TSUNAMI MOTORCYCLE TO BE PRESERVED BY H-D MUSEUM

Milwaukee (May 25, 2012) – A Harley-Davidson motorcycle recovered on the coast of British Columbia after drifting for more than a year and 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean following last year’s Japanese Tsunami will be preserved by the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee as a memorial to the tragedy that claimed more than 15,000 lives, in accordance with the wishes of its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama.

 The remarkable story of the 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train motorcycle’s survival and recovery by Canadian Peter Mark made international headlines after he found it washed ashore on a remote beach on British Columbia’s Graham Island at low tide. Mark discovered the motorcycle, still bearing its Japanese license plate, along with several other items in the remains of an insulated cargo van container where the motorcycle was being stored by Yokoyama prior to the Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

 Working with news agencies and representatives from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canadaand Harley-Davidson Japan, contact was made with 29-year-old Yokoyama, who lost his home and currently lives in temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Harley-Davidson offered to return his bike. But still struggling to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the disaster, Yokoyama respectfully declined. Although grateful for the offer to repatriate his motorcycle and touched by the outpouring of support from Harley riders around the world, Yokoyama requested to have it preserved in the Harley-Davidson Museum in honor of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the disaster.

 “It is truly amazing that my Harley-Davidson motorcycle was recovered in Canada after drifting for more than a year,” said Yokoyama. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to Peter Mark, the finder of my motorcycle. Due to circumstances caused by the disaster, I have been so far unable to visit him in Canada to convey my gratitude.

 “Since the motorcycle was recovered, I have discussed with many people about what to do with it. I would be delighted if it could be preserved in its current condition and exhibited to the many visitors to the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to a tragedy that claimed thousands of lives. I am very grateful to Harley-Davidson for offering me an opportunity to visit the museum, and I would like to do that when things have calmed down. At the same time, I would like to meet Peter, who recovered my motorcycle, to express my gratitude. Finally, I would like to thank all people around the world once again for their wholehearted support of the areas hit by the earthquake and Tsunami. I would like to ask them to help convey messages from the Japanese people about the tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which was a disaster of historic proportions.”

 “My heart really goes out to Ikuo Yokoyama and all the survivors of the Tōhoku earthquake and Tsunami for everything that was taken from them. I cannot even begin to comprehend the loss of family, friends and community,” said Mark. “I think it is fitting that the Harley which was swept across the Pacific Ocean by the Tsunami will end up in the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to that tragic event. It has an interesting and powerful story to convey preserved in its current state.

 “I look forward to one day meeting Mr. Yokoyama face to face. I would also like to express my gratitude to all those that have taken part in the retrieval of the motorcycle, especially Ralph Tieleman, Steve Drane, and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada.” 

 The motorcycle was recovered by Mark with the help of friends and transported toVictoria with support from Ralph Tieleman and Steve Drane of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson. It has since been transferred to Deeley H-D Canada in Vancouver. Plans for its transportation to and display at the Harley-Davidson Museum are being developed.

 “I’ve always felt Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a soul, and their owners obviously have an emotional attachment to their bikes. I just wanted to reunite this bike with its owner,” said Steve Drane of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson in Victoria, B.C.

 “The Harley-Davidson Museum is honored to receive this amazing motorcycle to ensure that its condition is preserved and can be displayed as a memorial to the Japan Tsunami tragedy,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum.

 

Paul Sr. to appear on Celebrity Apprentice

Washington Times Gives Him Little Chance of Finishing

If you believe the Harley-Davidson motorcycle forums and Cyril Huze blog, the motorcycle community is weary of the whole concept of “celebrity” motorcycle builders.

Obviously we’re in the minority.  The rest of the country still has an infatuation with the larger than life persona of Orange County Chopper founder Paul Teutul Sr.

So much so that Donald Trump has cast the short tempered, wrench throwing, biceps bulging builder in the new season of Celebrity Apprentice.

The 62 year old Teutul joins 17 other well known, not so well known and used to be famous celebrities for the new season which premiers February 12th on NBC.  To make it easier, we categorized them into three tiers, front runners, middle packers, and snowball chance in hell of winning.  While the Washington Times puts the odds at 20-1 of Sr. actually winning, we placed him in the middle packers.  He’s got enough celebrity and business connections through his “theme bike” builds that he might be able to raise the dough it takes to win, but it’s going to be tough and his reputation is that he “does not play well with others.”   Make your pick in the poll at the end of the story.

