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The 110th anniversary Issue

It’s (Nearly) All About the Bike: 110 Years of Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles / Celtic Calling: Cape Breton is a Rider’s Paradise / Magnificent 7: 110th Anniversary Motorcycles / 2013 Motorcycle Shows


110TH LIMITED EDITIONS: Ride your own piece of the legend.

With the purchase of any new Harley-Davidson® model from an authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer, you will receive a free, full one-year membership in H.O.G.® Always ride with a helmet. Ride defensively. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, Richmond and Concord. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is a proud sponsor of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The Bar & Shield logo, Harley, Harley-Davidson are among the trademarks of H-D Michigan, LLC. ©2012 H-D.


The 2013 Harley-Davidson速 motorcycles are here

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welcome Note 110 Years of Adventure.

Intake

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Letters from members.

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The Original HOG.

BackStage

11 Front Shop 14 News 2013 Motorcycle Shows. 16 Backstory Canadian Motorcycle Roots. 18 Gallery A bit of everything from our readers.

On the cover: 110th Gas Tank Badge made of forged solid bronze and plated with black nickel and distressed to highlight the bronze colour. As a finishing touch, a gold Bar & Shield Cloisonné is inserted into the main body of the “wing” to create a true sculpted work of art.

45 Back Shop 46 Pitstop Ride to Eat (Healthier). 48 Gear The Leather is in the Details. 50 Gear Break Out From the Crowd: the 2013 BreakoutTM motorcycle. 54 Gear New Accessories to Protect your Bike. 55 Rally Rides A Fresh New Look and Feel to an Old Favourite. 58 Riding Stories The Georgian Bay Circle Tour. How a Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Made Me Human. Pins, Patches, & Memories. 66 Exhaust Q&A with Chuck Kaizer.

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It’s long, lean, and has mind-boggling paint, miles of chrome, and a screaming 110 cubic inch V-twin engine.


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Features 22 It’s (Nearly) All About the Bike

Beginning as a backyard enterprise, the Harley-Davidson® story is about ingenuity, innovation, and perseverance. Edited by Gordie Bowles.

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Celtic Calling Cape Breton has long been near the top of my bucket list. Fine Celtic music, a great new ride, a photography paradise, and incredible seafood. Count me in. By Michael Lichter.

38 Deserted The Harley-Davidson® BlacklineTM and Dyna® Wide Glide® motorcycles cease to be very similar motorcycles. Story by John Sandberg. Photo graphy by Wes Allison. 42 Magnificent 7 The 2013 Harley Davidson® 110th Anniversary motorcycles bring artistry, premium options, and exclusivity.

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welcome note / Winter 2013 “18 years old with 92 years of experience”

110 Years of Freedom and Adventure

“Winter is nature’s way of telling you to polish.”

Wow! Who would have thought that 110 years could fly by so fast? Celebrating the 110th Anniversary of Harley‑Davidson Motor Company isn’t just about the products that they built and the Company history. It’s really about the 110 years of freedom and adventure that its motorcycles have provided for riders like you. We want to help you celebrate the passion and independence with a multitude of events and activities throughout our 110th Anniversary year. Realistically, if you think about it that equates to 40,150 days of adventure, riding on Harley® motorcycles that have given riders a thrill like no other. You know too well that wherever you arrive on your Harley® bike you can just see as all heads turn to appreciate your beautiful piece of machinery as it rolls in. With the chrome shining and the rumble only a Harley-Davidson® bike can make, you make quite an entrance everywhere you go. You should be very proud every time you ride your pride and joy, as you are now part of a legendary milestone. The official celebrations will be held in Rome, June 13 to 16, 2013, with the blessing of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at a special ceremony to be held at the Vatican, and in Milwaukee, August 29 to September 1, 2013, with an unforgettable global Customer connection that is sure to be memorable for everyone. As a rolling tribute to this milestone, Harley-Davidson will produce a limited run of 110th Anniversary Editions of select 2013 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles that continue a tradition of commemorating the history of the Motor Company. Each 110th Anniversary Edition model HarleyDavidson® motorcycle will be serialized and feature exclusive commemorative badges, bronze fuel tanks, and will be painted in vintage bronze and black paint. Production will vary by model and will be strictly limited to ensure exclusivity (see page 42). Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada has big plans in store for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the coming year, leading up to the celebrations in Milwaukee in August 2013. Year-long contest plans are underway and details will be available soon. Also, I encourage you to speak with one of our H.O.G.® Canada representatives at the motorcycle shows to find out more about what is in store for this epic party. Canadians are invited to join in on a pre-Anniversary Canadian Rally just outside the Milwaukee celebration grounds, highlighted by a procession into the event by our very own Canadian Police Golden Helmet Motorcycle Precision Team. A ride not to miss! On-site festivities will be taking place, including the Canadian hospitality lounge to enjoy some fine Harley-Davidson® hospitality the Canadian way! Until then, keep your eyes peeled for special edition 110th commemorative General Merchandise, and make sure you visit your local authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer to find out about local events being planned in-Store. Stay tuned … more to come! Gina McNeil Manager, Enthusiasts Services

HOG® magazine Canada features some content from the US edition of HOG® Magazine and European editions of Hog® magazine.

