Harley-Davidson World Ride Tops 10 Million Miles; Record Mileage Eclipses 2012 Total by 28 Percent

E8Milwaukee (June 28, 2013) – Motorcycle riders from around the world enthusiastically joined members of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) on June 23 and 24 to shatter last year’s record mileage total for the Harley-Davidson World Ride by collectively logging more than 10 million miles, a 28 percent increase over the 2012 total. 

Launched in 2008 as H.O.G.’s Million Mile Monday, the annual event was expanded into the two-day Harley-Davidson World Ride in 2012 to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate. In 2012, participants logged 7,799,140 miles, but this year as riders celebrated the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the 30th Anniversary of H.O.G. that culminates this Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee, they blitzed that record by more than 25 percent, tallying an official total of 10,018,231 miles. Riders logged their miles solo, in groups large and small, and through a variety of dealer-led events around the world.

“Harley-Davidson riders are universally united by a special bond that celebrates freedom, independence and self-expression, and the incredible participation in the World Ride this year proves that there is no better way to experience those themes than by riding a motorcycle,” said Ken Knuteson, Director of the Harley Owners Group. “Riding 10 million miles in two days is an impressive statistic, but this accomplishment truly represents the passion we share as a global family of riders.”

Riders from 65 countries participated in this year’s World Ride, with these five countries posting the highest totals:

United States: 4,507,025

Brazil: 1,409,098

Mexico: 1,022,319

India: 983,431

Spain: 352,815

Every mile ridden by participants in this year’s Harley-Davidson World Ride was logged by the online mileage accumulator at h-d.com/worldride, where a rolling odometer recorded the collective distance traveled by all participants in the World Ride in real time as entries were added. Each participant was able to download a commemorative certificate of participation with his or her mileage total for the day.

For more information about the Harley Owners Group, visit hog.com.


Key West Poker Run Evolves into Key West Bike Week

2013 Early Poker Run Photo Phil, Char, Ace, ButchPhil Peterson’s Key west Poker Run started some 41 years ago as just an idea to drum up some business during a normally slow time of year for his motorcycle business in Miami and Key West. Phil thought  if he had a Poker Run to Key West in August and made an event of it, that would do the trick.  Phil and a handful of local motorcycle riders, mostly from the Mustang Motorcycle Club decided to try it. The Run started early Saturday morning with sign up at the Miami Store, a ride to Key West  hitting five restaurants or bars to draw a card and arriving in Key West in time to get cleaned up for the Awards Dinner, Dance and Bike Show.  The best hands would win prizes and as an added attraction they had a Best Dressed Contest (where riders and their passengers would wear matching boots, pants and shirts with their helmets panted to match their bikes) so not only was the bike judged but also the riders we judged for the best looking couple and they were awarded  trophies. On Sunday morning they would have a Field Meet showing off their rider skills and scored for different events i.e. slow race, roll a barrel with your front tire, ride over the teeter-totter plank etc. Competing for trophies) In those days there where small well organized riders clubs with  a lot of camaraderie and friendly competition between clubs. Everyone would return home on Sunday afternoon and this went on for many years in the early days of the Poker Runs.

Today the Poker Run has grown into a major event with police estimates of ten to fifteen thousand riders. In the recent years it has managed to sell out all of the Key West Hotels with more and more riders staying on nearby Islands and traveling into Key West for the day or party that they want to attend. Drew Peterson, Phil’s son, now manages and promotes  the Poker run and believes another way that we can grow this event is to make it a Key’s Bike Week with a Key West Poker Run. So this year the plan is to have motorcycle rides, events and attractions  throughout the Upper and Middle Keys to attract riders to come and stay for the Week and Island hop. There are thousands of hotel rooms and places to stay thought-out the upper and middle keys.  The idea is to ride down and ride all over the Keys for the first three or four days and enjoy many of the things you can do like, snorkeling or dive trips, fishing and fishing trips, kayaking, jet skiing, para-sailing  and of course enjoying Paradise while eating, drinking and shopping. Then there is the Poker Run which will start one day earlier this year on Thursday.  Poker Run stops will open on Thursday morning when the first stop Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo opens at 9am. The run ends on Saturday at 5 pm in Key West at the last stop which is the Conch Republic. So far all of the first four stops Gilbert’s on Key Largo, Post Card Inn on Islamorada, The Island Fish Co on Marathon and Boondocks on Ramrod Key plan on having special events and parties all week long with each of them having one big party day in that week. You will find all of the hotel accommodations listed by mile marker and rates with phone numbers and e-mail addresses for all of the Keys by visiting Petersonsharley.com and clicking on the Poker Run link.

Best Dressed 41 years ago

Best Dressed 41 years ago

New this year, the Peterson’s are working with Yuengling to give away two new Harley-Davidson Motorcycles at their annual New Model Open House/Pre Poker Run Parties. On Saturday September 14th at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson of Miami and on Sunday September 15th  at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson South one lucky winner at each location will win a new motorcycle or a $10,000 Peterson’s gift certificate.

