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In tough economy, Harley-Davidson launches new premium touring motorcycle In tough economy, Harley-Davidson launches new premium touring motorcycle

HARLEY-DAVIDSON® ULTRA LIMITED™ IS THE NEW KING OF THE ROAD High-Performance Twin Cam 103™ Power and Special Touring Features and Styling The 2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide® Ultra Limited is a new premium touring motorcycle that offers enhanced performance and features, plus distinctive styling upgrades, that make it the new king of the Grand American Touring experience. A step up from the popular Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic® Electra Glide, the Ultra Limited model features items that have previously only been offered as accessories on regular-production Harley-Davidson Touring models. The package starts with a Twin Cam 103™ engine that delivers 10 percent more torque than the Twin... [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson takes bikers on a ride with new trikes Harley-Davidson takes bikers on a ride with new trikes

  NEW STREET GLIDE® TRIKE IS A HOT-ROD ON THREE WHEELS Second Model Joins Tri Glide™ Ultra Classic® on Harley-Davidson® Trike Platform Harley-Davidson will offer two models on its three-wheel Trike motorcycle platform for 2010, as the new Street Glide Trike joins the Tri Glide Ultra Classic. As its name implies, the Street Glide Trike brings the lean, stripped-down, hot-rod styling of the two-wheeled Street Glide model to the three-wheel category. With a smoked mini wind deflector and no Tour-Pak® luggage carrier, the Street Glide Trike is lighter and more compact than the Tri Glide Ultra Classic. With its Trike platform, Harley-Davidson brings original-equipment design, quality and service... [Read more...]

Road Glide Custom gets tough attitude to attract younger riders to Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom gets tough attitude to attract younger riders to Harley-Davidson

NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON® ROAD GLIDE® CUSTOM IS LOW AND LEAN This Slammed-and-Stripped Road Glide Model Has a New Hot Rod Attitude The new Road Glide Custom motorcycle is a tougher, younger vision of the shark-nose Harley-Davidson classic. Here's a bagger with a frame-mounted fairing that offers a lean, hot-rod look. Road Glide Custom leads with a big 18-inch front wheel draped with a clean FL fender, follows with a 2-into-1 exhaust feeding a long chrome muffler, and exits with a smooth new tail light assembly. Hugging the pavement on a slammed rear suspension, the Road Glide Custom rolls with a cool swagger. But cool can still tour. That aerodynamic fairing offers outstanding weather and wind protection... [Read more...]

New Harley Street Glide gives bikers hot rod styling updates New Harley Street Glide gives bikers hot rod styling updates

2010 HARLEY-DAVIDSON® STREET GLIDE® HAS FRESH HOT ROD STYLING Slammed Bagger has New 18-Inch Front Wheel and 2-into-1 Exhaust The Street Glide motorcycle, the original stripped-and-slammed bagger from Harley-Davidson, is updated for 2010 with a larger front wheel, slimmed-down exhaust, and a new tail light assembly. Street Glide takes a classic Harley-Davidson Touring profile to a low, light and lean extreme, with minimal trim and chrome, a fork-mounted fairing with clipped windshield, solo headlamp and integrated mirrors, and black slotted aluminum wheels. Inspired by the street, but still ready for the long road, Street Glide is a bagger with hot-rod soul. [Read more...]  Read More →

Harley targets new women bikers with dark and low Fat Boy Harley targets new women bikers with dark and low Fat Boy

HARLEY-DAVIDSON® FAT BOY® LO REPRISES A COOL CUSTOM ICON Lower and Darker than the Original, with Undeniable Street Presence   The 2010 Fat Boy Lo motorcycle is a new riff on one of the greatest hits to ever roll out of the Harley-Davidson design studio. Darker and lower than that original icon of fat-custom style, the Fat Boy Lo retains the bold presence of the Fat Boy while offering a fresh interpretation of the motorcycle that still defines the segment. Dressed in satin chrome and denim black, the Fat Boy Lo model features a reshaped seat and handlebar that places its rider "in" the motorcycle, with the lowest seat height of any Harley-Davidson model. The half-moon footboards, black wheels... [Read more...]