The Canadian edition is published by: Gina McNeil manager, enthusiast services Duarte Pita Assistant editor Scott Clark Production Teresa Colussi Communications Fran Moore Senior Manager, Marketing Operations Production, Design & Sales by

www.freshairpublishing.ca HOG® magazine Canada is published by the harley owners group® canada

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Gordie Bowles Production DORIS CHEUNG Design don cameron design french Please direct any advertising inquiries to info@freshairpublishing.ca

We care about you. Ride safely, respectfully and within the limits of the law and your abilities. Always wear an approved helmet, proper eyewear and protective clothing and insist your passenger does too. Never ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Know your Harley® motorcycle and read and understand your owner’s manual from cover to cover. HOG® Magazine Canada is published quarterly by the Harley Owners Group® Canada. Due to various circumstances, some information in this issue is subject to change. Harley-Davidson, Harley, H-D, H.O.G. logo and the Harley-Davidson logo are among the trademarks of H-D Michigan, LLC. No part of this publication may be reproduced for any reason without written consent from the editor. By sending your submissions, you are giving Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Harley-Davidson Owners Group® of Canada Ltd., and their affliates, the unrestricted right, permission, and authority to use and publish your name and city of residence, any photograph or image of you, including any state‑ ments you make, for publication in HOG® Magazine

Canada or for posting on members.hog.com, without consideration or compensation of any kind whatsoever. You further hereby irrevocably release and waive any right, claim, or cause of action you may have against Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Harley-Davidson Owners Group® of Canada Ltd., and their affiliates, for compensation, libel, or invasion of privacy, or any other liability whatsoever. Harley Owners Group® reserves the right to edit stories for content, length and clarity. With the purchase of any new Harley-Davidson® model from an authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer, you will receive a free, full one-year member‑ ship in H.O.G.® Always ride with a helmet. Ride defensively. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Deeley HarleyDavidson® Canada, Richmond and Concord. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is a proud sponsor of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. To find your local authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer, visit www.harleycanada.com today. ©2012 H-D. All rights reserved. Printed in Canada.


intake / Winter 2013 letters from our members

Question of the day:

How are you going to celebrate the H.O.G.® 30th anniversary during 2013?

Editor’s Pick

FITTING MEMORIAL

While reading my copy of HOG® Magazine Canada recently, I was touched when I saw the “Tsunami Bike” – the one found washed up in Canada in a Japanese shipping crate – especially when I saw that it was an FXSTB model, similar to my black 2005 FXST motorcycle. My dad’s 1929 Harley-Davidson® JD motorcycle disappeared after he joined the Navy in WWII. He looked for it until he passed away in 2009, at age 82. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Samaritan, a hospital ship – the first to sail into Nagasaki, Japan, after the bomb was dropped there. Don’t tell anyone that a big-ol’ 300-pound Harley-Davidson® motorcycle rider cried like a baby when he saw the photo of the “Tsunami Bike”. We have a lot to be thankful for. – Robert L. “Bob” Thomas, via email

those days you weren’t waving every three or four blocks. If you think waving is cool, try heading into Sturgis when everyone is homeward bound, and if the wave is that important to you, just keep waving, sooner or later someone will wave back. – Mike Macri, Nanoose Bay

British Columbia

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TO WAVE OR NOT TO WAVE I have been riding since I was 16 and I am still riding. What I remember of “The Wave” goes back to when it was HarleyDavidson® and British bikes on the road. If you saw the riding lights of a Harley® motorcycle coming at you, then you gave it a high five. The British maybe got a nod. Then the other bikes took to waving the high five and the Harley® motorcycle guys started the cool “low five?” Then everyone started the “low five” and most of us just started ignoring the wave. Mind you, in

HOG® Magazine Canada, you suck! I have subscriptions to several bike magazines, but HOG® Magazine Canada is by far the worst. The other magazines show and review bikes, but you guys take it to the next level by not only showing the newest Harley® models, but also showing these great rides, stories of adventure, camaraderie … it’s insufferable! I have been a H.O.G.® member since December 2004, when I purchased a new Sportster® motorcycle. I have almost 80,500 kilometres on it and have loved every kilometre. Unfortunately, 95 percent of that distance is from commuting

to and from work. Every few months I get your magazine, I read it cover-to-cover, and it puts these ideas in my head about putting a down payment on a Road Glide® Custom motorcycle, going to a H.O.G.® Rally, riding cross-country, etc. With two young daughters, there never seems to be enough time or money to get away on these great adventures. Reading about them is torture!! What’s a guy to do!? – Orely Morales

via email

Sometimes in life you just lose your enthusiasm to ride. Maybe it’s too hot, too much rain, pressure from work, whatever. But one thing is for sure: each month when HOG® Magazine Canada arrives, I get about halfway through and then the

itch starts. I just have to take one of my bikes out for a ride – and I have trouble finishing the magazine! – John Macnae

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I’m not one to write in to comment on articles, but after reading “Glide vs. Glide” in the last edition of HOG® Magazine Canada, I felt compelled to put in my two cents. I couldn’t agree more with Matt King. Riding a Road Glide® motorcycle is a step up from riding anything else. Many riders of other bikes are curious about the shark-nose of my 2004 Road Glide® motorcycle and ask how it is to ride. My suggestion is always the same: “Rent or test ride one, and you’ll be hooked”. – Phil Tripp

via email

We welcome all letters and feedback to HOG® Magazine Canada. Letters should be 100-150 words. E-mail your feedback to editor@hogcanada.ca and put “Intake” in the e-mail subject. Include your name, telephone number and e-mail address. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity.

