New Harley-Davidson Campaign Aims To Break Stereotype + Video

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Today, Harley-Davidson is launching its “Roll Your Own” marketing campaign, with an aim towards breaking the stereotype of the brand’s typical rider. The campaign features real Harley-Davidson riders and introduces the call to action of #RollYourOwn.

“The new work shows there is no one way to ride a Harley,” said Dino Bernacchi, U.S. Marketing Director at Harley-Davidson. “The new creative is about each rider defining their independence and attitude, whether kicking up dirt on the track or sliding through the curves on ice.”

The new campaign debuts today with a series of :60 and :30 broadcast ads ( available here), print ads, online advertising and social content. The campaign will air during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as well as on theCHIVE and

Showing the unique ways people ride a Harley-Davidson is just part of how the company celebrates rider individuality. The other unique way is how riders personalize their Harleys. This spring U.S. dealers will compete in a bike build-off battle with the Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle being featured throughout the campaign. Bike builds will happen around the country, and in the end, one dealer will ultimately be crowned the “Custom King.” The resulting customized Street motorcycles will roll into all major Harley-Davidson promotions and among the company’s promotional partners, including UFC and ESPN X Games.

Now through May 31, customers can start rolling their own on a Street 500 or 750 for as low as $99 a month, to experience the fun of riding a Harley.

Also as part of the campaign, fans and riders are encouraged to share their “Roll Your Own” experiences across Harley-Davidson’s social channels using #RollYourOwn.

“Through consumer-generated content, we’ll spotlight how professionals in performance sports such as flat track racing and hill climbing are taking Harley-Davidson motorcycles right to the edge,” said Bernacchi.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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