Tennessee Dealership Facing Stiff Opposition from Residents

HDCS-LogoHarley-Davidson of Cool Springs wants to invest several million dollarsto build a new store in a new location but the local homeowners association is fighting the plan tooth and nail.
In this report by WZTV in Nashville, the owners of Cool Springs HD want to build a new dealership on 8 acres and install an amphitheater and become a “destination” dealership and that’s what nearby residents say they don’t want to happen.

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As Harley-Davidson Prepares for An Indian Revival it Drops Road Glide From Lineup.

harleydavidsonroadglideultra-600Harley-Davidson officials confirmed in an investor conference call Thursday that it intends to discontinue the FLTRX Road Glide Custom and the FLTRU Road Glide Ultra from its 2014 model line up.   Senior vice president and CFO John Olin said the decision was part of the company’s typical process of bringing models in and out of the lineup each year as it introduces new bikes.  “While those two Road Glide models are strong for us, they represent a relatively small portion of our touring sales,” Olin said in the investor call. “We don’t expect any large impact for taking those two models out for the next model year.”

HD’s Chief Operating Officer Matt Levatich told the Milwaukee Business Journal the decision to discontinue those models was so the company could plan ahead for their business and “manage customer expectations.  HD officials say the cuts would not have a material impact on sales going forward.

CEO Keith Wandell told MBJ Harley management isn’t taking the competition lightly, but “we believe the way we’ve positioned our company and how we’ve transformed product development and the pipeline of products we have coming … Our job is to just bring great products to market and make sure we’re winning with great products.”

Wandell gave props to Polaris for picking Sturgis to relaunch the once famous brand. “I think they’ll get certainly a lot of traffic, a lot of folks looking,” Wandell told me. “But it’s just going to be folks that are at Sturgis. I think when we then unveil our new products a couple weeks later, I think it’ll more than offset what’s been done there.”

Wyoming Man Waited 44 Years to buy a motorcycle; Dies 3 Miles After Leaving Dealership

o-BARRY-STRANG-570Barry Strang told his wife when they got married he wanted a motorcycle.  His wife Pam vetoed the idea that year and every year afterwards for 38 years saying “they’re too dangerous.”   When Barry turned 59, and being semi-retired he told his wife, “it’s time.  It’s on my bucket list.”  His wife gave in but told him she wouldn’t be riding with him.

The Star Tribune reports on June 28th, Strang went to pick up his Harley from Lander’s HD near Casper Wyoming.  His wife dropped him off and went to a nearby furniture store to check on quilt she had ordered.  The couple planned to meet later at a nearby casino.   Barry posted a photo of the bike on his Facebook page and wrote”"44 years finally got one :)”

But, Barry never made it.

Just three miles after leaving the dealership, Strang was along side a tractor trailer, and for unknown reasons struck the side of the rig and was thrown underneath, and was killed instantly.

His wife heard the sirens and said she knew it was her husband.  ”I felt him.”  Despite her loss, Pam Strang holds no bitterness  or resentment at the cruel irony.  She told reporters her husband lived his life to the fullest and died living life to the fullest, she said.

“It was something he wanted his whole life,” Pam said. “It’s like my son said, ‘Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face.’”

 

THIEVES STEAL BIKE DECEASED OWNER BEQUEATHED TO 9 YEAR OLD SON

harley-stolenFresno CA Eric Reyes dying wish was to bequeath his 2000 HD Road King to his 9 year old son.  Unfortunately, thieves broke into the Pancho Villa Riders clubhouse the day after Reyes funeral and stole the bike.  Eric’s wife, Irene Reyes made an impassioned plea on local television station KMPH “Please bring it back, it’s not for the money. It’s the only thing Eric wanted for his son.”   watch the video KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

The Archbishop Poker Run

archbishop poker run(excerpted from the Miami Herald)  About 60 riders participated in the St. Richard’s Catholic Church’s Archbishop’s Poker Run led by Archbishop Thomas Wenski wearing his leathers and riding his Harley-Davidson Street Glide.  The Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association and other groups helped the archdiocese organize the poker run which stopped at a fruit stand, a cafe and Peterson’s HD in Miami Gardens.

The proceeds of the run will go to programs that help people in the community recover from various types of addiction, and Wenski is hoping to establish the poker run as annual event to support St. Luke’s.

“Many people know I’ve been riding a motorcycle for some years now, so hopefully they’ll support it even if they don’t ride a motorcycle,” Wenski said. “I pray before, during and after I ride my bike.”

Read more at the Miami Herald

 

How One Designer Envisions The Motorcycle of the Future

If form follows thought, or thought precedes all action, Matthew Law dreams the dreams of those living in the movie world of Tron.  His concept of what the future of motorcycles may very well turn out to be true, but the manufacturers of today still have a long way to go to get us there, especially the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.   Even with the V-Rod’s departure from the traditional lines of Milwaukee’s retro style, it’s going to take a big leap for HD to reach this design platform.  To see more of Law’s vision, click here .

Harley-Davidson Stockholders Shut out of Museum

Each year the Harley-Davidson stockholder’s meeting heralds the “unofficial” start of spring  in the Milwaukee area, and for the past two years, the HD faithful have celebrated that event at the annual meeting in their iron and steel church, The Harley-Davidson museum.

But, this year Harley was shut out of their own museum and will be forced to hold their stockholders meeting at the Frontier Airlines Center instead.

According to published reports, another group had already secured the museum’s meeting room for the April 30th date.

“We couldn’t get the space,” Harley-Davidson spokesman Bob Klein told the Milwaukee Business Journal,  “There is another group that booked the site.”

While most shareholder meetings of corporations are small events, with few attendees other than management, Harley-Davidson’s annual meeting is larger, with several hundred stockholders riding in from all over the USA.

Klien told the Milwaukee Business Journal he expects this year’s crowd to be about average.

 

 

Black Hills HD to Open Store in Wall SD

Wall Drug Store, located in Wall South Dakota became famous from its self-promotion. Billboards advertising the drug store can be seen for hundreds of miles throughout South Dakota and the neighboring states.  In WWII, American GI’s even painted signs throughout Europe pointing the way to the iconic tourist trap.  That tradition continues today with soldiers from South Dakota and neighboring states.

But, beginning in May, a new sign will crop up in Wall.  The iconic bar and shield of Harley-Davidson will be erected as the owners of Black Hills HD have decided to venture out and open a satellite store in Wall.

According to a report in the Rapid City Journal, the decision was made because Harley corporate ended a program allowing dealers to sell “event items” like Sturgis rally shirts outside of Harley stores.

For years Black Hills HD sold its rally shirts and other merchandise at Wall Drugs.

The store is expected to open in May, 2011.


Someone Stole Husband’s Ashes Stored In HD Gas Tank

Debbie Plunkett says someone stole her husband and she wants him back.  The Spokane Washington woman told television station KXLY that someone broke into her home and took a customized Harley-Davidson gas tank and matching fenders that belonged to her late husband, Carl Jackson.   Inside the gas tank were her husband’s ashes.  Plunkett told the reporter that using the gas tank as a funeral urn made sense to her and her family because Jackson loved his motorcycle.  “He won tons of trophies with it. That was his pride and joy. Every Sunday he was washing it, washing and polishing it,” she said.

Plunkett believes the thief, or thieves knew the ashes were in the tank but didn’t care.  Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Department.