Never an End to Harley Davidson History

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2008 was a big year as far as Harley Davidson history was concerned with the beginning of the year seeing an all-new frame for the Harley Davidson touring family. Not only did this provide a longer wheelbase, but it also lowered the seating position making it easier to maneuver.

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On July 12, the new Harley Davidson Museum opened displaying hundreds of classic and custom motorcycles. The sixth and Canal Street museum also featured exhibits and never released photos and films from Harley Davidson history.

That same year saw thousands head to Milwaukee for the 105th Harley Davidson Anniversary. That same weekend the Harley Davidson Owners Group celebrated its 24th anniversary.

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In 2009, Harley Davidson history continues with its expansion into India. 2009 also saw the first three-wheeler available to the public with the new FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic.

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In 2010 the XL Forty-Eight Harley Davidson was introduced which recalled the custom Sportsters reminiscent of earlier days. That same year Seth Enslow broke the world’s record for the longest motorcycle jump on a Harley Davidson XR1200. Bubba Blackwell in 1999 and Evel Knievel previously held the 183.7-foot jump title in 1975.

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Harley Davidson history continues when the company streamlined the H-D1. This allowed riders to take possession of a factory built custom motorcycle with personalized customization. Later that year in 2012, Harley Davidson introduced the new Seventy-Two and Softail Slim.

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In 2013, Harley Davidson opened a new exhibit at the museum, further solidifying Harley Davidson history with Project Rushmore allowing visitors to get a behind the scenes look at the original drawings and prototype of Project Rushmore touring bike.

2013 was the year that Harley Davidson turned 110. The anniversary saw thousands of people celebrating Harley Davidson history, with Travels with Harley’s own Jim and Demea Loyd participating in the parade proudly carrying their H.O.G. chapter’s flag.

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Another new exhibit at the Harley Davidson Museum opened on April 10, 2014 and sees James Cameron’s classic film, The Terminator, come to life in the Terminator 2 Judgment Day exhibit. The special display includes a motorcycle used in the film along with costumes and props featured in the movie.

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To this day Harley Davidson history continues to grow with new and exciting chapters to add to Harley Davidson history, and you can bet that Travels with Harley will be right there to share Harley Davidson history with you as new chapters begin to develop.

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Harley Davidson history is fascinating, and if you have a story that you would like to share with Harley enthusiasts all over the world, send us your story here and you may be featured in one of our popular Travels with Harley blogs. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures making your very own Harley Davidson history.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Riding Tips

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Jim and I both know that once you venture out on two wheels, it’s hard to get back on the road in a car, truck, or SUV. Riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle is thrilling to say the least, but there are some things that all riders should know, when it comes to Harley Davidson Road Trips.

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Always wear a helmet, even if you are just riding down the street. Not all states require you to wear a helmet when you are riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, but if you value your cranium, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Wearing gloves is almost as important as a helmet when you are riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. If the bike drops or falls, the first thing you do is instinctively put your hand down to break your fall. Yes, it’s a reflex action, which is exactly the reason you need to wear gloves.

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If you have been following our blog, you will remember that I had to have my boots repaired when we attended the 110th Anniversary for Harley Davidson. Luckily, Jim and I found a cobbler, but had we not; I would have had to buy a new pair. Wearing boots with good soles is imperative, especially if you tip over your Harley Davidson Motorcycle. If your foot slips under the bike, you are going to want some solid support.

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I do like to look good when I ride, but wearing a good fitting pair of pants and a jacket is another essential when it comes to a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Proper riding leathers will give you protection from the elements and protection from the asphalt should a fall occur.

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I am always the passenger on the Road King, but Jim has always told me not to apply the front brake first. If a truck or car decides to change lanes right in front of your Harley Davidson Motorcycle train yourself to hit your foot brake before your hand brake.

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It may seem like a natural reaction, but it is important that you slow in, lean down, and power out. Keep everything inline and brake before you hit a curve. Grabbing your brakes too quickly when you hit a turn could upset the weight distribution, especially if you are riding with a partner on the back.

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A Harley Davidson Motorcycle does not have as much traction as a four wheeled vehicle. Jim is always on the lookout for debris and sand. Because we like to ride in groups, we keep an eye out for each other and point out hazards. If you do hit debris or sand, keep it smooth and slow, just as you would if you were riding on an icy road. Jim keeps our Road King as upright as he can to avoid losing traction if sand or debris is on the road.

Travels with Harley Part One Harley Davidson Anniversary Ride

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If you have been following our blog, you will know that Jim has been riding for years, and although I am not a seasoned vet, I have had my fair share of, “Travels with Harley,” since Jim and I first got together. With that being said, this past Labor Day weekend was our first opportunity to ride to a Harley Davidson Anniversary event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As you know, we were really excited, and then when we were asked to carry our chapter’s flag in the parade we were downright honored.

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One of our first stops along the way for our Harley Davidson Anniversary event was at Charlie Parker’s restaurant in Springfield, Illinois, and yes, in case you were wondering, my cat is named after an eatery that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Anyway, while we were there we ran into a group of riders from Illinois who asked us if we would like to ride with them. Of course, we jumped at the chance and really enjoyed riding with this great group of people who we hope to meet up with again, perhaps in another, “Travels with Harley.” Because they were staying just outside of Milwaukee, we split off just south of the city. Jim and I thought we would run into them sometime during the weekend, but unfortunately, no such luck.

The ride was pretty tiring and on top of that, Jim and I are used to getting up at 4:30 AM and are usually in bed by 9:00 so it is hard to turn that inner clock around. So, after we arrived at our hotel we decided to just relax crash and order room service. I also used our down time to make some rough plans for the next few days, as we had both been so busy at the store we didn’t have a chance to.

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The next morning I used Yelp to help us find the, “Best Breakfast,” and discovered a place called Zak’s, which is a café/coffee shop that was just a few blocks from our hotel. You all know how much a foodie I am and have to say that I was really impressed with the friendly service, good food, and even better prices. We chatted with a local resident who ate at Zak’s frequently. You always know it’s a great place to eat when the locals have meals there as well. Anyway, he said he’d had numerous offers to rent out his home, which he just moved into recently, but decided to enjoy the celebration as he had never been front row center for a Harley Davidson Anniversary celebration, and this was going to be a big one!

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Jim and I still have lots to share, plus a video of the Harley Davidson Anniversary parade, but you know me, I like to keep you guessing, and coming back for more, so don’t forget to check in next week for more, “Travels with Harley!”