ROC Harley-Davidson opens in the South Rand
ROC Harley-Davidson is a new dealership just off the Voortrekker Road off-ramp on the N12 running through Johannesburg South, and hosted a jovial opening party to celebrate. ROC stands for Ride Of Choice, a strong sturdy name common to shop owner, Nathaniel Do Amaral, who is also the proprietor of FAST KTM in the shop next door.
The amiable Do Amaral is quite a success story, having begun life with a little quad shop in the South Rand called Factory Racing where he sat behind a counter with a few quad parts adorning his meagre shelves. The shop gradually grew, expanding in the off-road accessories game, until he was eventually granted a KTM dealership. And so his business grew, moving to two larger premises during its journey before settling in their current dealership – one of the biggest KTM stands in the country– and adopting the name FAST KTM.
The Nathaniel Do Amaral story now moves a step further with the opening of a Harley-Davidson dealership, a surprise turn by the until now off-road focused team. While this is an unexpected move, it makes a good deal of sense. Harley-Davidson is hardly a competitor for the performance focused orange machines next door, but it they are also similar. They both share a theme of passion, prestige and heritage, although moving in very different circles. Because of this, the two brands are complementing instead of competing – rather than a client choosing one instead of the other, there’s a better chance of that client choosing both.
For Harley-Davidson, the appointment of Do Amaral and his team is a bold one, because he has no previous experience with Harley-Davidson nor the cruiser market, but this is possibly a good thing. These days, Harley-Davidson has been adopting bold new strategies and bold new product lines, and maybe a new take on the market will stir the pot. So far, Nathaniel and his crew have shown nothing but forward strides, so surely they know how to make a bike shop tick.
This should be very interesting indeed.