Love the Vibration Between My Legs
2013. The 110th anniversary of the founding of Harley-Davidson.
How do I know this bit of minutiae, you ask?
I was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2003. The 100th anniversary of the Hog. It was my virginal visit to the land that spawned my love.
I almost forgot about him as we drove through ear-splitting armies of motorcycles. Legions of bikes. On the interstate. At our favorite custard stand. Blocking the view of Lake Michigan.
A lot of vroom-vroom-vroom to celebrate the lowly founding of a motorized bicycle company. William Harley and Arthur Davidson started out to put an engine on a regular bicycle, but it didn’t have enough oomph to climb the hills around Milwaukee.
Undeterred, Harley and Davidson revamped their motorized two-wheel dream in a back-yard shed. It later placed fourth in a race at the 1904 Wisconsin State Fair.
Harley-Davidson has a museum in Milwaukee. On the shores of the Menomonee River, their sleek facility sports a
shrine museum to the hog, several restaurants, an H-D shop, and even a tree lot at Christmastime.
Because my brother-in-law’s birthday is New Years Eve, we met him at Motor Restaurant for dinner. He and MTM talked car parts, engines and antique cars, and I watched the lights twinkle on the river outside. Our visit was a cornucopia of old bike movies, gleaming engines and plenty of studded leather.
The food was good, too.
If you’re interested in Harley-Davidson, you can visit the Museum in Milwaukee. It’s an OD on everything Hog.
400 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
1-877-HD-MUSEUM or 414-287-2789
Open every day 10am – 6pm; until 8pm Thursdays
Or, tour the factory in Menomonee Falls, a few short miles from Milwaukee.
W156 N9000 Pilgrim Road
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Free tours every Monday, 9am – 2pm
This post is part of the series Doing It Our Way, an homage to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, birthplace of MTM. If this is your first visit to the series, please check out the other installments:
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