New Zealand Harley Davidson Motorcycle Tour

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After talking about our virtual Harley Davidson Motorcycle tour of Australia last week, Jim and I got to thinking about heading to New Zealand, as it is just a hop, skip and a jump from, “The Land Down Under.”

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New Zealand is an amazing country that consists of a north and south island. A few of our friends have been before and say that both islands are a must. I did some research and discovered that there are quite a few places that rent Harley Davidson motorcycles, including the largest in the country, which is called Bularangi.

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Jim and I like to meet new people when we travel and because we belong to the Harley Davidson Owners Group would be able to connect with other H.O.G. members in New Zealand who could help us decide what Harley Davidson motorcycle tours would be the best. Of course, I did some research and found several that sound pretty cool.

Because we don’t know much about New Zealand a guided tour would probably be the best bet as all the tour guides are bred and born on either the north or south island and could show us the best and most beautiful places in the country.

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Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown have multiple day tours that would be an amazing way to see New Zealand. I’m quite fond of the three-day wine and whale tour, but if we had enough time we would also like to sign up for the two-day Christchurch Mountain pass tour that includes a tour guide.

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The two-day Harley Davidson motorcycle trip starts with a 208-mile ride that leaves Christchurch riding into the vineyards in the Waipara Valley. Crossing the Canterbury Plains the trip takes us through the Southern Alps before riding through the native and beech forests. Apparently, the views of the Lower Buller Gorge are breathtaking. The long ride will take us from the west to east coast of the South Island.

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The next day we would head south riding the west coast of the Southern Island with the Tasman Sea to the right and the Southern Alps to the left. The coastal ride also includes a stop at the Punakaki Rocks before heading to Lake Brunner. The steepest part of the ride is Arthurs Pass. After the climb, we get to ride along the High Mountain plateau before making our way back into Christchurch.

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There is plenty to see and do in New Zealand, especially on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I didn’t win the lottery last week, so I guess I had better go buy a few more tickets, especially if we want to see everything that New Zealand has to offer.

Dreaming about a Harley Davidson Trip to Australia

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If Jim and I win the lottery, or I should say when we win the lottery, we would love to travel the globe, renting Harley Davidson motorcycles as we go. We would of course test the newest bikes available including one like our own Road King. This past weekend I spent some time checking out places that rent Harley Davidson motorcycles and have added them to our must visit list.

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We have always wanted to travel to Australia and I was surprised to learn that you can rent Harley Davidson motorcycles in nearly every city. Of course, our first stop would be Sydney. I can only imagine how much fun we would have taking off from Sydney, and visiting all of the cool beaches like Bondi and Maroubra on the east side all the way up to Narrabeen, Newport, Avalon and Palm Beach on the north side.

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Sydney has three Harley Davidson models available. The Road King, which is like our bike, the Street Glide and the Ultra Classic. We have test driven a few different Harley Davidson motorcycles, and I am quite partial to the Ultra Classic. It really is the ultimate touring bike with its added legroom, and extra passenger space.

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We can actually rent a Harley Davidson in Sydney for two to three weeks, which would give us the opportunity to ride up to the Gold Coast and over to Mount Tamborine in Queensland. Our dream trip to Australia would also include a ride up to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast completing our ride in Cairns for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Of course, we just won the lottery, right? That means we could afford to spend a week on the Australian island of Tasmania. Devils Gullet is on our list as it is a state reserve located in the Wilderness World Heritage area. We could park our Harley Davidson rental, which would either be a Road King, Heritage Softail, or an Electraglide Ultra Classic, and enjoy the short easy walk up to the lookout that features awesome views of Cradle Mountain, Mount Ossa, and the Fisher River Valley.

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A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without a visit to King Island known for its cheese. If you follow my blog, you know that I am a real foodie, and love to try everything that any country has to offer. We could either camp, or stay in a comfy bed and breakfast.

 

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Australia is a big country and a trip to the Northern Territory and Western Australia would be on the cards as well, and let’s not forget about Coober Pedy. Known as the. “Opal capital of the world,” this mining town in South Australia is almost completely underground because of the scorching heat.

With all of this talk about Australia, I best go and play some lottery tickets…You’ve got to be in it to win it right? Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog on the bottom of the home page on our Travels with Harley site.

Harley Davidson Attempted To Trademark its Classic Sound

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I was doing some reading the other day and found out that Harley Davidson actually tried to have the sound of their bikes trademarked. I know it sounds crazy, but Harley Davidson really thought they could protect others from copying that chug of its classic V-twin engine.

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For more than six years, Harley Davidson had submitted trademark applications only to be turned down at the federal level. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, Harley Davidson decided to cease and desist when it comes to federal protection against the teardrop-shaped gas tanks, rear and front fenders and the overall look, feel and sound of Harley Davidson. Harley Davidson is just plain tired of the competitor’s attempts at legal action when it comes to the classic sound of the Harley Davidson engine.

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Trade marking a sound is nearly impossible with the federal government protecting only 23 of the 730,000 requests for sound protection. Three of the sound patents that were granted include the AT & T that is spoken over musical sounds, the three-notes that NBC uses and the roar of the MGM lion.

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The reason that Harley Davidson started a sound trademark in the first place is that the cooperate office thought the chug, chug; chug of their popular motorcycles would become like the word Kleenex and nylon which have become generic.

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Harley Davidson filed their first sound trademark in 1994 believing that their sound should be trademarked because of the notes in the exhaust, and the distinctive design. In 1991, Harley Davidson started working with the Sound Quality Working Group founded by Cortex, Sennheiser, Yamaha, SMS, Bruel, Orfield Labs, TEAC, and Kjaer.

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When the trademark was filed, competitors of Harley Davidson filed complaints opposing the sound trademark application. Nine of these competitors argued that the sound of their engines sounded similar to Harley Davidson. The competitor’s complaints, along with the trademark agency insiders, actually questioned Harley Davidson’s ability to prove that the sound and design of its engines was uniquely Harley Davidson. Harley Davidson finally cancelled the trademark applications in 2000.

The Harley Owners Group and Travels with Harley

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Last week I told you about our Travels with Harley New England Trailblazer Tour that we are taking in September, and wanted to share a bit more about the Harley Owners Group, affectionately known as, H.O.G.

For decades folks have been teaming up to ride together, but it wasn’t until 1983, that the Harley Owners Group was formed as a community-marketing club. More than a promotional outlet for Harley Davidson, H.O.G. was formed to serve its customers creating a real lifestyle that makes it the largest sponsored riding motorcycle club on the planet. As an added bonus, the Harley Owners Group has opened up new streams of revenue for Harley thanks to the tie-in merchandise that is offered by H.O.G. members.

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When you buy a new Harley Davidson, you are automatically given a membership to the Harley Owners Group. When H.O.G. was created the powers that be from Harley Davidson hoped that it would build strong and long lasting relationships with its customers, consumers, and employees, and it certainly has.

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According to Harley Davidson, members of the Harley Owners Group will spend 30 percent more than folks who aren’t members of H.O.G., even though they own a Harley. Harley Owners Group members buy clothing and accessories as well and attend Harley Davidson sponsored events like the New England Trailblazer Tour that we are taking in September.

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Every Harley Davidson Dealership can sponsor a local Harley Davidson Owners Group Chapter just like the Bourbeuse Valley Bike Chapter that Jim and I belong to. If you read my blog, you will remember that Jim and I carried our Bourbeuse Valley Bike Chapter flag in the 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary celebration parade. Not all dealerships choose to sponsor a chapter, but the chapters that do exist must link to a sponsoring Harley Davidson dealership.

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Jim and I are hoping to get a ride in within the next week or two, but the way things are going with the store, it will probably be more like May before we can enjoy a long trip on the Road King. The weather isn’t cooperating like we had hoped either. Raining today and still chilly with temps in the 40’s during the day. Hopefully sooner rather than later.