2000 Motorcyclists to Depart from Janesville, WI Raise Money for MDA

[facebook_ilike] Motorcyclists from across the state will ride together to fight neuromuscular disease during the 16th Annual MDA Tub Run June 18-19.

Over 2000 motorcyclists are expected to attend the Tub Run sponsored by The South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group and Kutter Harley-Davidson. Festivities begin Friday, June 18 with a Poker Run, pork barbeque dinner at Threshman’s Park in Edgerton, bike show, live music, and free overnight camping.

Riders depart Saturday, June 19 from Kutter Harley-Davidson, 3223 North Pontiac Drive, at 12 p.m. sharp. Post-ride entertainment takes place at Threshman’s Park and includes bike games, live music, a silent auction featuring over $8,000 worth of items, a raffle with over 200 prizes and an $8 steak dinner. Tickets for the dinner will be sold on-site to the first five hundred buyers.

Registration is $15 for the Poker Run and $25 for Saturday’s ride. Poker Run registration is from 3-7 p.m. Friday. Tub Run ride registration is from 1-7 p.m. Friday and 9:00-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kutter Harley-Davidson/Buell.

At least forty volunteers are needed to assist with registration, the Poker Run, food, bartending, clean-up, and the silent auction. For more information, contact Lucy Anderson at (608) 314-1720 or lucy@kutterharley.com.

The MDA Tub Run offers funding for MDA’s comprehensive medical services and support programs, making an impacting the lives of local families and individuals affected by neuromuscular disease. The South Central Wisconsin Janesville HOG is the second highest Harley-Davidson fundraiser for MDA in the United States. Over the past 16 years, the Chapter has donated over $1.4 million. All proceeds from the Tub Run will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy of Southwestern Wisconsin. For more information about the Tub Run, please visit www.kutterharley.com.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular disease through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive health and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors. For more information about MDA’s local services, please call (608) 222-3269.

92 Year Old Hits and Kills Motorcyclists

The Highway Patrol reported that 92 year old Faith Mitzel of Oberon North Dakota crossed the center line and struck a pair of motorcycles near Fort Trotten.

According to a report ,  30-year-old Sheri Leidholt was a passenger on a motorcycle that was struck byMitzel at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Highway 57. Leidholt died later at a Fargo hospital.  The other motorcyclists were taken to the hospital for treatment and their condition was critical but improving.

*Note, updated on May 26, 2010 4:48 Eastern time to change that Mitzel was not killed in the wreck, only Leidholt, the motorcyclist.


92 Year Old Hits and Kills Motorcyclists

The Highway Patrol reported that 92 year old Faith Mitzel of Oberon North Dakota crossed the center line and struck a pair of motorcycles near Fort Trotten.

According to a report ,  30-year-old Sheri Leidholt was a passenger on a motorcycle that was struck byMitzel at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Highway 57. Leidholt died later at a Fargo hospital.  The other motorcyclists were taken to the hospital for treatment and their condition was critical but improving.

*Note, updated on May 26, 2010 4:48 Eastern time to change that Mitzel was not killed in the wreck, only Leidholt, the motorcyclist.


Worth Harley-Davidson Expands

Kansas City, Missouri – May 4, 2010 – A name synonymous with Harley-Davidson is about to roar even louder as Worth Harley-Davidson North, one of the country’s most successful Harley-Davidson Motorcycle dealerships, moves into its new home at 9400 Northwest Prairie View Road in Kansas City, Missouri, and celebrates with its Grand Opening on June 4th and 5th, 2010.

The new 50,000 square foot facility sits on six acres, two-and-one-half times the size of the dealership’s former location in Gladstone, Missouri. The new showroom features more than 25,000 square feet of new and used Harley-Davidsons, comprising one of the largest selections of motorcycles in the Midwest. With more than 400 Harley-Davidsons under one roof, Worth Harley-Davidson North is poised to once again sell more new Harleys than any dealership from Canada to Texas. Its new location, within only three miles of the Kansas City area Harley-Davidson plant, provides an unparalleled opportunity for Harley enthusiasts to be a part of the experience from factory floor to showroom.