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BACKSTage / The original Hog

It was moments like this — when Ray Weishaar and his adopted pig stole the spotlight at the 320-kilometre Marion, Indiana race in 1920 — that prompted journalists to coin the phrase “hog” into popular culture in reference to Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Harley-Davidson® bike riders Leslie “Red” Parkhurst, Ralph Hepburn and Otto Walker, were quickly becoming a force on the racing scene during this time, regularly winning events and sweeping the top spots on race podiums. For more on the Harley-Davidson history, see “It’s (nearly) all about the bike” on page 22.

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Photograph courtesy of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Archives. Copyright H-D.

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news

2013 motorcycle shows. Ultimate Partnership: UFC and Harley-Davidson速.

backstory

Canadian Motorcycle Roots: Fred Deeley Sr. built a motorcycle business to last.

gallery A bit of everything from our readers

Photographs courtesy of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Archives. Copyright H-D.

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North America Europe

India

Africa

Brazil

What do these two very large numbers have in common?

7,799,140 = 12,551,499 They’re the number of cumulative miles and kilometres logged by HarleyDavidson® motorcycle riders around the world during the Harley‑Davidson® World Ride, June 24-25, 2012. In its

inaugural run as a two-day event, the World Ride total eclipsed the highest Million Mile Monday total by nearly 85 percent. Here’s a look at the totals logged by the top five participating countries:

UNITED STATES 5,994,276 miles (9,646,852 km) BRAZIL 418,145 miles (672,939 km) CANADA 226,845 miles (365,072 km) MEXICO 170,082 miles (273,721 km) SPAIN 157,287 miles (253,129 km) Thanks to everyone who took part and helped make the debut of the H-D® World Ride such an historic event.

Harley® on Screen H-D® XR 750 model, in On Any Sunday, Movie, 1971 H-D® 1973 Aermacchi 350 SS model, in Live and Let Die, Movie, 1973 H-D® 1986 FXR Super Glide® model, in Pulp Fiction, Movie, 1994 H-D® Softail® SlimTM model, in The Avengers, Movie, 2012

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Boot Camp. Without the Pushups. If you have friends who are interested in riding but just aren’t quite sure where to begin, a Motorcycle Boot Camp event may be just the ticket. These fun lowpressure events, hosted by Harley‑Davidson® Retail Stores, provide basic training for anyone who’s ready to ride. Attendees will learn all about motorcycles, from headlights to tailpipes, to all the latest gear, plus how to learn to ride and get a motorcycle licence. Talk to your authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer to see if they have one planned – and tell them you have non-riding friends who would love to attend one.

Marvel’s The Avengers Rules Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee, revved things up on a Harley-Davidson® Softail® SlimTM model at the Hollywood premiere of the movie Marvel’s The Avengers on April 11. The bike is similar to the one featured in the film, which is equipped to resemble a WWII-era WLA model. A few weeks later, the movie broke multiple box office records with a domestic opening-weekend haul of more than $200 million.

Ultimate partnership Harley-Davidson Motor Company began a partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2008. Since then, the UFC® has continued to grow in popularity around the world, but nowhere is that popularity more in evidence than right here in Canada. In terms of attendance, Canadian cities have hosted eight of the top ten UFC®

events of all-time. In 2012, that enthusiasm was further demonstrated at events held in in Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada and its authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailers helped foster that enthusiasm on-site and in their Retail Stores by creating truly memorable experiences. On-site contests

awarded the winner with two premium tickets, flights, and accommodation to the next UFC® event in Canada. Our JumpstartTM display allowed fans in Calgary and Toronto the chance to throw their leg over one of our motorcycles and experience the thrill that only a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle can provide. And, our one-of-a-

kind octagon let fans climb into the ring and have their picture taken with some of our hottest new models. The UFC® has already committed to hosting events in Toronto and Montreal again in 2013. Stay tuned to learn about our plans to deliver even greater experiences to UFC® fans next year.

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Chapters and Choices much as with H.O.G. itself – is that you can make it be just about anything you want. The goal of Chapters is to ride and have fun – because that’s what being a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle owner is all about. That might mean anything from taking part in a large group ride, to simply having a new set of friends you can call up and ride with on a moment’s notice. It can also mean having a team of fellow riders to recommend the best roads in the area, or give suggestions on how to avoid high-traffic areas on your ride to work. In addition to riding ideas and opportunities, Chapters also offer different kinds of events and activities to get involved with (if you want to). From monthly meetings and weekend rides/events, to big, overnight Chapter rides and Regional H.O.G.® rallies, local Chapters are the wheels of the Harley Owners Group®. Contrary to the rumors, joining a local Chapter doesn’t obligate you to attend every ®

As I travel around the country, I’m often surprised by how many prospective H.O.G.® members ask me, “Don’t you have to join a local Chapter to be a member of H.O.G.?”. The answer is, “No. … Chapter membership is completely optional!”. Perhaps you’ve encountered this misconception among your friends. But I’m even more surprised (and somewhat troubled) when I hear a different question, this time from current H.O.G.® members: “Isn’t being a local Chapter member a lot of work?”. The answer in this case is, “Only if you want it to be!”. Because the great thing about Chapter membership –

meeting, take part in every activity, or work as free labour to host events. Sure, if you volunteer to help with an event or you decide you want to be a Chapter officer, you do have to take that commitment seriously. Your fellow Chapter members and your Retailer will be counting on you. But Chapter members shouldn’t feel burdened by an obligation they don’t want. What it all really comes down to is this: joining a local Chapter is the very best way I know to connect with other Harley® motorcycle riders. Chapter members become an extended family, the one you choose. And like any family, it’s always interesting! Membership in a H.O.G.® Chapter is what you make of it. But you can only make it something great by joining one. So stop at your local H-D® Retailer and find out how to get involved.

