Like the classic cult 1969 movie Easy Rider, you too can have a few moments of wildness on the back of a Harley Davidson seeing the sights of Sydney with a sense of freedom and adventure.
It's a great idea for your interstate or overseas visitors or just to have a thrilling fun ride for yourself.
Departing from The Rocks, they provide riding tours from a 15 minute buzz across Sydney Harbour Bridge, to a 2 day Outback Adventure to Nundle.
There are 12 thrilling tours to choose from. Starting @ $35 to $950 including all meals and accommodation.
I decided on the 90 minute City to Surf Tour, costing $150.
All you need to do is rock up in long pants and closed in shoes. They will provide the leather jacket and helmet, a higly experienced rider and the ultimate riding machine, a Harley Davidson motorbike.
Top of the range Ultraglide long range touring bike, oh and my 'driver'
There are different types and models of bikes on offer. I just had to go with the top of the range Ultraglide, a long range touring bike with a nice padded cupped back seat for extra comfort.You certainly feel secure on this little baby, around 400kg of gleaming precision manufactured metal and leather with an exhaust sound that is patented.
All geared up, I had images of the movie Easy Rider starring a young Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as we left The Rocks. I just could not resist singing the theme song, 'Born to be Wild'. 'Get the motor running, head out on the highway' well actually we headed along George Street towards the Harbour Bridge.
And awaaaaay we go! Leaving The Rocks for an afternoon of adventure.
A ride on a Harley attacks all your senses, you see, hear and feel everything surrounding you. There's a certain vulnerability that's exciting. It is just you and the wide open spaces, you feel alive, living in the moment.
Once over the bridge, we looped around Kirribilli and stopped by the harbour foreshore for some happy snaps with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the background.
Stopping for some great iconic pics with the Opera House in the background.
Back on the bike, we headed to the Eastern Suburbs.
That distinct rumble sound echoed the walls as we traveled through the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, it's a sound you will never forget; it's loud and exciting to be part of it.
Rumbling through the Sydney Harbour tunnel is a sound you will never forget.
Pulling up at the lights, you scan your surrounds and notice people looking at you, why? because they long to experience the openness. Just like the movie 'Wild Hogs' they yearn adventure.
Cruising through the Sunday traffic we follow the City to Surf route up William Street to Kings Cross. Winding our way through the harbour side suburbs of Double Bay, Rose Bay to Watsons Bay where we stopped to take in stunning scenic views across the ocean and harbour. Returning via the iconic Bondi Beach then finishing back at The Rocks, where I said my farewells to a great ride and a lot of fun. I was buzzing all afternoon and felt a little rebelliousness.
It is a must to see your hometown through a very different set of eyes.
Usually, Harley riders do not have a great desire to speed, only to cruise along to fully take in their surrounds and feel the ultimate riding pleasure on the ultimate riding machine. They are very passionate about their bikes and what they stand for. They also love to share the exhilarating experience with you. That's why they always have a smile on their face.
In the past, Harley's were synonymous with a 'bad boy' image. Today many meek, mild business people ride on the week ends and their popularity is growing with women of all ages.
There are many films centered around Harley Davidsons, here are a few well known classic scenes.
Easy Rider - Classic 1969 cult film - theme song Highway to Hell by Stepphenwolf.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.
Riding Hydraglides built in the 1950's.
Wild Hogs - Comedy about four middle aged men who wanted to ride like real bikers.
Starring: John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H Macey.
Bikes shown in the film: XL1200C Sportster Custom, FXSTS Springer Softail, Black Fatboy and a Screaming Eagle Fatboy.
Terminator 2 - All time classic chase scene where Arnold outran the Terminator with a Fatboy.
Select from 12 Easy Rider Motorbike Tours
Harbour Bridge Blitz - 15 mins @ $35
The Rocks Rumble - 15 minutes @ $35.00
Rolling Thunder Tour - 30 mins @ $65
Available weekends only 9am -5pm
The Bay Watch - 60 mins @ $110
Spectacular at night - After 6pm $130.00
The City to Surf - 90 mins @ 150
The North Side Cruise - 90 mins @ $150
The City Beaches - 2 hours @ $190.00
The Beach Patrol - 3 hours @ $245. Meal included.
Great Southern Land - 4 hours @ $300.00. Meal included.
Blue Mountains Cruising - 6 hours @ $350.00. Includes meals
Kangaroo Valley Hop - 8 hours @ $410.00. Includes meals
Available 7 Days 9am - 9pm
Nundle Express - 2 days @ $950.00. Includes accommodation and all meals.
Check for departure times-Booking essential.
A great gift idea for those who have done almost everything, vouchers available.
Easy Rider Motorbike Tours are the original bike tour company, established since 1990. So you are in good hands.
Situated and Departs: The Rocks Markets - George Street, Sydney.