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  • The Pope Is Selling His Harley. Yep, He’s Got a Harley

    01/14/2014 4:39:12 PM PST · by Jean S · 38 replies
    ABC news ^ | 1/14/14 | Russell Goldman
    Pope Francis is selling his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The pope, known for riding through Buenos Aires on a bus and taking to the streets of Rome in a modest Ford Focus, plans to see the chopper auctioned off next month with the proceeds going to charity, according to the auction house.
  • '57 Chevrolet + Harley-Davidson = ???

    12/03/2013 5:47:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 32 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Chevy-Davidson...? Check out the details, like hood ornament worked into the front fender, exhaust routed out '57 Chevy rear bumper outlet, chrome bullet in front of engine, headlight bezel '57...
  • HITLER’S Health Insurance is Cancelled

    11/15/2013 10:04:52 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/15/13 | Doug Book
    Not even der Fuhrer is immune to bad news brought on by ObamaCare insurance mandates. It seems Adolph has just been informed by Generals in his inner circle that the health insurance policy upon which he had depended has been cancelled thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Well Adolph is not happy. And when der Fuhrer isn’t happy, NOBODY is happy! Watch a superbly crafted, exquisitely funny video put together by...
  • Motorcycles running red lights? It's the law... sometimes (Wisconsin)

    08/28/2013 3:05:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 57 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 aug 2013
    West Allis resident John Glass used to pull up to intersections on his motorcycle and sometimes find he was stuck. Traffic lights remained red because they didn't sense his bike, and the longtime motorcycle enthusiast would have to take a roundabout route or wait for a car to come and trigger the sensors. Today, Glass knows what to do: He simply runs the red lights. With thousands of Harley riders descending on Milwaukee this week for Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration, you might see quite a few motorcyclists running red lights — and they have the right to do so, under...
  • Historical World War I PHOTO: Harley Davidson Motorcycle with Mounted Machine-Gun

    08/04/2013 12:33:23 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    Retronaut ^ | (est. 1917) World War I | Retronaut
    In 1917, the United States entered World War I and the military demanded motorcycles for the war effort. Harleys had already been used by the military in the Pancho Villa Expedition, but World War I was the first time the motorcycle had been adopted for combat service. Harley-Davidson provided about 15,000 machines to the military forces during World War I. - Wikipedia
  • Pope's friendliness impresses Harley-Davidson crowd

    06/17/2013 2:57:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | June 17, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Patrick from the Corsica, France chapter of Harley-Davidson poses in front of St. Peter's Basilica on June 16, 2013. Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 16, 2013 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Harley-Davidson owners flocked to St. Peter’s Square today for a chance to greet Pope Francis, and they came away struck by his friendliness and closeness to the people. “To be here and see the Pope is absolutely amazing. He’s so friendly, he’s just so friendly,” said Bob from the Lakeside, England chapter as he spoke to CNA June 16. His fellow Lakeside member Harry agreed. “He’s so friendly,...
  • Stripped-down Harley rebounds from recession

    06/09/2013 9:22:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 78 replies
    Administration Propaganda(AP) ^ | 6-9-13 | M.L. JOHNSON
    MILWAUKEE—Some motorcycle enthusiasts feared Keith Wandell might be the outsider who drove Harley-Davidson into the ground. Instead, he may be remembered as the guy who kept the motorcycle maker on the road. Wandell grabbed the handlebars at the motorcycle maker in the heart of the economic crisis in 2009. Harley lost $55 million that year, as buying a motorcycle stopped being an option for many consumers. "We had to make, quickly, some big, bold, decisions," he said in a recent interview. Wandell was the first CEO from outside Harley, so those decisions were watched closely. Not all were well-received. He...
  • Harley Marine -- how the press sees the good guys

    10/26/2012 12:51:25 PM PDT · by JoeA
    Unknown | 10/26/12 | Unknown
    A friend sent this to me, and I think it's worth sharing. A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC, when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents. The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and - Pow! - hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain, the lion lets go of the girl. The biker brings...
  • Watch Out for Motorcycles...

