Harley Davidson is ready to hit the road and roll as the official motorcycle for the 74th Annual Daytona Bike Week.
All activities of this year’s Daytona Bike Week will start on March 7 at 9am and will end on March 14 at 5pm. This year’s activities will be held at the Daytona International Speedway.
This March, the Speedway is the pace to be with the 2015 motorcycle line up. Here, you’ll get to participate in product riding demonstrations that include Harley Davidson motorcycles from Road Glide, Ultra Limited Low, Street and Freewheeler. There will also be 16 customized models to take for a spin.
One of the highlights of this year’s Bike Week is the special reveal of the 2015 CVO Street Glide featuring Carbon Crystal with red hot Phantom Flames paint.
There are a whole lot of other activities planned, such as the MDA Women’s Ride, a H-D customization motorcycle showcase together with the daily police skills shows. Demonstrations of other Harley-Davidson general merchandise is also included in the event.
As for other notable participations in Daytona Bike week, Official Wille G. and H.O.G products will be made available at the Speedway during Bike Week. This will be the only H.O.G stop at the rally.
Kris Schoonover, manager of H.O.G and Events says, “Every year we seem to forget just how long winter can be for us in Milwaukee and throughout the U.S.”
“Daytona Bike Week marks the start of the riding season, and we can’t wait to join everyone to celebrate hitting the road.”
Six lucky military veterans just received their new 2015 motorcycles from Harley-Davidson.
The surprise was jumpstarted by a partnership between Harley-Davidson and the Wounded Warrior Project to inspire and encourage service men and women who are living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Great grandson of the co-founder, Bill Davidson, together with six other Harley-Davidson employees who are veterans, rolled out the new bikes with a police motorcade to Jacksonville, Florida to deliver the goods. The riders gifted the hogs to injured veterans during their press conference announcing the partnership.
All of the veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD and were carefully handpicked because, even if they’re all experienced riders, they don’t have access to bikes because of certain hardships. All six veterans are affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project.
EVP of Warrior Relations at the Wounded Warrior Project, John Roberts says, “It is important to have the support of corporations like Harley-Davidson which understand the long-term needs of our nation’s veterans and are willing to work with us to help warriors uncover and live with their ‘new normal’.” “We know from our warriors that recreational activities like motorcycle riding provide a multitude of therapeutic benefits for those living with PTSD.”
As part of the partnership, Harley-Davidson will be collaborating with the Wounded Warriors Project to create a program focusing on helping veterans experience the positive benefits of being on the open road. Motorcycle riding has been known to provide positive and therapeutic rewards to those with PTSD.
Incoming CEO for Harley-Davidson, Matt Levatich says, “We’re proud of the nearly 100 years of support Harley-Davidson has provided to the men and women who defend our country and our freedom.”
“Our partnership with Wounded Warrior Project builds on that legacy by supporting these veterans in their quest for strength, freedom and independence.”
This highland terrier and his owner, Henry, cruise on their Harley Davidson as much as possible. Henry says as soon as he pulls out the harness that Mr. Pettibone immediately begins jumping up and down and can’t wait to slip into it. It may look a little odd to most people when they are riding down the road together because Henry is big with tattoos, while Mr. Pettibone is a small, white highland terrier that you wouldn’t typically think of a guy like Henry having as a pet. Although, Henry says he takes extra precaution when riding with Mr. Pettibone because he says if an accident happened and anything happened to him, he would be devastated. It really shouldn’t be that surprising that man’s best friend likes riding Harley Davidson motorcycles because if dogs are truly man’s best friend, then they should love everything that man does, right?
We are pretty sure you have heard of the television show ‘Pawn Stars’ by now. If not, the show is about an eccentric family who owns a pawn shop in Las Vegas, Nevada and it was one of their birthdays recently. One of the main “characters” of the show is Chumlee and he just turned 30 years old. So, what better way to celebrate than have one of his friends take him to Sturgis for the 72nd get-together of the popular motorcycle rally on a Harley Davidson. Sturgis takes place in South Dakota every single year where thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts get together and celebrate one of their favorite hobbies. This is perfect for Chum because his buddies got him a motorcycle for the big day, and they thought the best way to break it in would be to head to Sturgis on the new bike. That’s one heck of a birthday present, don’t you think?
