New 2013 models being packed up outside of Harley-Davidson Headquarters.
The Milwaukee Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally is starting up today, and continuing through Labor Day weekend. 2013 models that debuted to dealers last week at the Harley-Davidson Summer Dealer Meeting will be on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum just in time for Thursday's Bike Night. Check out the Milwaukee dealerships for tons more events this weekend.
The rally also officially starts the 110th Anniverary Kick-Off, which includes a year long celebration!
Official events for Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebrations around the world:
Date Event Location
August 30 - Sept. 2, 2012 110th Anniversary Kick-Off Party H-D Museum, Milwaukee, WI
September 4 - 9, 2012 110th Anniversary Kick-Off Party European Bike Week, Faaker See, Austria
January 25 - 27, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience National HOG Rally, Goa, India
February 14 - 17, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience Auckland, New Zealand
March 9 - 16, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience Daytona Beach Bike Week, Dayotona, Florida
May 2 - 4, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience Qian Dao Lake, Zhe Jiang Province, China
TBD 110th Anniversary Experience Mexico City, Mexico
April 26 - 28, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience Africa Bike Week, Margate, Africa
April 12 - 14, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience Melbourne, Australia
TBD 110th Anniversary Experience Sao Paulo, Brazil
June 13 - 16, 2013 110th Anniversary Celebration Rome, Italy
August 3 - 10, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, South Dakota
August 29 - September 1, 2013 110th Anniversary Celebration Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 14 - 19, 2013 110th Anniversary Experience Asia Harley Days, Kuala Lumpur
And a few more details on the Celebrations in Rome and Milwaukee:
Rome, June 13-16, 2013:
A few weeks ago I traded my first motorcycle (Buell Blast) for something crazy different.... 2011 Zero S, electric motorcycle. Not only have I been referred to as a crazy hippie but I also have a motorcycle enthusiast husband that loves new technology. So it's no suprise that after a year of studying and test driving electric bikes and motorcycles that we finally went for it.
Our local Zero dealer (Schlossman Power Sports) had a beautiful year old black with metallic red rims greatly reduced. The 2012 models get much greater range but were double the price (80-100 vs my 2011 with 40-50). It was a big decision, but in the end I loved the way the 2011 looked way better. Plus, I already do not travel outside my 5 mile radius of home to work very often. I think my previous longest trip on the last motorcycle was 20-some miles (my butt gets sore and again I don't really go far anyway!).
I get lots of questions out on the road, and a few stares and even "what is that!?". The motorcycle has no clutch and makes no noise! I have scared a few birds on some suburban highways. There is no engine, just a motor and a giant battery. Under the battery is a short cord. Under my seat is a cylinder that holds a folded up longer extension cord that plugs into the battery which in turn plugs into a standard 3 prong 120 volt outlet. Also, the only liquid onboard is break fluid.
Charging time is about 2.5-3 hours, but I rarely run the battery down that low. For me I'm usually at 3/4-5/8 power and a charge to full is about an hour. They saw the cost to fully charge this bike is 95 cents. The city of Milwaukee has installed some ChargePoint stations, but they are not ideal (most are 220 not the 120 I need, one my cord doesn't reach the plug and another is in a reserved parking lot). I found better luck just asking businesses that I see an outside outlet. They are so intrigued they agree to let me plug in while I visit their establishment. Or I find friends along my way and ask to use an outlet in their garage.
I know it's not a vehicle for everyone but for me, it's perfect. Besides cheap to run, it's lots of fun to drive this stealth dirt bike-ish ride! My husband even enjoys taking this out for a spin and maybe will eventually trade his gas guzzling Harley or Yamaha in! ;)
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