Front Runners

Dee Snider, 56, rock star. 
The only other “biker” in the bunch, Snider and Teutul might form a “secret” alliance
Michael Andretti, 49, race car driver. 
Son of an Indy Car Legend, and highly competitive.  He won’t like losing to a “biker”
Arsenio Hall, 55, talk show host/comedian.
President Bill Clinton once appeared on his show playing the saxophone.  For that he deserves some respect. 
Penn Jillette, (of Penn and Teller)  56, magician. 
He’s the one who does all the talking in that well known Vegas act.  Magicians are crafty and he could pull the wool over the Don’s eyes, making it appear that his screw ups belong to someone else…
Victoria Gotti, 48, mob boss daughter
We’re not saying anything negative or positive about a mob boss daughter.  We’re dumb, but not suicidal.
 

Middle of the Packers

Paul Teutul Sr., 62, (“American Chopper”). 
His biggest weakness is his “I’m right and you’re an idiot” mentality, but it’s going to be fun watching the sparks fly when he gets pissed at another contestant.  Let’s hope he stays around long enough to be entertaining.
Cheryl Tiegs, 64, supermodel. 
Ok, she’s 64, and still hot as hell…but she got zero chance against Teutul’s asshole attitude in a verbal smack down. Still she’s the most formidable eye candy in the group.
Clay Aiken, 32, American Idol runner-up. 
Aiken came in second to Ruben Studdard…boy was he screwed on that one…and we predict history will probably repeat itself.
George Takei, 74, actor
Hipster trekkies will be pulling for their old friend Sulu, who was always there for Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock.  If there ever was a team player, Takei is the real deal.
Lou Ferrigno, 59, Incredible Hulk
He’ll probably get knocked out of the pile early, but we bet he can stand toe to toe with anyone on the show and hold his own.  
Tia Carrere, 44, actress, model, and singer
Not quite the pushover as the others, but it’s hard to imagine her pulling together enough resources to actually win.  

SNOWBALL CHANCE IN HELL

Adam Carolla, 47, comedian
Who is this guy?  Oh, wait, he’s on Comedy Central…I think.  More cannon fodder. 
Debbie Gibson, 41, pop singer. 
Only in her dreams…. Sorry, that was just too easy a pun not to pen.  
Dayana Mendoza, 25, former Miss Universe. 
Cannon fodder….sexy, but cannon fodder. 
Teresa Giudice, 39, “Real Housewives of New Jersey”
Toast…..done…no chance…unless…..
Aubrey O’Day, 27, singer
If looks were currency, this flaming redhead would have money to spare, but she’s another one of those “Who the devil is that” celebrities.
Patricia Velasquez, 40, model
Same as O’Day but without the red hair and 20 something drop dead looks.
Lisa Lampenelli, 50, comedian. 
We don’t know why she was selected…maybe as cannon fodder?

History’s Mystery. Where is The Harley Elvis Gave Up To Pricilla in 1971

Admittedly we didn’t do a lot of research into this, but last night at an auction in Texas, the official 1972 divorce papers between Elvis and Pricilla Presley hidden away for nearly 20 years, came to the block and were purchased by an unnamed buyer for 8,963.

The 12-page agreement signed by both Elvis and Pricilla, granted Priscilla ownership of a 1971 Mercedes Benz, a ’69 Cadillac El Dorado and a ’71 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in addition to $100,000 in cash and half the income from the sale of their three houses in California.

There’s one thing in all this we can’t help but wonder about.  Where is that bike?  If you know, leave a comment.  We’d like to talk to the current owner.

The King split with Pricilla in 1972. 4 short years later, he was dead.

Harley-Davidson® Events Rule @ Sturgis 2011 Rally

MILWAUKEE (July 12, 2011) – Harley-Davidson riders and enthusiasts will revel in one of the motorcycle world’s most unique and exciting events at the 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s legendary Black Hills region.