    05/26/2012 8:38:33 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 26, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Ukrainian immigrant Dmitry Khristenko has found scrap watches an ideal medium for use in creating miniature tributes to American cultural icon Harley-Davidson... among other things: More at Reaganite Republican _________________________ Deviant Art
  • Tsunami-Swept Harley Found In Canada

    05/02/2012 8:19:16 AM PDT · by palmer · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 5/2/2012 | Malcolm Foster
    TOKYO (AP) -- It must have been a wild ride. Japanese media say a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in last year's tsunami has washed up on a Canadian island about 6,400 kilometers (4,000 miles) away. The rusted bike was found in a large white container where its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, had kept it. He was located through the license plate number, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. "This is unmistakably mine. It's miraculous," Yokoyama told Nippon TV when shown photos of the motorcycle. Yokoyama lost three members of his family in the March 11, 2011, tsunami...
  • Harry on a Harley... look away, Charles: Prince dons a red bandana

    11/19/2011 4:03:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 48 replies
    Harry on a Harley... look away, Charles: Prince dons a red bandana and aviator shades, then hits Arizona highway on a Ł11,000 classic bike They are pictures certain to gladden the hearts of Prince Harry’s female fans. Looking tanned, fit and macho, the Prince jumped on a classic Harley-Davidson motorbike on Friday and roared off across the Arizona desert. One person unlikely to be impressed by his exploits, however, is his father Prince Charles, who doesn’t share his sons’ passion for motorbikes. Harry owns a Ducati 848 and a classic Triumph, and Prince William a Ducati 1198. But Charles admitted...
  • Owner of Decked-Out Harley Honors Military, Uncle

    07/15/2011 1:27:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | Friday July 15, 2011 | Paul Fallon
    Over the years, Jerry Booth has seen many patriotically themed motorcycles but never one as ornate as the one he saw when he traveled to Tennessee a few years ago. Booth, a veteran and the organizer of this year's West Virginia Harley Owners Group Rally, saw the bike at a rally there three years ago. He loved it and the message it carries so much that he invited the owner to the event in Charleston. Tod "Weirdo" Wooldridge, owner of the 1986 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, happily accepted. The bike is decked out in American regalia. It's painted front to back...
  • Harley-Davidson to make motorbikes in India next year

    11/02/2010 9:28:30 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies · 2+ views
    International Business Times. ^ | November 2, 2010 | IBTimes Staff Reporter
    Milwaukee-based Iconinc bike maker Harley-Davidson on Tuesday said it will start an assembly facility of its motorcycles in India by the first half of 2011, making it the second facility outside the US. "This investment will allow us to improve our market responsiveness and production flexibility while reducing the tariff burden, which we expect will drive growth over time by making our bikes more accessible to India's consumers," said Harley-Davidson Motor Company President and Chief Operating Officer Matthew S. Levatich. The company will set up the new facility near Bawal in Haryana and expects the assembly facility to be operational...
  • Mexican Cartel Say's David Hartley's Murder A Mistake (Video Report)

    10/22/2010 7:34:45 PM PDT · by OneVike · 39 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 10/22/10 | Chuck Wolk
    It is being reported that now that David's murder was a case of mistake identity by a low-level member of the Los Zetas drug trafficking organization. The source also informed us that those responsible for Hartley's death are believed to have disposed of his body and that the Zeta hierarchy was conducting a damage-control operation to punish those responsible for the death and to distance the cartel from the murder. The source further reported that the murder of the lead Tamaulipas state investigator on the case, Rolando Armando Flores Villegas -- whose head was delivered in a suitcase to...
  • Day 12: Family Media Detox

    09/13/2010 12:09:54 PM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 3 replies
    familymediadetox.com ^ | 09/13/10 | Staff
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_wVCrcZtlo Jim’s update: Missy mentioned on a recent video how parenting has changed for her without television’s anesthetizing influence over the children and the distractions provided by other electronic amusements in our home. I affirm her assessment. While the attitudes of the children are drastically improving – and we delight in that – we acknowledge that we, by necessity, are becoming more attentive, engaged parents. And that often means we are finding ourselves saying things that we wouldn’t normally say. For example… (Photo) GIRLS! DON'T PUT YOUR LIPS ON THE AQUARIUM! Harvest is well underway here in Rozetta and this...
  • Harley unions to vote on Wisconsin labor contract (Harley-Davidson takes a hard line !)

