Report: Harley Davidson AFOL Build

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There have been an increase in AFOL events at brand stores in 2019, something I think is a brilliant idea and a welcome change.

Here in the U.S. there was a Valentine's Day build, a Stranger Things build last month, and just last night, a Harley-Davidson build to support the recent release of 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. I believe there may also be a similar event at brand stores in the UK today.

In any event, let's take a look at this little build.

You'll notice a striking difference between my pictures and the promotional ones online: I haven't added any stickers. You're provided a small sticker sheet when you get to the store.

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The five stickers across the top are to allow you some choice as to which sticker you want to use to decorate the gas tank. I heard some grumbling that these stickers are just a little too wide for the part for which they're intended and so need a little trimming. The Harley-Davidson stickers are for both the front and back of the display window - I'm sure you noticed the absence of these stickers right away in the article picture.

Upon arriving at the store, all the parts for the build had been arranged in approximately the order in which they're used. There's quite a few Technic pieces included in the build, and I have to say it took much longer than I expected for me to put the motorcycle together. I'm not sure what that says about me as a builder or about the instructions.

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The motorcycle can stand on its own, thanks to the 1x2 clear plate at its base. It's connected to the display area by two Technic pins that extend behind the rear wheel and the middle of the chassis.

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The display looks attractive from the back. The large sticker to be placed on the back of the window will make it more appealing.

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All in all, it's a nice little display piece, though I'm not sure how true the motorcycle is to the real thing. However considering the limitations of the scale of the model I think this is a pretty good rendition.

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Wanting to build this yourself? You can find pictures of the instructions on the set details page.

I've really liked the AFOL Build events that I've attended so far this year, and I hope we continue to see more of them.

Did you make it to the AFOL event? What did you think of the model? Let us know in the comments.

20 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

great review.

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By in France,

Well. The stand looks much better than the bike itself IMO. I'm far, far from a master builder, but couldn't one do better for a bike (even HD) rendition at this small scale? The question is worth asking. Thanks for the review and report MeganL nonetheless.

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By in Latvia,

I didn't even know about this set! Wish my LEGO store had such events

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By in United Kingdom,

In the UK, this wasn't an AFOL build but a kids summer holiday make and take during the afternoon - a couple of weeks ago it was a space shuttle, and next its a miniature treehouse. Hoping to duck out of work to pick one up next week!

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By in United States,

The motorcycle looks very bland and rudimentary to me. Those stickers are interesting though.

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By in Germany,

The bike is a make and take event over here too (today actually). Next week will be the tree, like in the UK apparantly. The shuttle was near the end of July if I recall correctly.

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By in United States,

I can’t complain about the looks of the final product when it’s free. I would be impressed by the build if anyone came up to me with this to show me. It did take me a 15 minutes to build it and the stickers are a big plus. I hope there are more events like this. The store here in Cincinnati, OH did a great job organizing the event.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not able to make the build and take in store today, so I'd have to build this without stickers, so it's nice to see it without stickers, at it still looks worth building. Although I'll probably replace the "window" with a black or grey panel.

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By in United States,

Not a motorcycle fan myself but I can appreciate this build.

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By in United States,

I am so happy to see more make and take builds for adults showing up in stores. I can definitely understand why they have builds for kids that exclude adult builders, but the almost total lack of builds that adults were able to take part in prior to this year was definitely a bit frustrating. The Stranger Things build and now this build have both been great little adult directed builds, and I'm glad that LEGO took to heart the survey responses from some of the VIP/AFOL surveys they sent out awhile ago.

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By in United States,

I had fun last night at my local LEGO Store. For those building this today, I built the base first. It made the motorcycle build easier by removing the larger bricks and plates from the cup first.

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By in United States,

With the new digital only calendar - the sign ups for this were very few - only 20 or so at the store I went to so be sure to check out the calendar every month for short notice surprises!

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By in United States,

This was my first in-store build. It was enjoyable.

I like how the front wheel and handlebars can move even when it is plugged into the matrix (wall).

The instructions were a little confusing at times since each picture didn't show which parts were being used. There were two times where the picture would show putting parts onto other parts that had to be added during that same step.

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By in United States,

I was honestly surprised how the motorcycle connected to the base, which was a really cool design. It was a really enjoyable build.

Also, since Castle Byers is listed as a set already, are you guys planning to add the Valentine's Day Card build and this motorcycle build as sets on the site? I would love to add them to my owned list

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By in United States,

@hdhill321 The set is already on the site as HARLEY-1. It would be nice to see the Valentine’s Day Card added (couldn’t find that one)

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By in United Kingdom,

I love this bike and hope we get some proper build MF useable classic bikes as a set one day.

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By in United States,

I went as well with my kids. The build is pretty darn cool. I was little disappointed with the store's organization of the event. They had a table set up with the yellow Lego boxes containing the parts and guy with the sign up sheeting checking people off. That's all good. But they did not have the usual glossy printout sheets either. About 3 people picking parts and they were holding printed instructions. That's all they had so we waited. Line grew. Finally someone came out of back with a few more printed copies, but not one for each person. Ok no glossy sheet (which I prefer), but how hard would it be to have one printout ready for each person that signed up?

I agree the instructions were not super clear and this was not a little kids build. Between the 4 of us we made a couple mistakes and asked each other "is that right?".

I didn't put on my tank sticker, my son did and seems size was an issue as mentioned above.

I was wondering about the 2 HD stickers. I thought one was an extra like the tank stickers. Is it meant for front and back of panel? Instructions seem to only imply front. Also, it would need to be lined up perfectly on both sides (which would be hard to do) or it would look off / misaligned and drive me nuts. I also will say my daughter accidentally put it on upside down. Couldn't get it off cleanly. Had to use goo-gone at home to clean panel and apply second sticker.

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By in United States,

It's interesting that the bike connects to the wall and not that floor. I wonder how it would look without the 1x2 clear tile, since it doesnt need it for balance.

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By in United States,

@retrieverfalcon Thank you! I completely missed it when I was looking for it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Could i only get this yesterday? Because im going to the lego store today and was wondering if they still have them in?

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