Man Risks His Life To Save Bike Containing His Brothers’s Ashes

Monson MA  March 20, 2013:  (excerpted from The Republican)    Billy Fountain told the local newspaper there was no way he was letting his brother’s 1992 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy burn up in the fire that broke out near the barn where it was being stored. “Hell or highwater, I was getting the bike out of there,” Fountain said.

The reason? Encased inside the handlebars of the turquoise and blue bike were cremated remains of his brother, Harold E. Fountain II, who died in an accident on the bike in Orlando Florida in 2004.  Besides his brother’s ashes,  his likeness is painted on the tank and Billy said the bike means everything to him.

“Things like this, it doesn’t matter to me as long as I got a place to sleep,” Fountain said of the fire – and, as long as his brother’s bike was OK. “I had to get that bike,” he said, swiping a tear from his cheek.

 

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON® BREAKOUT® BELONGS TO THE STREET

Press Release –  The 2013 Harley-Davidson® Breakout® motorcycle is an urban prowler, a bike ready for a midnight ramble to the roadhouse or a rib joint rendezvous with the crew. Green light? Crack the throttle to deliver a muscular dose of American V-Twin torque and etch the asphalt with a fat rear tire. The Breakout will be long gone, along with its rider’s inhibitions.

 With authentic swagger that turns heads in traffic and a proud stance certain to draw a curb-side crowd on bike night, the Breakout is presented as a premium model in its segment with distinctive finishes and specific components not breakout low resavailable on other Harley-Davidson bikes. Long and low-slung, the Breakout features a 240mm rear tire visually balanced with thick forks and chopped fenders, while a shaved tank console and a drag handlebar keep the profile low. A Twin Cam 103Bpowertrain and other components are trimmed in gleaming chrome and gloss-black paint.

 Like the acclaimed 2013 Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO™) Breakout® model that precedes it, the Breakout features styling that’s smooth, tight, and intended to showcase the engine and the tires.

 “With Breakout we got down to motorcycle essentials, which means emphasizing the powertrain and the wheels,” says Harley-Davidson Styling Manager Kirk Rasmussen. “The black and chrome engine visually pops out of the center the bike, and then to maximize the impact of the tires, the fenders are chopped. We wanted a lot of rubber showing to give the Breakout a tough, muscular look.”

 The Gasser wheels are new and specific to the Breakout, according to Rasmussen.

 “We’ve always loved the gasser-style drag racing wheels from the 1960s and ‘70s,” says Rasmussen. “Our wheels are loosely inspired by those classics. Each wheel has 10 half-round spokes. The gloss-black powdercoat is machined away on alternating spokes and the rim edge to expose the aluminum under the paint.”

 A gloss-black finish is also applied to the new cast aluminum oil tank, as well as fork lowers, brake rotors, muffler shields and the handlebar.

 “To lower Breakout’s overall profile, we placed the speedometer on the handlebar riser,” says Rasmussen, “and topped the fuel tank with a black leather strip that covers the seam, and a chrome-plated pod that’s just high enough to conceal necessary wiring and vent lines. The handlebar is a new curved drag bend that which I think feels aggressive when you ride.”

 The Softail® chassis mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, but utilizes rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight within the frame rails. The Breakout is available with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and the Harley-Davidson security system as a factory-installed option.

 Key Breakout Features

 • The Twin Cam 103B™ engine with 103-cid (1690cc), counter-balanced and rigid-mounted within the frame, is rated at 95.5 ft. lbs. of torque at 3000 rpm. The engine is equipped with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), and Automatic Compression Release    (ACR), and is mated to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission.

 • The powertrain is finished in black powdercoat with chrome covers and gloss-black shields over chrome dual-staggered mufflers.

 • Gasser-style 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels are finished in gloss-black powdercoat with machined highlights; 8 by 18-inch rear and 3.5 by 21-inch front.

 • Floating front and rear brake rotors have gloss-black carriers.