“This move is bigger for us in every way,” said Rick Worth, owner of Worth Harley-Davidson North. “Bigger showroom, bigger selection…it will take our customers and Harley fans to the next level.”

Worth’s Grand Opening Events are Guaranteed to Make Some Noise.

To celebrate the move, Worth Harley-Davidson North will present “Worth Stock”, a two-day grand opening event that will feature national-caliber musical performances and motorcycles. Friday, June 4 will feature country music with Chris Cagle, James Otto, and the Flat River Band. Saturday night features Jesse James Dupree and his band, Jackal, plus Nigel Dupree and local Kansas City area bands including Stairway to Zeppelin and many more. All of the concerts will be free and open to the public.

ThunderRun Continues Grand Opening Festivities

The following week, on Saturday, June 12th, Worth Harley-Davidson North will host the third annual ThunderRun, the only motorcycle event of its kind that last year raised over $50,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. ThunderRun will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the all new Worth Harley-Davidson North.

Together “WorthStock” and ThunderRun will make Worth Harley-Davidson North the mecca of all things on two wheels…until Sturgis comes around in August.

More Chrome and More Loans Make Worth Roar

Worth Harley-Davidson North’s sales consistently rank in the top 10 nationally. That’s an accomplishment that doesn’t come easy as Worth is not only competing against dealerships in the Kansas City area, but with dealerships in sun-belt cities like Daytona, Miami and Los Angeles. Despite a top selling season that is only eight months long, Worth puts up numbers that not only surpass other Midwest dealers, but puts them in a category that only the sun-drenched big dealerships can touch.

Part of Worth’s success comes from selling bikes to customers all over the country. In fact, Worth Harley-Davidson North has sold motorcycles to owners in every state except Hawaii. It’s a fact that they are quite proud of.

“We work hard to have the right bike at an affordable price,” says Chris Geren, General Manager of Worth Harley-Davidson North. “Our selection and approach to financing makes us a destination for buyers from all over the country.”

Financing is a key distinction for Worth Harley-Davidson North. Worth’s relationship with lenders and its ability to find financing for purchasers puts it at a level above most other dealerships. Worth is able to offer financing at more favorable terms for buyers, often with better terms than their own hometown dealership. The selection doesn’t hurt either.

“Originally we came down here for the price,” said Tim Ballard, a customer from Norwalk, Iowa. “We got down to Worth Harley-Davidson North and the service, the guys in sales, and the finance guys were great. It was worth the drive.”

Customers like Ballard have June 4th and 5th marked on their calendar. The Worth Harley-Davidson North Grand Opening will mark a new chapter for a Harley-Davidson original.

“We’re in the top ten now but we’ve got our eyes on number one,” adds Worth. “We’ve got the bikes, we’ve got the attitude, and now we’ve got the place. We look forward to seeing you!”

For more information on Worth Harley-Davidson North go to www.worthharley-davidson.com or call 816-420-9000.


Ooops! What Happened?

According to the website, Wauwatosa Now a Harley-Davidson employee crashed the motorcycle she was learning to ride into a fence in the employee parking lot at the Capitol Drive facility today.  The police report said the 57 year old employee was a new rider and was practicing maneuvers in the parking lot when she noticed the throttle was sticking (probably the throttle lock was engaged) and twisted it hard thinking that would loosen it up.  Unfortunately the bike surged forward and she struck a chain link fence.  The employee was treated at local hospital and released.  The bike was said to have suffered “extensive” front end damage.

Wisconsin Set to Honor Harley-Davidson and Bacterium

Bills to name Harley-Davidson the official state motorcycle and the microbe Lacto-coccus Lactis (that helps turn milk into cheese) Wisconsin’s official microbe will be up for a vote in the Wisconsin Assembly sometime today.

Harley would become the 27th state symbols.  There’s been some criticism over the designation of Harley, which is based in Milwaukee.

Noise pollution critics are lobbying against the designation.  We wonder if official “state designations) matters anymore because kids are no longer taught civics in grammar or middle school and few school children and almost no adults have any idea what the state motto, state bird or state anything is, without accessing the internet.

Still, it would be fun to be the “official magazine” of Wisconsin.  Who do we see about that?