    09/13/2010 6:50:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 09/14/2010 | Dinesh Ramde
    The chief executive of Harley-Davidson Inc. has urged Wisconsin employees to approve an unpopular labor contract Monday, telling them the motorcycle company is prepared to move on without them if they turn it down. CEO Keith Wandell wrote a letter last week telling the workers it's up to them to decide whether they want to remain part of Harley's future. "We are on a course to build a competitive company for the future and a business that is sustainable long term," the letter said. "Nothing can get in the way of this objective." The workers, who make motorcycle engines in...
  • Harley unions to vote on Wisconsin labor contract

    09/12/2010 7:10:30 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-12-10 | Dinesh Ramde
    MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson employees in Wisconsin are being asked to vote in favor of a labor contract that will freeze their pay, slash hundreds of jobs and hand large volumes of work to nonunion workers. As bleak as the proposal sounds, employees may have little choice but to accept it. If they don't, Harley-Davidson Motor Co. has threatened to move its last two Wisconsin operations to another state, leaving about 1,350 employees out of work. Employees are scheduled to vote on the proposed seven-year contract Monday. The results should be available by the evening. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle company blames its...
  • Harley, union reach proposed labor agreement

    09/03/2010 7:52:11 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 9-3-10 | ap
    MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and its union leaders reached a proposed labor agreement today that could keep manufacturing operations and hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin. The proposal still needs to be ratified by union workers and approved by the motorcycle company's board. Workers are expected to vote on the contract Sept. 13. Harley previously had said labor costs at its operations in Milwaukee and Tomahawk, Wis., were too high. The company threatened to move production to the Kansas City area or another U.S. city if Wisconsin workers wouldn't agree to certain labor concessions. The company declined to reveal the...
  • Russia's Macho Man Putin Jumps on a Harley at Biker Convention

    07/25/2010 2:28:21 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 58 replies · 2+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | July 24, 2010
    <p>SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has lept on a Harley Davidson and roared into an international biker convention in southern Ukraine.</p> <p>Around 5,000 bikers from Europe and beyond gathered in Sevastopol for the annual festival Saturday on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.</p>
  • Biker Putin roars into Ukraine rally on a Harley

    07/24/2010 11:14:14 AM PDT · by Smith Winston · 120 replies · 2+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | July 24, 2010 | AFP
    SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, July 24, 2010 (AFP) - Leaving a cloud of dust in his wake, a black-clad Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin roared into a rally in Ukraine on a Harley Davidson and hailed bikes as a "symbol of freedom". Putin drove into the rally of bikers on the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea astride a gigantic three-wheeled Lehman trike conversion Harley Davidson motorbike, wearing dark glasses and waving his black gloved hands.
  • A Harley guy's last ride: Motorcycle firm offers funeral service

    07/08/2010 6:13:18 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-8-10 | mary divine
    John DeHoop loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles: He rode one, had a tattoo of one and outfitted the family room of his White Bear Lake home with Harley memorabilia. Before he died of cancer at age 55 in May, DeHoop told his wife, Kathy, he wanted a motorcycle hearse at his funeral. During their rides along the St. Croix River, the couple had seen a Harley hearse parked outside Afton Leather, a motorcycle-apparel shop in Afton's Old Village. "He wanted that hearse," Kathy said. "Before being cremated, he wanted to go for one last ride."
  • Wandell slashes costs, cuts jobs in effort to save motorcycle firm

    04/27/2010 11:50:48 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 116 replies · 1,662+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 25, 2010 | Rick Barrett
    Having climbed aboard an American icon at one of the most difficult points in its history, Keith Wandell has been driven by an overriding thought: Don't let Harley-Davidson become General Motors. Now, nearly a year into the job, Harley's chief executive officer has cut millions of dollars in costs, eliminated thousands of jobs and brought a sense of urgency to the world's largest maker of heavyweight motorcycles. Some of the changes, particularly the job cuts, have been painful. But in his first extensive interview since taking the reins, Wandell told the Journal Sentinel last week that the actions he took...
  • Harley-Davidson Has Its First Loss in 16 Years

    01/23/2010 3:23:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 54 replies · 1,278+ views
    AP ^ | January 22, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Harley-Davidson, the motorcycle maker, reported a fourth-quarter loss Friday, its first quarterly shortfall in 16 years, hurt by restructuring costs and the sluggish economy. Harley-Davidson has come under pressure over the last year as the tight credit markets and the weak economy led consumers to shun purchases of its high-end, heavyweight motorcycles. The company has been reorganizing its business through layoffs, factory closures and closing or selling unwanted brands. Harley said shipments of its bikes to dealers in 2009 fell 27 percent, to 223,023.
  • "Buy a Harley, Get a Gun" promotion sparks controversy (Video)