Paul Raap

Canadian 2013 Motorcycle Shows Toronto Motorcycle Show 2012 Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, south building, Toronto, Ontario Date: December 7 to 9, 2012 Friday 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Calgary Motorcycle Show 2013 Location: BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta Date: January 4 to 6, 2013 Friday noon to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Edmonton Motorcycle Show 2013 Location: Northlands Edmonton Expo Centre, Edmonton, Alberta Date: January 11 to 13, 2013 Friday noon to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Vancouver Motorcycle Show 2013 Location: Tradex, Abbotsford, British Columbia Date: January 17 to 20, 2013 Thursday 3 pm to 9 pm, Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

U.S. H.O.G.® Management Team Québec Motorcycle Show 2013

TICKETS! TICKETS! TICKETS! Tickets to the Milwaukee 110th Anniversary Celebration go on sale this month. The exclusive H.O.G.® member presale begins Monday, December 10, and the general public will be able to purchase tickets starting on Monday, December 17. The Milwaukee 110th Anniversary Celebration ticket provides access to three days of music and entertainment at Milwaukee’s world-renown Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds) on August 29-31, 2013. When the Celebration ticket is accompanied

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by a H.O.G.® membership card, then it will also give H.O.G.® members access to the member-only areas throughout the weekend – including the global H.O.G.® 30th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, August 29, at a special reserved area on the Summerfest Grounds. H.O.G.® members will be able to celebrate and be recognized throughout the 110th Anniversary Celebration weekend. Retailer parties, street parties, demo ride areas, and other special anniversary activities in and around Milwaukee will be open to the public and will not need a ticket for entry. For more details on tickets for the Milwaukee event and the 110th Anniversary Celebration, visit the www.harleycanada.com site.

Location: Centre de foires, Québec, Quebec Date: February 1 to 3, 2013 Friday noon to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Moncton Motorcycle Show 2013 Location: Coliseum Complex, Moncton, New Brunswick Date: February 15 to 17, 2013 Friday noon to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Montréal Motorcycle Show 2013 Location: Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Quebec Date: February 22 to 24, 2013 Friday noon to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm


GARAGE PARTY

IT’S YOUR LIFE. DON’T JUST GO ALONG FOR THE RIDE. An event EXCLUSIVELY for WOMEN.

Discover the freedom of riding your own Harley® motorcycle. We’ll talk about how to get started and will show you how to design, fit and personalize a bike as unique as you are. You’ll leave ready to take the next step. Get started now! Find your very own Garage PartyTM at www.garageparty.ca and reserve your spot today. Space is limited, but your girl power shouldn’t be.

The Bar & Shield logo, Harley, Harley-Davidson, and Garage Party are among the trademarks of H-D Michigan, LLC. © 2012 H-D.

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CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE ROOTS

Fred Deeley Sr.’s motorcycle business was booming in Vancouver, B.C. in the 1920s and 1930s, allowing the Deeley family to expand its operations to open a third motorcycle store at 901 West Broadway. The upscale suburban location, just a block north of Vancouver General Hospital, was a great spot to attract doctors, who had been some of the most loyal customers, but the drawback was the road was “paved” with wooden blocks which were at times uneven. The Deeley family established roots in the area and shortly after Fred Sr., incorporated as Fred Deeley Limited, a family business that Fred Deeley Jr. (fourth from right) and Trev Deeley (fifth from right) went on to run for decades.

Photograph courtesy of the Deeley Motorcycle Museum.

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Brynn Davies from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, on her dad’s 2007 Road King® Classic motorcycle.

Darrin Swayze riding through Northern Michigan along Lake Huron, Ontario.

Scott Morrison and Omer Leblanc during Atlanticade 2012 at the Confederation Bridge in Prince Edward Island.

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Owen Sound Chapter in Chesley, Ontario, in front of Big Bruce the Bull.


Deb Scott just outside of Leduc, Alberta.

Jean-François Larente from Sainte-Anne-deBellevue, Quebec, on Route 163 in Monument Valley, Utah.

Emily and Jamie Jeffrey from Kitchener, Ontario, waiting to board the ferry to ChannelPort aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dennis Seidlitz of Calgary – on the road to Monument Valley, Utah.

Julie Swayze at the Tunnel of Trees in northern Michigan.

Pat Pinnoy from St. Thomas, Ontario, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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Lloyd Drieschner from Medstead, Saskatchewan, at Hell’s Canyon, Oregon, USA.

Greg Murphy from Inuvik, NWT at the end of the road, the most northerly paved road in the North West Territories.

Don Weadick and Carrie Boulay from St. Catharines, Ontario, in Florida, USA.

