If you ever have ventured to Harley-Davidson.com, you may have came across their really cool bike-building tool. With this tool, you can easily build your dream Harley Davidson with just a few clicks of the mouse. They have a huge assortment of their Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories® to choose from, and they allow you to customize your Harley in any way you dream. The tool is setup into 4 different categories, which are Function, Style, Fit, and Performance. It will also allow you to view each accessory in 360-degrees so that you can view it from every angle and know exactly what it looks likes. Another cool feature is that once you create your bike, the tool will allow you to share your creation on Facebook or Twitter so that you can show off your skills to all your friends. Even if you aren’t really going to order the bike you build, you should definitely check this cool feature out just because it’s cool and fun to dream.
The Tsunami Harley Davidson is finally on the last leg of its journey, where it will call the Harley Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee home. This is also exactly what the original owner of the Harley asked for to be done with the bike. He wanted it to be a memorial for all of the lives lost in the horrible Tsunami that struck Japan. Harley Davidson recently announced plans that it was going to completely restore the bike back to its original condition and keep it on display in its main headquarters as a tribute to the tragedy in Japan. Harley Davidson has reached out to the original owner and invited him to come visit the bike once the memorial is complete. He is currently living in a temporary housing project in Japan while his city is being reconstructed and he is working on rebuilding his life. It has not yet been announced when the memorial will be complete in Milwaukee, but we will keep you posted as soon as it is announced.
This Harley Davidson motorcycle has been on one long journey, but its journey has finally came to an end. It was just announced a few days ago that that the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee is going to preserve the Tsunami Harley in remembrance of the 15,000 lives that were lost during the horrible natural disaster. If you haven’t been following this epic story, the Harley Davidson is a 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train and it was discovered on the shores of Canada by Peter Mark. He found the bike in an insulated van container where it was being stored by its owner. He was finally able to contact the owner in Japan, who lost his house and several family members during the Tsunami, to let him know that Harley Davidson had offered to return the bike, but he declined due to the difficulties of rebuilding his life after the disaster. He was asked what he would like to do with the bike, and he said he would like to see it somewhere in a museum in honor of all the lives lost. Harley Davidson found out about this, and plans are being made to transport it to Milwaukee, where it will finally have a new, permanent home.
Well, the story still continues with the Harley Davidson that rode a wave across an entire ocean. The Harley Davidson that was discovered in Canada is still on its journey, with a future still yet unknown. It just arrived in Langford, British Columbia where it is now being displayed outside the Steve-Drane Harley Davidson local dealership. The plan is still unknown what to do with the bike because the Japanese owner hasn’t said what he would like to do with it. At first the plan was to restore the bike, but with all the attention it has been getting in the media and then tracking down the true owner, it’s future is now uncertain. Although, Drane stated that there is plans being made, but he cannot comment on them yet. An announcement is supposed to be made by the end of the week about the bike’s future, though. So stay tuned to find out the final outcome of this Harley Davidson that has been on a very long journey.
We bet you would have never imagined a Harley Davidson motorcycle could get dirty, but think again. Roland Sand’s Designs decided to take a 2011 Softail and modify it a little bit. It is now able to go off-road and ride with the best of them. There wasn’t a whole lot of changes that had to be made actually, but they wanted to see how far they could take a Harley Davidson. Once it was completed they took it out for a little test drive, and it performed just like Harley Davidson motorcycles are known for. Roland definitely wanted to keep the stockline gas tank because that’s what Softails stand out, and he also kept the triple trees and frontend. Everything after that was modified atleast a little to handle the rough dirt roads. He definitely wasn’t disappointed, though. The Harley held its own, just like he always knew it would!
Last week we blogged about a beautiful Harley Davidson motorcycle that was discovered in Canada that had Japanese license plates. Well, its original owner has been found, and it is now going back home to Japan. The 29-year-old owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, who tragically lost his house and 3 family members in the horrific Tsunami, was absolutely shocked to find out that his Harley Davidson motorcycle had been found. The bike had been checked out by a couple of mechanics at a Harley dealership in Canada, and they determined that the frame, front-end and transmission was still in “good condition” and is able to be repaired so it will run again. Harley has been trying to track the bike’s route, which involves riding a Tsunami, traveling across an ocean and coming across several dedicated Harley fans that plan to bring it back to life. It has definitely been a long ride for this Harley Davidson motorcycle, but it is finally going back home.
We bet you never thought that a Harley Davidson motorcycle could surf, did you? Well, think again because there was a Harley Davidson motorcycle found in British Colombia that came all the way from Japan, and investigators believe that it was the huge Tsunami that brought it over there. The license plate had been registered in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan, and it just so happened to be one of the hardest hit areas when the Tsunami made landfall. Over 11,000 people perished, and tons of containers and white trucks were washed out into the sea. This is how it is believed that the Harley made it all the way across the pond into Canada. There was over 1.5 million tons of debris that washed away into the Pacific, and this beautiful bike was tragically one of many valuable things lost in the horrible tragedy. Hopefully it will end up in a museum somewhere because that’s exactly where it belongs.
Harley Davidson shows up in places you would never think possible, and this time we are putting Cuba on the Harley map. Harley Davidson motorcycles are known for what they represent, and that is freedom and the American way. That is why they are so popular in Cuba and have a huge following because the people of Cuba value independence. Recently, they had a Harley gathering where over 270 Harley Davidson motorcycles cruised the streets of Cuba together. What may surprise you is that most of the Harley’s that are on the roads in Cuba should actually be in a museum, but the people of Cuba actually use them just for transportation and recreation. Then, sometimes they all get together and like to show off their bikes, just like this last get-together they had. Just be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Harley Davidsons because you never know where they might pop up.
If you are a true Harley Davidson enthusiast, then you may have heard of the “knucklehead” engine they used in every motorcycle they built prior to 1947. After 1947, they began using the Panhead engine, which changed the whole look of their motorcycles. Well, the lucky guys on the History channel show, “American Pickers”, came across the Holy Grail of motorcycles recently. They found a Harley Davidson 1947 Knucklehead motorcycle on one of the stops they make trying to find cool things to re-sell. They originally offered the owner $25,000 for the bike, but he wasn’t budging. It was obvious to them that he was still attached to the bike, but he said he would let it go for $40,000. The owner definitely knew the bike was a rare find, but it was still a little too steep for the “American Pickers” crew. Even though they were not able to grab up the Harley Davidson, they left happily knowing that the bike was in the possession of someone who knew it’s worth and how important the bike actually is.
Well, what do you know. Harley Davidson motorcycles has one another award. Surprising huh? Andrew Ciancio took home the people’s choice award for his custom-built, beautiful Harley Davidson 90 Model Softail. It was during the Custom Bike, Car and Tattoo Show that is held every year at the Ky West Hotel. The event took play over the weekend of March 3rd through the 4th and is attended by hundreds of people each and every year. This isn’t the first award the custom Harley Davidson has won, though. On January 21st, Andrew took home the people’s choice award at the Shepparton Custom Bike, Car, and Tattoo show. This is because the bike is one of the most unique Harley’s you have ever seen, as you can see in the picture. Don’t think the awards are going to stop coming though, because Andrew will be entering it in more shows throughout the year.