    12/12/2009 8:35:16 AM PST · by greatdefender · 19 replies · 1,017+ views
    FOX 59 Indy ^ | December 11, 2009
    A planned promotion to support Second Amendment rights gets pulled. On December 1st, Bloomington's Herald Times posted a database of current gun permits. The local Harley-Davidson shop in Bloomington was outraged. A long-time advertiser with the paper, owners saw it as an unnecessary and dangerous practice. They planned a promotion with Cosner's Guns - Buy a Harley, Get a Gun. Just as soon as it was planned, it was pulled. The NRA has blasted the newspaper as well, saying the list makes it easy for criminals to target homes with or without guns.
  • Harley-Davidson to Discontinue Buell Sport Bikes

    10/15/2009 6:24:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies · 1,248+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | 15 OCTOBER 2009 | Jerry Garrett
    Continuing hard times at Harley-Davidson came to something of a head Thursday with the announcement that the company was killing its Buell line of sport bikes almost immediately and actively looking for a buyer for its MV Agusta brand. Harley, which is based in Milwaukee, also disclosed continuing losses at its finance unit and a decline in sales of its heavyweight Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Overall, Harley’s net income for the third quarter plunged by 84 percent from last year, which was also a down year for the company. The Buell brand, based in East Troy, Wis., will shut down later this...
  • Harley-Davidson Discontinues Buell Motorcycles (180 More Jobs Lost in Wisconsin)

    10/15/2009 11:06:45 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 61 replies · 2,662+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | October 15, 2009 | Examiner.com
    Harley-Davidson USA today announced that they are discontinuing the Buell line of motorcycles. This news comes as Harley-Davidson reported a third quarter earnings that was down 21.3% from the same period in 2008. All remaining in-stock Buell motorcycles and accessories will be sold by authorized dealers, but no additional Buell motorcycles will be manufactured. Existing warranty coverage for Buell motorcycles will be honored and Harley-Davidson will continue to provide replacement parts and service through their dealerships. Over time, the discontinuing of the Buell line is expected to eliminate 80 hourly productions positions and approximately 100 salaried positions at Buell. According...
  • Harley Motorcycle - Seats 10 (Video - Must see)

    08/04/2009 6:50:46 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 16 replies · 1,050+ views
    CBS47NEWS ^ | 8-4-09 | CAKID1
    A guy in Wisconsin will get a lot of attention at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. His name is Steve "Doc" Hopkins. He's got a custom-made 10-seat Harley Davidson. (It's 24-foot-long - and has seven different engines)
  • Buy a new Harley and get a gun for free

    08/03/2009 7:08:08 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 13 replies · 739+ views
    KOMONews.com ^ | 08/01/09 | KOMO staff
    BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Buy a new Harley and get a gun for free That's the deal being offered by Eastside Harley-Davidson. That's the deal being offered by Eastside Harley-Davidson. Customers who buy a Big Twin Harley will get a voucher to Wade's Eastside Guns good for up to $500 in firearm, according to the shop's ad. The motorcycle shop posted a tongue-in-cheek video clip on its Web site to advertise what it's called "the best promotion of the year."
  • Bruce Rossmeyer, Harley Davidson Mogul, Dies in Motorcycle Accident

    08/01/2009 11:35:12 AM PDT · by Justaham · 93 replies · 2,375+ views
    Bruce Rossmeyer, known for building a Harley Davidson empire with 15 dealerships, died Thursday in a motorcycle accident. Rossmeyer and a group of friends were on their way to the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota when the accident happened. Rossmeyer was riding on a Wyoming Highway 28 when he attempted to pass a truck pulling a camper as it turned left. The 66-year-old, who was not wearing a helmet, struck the driver’s side door. Rossmeyer was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • As profit plummets, Harley to cut 1,000 more jobs

