What are 'Dealership Tee’s', how did they start and where do the backprints come from? Legend has it Dealership T-shirts started at a dusty racetrack sometime in the 70’s. Although there are several companies who create dealership Tee’s one of the originators is RK Stratman who got their licence in 1983. Ron K Stratman, a race fanatic and a Harley guy through and through, came into agreement with the motorcompany to create Harley-Davidson Tee’s for the dealer network complete with backprint. Over time, new and interesting designs for the dealer backprints became popular and shops started giving their own spin on their designs, so becoming a collectable item.
We still order our T’s from RK Stratman, who are based in Wentzville, Missouri. Over the years we’ve printed a wide range of designs, each one incorporating a little piece of Scotland, after all, Harley-Davidson do have roots here in Scotland!
So, where do our designs come from and how do we choose our designs? Over the years they were a standard print, modified to add our location, but over the last few years we took our design process inhouse. Various team members have come up with ideas and they would be sketched and set to the motor company for modification and approval for release.
Our top designs over the last few years have been the Wallace print, our Glencoe logo. Our Wallace print features William Wallace’s “Pro Liberatate” family crest – having been born just a few miles from the shop’s current location, not only is he a local lad, but a bit of a legend here in Scotland and further afield. Wallace’s name has become synonymous with freedom, a value most bikers can relate to! As West Coast is a popular stop off with folks travelling through to complete the North Coast 500, our Glencoe print features the iconic landscape, a highland Stag and Scottish flags - what a great piece to take home to commemorate your trip.
We're listing new Harley Tees and hoodies weekly so be sure to check back regularly for our new designs. In the meantime you can shop for them here: