Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres this weekend and features some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. It also spotlights two awesome Harley-Davidson motorcycles that we’ve talked about in the past. Our Harley-Davidson dealership near Nashua, NH, started thinking about all the other times a Harley stole the scene in a major motion picture. We decided to rank the coolest movie moments and the hog featured in each scene!
As much as we at our Manchester, NH Harley-Davidson dealership love the bikes we ride and may want to put the pedal to the medal and cut through bumper-to-bumper traffic, we know the law. We’re restricted to the lane we’re in when we ride our bikes. In California, it’s a different story: motorcyclists can weave through the lanes between cars and keep driving forward, a practice known as “lane-splitting.” Currently, California is the only state where lane-splitting is allowed, but according to a Wall Street Journal article, legislators want to legalize it in other states. Lawmakers and motorcyclists are pushing the legislation forward as an attempt to reduce highway congestion and speed up commutes.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota may be a long way from home for our New Hampshire Harley-Davidson dealership’s family, but we can ensure you that true Harley lovers should make the trip out for the rally at some point in their lives. Typically held the first week of every August, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brings together hundreds of thousands of Harley fans, and is one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world.
This year, the Sturgis rally is special for two reasons. First, it’s the 75th anniversary of the rally, which began in 1938. And secondly, Harley-Davidson has shown its commitment to preserving one of the country’s best and brightest rallies, committing to an additional 75 years as the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally!
“For decades, Harley-Davidson has been the motorcycle of choice for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans and a great partner to the City of Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “Today it gives me great pleasure to solidify its importance by making it the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”
To commemorate the agreement, a permanent plaza will be built on Main Street in Sturgis, a small town with a population of fewer than 7,000 that embodies the spirit of Harley. The plaza will integrate bricks from the company’s Milwaukee headquarters, a building that housed the company’s factory dating back more than 100 years, and will feature a stage for events, concerts and weddings.
“Harley-Davidson riders have attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for decades. This new agreement will help fuel many more years of freedom, independence and rebellion for this iconic gathering,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief operating officer at Harley-Davidson. “Riding is a passion passed down through generations, so it’s important we celebrate the legacy and history of Harley-Davidson in Sturgis, while helping creating new memories.”
If you’re looking for a terrific trip to take your Harley on this summer, be a part of history at Sturgis’ 75th anniversary, and help kick off the next 75 years in style!
Harley-Davidson enthusiasts across New Hampshire are eagerly getting in their final few motorcycle rides before the crisp fall days come to an end and New England’s cool winter temperatures set in. When you aren’t preparing your Harley for winter storage, you’ll want a variety of ways to savor your last few rides of the year. Whether you’re looking to take a scenic ride in the fall foliage or you’re taking a quick drive to your favorite restaurant, here are a few more ways to enjoy the great outdoors on your Harley-Davidson before the snow falls:
Scenic Drive Along the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112)
Located in the White Mountain National Forest from Lincoln to Conway, NH
Distance from Manchester Harley-Davidson to Lincoln: Approx. 90 Miles, 1 Hour and 25 Minutes
Cruise through the White Mountains along the Kancamagus Highway and take in the dazzling views New Hampshire has to offer. The leaves will be bursting with color and the mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely ride on your Harley.
Currier & Ives Scenic Byway
Located in Henniker, Hopkinton, Salisbury, Warner and Webster NH
Distance from Manchester Harley-Davidson to Henniker: Approx. 22 Miles, 25 Minutes
Ride through a handful of quintessential New England towns when your take your Harley out on the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway. Spanning a number of charming New Hampshire towns, the byway boasts spectacular views and a wide selection of pit stops, like restaurants and shops, for you to enjoy before getting back on your Harley.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Located in Louden, NH
Distance from Manchester Harley-Davidson: Approx. 34 Miles, 35 Minutes
Take your Harley out to the racetrack in Louden and enjoy one of the final events of the year. You’ll have access to an abundance of great food and entertainment for the afternoon while you watch some of the world’s most exotic cars in action during The Motorsport Lab experience, or during your hands-on experience in an event like Drift Spot. Hop on your Harley and come out to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for your last ride of the year!
While you’re already out on the open road, be sure to make a pit stop at our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester for service, parts and advice on how to properly store your bike for the winter months. We’ll see you soon!
2014 was quite the exciting year for Harley-Davidson fans. Between the global launch of the Street 750 and Street 500 motorcycles, the advancements made through Project Livewire and upgrades to Project RUSHMORE, Harley gave riders from all walks of life plenty to fawn over when it came to their expansive 2014 lineup.
Now, Harley-Davidson is upping the ante once more, revealing more exciting models, new technologies and further refinements to existing bikes for 2015. Here are some of the new Harley innovations you can expect to see at our Harley dealership in New Hampshire in the coming year:
Harley-Davidson has improved many of the models you know and love for the 2015 year. The Road Glide and Road Glide Special are back and better than ever, with improved ergonomics and upgraded suspensions, respectively. The Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low and Ultra Limited Low motorcycles come with new ergonomic enhancements. And the CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide Ultra will come with improvements in aspects like speakers, paint scheme options and aerodynamics.
Finally, the Harley-Davidson Freewheeler will expand Harley’s dominance in the three-wheel category. With a low, lean profile and a mini ape-hanger handlebar, the Freewheeler will handle and perform like never before.
If you’re looking to own a Softail model, you’re in luck: Harley-Davidson is releasing a new breaking system that improves modulation, increases responsiveness and decreases hand lever effort by 40 percent! New front brake components help to minimize initial displacement, while the front brake caliper and master cylinder help to enhance the look of each new model thanks to their restyling.
If you’re into personalizing your Harley, look forward to the year ahead. Harley-Davidson is adding hundreds of new parts and accessories to its inventory this year, making its digital Bike Builder tool even more unique.
Plus, eight new paint colors, including Black Magic, Radioactive Green and new Hard Candy Custom colors, will let riders truly stand out from the crowd.
Stop by our Harley dealership in Manchester once these 2015 models and technologies are available and see for yourself why owning a Harley just keeps getting better and better.
Is there a day or an event that truly signifies the start of spring for you? For some, it’s Opening Day for the Red Sox. For others, it’s Easter Sunday. And for many people in our neck of the woods, it’s simply the first day of the year that reaches 60 degrees. There’s no wrong answer, but for several of us at our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, the beginning of spring is heralded by the annual Myrtle Beach Bike Week.
Luckily, that means we feel like spring is truly here, as the 75th annual edition of the Myrtle Beach bike show kicks off on Friday! From May 9-18, an estimated 275,000 to 300,000 people will flock to South Carolina to attend the massive bike show, which features motorcycle tours, vendors, cruising “daycations,” racing, entertainment and more. If you love your Harley and love being around other riders, there’s really no better place to be.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week began in 1940 and has grown considerably over time as motorcycles have become more and more popular across the country. Not only is the cruise down to the Grand Strand exhilarating, but there is no shortage of sights to see while you’re on the South Carolina coast, and the entire community truly goes out of its way to create a welcoming environment for every rider. If you’ve taken the time to customize your Harley, you won’t find a more appreciative crowd!
We’re sure that many of our New Hampshire Harley riders will be heading down to Myrtle Beach for the event, so feel free to drop us a line, and we’ll try to connect you with others in the area who are heading south. We can’t wait to read about this year’s festivities!
At our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, we love that more and more women are taking to motorcycle riding as they look to tackle the open road with the same spirit of adventure and freedom that Harley riders have displayed for more than 100 years. That’s why we’re thrilled by recent news from the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) that indicates that the number of motorcycle ownership among women is on the rise!
According to AutoEvolution.com, the MIC has announced ahead of their March meeting that motorcycle ownership among women is up about 20 percent since 2009. Around 10.5 percent of women owned motorcycles back then, while about 12.5 percent do now. That’s great news for women who have considered riding but have yet to take the plunge, men who want to share their love of bikes with the women in their lives and Harley dealerships that can welcome more women through their doors.
That more women are becoming interested in riding motorcycles shouldn’t come as a surprise. We recently covered news that women who ride motorcycles feel more confident and sexier than non-riders. Women riders indicated that they were also happier with their self-image, and even had better sex lives. With that knowledge in mind, why wouldn’t more women want to own a new Harley or another bike?
At Manchester Harley-Davidson, we’re proud to serve the growing number of women Harley riders out there, and we host Ladies’ Nights and sell Harley apparel just for women, too! Stop by our Harley dealership today and join the women’s motorcycle revolution.
Here at Manchester Harley-Davidson, we could use a little glimpse of spring as we shovel out our driveways for what seems like the hundredth time this winter. That’s why we’re excited by Harley-Davidson’s recent reveal of its plans for the 73rd Annual Daytona Bike Week taking place in Daytona, Fla., in just a few weeks!
An ongoing tradition since 1937, the annual Bike Week now sees hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world flock to Daytona each spring. Naturally, Harley-Davidson has been a big part of Bike Week’s history, and it’s planning to host a comprehensive list of displays and activities once again in 2014. And as a recent release from Harley says, all of Harley’s events will take place at a single display area this year, rather than splitting up between Beach Street and Daytona International Speedway as in years past.
“We’re consolidating into one action-packed display at the Speedway to make it easier for our fans to experience everything we have in one easy-to-access location,” said Paul James, Harley-Davidson’s director of consumer events.
The events that James speaks of should interest Harley lovers of every kind. At Daytona Bike Week, Harley will display 2014-model-year motorcycles, clothes and apparel, H-D1 customization and more. Harley-Davidson will offer demo rides for 2014-model-year bikes, plus the new Project RUSHMORE touring models, all week long. And they’ll also host The Harley-Davidson Ride-In Custom Bike Show on March 12, with donations being directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Harley is also teasing a special announcement and “electrifying” display on March 8, and that’s enough to carry those of us at our Harley dealership in Manchester through the end of winter.
If you plan to head down to Daytona for this year’s Bike Week, let us know in the comments!
We love the classic look and feel of Harley bikes at Manchester Harley-Davidson, but we know that customization and expression are central to what Harley is all about. That’s why we’re proud to be the original dealer of Dirico Motorcycles USA, which uses the best Harley-Davidson components and accessories to create machines that are more than just bikes – they’re personal statements. These bikes are bold, they’re beautiful and they convey expert craftsmanship and care.
Dirico stands for compassion, too, as the custom-bike company is auctioning off four handcrafted custom motorcycles, plus one Harley-Davidson bike, to benefit the branches of the United States military. In partnership with Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire, Dirico and Barrett-Jackson Auction Company are auctioning off the bikes to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of veterans, service members and their families.
Two of the bikes were auctioned off in Scottsdale, Ariz., on January 19. One bike pays tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps by honoring the “Black Hawk Down” incident from the Battle of Mogadishu, while the second bike auctioned, a 2012 red DIRICO Speedster, paid homage to the Marine Corps by displaying artwork that depicts the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. All proceeds from both auctions will go to Veterans Count, which in turn will use the funds to provide “emergency financial assistance to service members for housing, utilities, food, child care, medical bills, transportation and more.”
The remaining three motorcycles commemorate the U.S. Army, women in the military and Navy SEAL Team 6, and they will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach, Fla., in April.
“We are extremely grateful to Steve Talarico, President of Dirico Motorcycles, who has played an instrumental role in connecting the right people to make all of this happen for our veterans and their families,” Karen Van Der Beken, chief development officer at Easter Seals, said in a release. “The sale of these motorcycles will allow us to continue to help the military families we serve.”
Stop by our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester to take a look at some of the Dirico bikes we have in-house and to thank the coolest custom-bike shop around for giving our veterans the help and respect they deserve!
Here at Manchester Harley-Davidson, we see classic Harley models used by celebrities, from iconic films and of historical significance hit the auction block all the time. Tradition is a big part of what makes the Harley-Davidson name what it is today, and the cast of characters who’ve owned Harley bikes is as diverse as the set of riders who embrace their bikes today.
That being said, we don’t generally think of Harley bikes and Popes as a match made in heaven, so you can imagine our surprise at learning the news that Pope Francis will be auctioning off his Harley-Davidson for charity on February 6 in Paris. Given to the Pope in June 2013 to celebrate Harley’s 110th anniversary, the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide with “Francesco” signed on the tank is worth an estimated $16,400-$20,500, and proceeds from its auction will go towards Caritas Roma, a charity that works on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church.
Luckily for New Hampshire Harley riders who frequent our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, the Pope is also auctioning off a signed Harley-Davidson jacket, so you can stay warm and show your support for the coolest Pope in recent history.
Seeing famous Harleys auctioned off for good causes or just as collector items is nothing new. Earlier this month, a beautiful 1940 Harley-Davidson EL was sold for $159,000 at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, and a 1911 Harley-Davidson 7D Twin bike went at the same event for $125,000. A 1972 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster belonging to Bruce Willis helped to net nearly $25,000 for charity in December of 2013, and Steve McQueen’s famous 1938 Harley WLD Solo Sport was sold for $125,000 as well in November of the same year.
It’s unclear whether the Pope has ever actually ridden his Harley on the open road, but Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at British auction house Bonhams, told Reuters that he “suspect[s] that it will (have) a very limited mileage.”
We’re going to guess that’s a safe bet, too.