Freightliner dealer leads Harley Davidson Thunder Ride

Freightliner dealer leads Harley Davidson Thunder Ride

A New Zealand Freightliner dealer was behind the wheel of a customised Coronado leading more that 1400 Harley-Davidson motorcycles enthusiasts on a cruise through Northland.

Christchurch Freightliner dealer and Harley-Davidson owner, Russell Marr from Prestige Commercial Vehicles says the customised Coronado tractor unit created quite a buzz as it approached crowds lined up to watch the Thunder Ride pass.

DSC06871 (2) copy“There were little kids, big kids, grandmas, and granddads all waving and taking photos. They loved the Harleys, and they loved the truck out the front,” says Marr.

Many of the kids along the Thunder Ride route appreciated Marr’s liberal use of the air horn.

Organisers estimate the motorcycle procession measured 4km from the nose of the Coronado to the rear wheel of the last Harley-Davidson.

The one-off Coronado has been decked out with a full suite of stainless steel parts and also features a flame paint scheme complementing many of the Harley-Davidsons on the rally.

As well as leading the motorcycle procession, the 15-litre Detroit Diesel powered Coronado was also used to tow the Harley-Davidson merchandise trailer, shipped in from Australia to the event in the host town of Paihia.

“Harley-Davidson is an iconic American brand, just like Freightliner, so it makes sense for us to be involved with such a fantastic event as the Iron Run festival,” says Freightliner New Zealand senior manager, Pieter Theron.

The Iron Run festival is organised by the Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Harley-Davidson although attendance is not limited to owners of Harley-Davidson bikes.

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