 • Front and rear fenders are chopped. The front fender location and bracket are specific to the Breakout. The rear fender is shaped and positioned to fit close to the 240mm tire. One-piece forged aluminum rear fender supports are highly polished.

 • The front end spreads 49mm forks approximately 1.75-inches wider than previous FX Softail models to allow fitment of a 130mm front tire. The fork lowers and headlight bucket are finished in gloss black.

 • New Single-Rib Cast Aluminum Oil Tank is finished in gloss black.

 • A five-gallon fuel tank is topped with a black molded-leather strip and a low-profile chrome cover.

 • The two-piece seat features a passenger pillion that may be removed without tools for solo   riding and to fully expose the rear fender. Laden seat height is 24.7 inches.

 • An all-new wide drag-style handlebar is finished in gloss black. The speedometer is mounted on the chrome pull-back handlebar riser.

 • The side-mounted license plate and combination stop/turn/tail lights leave the wide rear fender uncluttered.

 • The glass-filled fuel tank medallions and graphics are exclusive to the Breakout.

 • Available solid colors include Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl and Ember Red Sunglo.

 Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com.

Ravens Donate Pair of HD’s to New Orleans PD

HD-pOLICE-4First it was a full page ad in the Times-Picayune,thanking the residents of New Orleans for their hospitality.  Then the Baltimore Ravens owner, Steve Bisicotti, purchased a pair of Harley-Davidson FLHP police bikes and donated them to NOPD for the assistance that was given to the team during its stay in the Big Easy.

Typically the police departments in cities that host the Super Bowl provide the visiting teams 24 hour security and police escorts to and from the stadium for team buses.

“We wanted to do something to show our appreciation for how well our team, our families and our fans were treated by everyone representing New Orleans,” Bisciotti said in a statement released by the team.

The bikes were  presented by Ravens Super Bowl star Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native, during a press conference Wednesday. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and police superintendent Ronal Serpes accepted the gift on behalf of the NOLA PD’s traffic division.

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PUT FREEDOM TO THE TEST WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON RENTALS

_hd_rentalHarley-Davidson Authorized Rentals Help Riders Answer Adventure’s Call

MILWAUKEE (Feb. 18, 2013) – Every one of  the approximately 18.4 million miles[1] of paved roads around the world mile represents an adventure that’s waiting to happen, and as the largest provider of motorcycle rentals in the world, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals can provide the ride for those inspired to answer the call.

With 224 Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals locations in the United States and Canada, 121 international locations in 18 countries, and the largest fleet of late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals last year alone helped fulfill 80,000 dreams over the course of more than 220,000 days and more than 50 million miles traveled.

“Whether it’s a business trip, a vacation, or just a chance to ride a new Harley, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals is the best way to do it. With over 300 locations around the world, nobody fulfills those dreams better than Harley-Davidson,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience – North America.

Popular Authorized Rentals destinations include Hawaii and Florida, locations throughout the German, Italian and Swiss Alps, the US and Canadian Rockies, the fiords of Scandinavia, and near many of the best known motorcycle roads in the United States, including California’s US Highway1, Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon, and of course, Route 66.

Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals dealers offer a variety of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to those that are over 21 years old, have a valid motorcycle endorsement and the skills to handle a heavy-weight motorcycle.  Every Harley-Davidson Authorized Rental includes a Harley-Davidson helmet and rain gear, short term luggage storage, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Online reservations at any participating dealer can be made 24 hours a day at h-d.com/rentals.

KID ROCK AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON LAUNCH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND COLLABORATION DURING 110TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Learning from previous mistakes (Elton John headlining the 100th anniversary celebration)  Harley-Davidson has announced an exclusive partnership with legendary musician and ‘American Badass’ Kid Rock, including a Saturday night performance for the company’s 110th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee over this year’s Labor Day weekend.