 

The Harley-Davidson Road Tour will run from Saturday, August 6 through Saturday, August 13 at its location at the intersection of 3rd and Lazelle streets in downtown Sturgis. All Harley-Davidson activities in Sturgis are free of charge and include the following:

New 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H-D1 customization and MotorClothes® riding gear and apparel, including free helmet fittings

·        Harley-Davidson Custom Ride-In Show, Thursday August 11

·        XR1200 Racing Experience presented by Harley-Davidson Insurance

·        Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) pin sales and Custom Motorcycle Raffle

·        Free Bike Wash

·        Willie G. Commemorative Merchandise

·        AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, August 8-10

·        Women’s Area including the JUMPSTART rider experience, bike lift and more

 

Harley-Davidson demo rides for the new 2012 motorcycles will be available in Sturgis at Hersrud’s Chevrolet Dealership near Interstate 90 at Exit 30 from Saturday, August 6 to Friday, August 12. Riders can enjoy as many bikes as they want, but must have a valid motorcycle license and adhere to riding gear requirements and safety rules. There will also be a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle display at this location, including a Fit Shop display for motorcycle customization.

 

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events at the 2011 Sturgis Rally, please visit www.harley-davidson.com/sturgis

Some incredibly creative and passionately customized bikes at the Sturgis Rally will be displayed at the Harley-Davidson Ride-In Show, on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 3rdand Lazelle streets. There is a $10 entry fee, and all proceeds will be donated to MDA with cash prizes awarded in all categories.

There will be a pin stop and merchandise sales for Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members at the Harley-Davidson Lazelle Street location, H.O.G. members can get a special pin at the AHDRA races, and more information on other H.O.G. events is available at www.members.hog.com

 Race fans will be able to check out the AHDRA Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Race at the Sturgis Dragway on August 10 and August 11, so visitwww.ahdra.com

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com

Harley-Davidson Offers Women The “Ultimate Learn-To-Ride” Experience

New Contest Features Amazing Motorcycle Prizes and an Opportunity to Learn to Ride With a Friend

MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2011) – Learning to ride a motorcycle can be a life changing experience for women – the power, the freedom and the empowerment of riding your own Harley-Davidson motorcycle converge to create a feeling that’s unlike anything else – and it’s an experience that gets even better when you have a friend to share it with.  In an effort to continue their industry leading commitment to help more women live out their motorcycle dreams, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has created a special contest this summer offering women a unique experience.

 

Harley-Davidson will select four women to win the “Ultimate Learn-To-Ride Experience,” a prize package that includes a brand new 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that they can design themselves via Harley-Davidson’s new H-D1™ factory customization system, as well as $1,000 in new Harley-Davidson MotorClothes apparel. In addition, the four winners can each pick a friend to accompany them on an all-expense-paid trip to Milwaukee , Wis. , home of Harley-Davidson, where they will learn to ride a motorcycle through Harley-Davidson’s Riders Edge New Rider Course and explore Harley-Davidson’s home turf including tours of the Harley-Davidson Museum and Powertrain Operations.  Women can enter the contest at www.h-d.com/mytime

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“We’re excited to help inspire more women to fulfill their dream of learning to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” said Claudia Garber, Director of Marketing Outreach at Harley-Davidson. “The “Ultimate Learn-To-Ride Experience” contest is one aspect of many exciting things Harley-Davidson is doing to encourage more women to get started on their riding journeys.”

The “Ultimate Learn-To-Ride Experience” contest runs through July 20, 2011.  For more information about the contest and to enter to win, visit www.h-d.com/mytime.

 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harley-davidson.com

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H-D Hits the Road this Summer With Willie Nelson’s Country Throw-down Tour

MILWAUKEE (May 23, 2011) – Two American icons, outlaw country music and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, launch the summer concert season this Memorial Day weekend with Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown tour. This second annual outdoor music tour mixes some of the hottest young artists in country music with the rogue roots of Harley-Davidson and America.

 

“Harley-Davidson and Country Throwdown represent the true essence of the American spirit, one that is deeply rooted in freedom and self-expression with a rebel spirit that never dies.” says Amanda Lee, Communications Manager at Harley-Davidson. “This spirit burns across generations and is one of the reasons why Harley-Davidson is the number one selling on-street motorcycle among Young Adults age 18-34 in the U.S.”

 

Harley-Davidson’s Golden Horse Saloon will be on site to rev up the action at each Country Throwdown tour stop. Tour headliners include Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Randy Houser and the legendary Willie Nelson. Randy Houser, fellow H-D rider, will be onsite at the Golden Horse Saloon before each of his performances to sign autographs and mingle with fans. Guests have the opportunity to swing their leg over a selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display, including some of the newest additions to the Dark Custom family of bikes. Those who want to take the first step toward riding can feel the thrill of the throttle, fire up the engine and shift through the gears on a real Harley-Davidson motorcycle with JUMPSTART, Harley’s signature stationary riding experience – no license or riding experience required. There will also be VIP motorcycle parking for all those who already roll on two wheels.