Dean Chaulk of Haliburton, Ontario, on Highway 128 next to Lac de l’Anse-Pleureuse, Gaspé, Quebec.

Keith Richard from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

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Tammy Pinnoy from St. Thomas, Ontario, along the strip at Weirs Beach at Laconia 2012.

Chantal Germain and André Duquette from Montreal, QC with Bill Davidson (middle) at the Harley-Davidson MuseumTM in Milwaukee, WI.

François Hivon from Granby, Quebec on his way to Fairbanks, Alaska in July 2012 - A dream come true.

Pierre Gosselin from Québec, Quebec, at Monument Valley in Arizona.

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110th anniversary / harley- davidson®

It’s (nearly)all about the bike Beginning as a backyard enterprise by fresh-faced innovators, the Harley-Davidson® story is about ingenuity, innovation, perseverance, ... and great motorcycles. Edited by Gordie Bowles Photographs courtesy of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Archives. Copyright H-D. Canadian photographs courtesy the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition.

Sources: Bill Jackson, Archives Manager Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archives; Brent Cooke, Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition; Fred Deeley Imports Ltd. (trevdeeley.com); Deeley: Motorcycle Millionaire, by Frank Hilliard, published, Orca Books Publishers; Back, Sharon, & Ostermann, Ken, eds. 1993. The Legend Begins: Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, 1903–1969, Harley-Davidson, Inc.; Mitchel, D. 1997. Harley-Davidson Chronicle – An American Original, Publications International Limited; Wagner, Herbert, 2003. At the Creation: Myth, Reality, and the Origin of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, 1901–1909; Wilson, H. The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle, Dorling-Kindersley Limited, 1995.

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The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition, valued at more than $3 Million, is a mind-blowing collection of over 250 vintage motorcycles spanning 114 years. The collection features 59 different makes and models from around the world. Here’s a look at some of the impressive motorcycles. Photographs courtesy the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition.

Reitwagen – Daimler This was the first internal combustion engine ever designed to use the new fuel: gasoline. This vehicle was a test bed for the engine that appeared the following year in the first “horseless carriage” in 1886. (left side view)


Harley-Davidson Motor Company – Founded in 1903 by William S. Harley, Arthur Davidson, Walter Davidson, William A. Davidson. Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

he mere mention of “Harley-Davidson” sparks imagination and wonder the world over. Few could argue that the Brand is recognized – and revered – across the globe for its excellence in motorcycle production. But the Company transcends mere transportation devices and creates more than motorcycles ... it produces an American legend. The origins of Harley-Davidson stretch back 110 years, when a young William S. Harley made plans to construct an engine that could be used when attached to a pedal bike. Along with his childhood friend, Arthur Davidson – and his brothers, Walter and William – plans were in motion for the construction of a bike that was built in a wood shed that had Harley-Davidson Motor Company scrawled on its door. After years of toil and tinkering with the plans and parts, work was completed on the first-ever Harley‑Davidson® motorcycle. That first Harley‑ Davidson® motorcycle differed little from other motorcycles of the time. Not many businesses survive long enough to celebrate their 50th anniversary, let alone their 110th, and even fewer manage to do so on the strength of their original product. Throughout 2013, Harley-Davidson will be celebrating 110 years of building just what it set out to make: distinctly unique motorcycles. Here is the story that traces the development of both the machines and the legacy that contributed to the indefinable mystique of this living legend.

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1929 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle – JDH Twin Cam – 74 cubic inches or 1,200 cc

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Hildebrand Wolfmuller (1,498 cc) This was the first vehicle to be called a motorcycle (Motorrad) and was the world’s first mass-produced motorized vehicle.

Pennington Edward J. Pennington applied for a U.S. patent for this “light vehicle provided with an explosive engine” in October 1894.

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1901 A 22-year-old William S. Harley completed a blueprint drawing of an engine designed to fit onto a bicycle. His plan for the small engine, with a 102 millimetre (7.07 cubic inch) displacement and 102 mm (4 in) flywheels, was designed for use in a regular pedal-bicycle frame. Over the next two years, Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson worked on their “motor-bicycle” by using a Milwaukee machine shop at the home of their friend, Henry Melk.

1903 With the help of Arthur’s brother, Walter Davidson, the first bike was finished in 1903. Harley and the Davidson brothers tested the motor-bicycle and found it unable to climb the hills around Milwaukee without pedal assistance and quickly wrote off their first motor-bicycle as a valuable learning experience. Shortly afterwards, work began on a new and improved second-generation machine, and the first “real” Harley-Davidson® motorcycle was introduced. The production “factory” was a 10 x 15-foot wooden shed with the words “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” crudely scrawled on the door.

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1904 The Motor Company formally enters motorcycle racing this year. Within a few short years, team Harley-Davidson® is referred to informally as the “Wrecking Crew” because of their incredible dominance of the sport.

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1906 Harley and the Davidson brothers built their first Factory on Chestnut Street (later Juneau Avenue), which remains the corporate headquarters of Harley-Davidson today. The first Juneau Avenue plant was a small single-story wooden structure. The Company produced about 50 motorcycles that year. In 1907, William S. Harley obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They expanded the Factory and increased production to 150 motorcycles.

1905 Small advertisements were placed in the “Automobile and Cycle Trade Journal” that offered bare Harley‑Davidson® engines, and shortly afterwards, complete motorcycles were in production on a limited basis. That year, the first Harley-Davidson® Retailer, Carl H. Lang of Chicago, sold three bikes from the dozen or so that were built in the Davidson backyard shed.