Again, the yearly recurring events in Key west will happen auto–magically as they do every year and as they are listed at Petersonsharley.com in the poker run link and in the agenda or programs. Events like the 6th Annual Upper Duval Crawl on ThursdayNight, Vendors Village on Green street on Friday and Saturday, Sunset Festivals at Mallory Square, The  Hog Roast at Schooner Wharf BarFriday Night, Duval Street Party closed to motorcycle parking and foot traffic only Friday and Saturday, Rick’s / Durty Harry’s Bike Show by Big Bike Rider’s Association Saturday, Sloppy Joe’s Biker Beer Garden sponsored by Yuengling Beer, 19th Annual Blessing of the Bikes by the Christian Motorcycle Association, Biker Bash Pool Party at the Southernmost Hotel Collection all weekend, Biker Bloody Mary Brunch at the Southernmost Beach Café on Sunday. The main event is the awards for the best poker hands and the one game of Texas Hold-em for the New Harley-Davidson 883 Iron held at what used to be called Cowboy’s now under new owners it is called The Rose Tattoo Bar .

Again this year, you can sign up on line now for the Poker Run at petersonsharley.com  or in person starting September 1st , at one of the Peterson’s Harley-Davidson Dealerships. You can also sign up in Key West at the Conch Republic Seafood starting September 19th and you can do the Poker Run in reverse or draw all five cards on the spot. Buy as many hands as you like and increase your chances.  Sign up for the Poker Run is ten dollars a hand and you will also receive a discount price of five dollars for a parking band for each motorcycle. The band will give you free parking on Duval Street for the Friday and Saturday Street Parties. If you do not sign up for the Poker Run you will have to buy a Duval Parking band for ten dollars on site when entering Duval Street. All proceeds go to help local charities like the Diabetes Research institute and the Key West Rotary Club so sign up and help a good cause.

New this year is a contest for the Oldest Official Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run t-shirt with $500 going to the winner, time and place to be announced. There will also be the Furthest Traveled Contest the winner must have ridden their motorcycle the entire distance, to be announced at the final awards at 11 pm Saturday night.

Make plans to attend and enjoy this world famous annual charity event all for a good cause. Sign up and stay up with the latest updates on the Poker Run at petersonsharley.com

2013 early Poker run Feild meet photo 2013 early Poker run Mustang MC Club

GITI Tire Company Ltd. (GITI) is recalling certain Runway P235/60 R16 Enduro 816 tires

GITI Tire Company Ltd. (GITI) is recalling certain Runway P235/60 R16 Enduro 816 tires manufactured in the second week of 2013 (DOT code 0213). Due to a tire mold issue, the tires may develop splits in the shoulder. The tires may experience rapid air loss while driving, possiblity resulting in tire failure and increasing the risk of a crash. GITI will notify owners and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GITI Tire at 1-866-488-4737. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Upcoming Texas Charity Events

Bikers in city streetsThat’s right, it’s motorcycle season. If you ride, then you know very well the excitement about this time of year. Large packs of motorcycles shake highways and byways to their very core. Don’t just think that riders are all gruff. Sure, the lifestyle is a little rough around the edges, but riders — especially in Texas — have a great sense of compassion. That’s why the season of motorcycles is also the season of charity rides. From the summer on, there are plenty of events to participate in.

Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride & Cook-Off – June 29

After a brief memorial ceremony, the memorial ride kicks off through scenic Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Brazoria and Galveston Counties. Ending at the Galveston County Fairgrounds, participants can engage in a plethora of festivities. Between eating plates of barbecue food, riders can listen to live entertainment and participate in bike games. Registration costs $25 per rider and $35 for rider and passenger. Money is raised for the Texas Fallen Heroes Family Network fund, a Texas LODD Task Force program that provides support to the families of firefighters who gave their life in the line of duty.

Bikers for Heroes – September 14

The 2nd Annual Bikers For Heroes Patriotic Parade raises funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, to honor wartime veterans. A fleet of motorcycles will begin and end in the Community of Westminster with scenic routes through Farmersville Square and The War Memorial Plaza. You can enter the event for $20, which includes a T-shirt for the first 100 registered. Big Slicks will provide a free breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and a burger and chips lunch for $5 at the ride’s end, according to the Bikers for Heroes website.

Revvin’ for the Ribbon – September 21

Motorcyclists will don their pink ribbons for this upcoming community event benefiting breast surgery patients. The proceeds raised will go toward the Ultimate Healing Kits for patients at local hospitals. Revvin’ for the Ribbon consists of a motorcycle rally winding through the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex—500 riders are expect to participate, according to CycleFish.com. An expo will also take place with live music and stories from the breast cancer community.

Considering that you may be exposed to some harsh elements during the ride, it’s probably a great time to give your bike the once-over. Does your Bonneville need some new brake pads? Looking to invest in some quality rain gear for the Texan rides? More importantly, is your battery full and ready to go? Companies like BikeBandit.com sponsor AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days on July 19-21. The popular parts outlet will give away BikeBandit.com motorcycle parts gift cards away every ten minutes to use on bike upgrades for the upcoming charity events. Make 2013 a year to remember, not only for you but for the millions that need your help, all by riding your motorcycle.

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012 Street Triple motorcycles

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012 Street Triple motorcycles manufactured from June 2012 through November 2012; and model year 2012 Daytona 675 motorcycles manufactured July 2012 through October 2012. The motorcycles may have been assembled without a guide for the throttle cables. Without the guide, the cables may move freely and become trapped in the steering stop, impeding the steering operation and affecting the driver’s ability to control the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash. Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will install a throttle cable guide free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 for more information. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.