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May 20, 2011

CLASSIC HARLEY NEWS Harley-Davidson Museum To Open Vault

Harley-Davidson Museum® Gets Ready to Open the Vault for Upcoming Summer Exhibit

From secret prototypes to century-old artifacts, exhibit will offer fascinating glimpse inside the Company’s Archives

Wild, unusual and odd Harley stuff at the museum

With more than 108 years of history, Harley-Davidson is bound to have some interesting pieces buried deep in its Archives. Even the most dedicated motorcycle enthusiast is in for more than a few surprises when the special summer exhibit, Collection X: Weird, Wild Wonders of the Harley-Davidson Museum, opens June 11. The motorcycles, leathers, and accessories for which the Company is known make up just a small fraction of the hundreds of artifacts that will be on display in the 10,000-square-foot Garage exhibit space at the Museum through August 21.

The never-before-seen prototype bikes that were created as concepts but never manufactured or sold are sure to get bikers and engineering enthusiasts talking. History buffs will revel in the early 20th century motors – Harley-Davidson made motors for everything from lawn mowers to military drones – as well as the More on CLASSIC HARLEY NEWS Harley-Davidson Museum To Open Vault

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April 13, 2011

Wild Ones Weekend At The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum July 9-10

Step back into the past during Wild Ones Weekend and enjoy a real 1940’s motorcycle rally. The Knucklehead Motorcycle Club hosts their annual Reunion and Antique Bike Show at the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, July 9.
Check out American Made vintage motorcycles and meet the people who ride them. Participate in vintage Motorcycle Field Games with the Badger Heritage Group. Slow races, plank ride, bean bag toss, and other classic games performed on antique motorcycles.

You don’t want to miss the American Motor Drome Company’s thrill riders as they defy gravity in the amazing Wall of Death on antique Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You have to see it to believe it!

All Harley Knuckleheads welcome!

Don’t miss it!   Mark your calendars and forward this to all your antique motorcycle fanatic friends!

Last year we had over 40 Knuckleheads and almost 100 antique bikes!

This year we have added the wall of death, and our New Exhibit: Collection X !

We recently got this invitation from our friends at the Harley museum at American Iron Harley Magazine and wanted to let you all know as soon as possible so you can make your plans.

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January 26, 2010

Harley-Davidson Museum Visit By Arthur H. Davidson

I picked up on this story and thought it would be good to share here on Classic American Iron.

Talk about history!  The blog over at the Harley Davidson Museum has a short story about the son of  Arther Davidson taking tour around the facility.

Shortly before the Museum opened in the summer of 2008, I received a call from Arthur H. Davidson (the H stands for Harley). I recognized his name as the sole surviving son of one of the original founders of Harley-Davidson, Arthur Davidson. He said he had some “junk” to donate to the Museum. I drove out to his house on a beautiful summer day and met him and his wife Gertrude. The “junk” turned out to be the original passports his father used in the 1910s and 20s to travel overseas and build the foreign dealer network. Had he not recruited so many dealers around the world, Harley-Davidson is not the company it is today… if it’s here at all.

Since then, he and I kept in contact about getting him here to the Museum. Just over a week ago, it finally happened. Arthur is now 95 years old and an absolute joy to talk to. During his visit, he shared knowledge of company history and items on exhibit that weren’t recorded anywhere. For example, the company disbursed its first More on Harley-Davidson Museum Visit By Arthur H. Davidson

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