    07/16/2009 9:40:31 AM PDT · by 10Ring · 35 replies · 905+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 16, 2009 | Rick Barrett
    Nearly half of the 1,000 job cuts announced by Harley-Davidson Inc. on Thursday will come from Wisconsin, the company says. Of the 1,000 jobs to be eliminated, about 480 will come from Wisconsin, including the elimination of 300 hourly production positions. About 180 salaried employees will lose their jobs here, including 100 from Harley-Davidson Financial Services. The production of Harley-Davidson Sportster engines in Wauwatosa will be shut down for about 14 weeks late this year, including the company's entire fourth quarter.
  • Anti-President Obama message removed from business

    06/12/2009 7:33:01 AM PDT · by DFG · 50 replies · 2,103+ views
    News10now.com ^ | 06/12/09 | Brian Dwyer
    ADAMS CENTER, N.Y. -- "I'm not going to stop what I believe," Iron Block Harley Davidson Owner Erik Dunk said. Wednesday, the electronic sign out in front of the Iron Block Harley Davidson in Adams Center read this: "Obama are you kidding? We're not Muslim. You are not Christian."
  • Harley Davidson Sportster (vanity)

    05/12/2009 11:01:39 AM PDT · by brwnsuga · 156 replies · 4,984+ views
    5/12/09 | Brwnsuga
    Can anybody tell me if the Harley Davidson Sportster 883 is okay for a beginner? Any suggestions on the best bike to start out with?
  • Harley to cut 1,100 jobs as 4Q profit falls

    01/23/2009 1:09:15 PM PST · by BGHater · 77 replies · 724+ views
    AP ^ | 23 Jan 2009 | Dan Strumpf
    Harley-Davidson Inc. said Friday it will cut 1,100 jobs over two years, close some facilities and consolidate others as it grapples with a slowdown in motorcycle sales. The Milwaukee-based company also reported its fourth-quarter profit fell nearly 60 percent, and said it is slashing motorcycle shipments in 2009 to cope with reduced demand. The iconic motorcycle maker said it will consolidate two engine and transmission plants in Milwaukee into its facility in Menomonee Falls, Wis. It will shrink its paint and frame operations in its York, Pa., plant and close its distribution facility in Franklin, Wis., whose duties will be...
  • Harley-Davidsons 'immortal' in Cuba

    01/09/2009 7:39:59 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 17 replies · 1,287+ views
    International Herald-Tribune ^ | January 9, 2009 | Joshua Robinson
    Harley-Davidsons 'immortal' in Cuba By Joshua Robinson Thursday, January 8, 2009 HAVANA: Sergio Morales's friends gently rib him about the dirt under his fingernails and the grease that fills every line in his 58-year-old hands. The grease has been there so long, they tell him, that it must predate Fidel Castro's revolution. But Morales has heard all the jokes, and not a single one makes him look up from his work. He just shifts his cigarette from one side of his mouth to the other as his fingers twist and caress the tools in front of him, granting new life...
  • Which America Do You Want To Live In?

    09/20/2008 3:51:04 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 4 replies · 140+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 20, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    John Edwards once said there were two Americas. He was right. Pretty sure I know which one I want to live in.
  • Springsteen ends world tour at Harley celebration (Silent Audience at Rendition, Wiretaps?)

    08/31/2008 9:14:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies · 252+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/31/08 | CARRIE ANTLFINGER
    Springsteen ends world tour at Harley celebrationBy CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 31, 9:36 AM ET MILWAUKEE - Bruce Springsteen ended his world tour over the weekend, toned down but revved up. Springsteen played more than 30 songs over 3 1/2 hours Saturday night on Milwaukee's lakefront for Harley-Davidson's 105th anniversary celebration. He made few comments between songs. Only for a few moments before "Livin' in the Future" did the rocker — who often brings his liberal-leaning political comments to the stage — stray into politics. Springsteen performed to a crowd not unlike the one that gave Republican...
  • Hogging the fun

    08/30/2008 8:26:58 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 2 replies · 122+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug. 30, 2008 | MEG JONES
    Getting paid to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle all day seems like a dream job. Except for the heat, the cold, the rain and snow and of course, the inattentive motorists who plow into you. But for motorcycle cops, there’s no place they’d rather be than the seat of a Harley. “We’re police officers, and we get to ride a Harley for free. What’s better than that?” said Arlington (Va.) County Sheriff’s motor officer Ralph Rice. Rice and the 17 other motorcycle officers in his department ride FLHTP Electra Glides to escort the president, respond to accidents and patrol traffic. Several...
  • Motorcyclist Hit By Car, Killed On (Milwaukee's) East Side