The first-of-its-kind partnership brings together two legendary American rebels and names Harley-Davidson as a title sponsor of Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul tour, which kicks off this weekend, Feb. 2, 2013, in Kansas City. Harley-Davidson plans to offer fans unique experiences at each of the 60 planned stops during the Rebel Soul tour. The tour sponsorship is just one aspect of the overarching relationship, which will extend from concerts to retail promotions.

The final stop on the tour is Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, when Kid Rock rolls into Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson’s hometown, to party with thousands of his fellow riders. Kid Rock will play a ticketed show at the Marcus Amphitheater, which is located on the south end of Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds). Fans who purchase 110th Anniversary ticket packages – currently available at www.ticketmaster.com – will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for Kid Rock’s 110th Anniversary performance before they go on public sale later this spring.  Kid Rock is one of three headliners Harley-Davidson plans to announce for the 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee – the other entertainment will be announced later this spring.

“What’s not to love about Harley?” said Kid Rock. “They are the backbone of American culture, the flagship American brand. I am honored and excited to partner with this legendary icon that has helped to define American freedom at home and abroad. In 110 years no one has done a better job of representing America – there is NOTHING that screams America like Harley-Davidson.”

A unique element of the partnership is an exclusive line of limited-edition, co-branded Rebel Soul merchandise featuring a line coined by Kid Rock: “I can’t hear you over the rumble of my freedom.” Fans will be able to purchase concert-specific merchandise at each show, as well as an exclusive line of merchandise at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships across the U.S. This is the first time either brand has offered such an extensive line of co-branded merchandise.

Also, at every Rebel Soul tour stop this year, Harley-Davidson will offer one winner the chance to join Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul band and rock on stage for one song during that night’s performance. Fans simply have to find the Harley-Davidson Display Area at each venue to register. ( more after this video of Kid Rock Born Free  riding what looks like an HD Road King sans helmet)

Harley-Davidson is also raising the stakes with a national promotion where one fan will win a once-in-a-lifetime experience including a factory-customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the opportunity to rock alongside Kid Rock on stage during the 110thAnniversary show in Milwaukee. Fans can enter to win the national promotion at www.h-d.com/kidrock beginning Feb. 2. The winner’s VIP trip to the 110th Anniversary will also include a meet-and-greet and photo shoot with Kid Rock.

“Kid Rock puts on a great show and embodies a lot of what Harley-Davidson and our fans stand for – freedom, independence, self-expression and the rebel spirit,” said Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer. “We’re excited to take an unprecedented ride with him during the Rebel Soul tour.”

Harley-Davidson plans to announce ticket sales information for the Kid Rock performance in Milwaukee in the coming weeks, along with additional details related to the 110th Anniversary.  Event dates and tickets for Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul concert tour are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

About the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary

The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary is a year-long, global celebration connecting millions of Harley-Davidson fans across the globe united by a common bond and shared passion for freedom, self-expression and epic adventure. Included in the official 110thAnniversary calendar are 12 different 110th Anniversary experiences that Harley-Davidson will bring to existing motorcycle events in global markets throughout September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents and will be capped by two main celebration events in Rome, Italy, in June 2013 and Milwaukee during Labor Day weekend.

 

Harley-Davidson fans are invited to learn more about the 110th Anniversary and join the celebration online where they can share videos, images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #HD110, and at www.h-d.com/110.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON FREEDOM JACKET JOURNEYS THOUSANDS OF MILES IN ONE YEAR TO UNITE INDEPENDENTS AROUND THE WORLD

Fans Near and Far Tell Incredible Stories of Freedom and Adventure through a Single Leather Jacket as it Travels the Globe for Harley’s 110th Anniversary Celebration

MILWAUKEE (Jan. 15, 2013) – In August 2012, Harley-Davidson fans around the world kicked off a year-long celebration of the company’s 110th Anniversary. Over the course of an entire year, millions of fans across 11 countries and six continents are celebrating their shared passion for freedom, self-expression, epic adventure, and the stories that unite them.

