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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.
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Harley Museum celebrates 2009 riding season start

May 7, 2009 by Harley-Davidson  
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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 is Acceleration Nation, an interactive racing experience that will get the oil in your blood boiling with high-octane fun. Five large plasma screen monitors bring to life exhilarating video of H-D drag racing and flat track racing action. Meet the drag and dirt bike racing teams and test your drag racing skills on a Dyno simulator and get your picture taken on Andrew Hines drag bike.

If you like Rock and Roll, be sure to catch the Liam Ford Band, Milwaukee's premiere Rockabilly band. The winner of the 2009 WAMI award for "Americana Artist of the Year," The Liam Ford Band will rock the stage in the Museum Garage all day long.

Get to the Museum a day early on May 8 for free demo rides of 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Take a demo ride May 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for licensed riders (registration begins at 9 a.m.). The demo fleet will be located in the alley in front of the Annex. For more information, log on to


Polish up your chrome, get your gear on, and get yourself to Motor for weekly Bike Night starting Thursday, May 14, at 5 p.m. in the Crossroads of 5th and Canal Streets.

Experience the camaraderie of motorcycle culture with fellow riders, friends, co-workers and your extended "family" of motorcycle enthusiasts. Whether you ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a Buell, an MV Agusta or another brand of motorcycle, all riders (and rides) are welcome to share stories, have fun, and kick back each Thursday evening.

"Motorcycle culture is rooted in the strong bond shared between fellow riders," said Stacey Schiesl, Harley-Davidson Museum director. "Bike Night at Motor is the perfect way for all riders to experience that bond and share their passion for motorcycling with each other."


Moms won't want to miss the all-new brunch at Motor restaurant - debuting on Mother's Day, May 10. This is a Harley-style brunch, complete with live rock n' roll music! As a special touch, each mom receives a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Peach Bellini or Champagne.

All You Can Eat Brunch includes:

  • Hickory Smoked Turkey w/ Sweet Apple Butter & Cranberry Apricot Chutney
  • Made to Order Omelets
  • Grilled Sausage w/ Assorted Mustards
  • Belgium Waffles
  • Braised Beef Short Ribs
  • H-D Chopper Salad
  • Cast Iron Peach Cobbler

Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required - call today to reserve your table at (414) 287-2778. Prices are $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children (12 and under).

Just for kids

Kids get their very own brunch buffet table with kid-friendly items and a "Build-your-own Cupcake Station" to create a special treat for mom.

Million mile motorcycle finds home at museum

May 7, 2009 by Harley-Davidson  
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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 Phillips, Vice President Quality, Operational Excellence and Technical Services at Harley-Davidson, helped honor Zien for his passion, dedication and devotion to the sport of motorcycling. .

"We are extremely proud that Dave has accomplished his goal of riding one million miles on a Harley-Davidson," Phillips said. "As much as Harley-Davidson appreciates being part of Dave's riding achievement, we believe that riding one million miles is about the perseverance of the rider. This effort personifies the statement that a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is more than a machine and it certainly places Dave among the world's toughest riders."

Phillips also recognized Zien for his service to our country as a U.S. Marine and a Vietnam Veteran. Zien is a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in recognition of his support for rider and veteran causes. He was a Wisconsin State Senator from 1993 to 2007, and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989 to 2003.

Indiana Jones rides into Harley Museum

March 31, 2009 by Newswire  
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Arrival of famous Indiana Jones movie motorcycles kick off adventure and fun for all ages

Calling all spring breakers, Indiana Jones movie buffs and fans of Harley-Davidson: the Harley-Davidson Museum announced today it will feature the two motorcycles ridden by Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf in the Lucasfilm's movie "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in a special display opening April 3.

Visitors to the Museum can sit on the stunt motorcycle that starred in the movie and have a free photo taken. Also, on April 11, the Museum lobby will come alive with a snake display that is sure to thrill visitors of all ages.

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Bikers get sound sleep in HOG heaven

March 26, 2009 by Newswire  
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The Iron Horse Hotel to Welcome Road Warriors of All Stripes

Hotel is industry’s first geared for business travelers, motorcycle enthusiasts alike

MILWAUKEE,WI  – The industry’s first modern luxury boutique hotel geared toward business travelers and the growing segment of motorcycle enthusiasts is now open. Located in downtown Milwaukee, The Iron Horse Hotel offers a blend of upscale business services and, unlike any other premium hotel in the country, special amenities for riders.

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Harley-Davidson Museum opens doors for People’s Republic of China

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On Feb. 9, two top-ranking Chinese diplomats—Zhou Wenzhong, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the U.S., and Huang Ping, Consul General of the People's Republic of China —scheduled time during their brief visit to Milwaukee to speak with Company leaders and explore the Harley-Davidson Museum®. They were accompanied by their wives and other members of the Washington D.C. embassy and Chicago consulate diplomatic staff.

China is the largest motorcycle market in the world. Approximately 20 million motorcycles were sold in China in 2008. And, as Harley-Davidson looks to grow worldwide retail sales, selling motorcycles in China represents a significant long-term opportunity for the Company.

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