    08/30/2008 7:04:18 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 50 replies · 269+ views
    Today's TMJ4 ^ | Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 | Heather Shannon, Katie DeLong
    MILWAUKEE - A motorcyclist was killed on Milwaukee’s east side after he was hit by a car. It happened Friday afternoon near Humboldt and North. Police said a 61-year-old woman from Milwaukee was driving her car southbound on Humboldt when she tried to turn right to go west on North Avenue, but instead of turning right, she went across all the lanes of traffic. Police say the woman hit the curb on the other side of the road, and tried to correct herself. That is when she struck the motorcyclist. Police said 55-year-old Michael Fleming of Michigan was riding in...
  • Harley buys Italian bike maker

    07/11/2008 10:34:29 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 153 replies · 5,035+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 11, 2008 | Rick Barrett
    Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG) said today it has agreed to purchase Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta Group for $109 million, expanding its presence in Europe. The acquisition of privately held MV Agusta is expected to close in several weeks. Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson said it expects to finance the transaction primarily through euro-denominated debt. MV Agusta Group has two families of motorcycles: a line of premium, high-performance sport motorcycles sold under the MV Agusta brand; and a line of lightweight motorcycles sold under the Cagiva brand. The company sells its products through about 500 dealers worldwide, the vast majority of them in Europe....
  • Harley-Davidson idles 5,400 workers

    11/26/2007 4:14:57 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 266 replies · 321+ views
    Business Week | AP ^ | 11/28/07 | Emily Fredrix
    MILWAUKEE Some 5,400 Harley-Davidson Inc. workers are out of work this week as the motorcycle maker cuts production because of falling sales. The Milwaukee-based company announced in September it would shut down production at plants in Wisconsin, Kansas City, Mo., and York, Pa., this week as part of a planned cut in production. A shorter layoff is better than a long one, said Frank Larkin, a spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents workers at Harley-Davidson plants. At least workers were able to prepare for it, he said. "We were informed early on this was...
  • Running Out Of Vroom: Cities Are Muffling Bikers (Hush that Hog — NOW!)

    08/24/2007 8:27:53 AM PDT · by devane617 · 107 replies · 1,667+ views
    TBO.com ^ | 08/24/2007 | EMILY FREDRIX
    MILWAUKEE - Cities from New York to Denver are giving motorcyclists the silent treatment. That worries riders rights groups, which fear that a wave of ordinances aimed at muffling Harley-Davidsons, hushing Hondas and stifling Suzukis will create a confusing patchwork of laws that motorcyclists won't be able to navigate. The motorcycle industry is concerned it could turn these frustrated riders away. 'From our perspective, this creates enormous problems for us because people notice the one motorcycle that makes a lot of noise,' said Bill Wood, spokesman for the American Motorcyclist Association. 'They don't notice the 50 that pass that don't....
  • Bear saw bikers in road but still liked his odds

    07/24/2007 9:11:30 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 20 replies · 598+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 24, 2007 | Brandon Loomis
    TUMBLE: Motorcycles go flying, and one rider ends up in the hospital. A bear waiting for its chance to cut through traffic on the Seward Highway this weekend looked twice but still darted through a group of bikers, and the resulting domino effect sent one biker to a Seward hospital.The black bear walked onto the shoulder near Cooper Landing at about 11 a.m. Saturday and paused at the roadside while the first few in a group of eight bikers passed going south, Anchorage motorcyclist Randy Hames said.
  • Ruby Peterson, 94 years young, wins Harley motorcycle raffle (MN)

    02/12/2007 4:22:59 PM PST · by Kimmers · 26 replies · 705+ views
    Granite Falls Tribune ^ | February 8, 2007 | Scott Tedrick
    Did you ever think you'd see a 94-year-old grandmother look so natural sitting on a Harley Davidson motorcycle? Well this isn't your everyday grandma. At age 85, grandmother Ruby Peterson commemorated her birthday by taking to the skies in a hot air balloon and a few years later she took the waters on a jet ski. “Every year I try do something for my birthday,” says Peterson,who will be turning 95 in July. “My kids never want me to do anything cause they're afraid I'll hurt myself,” she said. “I tell them this year I'll buy a rocking chair and...
  • The Need For Speed

