First Five Years of the Next Hundred (or two thousand?)
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 a radiator, it violates the code. But a V-Rod, in my opinion, is artfully crafted and beautiful, rides strong and fast, and feels like a smooth and powerful horse with a heavy breath. It's a carrier of dreams and cool experiences just like any other Harley-Davidson. It represents one part of H-D's future, which is really what our 105th anniversary is all about: It's about the first five of our NEXT hundred, not about standing still, not about only doing one kind of bike or style well.
Mexico City is an incredible place, full of life and energy. Twenty five million people live here, and the scale is just awe-inspiring and a little intimidating on the roads full of cars, trucks and some dogs (!). Some other Harley folks and I headed out this morning on a ride outside the sprawling city to Teotihuacan, home to ancient 2,000+ year old pyramids. This was before the Mayans and Aztecs, a LONG time ago. The city of Teotihuacan was 175,000 strong in its time, and they built amazing infrastructure to serve their people.
So here we have a celebration of Harley-Davidson's 105 years, contrasted with a 2,000 year old civilization. They weren't an optimistic bunch – their main thoroughfare was named the Avenue of the Dead – so maybe that's why they're no longer around. But their ingenuity has stood the test of time, as does Harley's.
We had a great time today (outside of the torrential downpour and lightning as we got back to Mexico City complete with helmet-high muddy road wash from passing trucks). More good times tomorrow, because tomorrow amigos, we hombres head north.