Posts tagged Harley-Davidson
Motorcycles have always had strong emotional ties to the hearts of their riders. Choppers have served as gifts to celebrate life milestones, instruments of relief for the overworked and overstressed, therapeutic tools for soldiers with PTSD and more. In this case, however, a motorcycle served as a last link between a loving wife and her late husband.
If you regularly wear military apparel now or did at some point in the past, and you’ve never had the opportunity to go for a motorcycle ride, May is your lucky month. Harley-Davidson recently announced that it is offering free classes to any active or former U.S. military member who wants to learn how to drive a motorcycle as part of its new “Learn to Ride” program.
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!
If you’re a fan of comic books, action movies, motorcycles or free stuff, you’ll want to sit up and pay attention. Marvel Studios and Harley-Davidson have joined forces for The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Sweepstakes, and you could win big!
Harley-Davidson has been lending its support to the U.S. military for nearly 100 years now, but through its new partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, Harley will help more veterans to ride motorcycles for therapeutic purposes and participate in helpful peer-to-peer activities.
To celebrate this newfound collaboration, six veterans got the surprise of a lifetime earlier this month when they were each gifted with a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle! These gifts came from none other than Bill Davidson, the great-grandson of Harley-Davidson co-founder William A. Davidson, as well as other representatives from the company. The special delivery was in honor of Harley-Davidson’s new partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides comfort to and assists wounded service members.
One goal of the Wounded Warrior Project is to help injured veterans get back on their feet after their experiences serving in the military. The non-profit’s new partnership with Harley-Davidson will specifically help improve the lives of those injured veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The six veterans who received new bikes from Harley-Davidson were not chosen at random — they were hand-selected because they had all been diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD. Additionally, they are each seasoned riders who no longer have access to bikes due to hardships. Fun recreational activities, like riding a motorcycle, have proven therapeutic benefits for someone who suffers from PTSD.
“It is important to have the support of corporations like Harley-Davidson which understand the long-term needs of our nation’s veterans and are willing to work with us to help warriors uncover and live with their ‘new normal,’ ” said John Roberts, EVP of Warrior Relations at Wounded Warrior Project. “We know from our warriors that recreational activities like motorcycle riding provide a multitude of therapeutic benefits for those living with PTSD.”
At our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, we love seeing how much different people can benefit from riding a Harley. Stop by today to tell us your own story!
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!
Summertime in New England is a great time to let loose and take your Harley out to cruise over open roads. But as the kids go back to school and the weather starts to cool down, the autumn months in New Hampshire bring their own set of pros and cons for motorcycle riders. There’s not much time left before the bitter winter weather descends on the northeast, so preparing for your final rides of the year and getting ready for winter storage is crucial for enjoying your Harley.
Here are five tips from our New Hampshire Harley dealership to keep in mind as you take your Harley out for the last few times in 2014:
Watch Out for Falling Leaves
As the New England trees transition to a variety of majestic colors, it’ll also mean the leaves will start falling to the ground. Unfortunately, a road covered in leaves can mask potholes or bumps that may be dangerous for bikers, so keep an eye on the road and try to travel routes you’re familiar with. Rainy nights and morning dew can also bring dangerous wet leaves that create a slick surface, so try and steer clear of these conditions if possible.
Prepare for Colder Autumn Nights
Autumn weather is more unpredictable than the dog days of summer, so make sure you are prepared for colder weather coming your way. A leather jacket will be helpful in the brisk temperatures, but it would be wise to pack up some additional warm clothes for your ride. If you have problems with your bike, you won’t want to be left stranded without proper attire as the sun goes down. Bring along a couple of extra layers just in case!
Wildlife Can Become More Hazardous
Deer are notorious for being more active in the fall months, as they will be searching for food and running from hunters who disturb their natural habitat. They are most active around dusk or dawn, so keep a close eye on the sides of the road as you maneuver through any windy, rural roads you may be riding on.
Frost and Ice Will Creep Up On Us
It’s important to keep frost and ice in mind not just when you’re on the roads, but for when you’re storing your Harley, too. You’ll want to give yourself adequate time to warm up your motorcycle if you plan on taking early morning rides. And keeping your Harley stored in a warm spot overnight will also make a big difference in how smoothly it runs during the entirety of its lifespan. Slick conditions will be more prevalent as the days wither away toward the first snowfall, so watch out for black ice or morning frost on the roads.
Don’t Miss Opportunities to Ride Your Harley
New England winters can be long and dark, so take every chance you get to ride your Harley while you still have the opportunity. These months are some of the most beautiful of the year, so when it’s safe to do so, try and enjoy the New England foliage and landscape. And let’s be honest, the cooler temperatures are a lot more comfortable to ride around in than that dreary summer heat. Take advantage of the autumn months and get out there to ride your Harley before you store it away until spring!