This month, Harley-Davidson established a new exhibit at its Milwaukee museum, and it’s one worth checking out. The exhibit honors famed designer Willie G. Davidson and is called “Willie G. Davidson: Artist, Designer, Leader, Legend.” At our Manchester Harley-Davidson dealership, we’re big fans of ol’ “Willie G.,” and we’re happy to see him get the recognition he deserves!
The hotly anticipated X Games are right around the corner, and Harley riders and motorcycle fans everywhere will find something new to look forward to the moment the competition begins. Harley-Davidson Flat-Track racing will start off the 2015 X Games, marking the first time the sport has been included in the legendary event. The team at our Harley-Davidson dealership near Nashua, NH, can’t wait to catch all the action!
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.
At our Manchester, NH Harley-Davidson dealer, we know that nothing beats a weekend spent with fine friends, good food, great music and the best motorcycles around. We also know that we couldn’t be where we are today without the help of people like you. That’s why we’re inviting you to our latest Season Opener and Open House celebration!
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!
At our Harley-Davidson dealership near Merrimack, NH, we’re used to seeing Harley riders of all ages and from all walks of life. There’s no one type of Harley-lover, and learning more about the different backgrounds of many of our customers is one of the perks of the job.
Yet even we were a bit taken aback by a recent story out of Alabama, where a woman celebrated her 90th birthday — yes, her 90th — by taking a ride on her grandson’s Harley! According to Tuscaloosanews.com, Mary Walker got quite the thrill cruising on the back of a red 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. Apparently, Walker told her family she was either going to jump from an airplane or go for a motorcycle ride with her grandson, David, to celebrate the milestone occasion. We think she made the right call.
“I said by the time I get 90 years old I’m riding that with [David] so I said ok that’s it, I’m riding that Harley for my 90th birthday,” Mary said, according to ABC3340.com. “I’m not a bit nervous, I’m ready to ride, ready to ride Clyde.”
“I bought the motorcycle about a year ago, and I aggravated her about getting on it. She never would. She said when she turned 90 she would,” David said. “Today she turned 90, and we did it.”
According to David, the Walkers only traveled about one mile, but they did reach 45 miles per hour. That may sound pretty adventurous for a 90-year-old, but according to Mary, she could’ve handled more of a rush.
“Oh I love it! Just didn’t go far enough,” she said.
To see more about Mary’s unforgettable birthday ride, view the video below:
The Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited has proven itself to be one of Harley’s most popular bikes in recent years, and if you’re the type who likes to tour on your ride, it’s not hard to see why. With a Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine that can produce 105.5 pound-feet of torque and return 42 combined mpg, it combines power, efficiency and comfort in one head-turning package.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the experts at MotoUSA have named the 2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited as their Best Touring Bike of 2014! Citing it as “one of the most comfortable motorcycles on the market” and praising its “bounty of storage space,” MotoUSA indicates that it’s quite impressed with the Ultra Limited’s redesign.
When it comes to performance, MotoUSA notes that the 2014 Ultra Limited provides a smooth, responsive ride despite its powerful engine and larger size. Additionally, the redesigned Batwing fairing, smaller windscreen and added slipstream vent make for a distinctive ride. According to the site, the Ultra Limited also features “just the right amount of polished chrome,” as well as an attractive layout of instruments and gauges that adds to the touring experience.
MotoUSA did well in its breakdown of what makes the Ultra Limited so unique, but there’s even more to like when it comes to this touring classic. From its Six-Speed Cruise Drive Transmission to its new fairing lowers to its heated hand grips, the Ultra Limited is truly a special ride.
If you’d like to take MotoUSA’s “2014 Tourer of the Year” out for a test-ride, visit our Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, NH, today!
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!
On the one hand, it’s not terribly surprising; no one appreciates the great outdoors quite like a Harley rider, and at our New Hampshire Harley dealership, we know our customers to be some of the most generous people around.
Yet it’s still impressive for such a large percentage of Harley lovers to take such an active role in bettering the environment. Now, Harley-Davidson is doubling down on those efforts, announcing its Renew the Ride initiative with The Nature Conservancy to raise funds to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025!
The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit that aims to address pressing large-scale conservation threats in critical areas. They’re active in Brazil, the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in China and all throughout the United States, and the group has helped to reforest more than 14,000 acres of land and planted more than 14 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest alone since 2008.
In order to aid The Nature Conservancy on its quest and to keep our country beautiful and healthy for future generations of riders, Harley-Davidson has contributed a series of annual grants totaling $550,000 to the nonprofit, and is mobilizing riders, owners and dealers to give their time and donations, too.
“A central part of motorcycling is experiencing the great outdoors; to see the world from behind the handlebars is unlike anything else,” Mark-Hans Richer, chief marketing officer, Harley-Davidson, said in a release. “We are dedicated to preserving the open road for future generations of riders. Our partnership with The Nature Conservancy gives us an opportunity to mobilize our global community to help achieve this mission.”
At Manchester Harley-Davidson, we couldn’t agree more, and we look forward to helping sustain the beautiful forestry of our great state. If you’d like to contribute to the Renew the Ride campaign, stop by our dealership today!
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!