1909-11 H-D introduced its first V-Twin powered motorcycle. The image of two cylinders in a 45-degree configuration would fast become one of the most enduring icons of Harley-Davidson® history. In 1909, the famed “Bar & Shield” logo was used for the first time and was trademarked at the U.S. Patent Office one year later. An improved V-Twin model was introduced in 1911.

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Orient The Light Roadster, was a modified Orient bicycle, powered by a French De Dion Bouton engine.

Harley® Davidson Model 8 motorcycle Also known as the “Silent Grey Fellow” (494 cc).

Harley-Davidson® Model 10F motorcycle (1,000 cc) This original “top-of-theline” Model 10F motorcycle sold for $285 in 1914.

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1912-15 Construction began on what became the six-story headquarters and main Factory building at Juneau Avenue, in Milwaukee. Despite the competition, Harley-Davidson was already pulling ahead of Indian and would dominate motorcycle racing after 1914. Production that year swelled to 16,284 machines.

1916-1919 Military demand increased production during the World War I, starting in 1917. Harley-Davidson provided about 15,000 machines to the military forces, roughly one-third of all of the motorcycles produced in 1917. The 37 cubic inch engine was introduced in 1919, and gained great popularity overseas.

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1916 The Enthusiast (now HOG® Magazine and HOG® Magazine Canada) published for the first time in 1916.

1917 Fred Deeley Ltd. took on the Harley-Davidson® line, making it the fourth-oldest Harley‑Davidson® Retail Store in the world (Dudley Perkins in San Francisco is the oldest).

the canadian story

“This is where we live between rides.”

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anada’s role in the history of the Harley-Davidson® Brand goes well beyond distribution, marketing, and sales of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and Parts & Accessories. The Company, its founders, present managers, and employees have lived and breathed the industry for nearly a century. The Canadian story began in 1914 when Fred Deeley Sr. immigrated to Canada from England and shortly afterwards established a motorcycle business, Fred Deeley Ltd., on Granville Street in Vancouver. The Company would soon become a Vancouver landmark at its new Broadway location, and part of the city’s history. In 1917, the romance with riding began to grow with the Company’s acquisition of Canada’s first Harley-Davidson® Retail Store, spawning a national focus that would lead them through the next 50 years. Trev Deeley, grandson to Fred Sr., took over the family business in 1953 when he was appointed General Manager of Fred Deeley motorcycles (Trev would later join the Harley-Davidson Motor Company board of directors where he served from 1985-1993 as the only non-American). But it was 1973 when Deeley formed a partnership with Don James, currently Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, and Harold Lenfesty, that the modern-day business of Fred Deeley Imports Ltd. was born. Shortly afterwards, the Harley‑Davidson Motor Company asked the group to become their exclusive distributor for Canada. In 1975, Trev Deeley and Don James led a coast-to-coast motorcycle expedition, introducing themselves to the existing Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailers and planting the seed for the operational model that thrives today.

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Harley Davidson® Model 11F The chain drive option that had been available since 1912 was now standard from 1915 onwards and belts were dropped. It was also the first year that electric lighting was factory installed.

Harley-Davidson® WJ Sport Twin motorcycle (584 cc)

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1925 Fred Deeley Sr. expanded the business to two locations, a bicycle store and a motorcycle shop. Fred Jr. moved to run the latter.

1920-1925 Harley-Davidson was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world by 1920. Sold in 67 countries, they produced 28,189 machines that year. Otto Walker rode a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle in a race with an average speed over 100 miles (160 Km) per hour for the first time.

1926-1929 Throughout the 1920s, several improvements were put in place, such as a new 1,200 cc (74 cubic inch) V-Twin, introduced in 1921, and the “Teardrop” gas tank in 1925. The 45 cubic inch V-Twin engine (later known as the “flathead”) was introduced on the D model. The engine proved to be so reliable that variations of it were available on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles as late as 1973.

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1930-1932 The Great Depression began a few months after the introduction of their 45 cubic inch model, drastically reducing sales from 21,000 in 1929 to 3,703 in 1933. The Company manufactured industrial power plants based on their motorcycle engines to survive the rest of the Depression. In 1932, the 45 cubic inch-driven, three-wheeled Servi-car began its 41-year run as a popular commercial and police vehicle. 1935 Joe Petrali and his Harley-Davidson® peashooter model won all 13 of the American Motorcycle Association National Championship dirt track races in 1935, breaking four records in the process. Later, Petrali set a new land speed record of 136.183 miles (219 Km) per hour in 1937.

1940 America was plunged into World War II. Production of civilian motorcycles was almost entirely suspended in favour of military production. Among other motorcycles made for the Army, H-D produced the unique XA 750 motorcycle, a motorcycle with horizontally opposed cylinders and shaft drive, designed for desert use. The contract was cancelled early due to war combat moving out of North Africa. Only 1,011 XA motorcycles were built.

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Harley-Davidson® VLD motorcycle (1,200 cc) The 1934 models also featured diamond panel graphics and new colour combinations.

Harley-Davidson® Peashooter Racer motorcycle Joe Petrali joined HarleyDavidson Motor Company as a Factory rider and won all 13 national dirt track championships in 1935 aboard a “Peashooter” motorcycle.

