IT'S 4AM. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR MILWAUKEE IS?

Posted Tuesday, Aug 26, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

It's very early, dark and chilly. I'm a little numb after the long night saying goodbye to the many good people we met on our ride. I have decided to head home to see my family as soon as I can, since the coming days will be even busier and full than the last ten. I have a side bag full of gifts for them and am looking forward to bestowing the talking monkey (don't ask). We crossed the mighty...

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LEAVING THE DEAD ARMADILLO ZONE

Posted Monday, Aug 25, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

One way of indicating our path north was to figure out where the last dead armadillo we saw was, as dead armadillos (or live ones) are not a common site in the Midwest. These little guys are a bit more complex to see in the road as they have those shells that stick up like speed bumps. If you went directly over one, it really would be a serious speed limiter if you know what I mean. I believe it...

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BOMBERS, PRESIDENT BUBBA AND A BIKER BAR

Posted Sunday, Aug 24, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

The last couple of days our growing group of riders has been carving its way north through north Texas, north Louisiana and now Arkansas. Last night and yesterday we visited a Harley-Davidson dealership in Bossier City, Louisiana outside of Shreveport. They had a very well done celebration with ribs and po boys, as well as heat like a steam bath that turned my skin into a seeping soaker hose of sweat. Aside from the cool surprise appearance of actor John...

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REBELLIOUSNESS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Posted Thursday, Aug 21, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

We left McAllen this morning to a mariachi band, high school cheerleaders, and two firetrucks with ladders extended in full salute, complete with hanging American flags. The mayor blessed the bikes, and we busted a piñata to christen the journey further. About 25 of us headed out, including many who continued with us from Mexico. An hour or so outside of McAllen, we hit a US border patrol checkpoint. When they learned that we were with Harley, it seemed like...

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LEAVING MEXICO...

Posted Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

And carrying a lot of it with me on my bike and my backpack. I am "importing" Mexican dirt and glad for it. I arrived in Monterrey last evening at dusk under the shadows of two mountain ranges flanking the city – impressively beautiful and majestic. One of them is the Sierra Madre. They look more like the kind of dramatic vertical pillars of rock you see in Europe, less like the Rockies. The smaller mountains leading up to them...

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THIRTY MILES OF ROUGH STONE ROAD

Posted Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

The day started off amazing – long smooth highways, the best roads yet. We passed miles and miles of gnarled palm trees so twisted they looked like some Dr Seuss illustration and a virtual zoo – goats, more dogs, horses, sheep and even bulls. We rode onto an incredible stretch of two lane road through the sunny Mexican desert, heading to an old-world Mexican town called Real de Catorce. Our lead, a dealer in Mexico I now call El Jefe...

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WATCH OUT FOR THE HOLE, HOMBRE

Posted Monday, Aug 18, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

Headed out from Mexico City this morning, navigating layers of bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. There are 12 of us, including a Mexican novela star and a number of the members from the HOG chapter of Mexico City. We're riding Ultras, Road Kings, Electra Glides, my V-Rod Muscle and even a Sportster. I've got nothing but a backpack and a helmet bag for the entire trip back, while another rider has a huge roller bag strapped to his passenger...

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FIRST FIVE YEARS OF THE NEXT HUNDRED (OR TWO THOUSAND?)

Posted Sunday, Aug 17, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

I picked up my bike today in Mexico City for the 2,000 mile ride home – a beautiful new V-Rod Muscle. El Muscle en Mexico – unleash the castanets and maracas, shoot off some rifles! It's the first one in Mexico and three people have tried to buy it. I love it – It's stout. Fast. Fun. And a looker. Now, there are a few people who think a V-Rod isn't a "real" Harley-Davidson. Some think that because it has...

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SCREW IT, LET'S RIDE

Posted Saturday, Aug 16, 2008 by Mark-Hans Richer

This was one of the copy lines we used this summer in an ad, meant to reflect our rider's mentality in the face of fears about the economy. I would like to celebrate that mentality again as I begin my exciting, nearly 2,000 mile ride home from Mexico City to Milwaukee. In the month leading up to my departure for Mexico – a country I am truly excited to see since the only Mexican city I've been to is Tijuana...

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Adventure is there for those who seek it. Mark-Hans Richer (H-D CMO) is not afraid to push the envelope. As a man who has 23 years of riding under his belt, he finds the best way to make life slow down is to ride full speed ahead on his new 2009 V-Rod Muscle. The most noteworthy of his many experiences on the road took place while handling fierce hail and rain on his way through the Italian Alps.

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