s part of the year-long celebration, Harley-Davidson has enlisted individuals from all over the world to take a single black leather jacket – the ‘Freedom Jacket’ – on an adventure and to share their stories online. The Freedom Jacket will pass from rider to rider and visit dozens of iconic destinations in all corners of the globe, collecting their stories before coming home to Milwaukee for the final celebration, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, and for display at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

“The Freedom Jacket represents one of the most elemental, yet powerful truths of what it means to be a Harley-Davidson rider,” said Harley-Davidson’s Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer. “A leather jacket is like a rider’s soul – every pin, scratch, scrape and patch is a visual marker of your journey and becomes part of your identity and the stories you tell.”

The Freedom Jacket was born last August when Richer wore a simple Harley leather jacket during an epic ride across the Tibetan Plateau in China to help kick-off the 110th Anniversary. At a stop along the ride, Richer asked a local Chinese man, who was working painting road markers, to paint something on the jacket to symbolize what he thought about Harley-Davidson. The man painted the Chinese character for “freedom.”

Since then, the Freedom Jacket has been worn by passionate enthusiasts who’ve traveled to destinations around the world, including the foothills of the Alps in Faaker See, Austria for European Bike Week; the highways of Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and even the starting line of the NHRA Pro Stock finals in Pomona, CA.  In the coming months, the Freedom Jacket will journey to destinations both on and off the beaten path, including official Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary events planned in India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Rome.

Fans can explore the inspiring videos, photos and stories of those who have worn the Freedom Jacket by visiting www.h-d.com/110jacket, the company’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/Harley-Davidson), Twitter handle (@harley-davidson) or via the hashtag #FreedomJacket.

Harley-Davidson is also inviting fans to share stories about their own journeys via the 110th Anniversary website.  On January 22, the company will launch a unique online app that allows fans to create a personalized version of the 110thAnniversary “110 Years of Freedom” graphic with photos of their own epic adventures which will be featured on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook page and other online channels.  The company is also allowing fans the opportunity to create their own 110th Anniversary pages within the site to share their experiences with the world.

“The 110th Anniversary is, first and foremost, a celebration of our fans, so it’s only natural that user-generated content would be at the forefront of our efforts,” added Richer.

Harley-Davidson is planning to reveal several other exciting details related to the 110th Anniversary in the coming weeks, including announcing headlining talent for the Rome and Milwaukee celebration events, as well as sharing upcoming Freedom Jacket adventures.  Tickets for the 110th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee are currently on sale atwww.ticketmaster.com.

Apple Buys Lightning Trademark From Harley-Davidson

Back in September 2012, Apple debuted it’s new “Lightning” dock connector port for the iPad and iPhone.  The company said the new port would be used extensively in future devices.   All well and good, except, surprise surprise, Apple didn’t own the European trademark for the term “Lightning.”

Oops!  Well, not to worry, Apple is a pretty big company and has more money than God, so they can do whatever they want right?

Sure, except the company that owned the trademark term “Lightning” was the same company that has it’s logo tattooed on more bad-ass bodies than any other company.

Yep, that company.  Harley-Davidson.

Patently Apple is reporting that Apple recently purchased the European trademark, originally claimed by the infamous motorcycle company in 2005.

“The EU Patent & Trademark Office officially published two Apple trademark applications for ‘Lightning’ under numbers 011399821/862,” according to Patently Apple. The site also notes this negotiation seems to be a “partial transfer,” allowing Harley-Davidson to “use certain aspects of the trademark” after the transfer is complete.

Here’s how we fantasize the conversation unfolded.

Apple:  Hey Harley-Davidson, you guys own the Lightning trademark in Europe, we’d like to buy it.  How about we send you $250 and ten new iPads?  To sweeten the pot, we’ll throw in the 4G versions.

Harley-Davidson:  hmm….how bout you kick in some credits in the Itunes Store…?