Harley-Davidson® EL 61 OVH motorcycle (1,000 cc) Constant engineering improvements were made to the “Knuckle Head” 61 OVH engine since its introduction in 1936.

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1950-53 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders won 18 of 24 National Championships and set six new racing records in the early 1950s. The side-valve K model was introduced in 1952 with an integrated engine and transmission to compete with the smaller, sportier motorcycles that were coming mainly from Great Britain. The K would eventually evolve into the Sportster® motorcycle. Indian motorcycles stopped production in 1953.

1945-1946 Production of civilian motorcycles resumed in November of 1945. Harley‑ Davidson introduced the 45 cubic inch flathead WR racing motorcycle in 1946; it became one of the best racing motorcycles ever built.

1953 Trev Deeley became the General Manager of Fred Deeley Motorcycles.

1954-1957 Harley-Davidson would be the sole U.S. motorcycle manufacturer starting in 1954. Elvis Presley was on the cover of The Enthusiast in May 1956, sitting on a 1956 model KH motorcycle. Harley‑Davidson launched the Sportster® motorcycle in 1957.

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1960-62 The Harley-Davidson® Topper motor scooter was introduced in 1960 and is the only scooter platform the Motor Company ever produced. Harley-Davidson purchased 60 percent of the stock in the Tomahawk Boat Manufacturing Company in 1962 after recognizing the rising relevance of fibreglass in motorcycle production, and began manufacturing its own components.

1966-69 The first of the “Shovelhead” engines was introduced on the Electra Glide® models in 1966, replacing the Panhead. In 1969, HarleyDavidson was acquired by American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF), a long-time producer of leisure products.

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Harley-Davidson® WLA motorcycle (750 cc) During World War II, Harley-Davidson Motor Company produced over 88,000 WL motorcycles for military use. At least 20,000 WLC variants were supplied to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Harley-Davidson® EL Sport Solo motorcycle (1,000 cc) The overhead valve engine was nicknamed the “Pan Head” because the valve covers looked like inverted cake pans.

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1973 Fred Deeley Imports Ltd. was formed between partners Don James, Trev Deeley, and Harold Lenfesty. Trev was asked by the HarleyDavidson Motor Company to become their exclusive distributor for Canada.

1970-71 On the Bonneville salt flats near Wendover, Utah, racer, Cal Rayborn, broke the world record for a land speed set by a motorcycle in 1970, averaging just over 265 mph (426 Km/h). Harley-Davidson introduced the FX 1200 Super Glide® motorcycle in 1971, combining a sporty front end with the frame and powertrain of the FL series. 1973-78 Motorcycle production was upgraded when all assembly operations were moved to a modern 400,000 square foot plant in York, Pennsylvania. The FXS Low Rider® motorcycle was introduced in 1977, and later in the same year, Willie G. Davidson’s dynamic version of the Sportster® model, the Cafe Racer, was released.

1975 Trev Deeley led a coast-to-coast motorcycle expedition to introduce himself to the existing Canadian Harley® Retailers. Fred Deeley Motorcycles (the Retail Store) was sold to Trev and his partners, and was renamed Trev Deeley Motorcycles. Al and Shirley Perrett of Kamloops, British Columbia, began their association with the Deeley organization by first taking on HarleyDavidson® snowmobiles, then motorcycles and establishing Kamloops Superbike. 1976 Malcolm Hunter, currently President & Chief Operating Officer, joined the Deeley staff to run the office and computerize the Company. 1982 Malcolm Hunter became Vice President and a partner of Fred Deeley Imports.

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1980-82 On February 26, 1981, 13 HarleyDavidson senior executives signed a letter of intent to purchase Harley‑Davidson Motor Company from AMF. By mid-June, the “buyback” was official, and the phrase “The Eagle Soars Alone” became a rallying cry. More innovations demonstrated a new commitment to quality, such as the FXR/FXRS Super Glide® motorcycle II, with its rubber-isolated, five-speed powertrain, and the welded and stamped frame for the new Sportster® models.

1983 One of the most unique endeavours of Harley-Davidson began: Harley Owners Group®, which immediately became the largest Factory-sponsored motorcycle club in the world. Within six years, H.O.G.® membership soared to more than 90,000. By the year 2000, it exceeded 500,000 members.

1985 Trev Deeley was invited to join the board of directors of the Motor Company, one of the first three outside directors in the history of the Company. 1972

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Harley-Davidson® XR 750 motorcycle The XR was a destroked version of the 55 cubic inch “Iron ® Head” Sportster street bike.

Harley-Davidson® FLHT Electra ® Glide Canadian Edition motorcycle (1,340 cc) Trev Deeley convinced the Harley-Davidson Motor Company to produce a unique ® Canadian Edition Electra Glide motorcycle for 1985, with a twotone burgundy colour scheme and maple leaf graphics.

Harley-Davidson® ® Dyna Daytona motorcycle (1,340 cc) This bike is number 5 of 1,700 built, the first four are still owned by Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

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1993 Harley-Davidson bought a minority interest in the Buell Motorcycle Company in 1993. Erik Buell created the Company to manufacture American sport motorcycles using HarleyDavidson® XL 883 and 1200 engines. The Touring and Dyna® motorcycle families received the new Twin Cam 88® engine in 1999. 1993 Trev retired from the board at Deeley HarleyDavidson® Canada, and Don James was invited to take his place. The Deeley HarleyDavidson® Canada museum opened its doors. 1990-93 Installation of a $31 million state-of-the-art paint facility began at the York, Pensylvania, Factory and became fully operational in 1992. In 1993, Harley-Davidson celebrated its 90th Anniversary in Milwaukee with a family reunion, where an estimated 100,000 people rode in a motorcycle parade.