Harley owners rode 4,373,937 miles on Million Mile Monday Harley owners rode 4,373,937 miles on Million Mile Monday

2009 Mileage Increased by 45 Percent over Last Year's Total On Monday, June 29, 2009, Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members around the world logged 4,373,937 miles during the club's second annual Million Mile Monday riding marathon. "Our members set the bar pretty high after last year's three million miles, and we are ecstatic to have exceeded that by more than 45 percent this year," said Benny Suggs, General Manager of the Harley Owners Group. "But more important than the number of miles ridden is that so many of our members joined together on this special day to share the experience of motorcycling." [Read more...]  Read More →

Harley owners ride for five-million mile day Harley owners ride for five-million mile day

On Monday, June 29, 2009, Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members around the world will band together in a singular challenge, to log a cumulative five million riding miles by the day's end. Following the phenomenal success of last year's inaugural Million Mile Monday, which tripled the original goal of one million miles ridden by H.O.G. members to 3,000,960 miles, the goal for this year's ride on June 29 has been stretched to five million miles. [Read more...]  Read More →

Harley-Davidson Financial Services gets new leader Harley-Davidson Financial Services gets new leader

Harley-Davidson, Inc. Names Lawrence G. Hund President of Financial Services Unit Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) has named Lawrence G. Hund President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. (HDFS), effective June 29. Hund will report to Harley-Davidson, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell. HDFS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., provides wholesale financing to Harley-Davidson dealers and retail financing to customers. "Larry is a seasoned financial services executive and we are extremely pleased to have him back at HDFS," said Wandell. "His leadership skills, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, our organization... [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson rolls with new Director of Market Outreach Harley-Davidson rolls with new Director of Market Outreach

Harley-Davidson Motor Company has announced that John Comissiong will oversee the development of strategic marketing opportunities for the African American customer segment as the director of Market Outreach. John has been with the Motor Company for more than five years and has served in the positions of Material Velocity Center Project Lead, Financial Analyst, Strategic Planning Manager, E-product Marketing Manager and Sales Operations Director. [Read more...]  Read More →

Harley encourages Latinos to participate in rider documentary Harley encourages Latinos to participate in rider documentary

Calling all Latino Harley-Davidson Riders! Harley-Davidson Motor Company will host casting calls throughout the U.S. for a Harlista documentary. The passion and commitment of Latino Harley-Davidson riders will be showcased in this documentary directed by award-winning Alfredo de Villa. The documentary will highlight the experiences of real Harley Latino riders and capture the essence of their passion and camaraderie as Harlistas. A Harlista is a Harley rider of Latino heritage. Alfredo de Villa, who recently completed "Nothing Like the Holidays," is an accomplished film director whose work has received accolades from the Sundance Film Festival and the TriBeCa Film Festival. [Read more...]  Read More →

Harley-Davidson rides into West Coast Biker’s Roundup Harley-Davidson rides into West Coast Biker’s Roundup

Thousands of motorcyclists on the West Coast will ride to the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park for the 2nd Annual West Coast Biker's Roundup. During the three-day event Harley-Davidson will present a custom bike show, a game lounge, raffle drawings and giveaways. Motorcyclists from Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada and California will enjoy primitive camping, events, exhibits, town tours and other activities from June 4-6. [Read more...]  Read More →

Pennsylvania Governor acts to keep Harley-Davidson plant in York Pennsylvania Governor acts to keep Harley-Davidson plant in York

Asks Top State Official to Meet with Company's CEO Governor Edward G. Rendell, expressing a commitment to the future of Harley-Davidson's York plant, has directed his top economic development official to meet with the company's management and has put the full range of the state's economic development tools on the table. In a letter yesterday to Harley-Davidson Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell, Governor Rendell noted the importance of the company's York manufacturing facility to the economy of south-central Pennsylvania and expressed his commitment to ensuring that the company remains a major employer in the region. [Read more...]  Read More →

Harley’s Chichlowski new chair of Motorcycle Safety Foundation board Harley’s Chichlowski new chair of Motorcycle Safety Foundation board

Harley-Davidson's Julie Chichlowski has been appointed the new Chair of the Board for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). She succeeds former MSF Chair of the Board David Edwards, who retired in April of 2009 from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. after 38 years of service. "We're really excited to have Julie take on the role of Chair of the Board for MSF," said MSF President Tim Buche. "Her track record in rider safety programs is exemplary; and we're seeing great synergies as a result of her guidance. For example, MSF worked closely with the Harley-Davidson Rider's Edge staff to pilot test two versions of an introduction to motorcycling RiderCourse, and the resulting data enabled us make to... [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson Museum honors American war heroes Harley-Davidson Museum honors American war heroes