 

Country Throwdown kicks off May 27th in Philadelphia, Pa., with 25 stops across America throughout June. The tour concludes July 4th with a wrap party at historic Billy Bob’s inFort Worth, Texas. For more information on Country Throwdown and to find a tour stop near you, visit: www.h-d.com/throwdown

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Group Opens Up Million Mile Monday

Milwaukee (May 20, 2011) – On Monday, June 27, the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) invites riders of all motorcycles to join its members around the world as they band together in their quest to cumulatively log millions of riding miles by the day’s end.

Launched in 2008, Million Mile Monday is an annual event on the last Monday of June that brings together H.O.G. members from around the world in a day of riding for no specific purpose other than to
celebrate the joy and freedom of the open road on a motorcycle. In 2010, H.O.G. members collectively logged more that 4,000,000 miles, and this year the club hopes to raise the total even higher.

“Inviting riders of other motorcycle brands to join our members on Million Mile Monday is all about sharing the passion for riding and the Harley-Davidson brand that makes the Harley Owners Group such a unique riding club,” said H.O.G. Manager Joe Dowd. “Plus it’s just a great reason to get out on the road and ride, regardless of what motorcycle you own.”

Whether it’s a ride across town or cross-country, or simply around the block to work, every mile counts and can be recorded by logging into H.O.G.’s online mileage accumulator at h-d.com/mmm, where a rolling odometer will record every mile logged by participants in Million Mile Monday. At the completion of the ride, a commemorative certificate of participation can be printed to display each rider’s mileage total for the day.

For more information about H.O.G. or Million Mile Monday, visit hog.com. To learn more about what goes into creating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, including the rich heritage, impeccable detail and design, and distinctive V-Twin power, visit h-d.com/whyharley to learn about the undeniable differences that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles truly unique.

New H-D Transparent Paint Guard Kit Protects Your Saddlebag Lids

The new Transparent Paint Guard Kit for Saddlebag Lids (P/N 11100028, $79.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories is designed to protect saddlebag lids from boot scuffs, road debris, and scratching keys and jacket zippers. The four pieces of crystal-clear material protect the paint on the lids without changing the look of the bike. Minor scuffs and scratches are disguised due to the optical properties of the material. The application process is similar to that of tinted window film, and the material can be removed and replaced when it is no longer cosmetically appealing. Fits 1993-later Touring models with Color-Matched Hard Saddlebags. Not for use on leather-covered bags.

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 Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

 

New H-D Cut Back Gloss Magnum 5 Custom Wheel…Impressive

The bold design of the new Cut Back Gloss Black Magnum 5 Custom Wheel ($449.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories is inspired by the steel of a large-frame revolver. This one-piece, cast-aluminum wheel features 15 individual spokes that converge to form five distinct columns. The cast-in “rivets” visually tie the oval

cross-section spokes to the rim and the hub. The machined-aluminum Cut Back surfaces stand in brilliant contrast to the rich gloss black finish. All Genuine Motor Accessory wheels have been certified by Harley- Davidson to perform to our tough vehicle standards for quality and durability. Available in 19- and 21-inch front and 17-inch rear sizes to fit many 2006-later Dyna® and 2000-later Softail®  models. Requires separate purchase of a model-specific Wheel Installation Kit, Sprocket hardware and Brake Rotor-specific hardware. Complete the look with a matching Magnum 5 Sprocket Cover in Gloss Black ($54.95). See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

 

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 Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

 

New H-D Seat is Vintage Yet Practical

The new Distressed Brown Leather Badlander® Seat ($479.95) is one of several items recently added to the Distressed Brown Leather Collection from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. The Badlander® seat offers a low-and-lean, frame-hugging profile, now covered in rich, brown leather that has the warm feel of a well-worn bomber jacket. The individual leather panels are seamed together into a pattern that resembles a vintage western saddle, and the supple, untreated surfaces will age and develop character marks with every mile. Matching leather grab strap is included. The Distressed Brown Leather Badlander Seat is offered for many Harley-Davidson® Softail®, Touring and Sportster® models.

 

Other new items in the Distressed Brown Leather Collection include a Passenger Backrest Pad (P/N 52300026, $119.95), Short Passenger Backrest Pad (P/N 52300028, $159.95), and a Tank Panel (P/N 70900103, $59.95). Each is styled to complement Distressed Brown Leather seats and saddlebags. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

 

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 Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.