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Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Model 3 Step 2.0
Genre: Action, Driving






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1997-12[1] ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1998-01 $?  ?



Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders (ハーレーダビッドソン&L.A.ライダーズ) is an arcade game developed by AM1 and released in 1997. It was officially the first game to utilize the Sega Model 3 2.0 hardware, which ran at 166 MHz.

Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders was sold in two cabinet variants. The "deluxe" version featured a 50-inch projection monitor and motorcycle hydraulics. The other "standard" variant is a sit-down cabinet with a smaller 25-inch monitor, and no hydraulics.

Gameplay

In Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders, the player rides one of five Harley-Davidson models through three, four, or five stages, with the number of stages determined by the machine's settings. The objective is to complete a series of checkpoints around Los Angeles under a time limit. The CPU randomly determines the checkpoint location and course route. The player also has to collect many hidden items, such as "tokens" that resemble the Harley-Davidson logo, in order to earn bonus points. Tokens are worth 1,000 to 100,000 points, with more valuable tokens being hidden in obscure areas. Occasionally, the player will find special colored tokens floating around, which award 5 or 10 seconds of bonus time.

During gameplay, the player has the ability to choose from three different camera angles, select several different music pieces (some of which were recycled from other AM1-developed games such as Dynamite Baseball and Sega Ski Super G), and honk the bike with the start button. Like in any motorcycle racing game, the player can use Automatic or Manual Transmission. With Manual Transmission the player has to shift gears via his/her left hand-grip.

Motorcycles

FLSTF Fat Boy (silver); Rick
The rider is a man with short blonde hair, from Wisconsin, where Harley-Davidson originated. Rick wears a black leather jacket over a white T-shirt and black jeans.

Default Music: Beyond the Horizon

FL Panhead 1948 (yellow); Scott
The rider is a cowboy wearing a western-style leather jacket with black fringe over a light blue T-shirt. His bike is the slowest of all the L.A.Riders and cannot hope to compete with the newer bikes. Scott is from Texas.

Default Music: Cowboys on the Freeway

FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide (blue); Dave
The rider is an overweight motorcycle gang member from South Dakota. Dave wears a blue vest with an eagle on the back, denim jeans, and a bandana. He is featured in all of the official artwork for the game.

Default Music: Boss the Roadmaster

XL 1200S Sportster 1200 Sport (red); Anne
The rider is female and has long golden blonde hair. She also wears a black vest with the "Sportster" logo in red on the back and wears black jeans. She is from Florida. The Sportster has great acceleration and handling.

Default Music: L.A. Blue Sky

FXRP (Police Motorcycle) (white); Suzy
The rider is a female policewoman with long brown hair. The FXRP is a police motorcycle, and the fastest of the five motorcycles in-game. When pushing start using this bike, it will activate a police siren instead of the horn.

Default Music: Head for the Wild World

When a game is successfully completed, each bike and rider has different ending material.

If time runs out in a game, each rider has different failure animations, and the announcer will also say "Don't worry!" or "Try again!" depending on the player's progress.

Artwork

Magazine articles

Main article: Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Model 3, US (standard)
HDaLAR Model3 Manual Standard.pdf
Manual
Model 3, US (deluxe)
HDaLAR Model3 Manual Deluxe.pdf
Manual
Model 3, JP (standard)
Model 3, JP (deluxe)
  1. File:CVG UK 196.pdf, page 76