Thirteen years ago, Harley-Heaven Melbourne was a much different place.
Steve Shirgwin recalls a different time in the Melbourne store
“We were kind of shoved down the back of the Peter Stevens store in Elizabeth street,” recalls Steve, “and it wasn’t a whole lot of fun trying to get 20 Harleys out onto the street and back inside every day.”
Five staff, four salesmen and one manager along with their desks, were packed in tight.
“There was much rejoicing when we moved to a much larger and beautiful showroom around the corner, in A’Beckett Street where we stayed for nearly eight years before moving to our current home in Spencer Street, West Melbourne.” Steve recalls there was never a lack of motivation to succeed.
“It has been an amazing time for me personally and working with a determined ‘Family Owned Business’, success is contagious.
“Plus there is a certain pride in working at one of the best and largest Harley Davidson Dealerships in Australia. It ensures everything we do, every time, is done with the most utmost care and attention.”
Working for Harley-Heaven has its benefits for sure and Steve recalls meeting Bill Davidson, great-grandson of the founder, William A. Davidson, not once, but twice. “It was at the grand opening of our current store in Spencer Street in May 2017 that I met him again after our first meeting at the fantastic museum in Milwaukee. “We were was doing a tour with ‘Heavy Duty Magazine’ to Sturgis 2015 and Neal Brumby (owner/editor of Heavy Duty Magazine) had organised for Bill to come down and meet and greet with us.
“There were about 12 of us and we were thrilled to just meet him, but he ended up staying with us for more than two hours as we toured the museum. He was full of life, and obviously in his element.”
“The Harley-Davidson Museum attracts riders from all over American and the world, congregating in the car park for a fantastic get together. Every Thursday is bike night and Harley-Davidson put on entertainment and activities. It was a total fluke, and we had a great night.”
Other highlights, Steve recalls, is his three times to Sturgis and a ride of the legendary Route 66.
Harley Heaven Melbourne is also home to the first HOG Chapter out of America, ‘OZ HOG’, and in 2017, celebrated their 30th Anniversary.
“I am proud to be the ‘Chapter Manager’ to OZ HOG for Harley Heaven Melbourne. We do some fantastic rides, month in, month out and it gives me great satisfaction to ride with these proud owners.”
And, of course, Steve is a Harley owner, getting back in the saddle 17 years ago.
“My first was a 1996 Dyna Custom, then 2000 Dyna Low Rider, then 2006 Softail Springer, then 2012 10th Anniversary Night Rod Special, then 2008 CVO Softail Springer, and now back to a 2006 Softail Springer.
“It's been awesome to own so many great bikes and thanks to Harley-Heaven, I’ll probably own a few more yet!”