station to see this Harley Davidson Adventure Bike, complete with custom rear top box and a rider braving the 10 inches of snow that was falling that day…

Harley Davidson Adventure Bike: the next craze?

A custom rear rack and container on the Harley Davidson Adventure Bike..

A custom rear rack and container on the Harley Davidson Adventure Bike…

Although the photos make it seem that the rider had been slacking for a while, the snow was coming down so hard that I would estimate that he had only been off the road for about 15 minutes.  It has become commonplace to see the BMW Adventure Bikes all over Vermont these days – with riders enjoying the nice roads, as well as some of the off-the-beaten-path fire roads that traverse the state.  But it’s not every day that you run into a rider who has decided to turn his beloved hog into a Harley Davidson adventure bike.

Any bike would be challenged by the snow that was falling that day.  Only the most hardcore adventurers would brave the storm, hop on their ride, and head out to points unknown.

The Harley Davidson Adventure Bike has the wind protection BMW's only dream about...

The Harley Davidson Adventure Bike has the wind protection BMW’s only dream about…

Upon closer inspection, it became clear that this Harley Davidson Adventure Bike had all the trimmings that the BMW crowd typically adds to their GS1200’s.  Engine crash bars that double as forward foot rests, rear rack with top case (here made of wood!), and saddle bags.  Proof positive that adventure bikes and baggers are really not all that different…

Apparently people have been using Harley’s for some adventurous riding since way back – check out some great photos HERE:

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