Celebrating 110 Years with Other Fans this Labor Day Weekend

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin is getting ready to rock and so are Jim and I. We will be heading out on our Road King to the 110th Harley Davidson anniversary this Labor Day weekend, and will be carrying our Charter Flag in the parade.

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The parade route is already set, and the bands are doing their sound checks as the year-long global celebration of Harley Davidson’s 110th anniversary comes to a conclusion. Over the past year people from all over the planet have gone to 11 countries on six continents to celebrate the common bond that Harley Davidson riders have. Employees, riders and Harley Davidson dealers have shared hundreds of experiences that included a parade along the Sao Paulo beaches, a ride through China and the Tibetan Plateau, and even a blessing by the Pope.

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According to Harley Davidson’s CMO and Senior Vice President Mark-Hans Richer, the biggest party in the US over Labor Day Weekend is the best way to conclude the year long adventure. The epic weekend will take place in Harley Davidson’s hometown with literally thousands of friends and family members. By the end of the weekend, everyone in Milwaukee will have developed a common bond that is ever present when it comes to Harley Davidson motorcycles.

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The residents of Milwaukee have always been gracious hosts whenever Harley Davidson puts on a party, and the 110th anniversary next weekend is no different. One tradition that Milwaukee has continued over the years is to welcome home the thousands of Harley Davidson riders by standing on the Milwaukee overpass with homemade welcome home signs.

If you live in the area, you can still pick up Harley Davidson Welcome Home signs free at the local Harley Davidson dealerships and the Harley Davidson Museum. According to Harley Davidson, the best time to welcome the riders as they come into Milwaukee will be this Thursday August 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Could There Be A New Road King in the Future?

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Our Harley Davidson Road King is a couple of years old now, but already Jim has been eyeing some of the new features on the 2013 model. I’m sure that after Jim and I return from the 110th anniversary in Milwaukee Wisconsin where it all began, he is going to want to start shopping for a new Road King before we set out on another Travels with Harley Adventure.

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The new 2013 Road King is pretty awesome. It’s still being powered by Harley Davidson’s twin cam 110 engine that is perfect for touring. The big mill that resides in the chassis is perfectly set up for long hauls and is comparative to the Ultra Classic Electra Glide. It’s also been geared to provide us with a dependable low-end punch. The gearing is wide enough to allow us to get up to highway speeds with minimal shifting.

After reading about the new 2013 Road King, Jim is ready for a test drive and honestly, he has got me excited about it too. Even if we don’t buy a new Harley Davidson Road King we can still take it out on the open road even if it’s only for a test run.

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The new Road King is really living up to its name with awesome suspension that apparently provides you with a cushy ride, like I said; Jim has only told me about it so I really can’t give you an opinion yet.

Jim mentioned that the 2013 Road King comes with easy to reach bars and long floorboards. This means that the two of us can sit comfortably on a long ride. The CVO Road King also has a really well padded seat that I know I will appreciate. I also like the fact that it comes with hard locking saddlebags that are much larger than what we are used to. One of the guys in our club told us that the new CVO could hold more than a day’s worth of supplies.

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I won’t know much more about the 2013 CVO Road King until we take it out for a test drive, but I’m willing to bet that Jim will be checking it out at the 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary.

Eight Fun Facts about Harley Davidson Motorcycles

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As avid Harley Davidson riders, Jim and I like to read everything there is to know about the history of Harley Davidson, especially with the 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary coming up Labor Day Weekend.

When we spend the weekend in Milwaukee Wisconsin with tens of thousands of other Harley Davidson riders and fans it’s always nice to share interesting facts about the most well-know motorcycle in the world.

A few days ago, I was surfing the net and came up with a few fun facts that neither Jim or I knew, and I’ll bet you didn’t either!

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1. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle actually came from a blue print drawn by William S. Harley in 1901. That blueprint was meant for a bicycle.

2. In 1905, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Harley Davidson factory hired its first full time employee. In that same year, Harley Davidson won its first motorcycle race.

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3. Although Janet Davidson is known as the first woman to ride a Harley, there is some speculation as to whether the motor was running or not. Apparently, the Davidson boy’s aunt helped out with the painting and pin striping. Either way, she was the first woman to sit on a Harley even if she and the bike never left the factory.

4. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle actually used a tomato can as the carburetor.

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5. When Harley Davidson opened a bigger factory on Juneau Ave., it employed six full time team members. It was at the same time that the, “Silent Gray Fellow,” was launched for its silent engine and the color gray.

 

 

6. The legendary V-twin motorcycle showed itself to the world in 1909.

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7. Forbes magazine founder, Malcolm Forbes didn’t start riding Harley Davidson’s until he reached the age of 40. He loved them so much that he owned fifty of them and began giving them away as gifts .

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8. The CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide, manufactured in 2013, was the most expensive Harley Davidson every made. Only 4,200 motorcycles were released each with a price tag of $40,000.

I know there are lots of other fun facts out there and I will be sure to share them with you in, “Travels with Harley,“ as soon as I uncover them!

Less Than A Month To Go!

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Jim and I love our Road King and if we could ride all over America 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we would. I remember the first time that Jim took me out on his motorcycle. I fell in love with riding from that point on. In fact, it is one of my favorite hobbies.

That is one of the main reasons that we came up with, “Travels with Harley.” We both enjoy riding, eating, drinking, and shopping. Another great thing about jumping on the bike is meeting new people. Both of us are pretty social, so when it comes to group riding we like to be involved as much as possible, and that is why we are so excited about the big 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary this Labor Day Weekend. You have no idea how thrilled we are to be carrying our bike chapter flag.

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There are some awesome activities that will be happening that weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Apparently there will be 60 live bands on five stages including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Blue Oyster Cult, Toby Keith, ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, John Fogerty, Uncle Kracker and Cheap Trick. Some of the bands that are performing I’m not real familiar with, but I think it would be fun to see Mississippi Cactus, Maggie Rose, or the Gin Blossoms.

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The four-day event starts on the Thursday the 29th of this month and goes until Monday September 1st at the Summerfest Grounds on the shores of Lake Michigan. With 75 acres of Harley Davidson fans, it is going to be an awesome vacation for Jim and me. Other activities for the four day event include product displays, themed exhibits and 110th anniversary merchandise…I know I’ll be bringing my appetite as Jim and I get to try food and libations from 43 local restaurants.

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Jim and I are counting the days until our next, “Travels with Harley,” ride and we can’t wait to share it with you!