Rare Aermacchi/Harley-Davidsons Headed to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The list of rare and historically significant Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson motorcycles that will be on display at this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year, continues to grow, with a championship winning RR 250 heading the bill for the July 22-24 event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“We’ve got some great bikes,” said John Basore of the Aermacchi-based group that is serving as this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Classic Club. “I’ve probably got one of every racer Aermacchi ever had lined up.”

Every year at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the Classic Club display rounds out an exciting experience for vintage fans, many of whom will be attending to honor Kawasaki as the Marque of the Year. Aermacchi Harley-Davidsons, sold in the 1960s and ’70s, were the result of a unusual partnership between the quintessentially American motorcycle company and a small-bore Italian bike brand that introduced thousands of new riders to the Harley-Davidson name.

“At the time, Aermacchis may have seemed like an unusual choice to put in Harley-Davidson dealerships,” Basore says. “But the fact is that, when AMF bought Harley-Davidson, it allowed Aermacchi to win world championships for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. That’s most impressive.”

The RR250 is a water-cooled two-stroke, twin-cylinder roadracer with a cassette transmission, an eccentric swingarm adjuster, dual front disc brakes and a full fairing. “It was comparable in every way to the best Yamaha of that time period,” Bashore said.

In addition to the RR 250, bikes planned for display include: a 1965 250CR, a ’65 250CRTT, a ’67 250H, a ’69 350SS, a ’70 350SS, a ’76 SS250, a ’78 MX 250, a ’73 SR100 and an all-original 1961 250C Sprint-one of the first models imported.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will also feature other activities celebrating Kawasaki as the 2011 Marque of the Year. These include displays, demo rides, seminars and autograph signings. Grand Marshal Jeff Fredette, a multi-time national and international off-road champion, will be on hand to reminisce and sign autographs, as well as compete in several vintage racing classes. Enthusiasts will also have an opportunity to win a new Kawasaki Z1000 and a classic Z1, given away together in a single raffle that benefits the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days includes vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. The three-day event will also feature North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, demo rides of current production bikes, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers’ Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.

Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. Its exhibits honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website at MotorcycleMuseum.org

Tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at MidOhio.com

For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com

 

 

Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson Hosts July 30th Memorial Ride in Honor of The Late Bruce Rossmeyer

South Florida Fans to enjoy food and fun to benefit Youth Automotive Training Center while paying tribute to the World’s Largest Harley-Davidson dealer

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (July 8, 2011) – Bruce Rossmeyer’s Sunrise & Ft. Lauderdale Harley-Davidson, is pleased to announce their 2nd annual “Memorial Ride” which pays tribute to the late Bruce Rossmeyer by celebrating his life – featuring a police escorted motorcycle ride on July 30, 2011. Benefitting the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC), the event will feature a Bruce Rossmeyer video memorial tribute, Country BBQ and good times for all.

The Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Ride will depart promptly at 5pm from Harley Davidson in Fort Lauderdale, ending at the Sunrise location. The Marshall Brother’s Band and a DJ are providing hard-hitting entertainment.  Tickets can be purchased for $25 prior to the event or for $30 on the day of.  Registration begins at 3pm, and attendees will receive a free commemorative patch and t-shirt.

Bruce Rossmeyer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and the world’s largest Harley-Davidson dealer, grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey.  In 1994, looking for something fun to do in his retirement, Bruce bought his first Harley-Davidson dealership in Daytona Beach.  In just fifteen years, Bruce expanded this family business into the largest chain of Harley-Davidson dealerships in the world.  In 2005, Bruce opened the crown jewel of his empire, the world’s largest Harley-Davidson dealership and Destination Daytona.  This 150-acre complex – which includes Daytona Harley-Davidson, restaurants, bars, shops, hotel and condos – quickly became one of Florida’s premier tourist destinations, for both bikers and non-bikers alike.  He followed it up with the addition of several more dealerships.

