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6 Things You Might Not Know About Harley-Davidson®
Harley Davidson. The name alone stands for freedom, excitement, and independence. There’s a kind of satisfaction that can only be found on two wheels, and there’s nothing like taking to the open road on a Harley®. You probably already know H-D® has long been one of the top-selling motorcycle brands in the United States and you may know the company was founded, in the early 1900s in Milwaukee. Test your Harley IQ and see if you know any of these other interesting H-D factoids.
1. Harley once made bicycles. The legendary motorcycle manufacturer was in the bicycle business, though only briefly. In fact, the first motorcycle the company produced was really a bicycle with a motor.
2. There is a Harley-Davidson Museum. Every year, more than 300,000 people come from all over the world to check out the nearly 500 motorcycles and artifacts housed there — including Serial Number One, the oldest H-D motorcycle known to exist. The 20-acre museum grounds are located on a riverfront, against the Milwaukee skyline. The museum is also home to an extensive and exclusive collection of H-D archives, as well as a restaurant and gift shop.
3. Police officers first used Harleys in 1908. The Detroit PD was the first department to receive one, and several others would soon follow. By the late 1920s, over 3,000 police departments and government agencies used Harley-Davidsons. Today, departments around the world run Harley-Davidson motorcycles in their fleets. Motor officers are trained to be elite riders, and participate in community and ceremonial events like parades and funeral processions.
4. Malcolm Forbes was fascinated with Harley-Davidsons. Founder of Forbes® magazine, Malcolm Forbes was a big fan of H-D motorcycles. He certainly isn’t the only rich and famous person to have a love for the American iron horse, but he certainly was one of the more enthusiastic collectors. Forbes owned some 50 bikes himself and gifted several to friends over the years.
Here at the Isle®, we’d like to give a Harley to our friends, too. All you have to do is come down for the Bikin’ It & Likin’ It event Fridays and Saturdays in April. Visit the Coral Reef stage at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. for your chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle! Win FanPlay® prizes and a chance to be a qualifier in the Harley giveaway. Guests receive one FREE entry daily and can earn an additional entry with every 150 points earned. The lucky winner will be chosen on April 23.
5. The longest jump on a Harley stands at 183.7 feet. In 2010, extreme rider Seth Enslow set that bar on a Harley-Davidson XR1200®, breaking the record held by Bubba Blackwell since 1999. Blackwell’s jump covered 157 feet. Prior to that, Evil Knievel had held the distinction since 1975 for jumping 133 feet on his XR-750.
6. Harley-Davidson is the official motorcycle of the famous Sturgis® rally. Held every year since 1938, the rally attracts roughly half a million visitors to the small town of Sturgis, South Dakota.
Closer to home, the Wild Hog Motorcycle Rally & Musicfest is happening just minutes away from Lula in Helena, Arkansas. From April 21-24, join your fellow bikers for bike shows, a parade, a poker run, the Ms. Wild Hog contest, and all kinds of wild field games. Of course, one of the highlights of the rally and music festival is the killer music. This year’s excellent lineup includes Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, and headliners, Landslide: A tribute to Fleetwood Mac and the Police. Jim Dandy & Black Oak Arkansas are also headlining.