    01/25/2007 8:30:25 AM PST · by joeystoy · 3 replies · 389+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | January 25, 2007 | J. Martini
    ALERT!!! ALERT!!! ALERT!!! To all of those who are familiar with the general tone of this blog, you have been warned: WHAT FOLLOWS IS AN ANTI-AMERICAN SCREED! Why can't America make a low-cost, high performance motorcycle? Here I am, cash in hand, ready to buy American and my only choices are Victory (horrendously expensive) and Harley-Davidson (just plain horrendous). In fairness to Victory, they make a magnificent bike; powerful, gorgeous, and with fit and finish that makes them look like rolling jewelry. But that pricetag!!!??? Then there's Harley. Overweight, underpowered and overpriced. The overweight and underpowered part may be a...
  • Harley union members approve deal

    11/15/2006 6:39:44 AM PST · by BraveMan · 168 replies · 1,557+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Nov. 14, 2006 | AVRUM D. LANK
    West Allis - Union workers at Harley-Davidson Inc. Tuesday approved concessions that will result in a $120 million expansion and creation of at least 100 new jobs in the Milwaukee area. The 943 to 536 vote came after a sustained campaign by union leadership to reverse a rejection of similar concessions last month. The proposal that won approval includes lower wages for workers hired after the first of the year, as well as a decrease in health insurance, pensions and cost-of-living adjustments for all workers. However, the gap between the two wage tiers is smaller in the deal agreed to...
  • Caption Bush (Born to Be Wild?)(vanity)

    08/17/2006 12:44:27 PM PDT · by itsamelman · 89 replies · 3,062+ views
    MSNBC ^ | vanity
    President Bush, in York, Penn., gets on a motorcycle during a tour of the Harley-Davidson vehicle operations plant. At right is roll test operator Joel Toner.
  • Harley Stamp Ready to Roll

    08/16/2006 4:47:03 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 24 replies · 683+ views
    Madison.com ^ | August 16, 2006 | Bill Novak
    Harley-Davidson enthusiasts now have their own stamp of approval, thanks to the United States Postal Service. A 1965 Harley Electra-Glide is featured as one of four new first-class stamps being rolled out in Wisconsin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Capital City Harley-Davidson/Buell, 6200 Millpond Road, on Madison's far east side. The stamp rollout ceremony at kick-starts the third annual motorcycle ride to raise funds for the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. The stamps were officially introduced to the public Aug. 7 during the 66th annual Harley rally in Sturgis, S.D., and have been unveiled in local ceremonies throughout America since...
  • Road ahead looking smoother for Harley

    07/18/2006 6:16:11 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 95 replies · 1,558+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 17, 2006 | RICK BARRETT
    Strong sales fueled Harley-Davidson Inc. growth in the second quarter, helping ease concerns that production cuts are coming. On Monday, the manufacturer of Fat Boy cruisers and other heavyweight motorcycles said bike sales grew 10% in the quarter that ended June 25. Sales in overseas markets increased at more than twice the pace of U.S. sales. Harley has revamped its dealerships in Europe, in some cases cutting the number of dealerships so that remaining locations could become more profitable. "We have made a lot of investments over the last couple of years in these markets," Harley CEO Jim Ziemer said...
  • What it takes to be a jerk (Dave Barry)

    05/07/2006 8:33:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 146 replies · 3,391+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    What it takes to be a jerk BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on Sept. 29, 1996.) Recently, when I was having a hamburger at an outdoor restaurant, two guys started up their Harley-Davidson motorcycles, parked maybe 25 feet from me. Naturally, being Harley guys, these were rebels -- lone wolves, guys who do it Their Way, guys who do not follow the crowd. You could tell because they were wearing the same jeans, jackets, boots, bandannas, sunglasses, belt buckles, tattoos and (presumably) underwear worn by roughly 28 million other lone-wolf Harley guys. And, of...
  • Ride and Rally For The Troops III

    03/09/2006 11:09:31 AM PST · by iamonsite · 17 replies · 954+ views
    Tacoma, WA Ride and Rally For The Troops III On July 9, 2006, there will be an event, the third such, to show support of the military members currently deployed to the Middle East and their families. It is a motorcycle ride and rally that will begin and end at Destination Harley Davidson in Fife, with registration beginning at 8:00 AM, and departure time of 10:15 AM. It is an event created solely to give the general public an opportunity to demonstrate support visibly, and the money it generates is donated to support the troops and their families. Recent news...