You may have not heard about The Hairy Bikers yet, but they are definitely a huge hit in Europe. They are a pair of friends who begin their television career 8 years ago on the BBC2 channel with a show that was called The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook. Their passion for food and fun is what makes the on-screen, and off-screen pair so enjoyable to watch. They are the type of people you want to go out with and have some dinner and a drink with, where you will be guaranteed to laugh. Their latest project is taking them to the deep south, in Nashville, Tennessee where they plan to explore all the different types of foods and music the South has to offer. The plan is to travel over 3,000 miles on Harley Davidson motorcycles exploring everything they can when it comes to southern culture and hospitality. The Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure, as the show is called, is on air now. So, be sure to check your schedule.
The Sheringham Carnival is a somewhat new festival in England that made its appearance for the first time last year. It was so popular that they went ahead and did it right and made it a true organized event this time. Harley Davidson riders came from all over England to join in on the parade, where they ride almost 2 miles in a convoy that stretches from Fakenham to the Sheringham town centre. Then everyone lines up along high street and shows off their Harley Davidson motorcycles. Judges take a look at each and every single bike in order to choose the best one out of them all. Members of the public vote on the winner of the people’s choice award, which is the most popular because it means your bike if the favorite of all the townspeople. You may have thought Harley Davidson bikes only showed up at festivals in the United States, but think again. Harley Davidson has fans from all over the globe.
The popular Harley Davidson Open Road Tour is celebrating its 100th year anniversary. It started off in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility. Harley Davidson is a mainstay in the motorcycle world, and this tour is exactly how they keep all their fans pumped up about the new bikes and apparel they are constantly releasing. They are always growing and expanding the brand, and they have built it so well that when you even mention the Harley Davidson name it brings thoughts of the open road and American freedom. So, this tour is how they plan to keep Harley Davidson in the minds of their fans for the next 100 years. You don’t have to worry about Harley Davidson going anywhere anytime soon, that’s for sure.
The classic black leather jacket has been a mainstay in motorcycle culture for years and years. Now, Harley Davidson is going to feature it in their museum in Milwaukee. The event is going to be called “Rockets, Rebels, and Runways – The Black Leather Jacket.” The image of the rebel biker and the culture that comes along with it will be the topic of discussion. The panelists chosen to speak at the event will include a curatorial director who is from the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and an Oscar-nominated costume designer. They will also have the Harley Davidson General Merchandise Creative Director Karen Davidson, who you might notice is from the Davidson family. The featured exhibit is going to be called “Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket”, and it will show the changes made over time to the classic black leather jacket from the 1920s all the way up to present day culture. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and check it out. It runs until September 3rd.
If you’ve never seen the Grand Canyon, then you have no idea on what you’re missing out on. It’s one of nature’s wonders of the world, and what better way to see it than riding on a Harley Davidson. If you’re ever in the area, you have to check out the Papillon Group. They now offer tour of the Grand Canyon, where you can choose to ride in a helicopter, ride on a Harley, or do both. Of course, the best way is to do both so you can get a bird’s eye view, along with being on the ground so you can be up close and personal with nature. You can even leave from Las Vegas and take a flight to the southern tip of the Grand Canyon, and then jump on Harley and ride for 2 and a half hours. How awesome would that be? So, keep this in mind the next time you take a trip to Sin City!
Starting in 2008, Harley Davidson enthusiasts started a celebration of riding on the open road. The Harley Owners Group Million Mile Monday event takes place on the last Monday in the month of June, and its purpose is to show their appreciation of being able to ride freely wherever they want. Harley Davidson chapters all around the world get online and log their mileage on Harley Davidson’s online odometer, and the goal is to reach 1 million miles in a single day. Last year Harley riders blew the 1 million mile mark out of the water. They actually reached over 4 million miles! This year they are trying to beat that record, so they have expanded the Million Mile Monday into a two day World Ride beginning on Sunday June 24th. This will allow more riders to take part in the ride, so the 4 million mile record should be easily broken. If you want to take part, just visit Harley-Davidson’s website and log your miles on the world-wide odometer and show that you love Harley’s just as much as everyone else.