Apple:  Why you greedy sons of b#$ches…!!

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES ON-SALE DATE FOR MILWAUKEE 110TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT TICKETS

Milwaukee Event to Culminate Year-Long, Global Celebration

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 27, 2012) –  For the past three months, Harley-Davidson has been on the road sharing epic experiences with fans from all corners of the globe — from the Tibetan Plateau in China to Sturgis to Faaker See, Austria – to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary: 110 Years of Freedom.  These events are just the beginning of a year-long, global celebration that will take place across 11 countries on six continents and culminate over Labor Day weekend in 2013, in Milwaukee, Wis. – home of Harley-Davidson.

Tickets for Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee next year will go on sale to the general public on Dec. 17, 2012, at www.H-D.com/110tickets. Members of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), the Motor Company’s official riding club, will have an opportunity to purchase tickets beginning Dec. 10, 2012.

The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration event in Milwaukee is Thursday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Events will include fan-organized rides to Milwaukee, a massive parade, three headlining concerts, parties at Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds) and activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Talent, as well as ticket details for the three headlining concerts that will be hosted at Marcus Amphitheater on the Summerfest Grounds, will be announced in early 2013.

For H.O.G. members, the event tickets include access to the global H.O.G. 30th Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 29 at the Summerfest Grounds, as well as access to members-only areas throughout the weekend’s events. Additional free public activities include parties at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships and street parties around the city.

Two ticket options for the Milwaukee 110th Anniversary Celebration are available:

Celebration Ticket – Print at Home ($95.00 USD; convenience fees not included) Available for purchases made within the continental U.S.; includes access to the Summerfest Grounds on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, an opportunity to purchase tickets for the headlining concerts at Marcus Amphitheater before they go on sale to the general public in spring 2013, a link to download the official event app on a mobile device or smartphone, map of historic Harley-Davidson sites in Milwaukee, and automatic entry to win a parade pass.

Commemorative Celebration Ticket Package ($102.50 USD; convenience fees not included)Includes the above admission package plus a photo frame holder, commemorative laminated ticket and lanyard, Milwaukee 110th Anniversary pocket guide, limited edition poker chip, guitar pick keepsake and drink koozie with corresponding drink discounts.

Join the Celebration Online

Harley-Davidson fans are invited to join the celebration online where they can share videos, images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #HD110, and at www.h-d.com/110.  To date, the Motor Company has shared four epic 110th Anniversary experiences via the site, as well as Harley-Davidson social pages, driving thousands of engagements from fans around the world.

The Web site, which will be updated in the coming months with new features and content, also includes details about all of the Motor Company’s 110th Anniversary events.

 

Ed Church, He Got It Back

Everyone has a story about the one that got away.  A high school sweetheart, a job, a house, a trophy buck, something.  But Ed Church’s story is different.  His is about a motorcycle.  His first motorcycle.

Church said the bike was a big influence on him as a sophomore in high school.  “the whole right of passage as a young man was trying to start one” said Church.

“It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw,” said Church, who rode the bike for 13 years and sold it when his daughter was born.

Church said when he started looking around for a bike from the same year as his first bike he had no idea he’d stumble upon the bike…his bike and just when he found it, it almost slipped through his fingers again.

Watch the video to hear the story in his words.

 

Harley-Davidson Recalls V-Rods for Minor Problem

 Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling all model year 2012 and certain model year 2013 VRSCDX motorcycles manufactured from June 14, 2011, through August 1, 2012. The license plate bracket assembly’s mounting screws may loosen and the assembly may separate from the rear fender. This condition may lead to contact with the rear tire which could cause the license plate bracket to rotate, possibly damaging the rear brake line.   If the license plate bracket contact with the rear brake line remains undetected, it may affect rear brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash, which could lead to injury or death of the rider. Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any affected motorcycles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, November 5, 2012. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-343-4056. his is Harley-Davidson recall 0148. 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.