On July 30th 2009, while heading to the Sturgis biker rally in South Dakota, Bruce died in a motorcycle accident.   Bruce’s appetite for life and the way in which he lived it are legendary, but what he will be most remembered for by those who knew and loved him was his total devotion to his family. His wife, Sandy and the family’s greatest wish is to continue Bruce’s legacy of giving.

 Bruce’s dedication to charitable causes was as wide-ranging as his business interests. The Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC) in South Florida was very dear to his heart. He pledged time and money to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, Serenity House, and The Darrel Armstrong Foundation.  Bruce served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler counties, and was also a founder of Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses (a division of The Hole in the Wall Camps founded by Paul Newman). The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital named a family sleeping room in Bruce’s honor for his generous support – which includes the Ft. Lauderdale “Toys In The Sun Run,” a fundraising event for the hospital that is also the biggest one-day bike event in Florida.

Rossmeyer’s remarkable business success was matched only by his dedication to family, and his zest for life. Bruce’s passion was motorcycles, but family was his first love. As wide-ranging as his business empire grew, it always remained, at heart, a family business.  All five of Bruce’s children — Mandy, Wendy, Randy, Will, and Shelly – have throughout their lives been actively involved in and continue to run the family business.

For more information about the 2nd Annual Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Ride, or to register in advance, please visit www.BruceRossmeyerH-D.com

Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson dealerships include the legendary Daytona Beach location, as well as the famed Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley–Davidson located inOrmond Beach at Destination Daytona, the World’s Largest Harley-Davidson dealership, in addition to 9 other nation-wide locations. The Rossmeyer’s are dedicated to carrying on the family tradition, where the dealers are the lifelines to the customers.  Employees at the stores provide clients with the knowledge, service and information necessary to get riders on the road.  Bruce Rossmeyer Harley-Davidson serves South Florida with two locations in Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise. For more information, please call Bruce Rossmeyer’s Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson at (954) 724-2800 or visit www.BruceRossmeyerH-D.com
 

 

THE NEW BLACK LABEL COLLECTION FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Born of the Dark Custom movement with an honest, authentic style, the all-new Black Label Collection of Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® has been chopped, bobbed and redesigned to satisfy the latest generation of men and women riders.

With street-inspired designs, a custom look and casual feel, Black Label evokes an authentic, rebel attitude.

“Black Label is for those whose allegiance to Harley-Davidson doesn’t scream to be heard,” said Karen Davidson, Harley-Davidson General Merchandise Creative Director. “The Black Label collection is inspired by customers and reflects a younger attitude, with an understated style that looks washed, worn and comfortable right off the rack.”

From jackets and caps to shirts, gloves and more, Black Label is cut narrow through the chest, shaped at the sides and slimmer to the hip for a look, fit and feel that’s unique to this collection.

Below are just some examples of the new Black Label Collection:

Constructed of vintage midweight leather with slim fit, the men’s

#1 Vintage Leather Jacket (P/N 98008-11VM, $375) is a modern makeover of classic street wear. Its pre-curved sleeves, zippered cuffs and underarm grommet vents are matched with four outer and two interior pockets. Available in S – 5XL and Tall sizes.

Combining classic, yet subdued graphics with slim fit, the men’s

Winged #1 S/S Woven Shirt (P/N 99053-11VM) and the S/S Plaid Shirt

(P/N 96544-11VM, $60) cut across generations with authentic style. Both available in S – 3XL sizes.

The women’s Washed Tunic Length Tank (P/N 96097-11VW, $50) and

S/S Sublimated Tunic Tee (P/N 96096-11VW, $60) introduce the new silhouette: longer in length, figure hugging and fashion-forward. Available in

XS – 3W sizes.

The New Black Label Collection is available starting in February at most Harley-Davidson dealerships.

For additional information on Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Apparel and Collectibles, see your local Harley-Davidson dealer or visit harley-davidson.com. To find a dealer near you, call 1.800.LUV.2RIDE in the U.S. or Canada.