Motorcycle enthusiasts will have plenty to smile about this weekend as Richardson's Harley-Davidson celebrates its 43rd anniversary.
The iconic Prospect store has been meeting Launceston's big bike needs for over four decades and has the enviable title of Australia's oldest independently owned Harley-Davidson dealership.
Richardson's owner Simon Hrycyszyn said the industry has changed since he serviced his first Harley - under his fathers West Launceston house in 1973 - but his love of the American bike had remained.
He said the success of the Tasmanian business was due to a shared passion between motorcyclists and the brand, as well as access to some of the best roads in Australia.
"We have excellent riding roads here, mountainous, you can't be anywhere in Tasmania without a view of the mountains, he said.
"Most people who ride bikes don't like straight long roads, they like going up mountains and around corners."
To celebrate the milestone Mr Hrycyszyn and his team will be putting on a Saturday riding extravaganza including a thunder ride from the Deloraine Train Park and back to the Prospect store.
The day will also include live music and entertainment, kids rides, pop-up shops and a raffle draw for three motorcycles with the proceeds raised going to support the Launceston General Hospital Children's Ward.
Richardson's Events and marketing manager Lindelle Curran-Hrycyszyn said the dealership hoped to raise $30,000 to donate to the LGH.
She said over the years the dealership had donated over $620,000 to local and Australian Charities - something Mr Hrycyszyn and his team were keen to continue.
Mr Hrycyszyn said with the support of the local community and Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from around the world, his dealership had prospered, and explained giving back to the community has always been a focus for the business.
"We have people coming here from all over all over the world, and not necessarily motorcycle riders," he said. "Many people come to see the museum and learn about the history of the place."
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