Harley riders come home to the place where it all began
I wish every Harley rider could experience what I have in the last six days.
If starting in New York City and riding more than 900 miles in five days through seven states with nearly perfect weather sounds like a great ride, just add in that I was privileged to ride with Willie G. and the rest of the Davidson family and you should get the picture.
The details of the ride are well covered here by Peter Reitzfeld, but let me add that I cannot imagine riding or just hanging out with a better group of people than the Davidsons, their friends, Jeff & Brenda Bleustein, some great Harley dealers and our ride leaders.
When we arrived in Milwaukee today, the first stop was to 3700 W. Juneau Avenue, which is currently Harley-Davidson corporate headquarters. In a previous life, Juneau Avenue was the site of Harley-Davidson’s founding in 1903 and its main manufacturing location until the mid-1970s, so there’s a little bit of history here.
The Kick-Off party at Juneau Avenue included music from Amanda Overmyer, Foghat and the Crave, as well as thousands of Harley riders, employees and enthusiasts. Harley-Davidson President Jim McCaslin and CEO Jim Ziemer warmly welcomed partygoers and other enthusiasts to Milwaukee.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Goodwill Ambassador Luke Christie thanked Harley for helping raise more than $65 million for MDA since 1980 and introduced Willie G. Davidson as the “coolest person that’s ever walked the earth.” While Willie G. is actually the Company’s Chief Styling Officer and grandson of one of the four founders, he likely enjoyed Luke’s description.
Willie G. welcomed riders to Milwaukee and highlighted the shared passion for riding among the crowd by introducing his wife Nancy, sons Bill and Michael, daughter Karen and granddaughter Kara. “We all ride sharing the same passion,” Willie G. said. “We’re off to a helluva start, so let’s make some noise and be proud.”