WWII display opens at Harley-Davidson Museum From May 22 through August 10, the Harley-Davidson Museum® will host a special display, One American Hero, telling the story of Staff Sergeant Wallace Van Sandt, a young motorcycle enthusiast who was killed in action during WWII. For decades, Wallace's family preserved his memory through his prized possession, a 1941 Harley-Davidson WLD Sport Solo, along with many other personal mementoes from his short life. [Read more...]  Read More →

Female bikers join Harley-Davidson for Women Riders’ Month Female bikers join Harley-Davidson for Women Riders’ Month

Women Hit the Open Road to Celebrate and Learn to Ride The first weekend in May saw women riders around the world banding together to share the open road, as well as flocking to new rider training courses around the country to help establish a world record--all to kick start Women Riders Month. Harley-Davidson's Women Riders Month kicked-off with two special events in New York City and Milwaukee respectively in honor of International Female Ride Day on May 1, which was founded by Vicki Gray of Motoress.com to celebrate the millions of women who have already grabbed life by the handlebars. Nearly 100 female motorcycle enthusiasts, including Karen Davidson, the great-granddaughter of one of the... [Read more...]

Could Harley-Davidson ride out of York? Could Harley-Davidson ride out of York?

Harley-Davidson is exploring the possibility that work done at its Springettsbury Township plant could be done less expensively at another U.S. location. The company held town hall meetings with local employees Monday, discussing a study that calls for "major changes" to the way the plant works. Harley corporate spokesman Bob Klein said preliminary results of the study, which will be under way for the next several months, show there are "major gaps" in the efficiency of the York operation, and it's not as cost competitive as other similar manufacturing operations. Klein said there would have to be major restructuring to address the plant's excess capacity and fixed costs in order to bring its... [Read more...]

Wearable tattoo art offered by Harley-Davidson in new H-D INK collection Wearable tattoo art offered by Harley-Davidson in new H-D INK collection

Original Designs Inspired and Inked by Tattoo Masters Be it on a bike or a body, customization and self-expression have long been hallmarks of motorcycle culture. Beginning this fall, the all-new H-D Ink(TM) collection of Harley-Davidson MotorClothes sportswear celebrates this culture's connection to the tattoo with original, wearable art and inked by masters from around the world. H-D Ink debuts with premium tees, wovens, hoodies and technical clothing made from the finest fabrics and featuring original designs inspired by traditional and contemporary American Tattoo art. Twenty-three unique limited edition styles, including 14 men's and nine women's, will be available beginning in July 2009,... [Read more...]

Harley Museum celebrates 2009 riding season start Harley Museum celebrates 2009 riding season start

FIRST RUMBLE AT THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM First Rumble kick starts the riding season Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum with a bike blessing, live music, demo rides, Acceleration Nation and much more. The day kicks off with one of the most highly-anticipated events in motorcycle culture, and one that signals the "official" opening of riding season: a bike blessing. Join Road King Riding Rev. John G. McFayden, made famous with his center-fold debut in the premier issue of HOG Magazine, for a group blessing at the Museum Crossroads at 10 a.m. The Museum's bike blessing welcomes all riders of all faiths and all motorcycle models. Shifting the day into high gear... [Read more...]

Million mile motorcycle finds home at museum Million mile motorcycle finds home at museum

HARLEY-DAVIDSON CELEBRATES MILLION MILE MOTORCYCLE For any motorcycle rider to log one million miles in a lifetime is truly amazing, but it's even more impressive to do it on one motorcycle, as Dave Zien did, on a 1991 Harley-Davidson FXRT. Harley-Davidson celebrated and honored Zien's million mile motorcycle accomplishment at the Company's Milwaukee headquarters on April 6 with special presentations to Zien that included a brand new 2009 Road Glide. It was also announced that after a short stay at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Zien's million mile 1991 Harley-Davidson FXRT motorcycle will be put on permanent display at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in Sturgis, S.D. Steve... [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson product development exec retires Harley-Davidson product development exec retires

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT RON HUTCHINSON RETIRES After more than 30 years of service, Ron Hutchinson ("Hutch"), Senior Vice President of Product Development for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, announced his plans to retire, as of April 30. "Ron has led with a relentless pursuit of excellence in everything he's done, and his contributions to the success of the Motor Company can't be overstated," said Jim McCaslin, President and COO. "His passion for our customers and products is evident; he bleeds black and orange. And there's one thing I know - Ron will retire aggressively!" A graduate of Purdue University and the University of Detroit, Hutchinson held a series of engineering,... [Read more...]

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