1994 The book (Trev) Deeley: Motorcycle Millionaire by Frank Hilliard was published (Orca Books).

1996 Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada outgrew their Toronto office/warehouse and relocated to a custom-designed, state-of-theart distribution facility in a suburb north of that city.

1996-2012 Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada was voted as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies by the Financial Post. They have maintained this distinction for 17 consecutive years.

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1995 Don James, CEO of Fred Deeley Imports receives entrepreneur of the year award. Trevor Deeley is inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall Of Fame.

2000 The FXSTD Softail® DeuceTM motorcycle was introduced to the immediate delight of riders and the motorcycle media in 2000. The model year 2000 Softail® models were outfitted with the Twin Cam 88BTM engine, a counter-balanced version of the Twin Cam 88® engine. 2002 Canada’s “Mr. Motorcycle”, Trev Deeley, passed away on May 28.

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2007 The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition (formerly known as the Trev Deeley Motorcycle Collection) officially opened in the expanded location of Trev Deeley Motorcycles in Vancouver, B.C.

2008 Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada distributed a record number of motorcycles to 70 Retail Stores in Canada.

2007-09 The first of the 6-speed transmissions were made available in model year 2006 Dyna® motorcycles. Also joining the Dyna® family was the FXDB/I Street Bob® model. The all new Harley‑Davidson MuseumTM opened in Milwaukee on July 12, 2008. Model year 2009 brought the first three-wheeler for public purchase in the new FLHTCUTG Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic® motorcycle. Also new was the history-inspired Cross Bones® motorcycle, a bobbed Factory custom. Recent The XL Forty-EightTM model was introduced in 2010, recalling the raw, custom Sportster® motorcycles of earlier days. Seth Enslow on a Harley-Davidson® XR1200® motorcycle broke the world record for a long-distance motorcycle jump on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle at 183.7 feet. Harley-Davidson streamlined personal customization with H-D1TM Factory Customization. Added to model year 2012 were the new Softail SlimTM and Seventy-TwoTM models.

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Harley-Davidson® ® FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic motorcycle This was the 100th Anniversary edition.

Buell® XBRR motorcycle (1,339 cc) There are a number of interesting features on this bike. For instance, the fuel tank is located in the frame and the oil tank is in the swingarm.

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As I hung up the phone I thought, “Are you kidding me!?”. Last fall, when I was asked to do a motorcycle travel story on Cape Breton Island off the east coast, I couldn’t believe my fortune. It isn’t often someone gets to combine so many interests and passions into a single trip, but that’s exactly what happened with this trip of a lifetime.


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ape Breton has long been near the top of my bucket list of travel destinations. Friends at my local Sunday night Irish music sessions (I play the penny flute) have been telling me about it for years – the natural beauty, the amazing musical heritage, and the annual Celtic Colours International Festival in the fall. So when I was asked if I could go to a Cape Breton musical festival in October, I knew he was talking about Celtic Colours. I was in heaven. Not only would this trip involve riding a new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle with locals, I would get a daily dose of fine Celtic music, incredible seafood was assured, and of course, I would be there to take photographs. To top it all off, my wife, Catherine, would come with me. Our trip started from Halifax, the capital of the maritime province of Nova Scotia, 531 kilometres from the U.S. border to northern Maine. John Larson and the helpful staff at Privateers HarleyDavidson® set us up with a beautiful 2012 Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® motorcycle, the perfect rig for riding two-up with our gear and my camera equipment. The ride from Halifax was beautiful, if a bit chilly, but our adventure didn’t really begin until we crossed the Canso Causeway that links Cape Breton Island to the rest of Nova Scotia. At that point, the divided highway was swapped for the two-lane roads and country lanes we enjoyed for the duration. The stress of running a business back in Colorado was gone. We were in “island mode” now, and it was time to slow down.

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On the island

we spent the first night in Port Hastings, where we had dinner with Mary Tulle and Brent Falconer. Mary, along with Dan Coffin – both from the island’s tourist board, Destination Cape Breton – put together a fantastic itinerary for our trip. Brent, whom I had actually met a few years earlier in Laconia, helped me connect with some of his local Harley® motorcycle-riding friends to ride with. Beyond the great riding, I had two priorities for this trip. 1) Seafood, which doesn’t get any fresher than on this island!; and 2) Celtic music! The “Distant Sons and Daughters” concert that evening offered an overview of the festival with performers from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, Appalachia, and even Louisiana. It was every bit as amazing as I anticipated. The next day was our first chance to really experience riding on the island, and what a beautiful day it was. The sun shone in a gorgeous blue sky, and the temperature was perfect. We headed up the west coast along what is appropriately named “the Ceilidh Trail”


Far left: Riding the Cabot Trail at North Bay, Ingonish, on the east coast of Cape Breton. Left: Neil’s Harbor lighthouse along the Cabot Trail.

Glenora Inn & Distillery (pronounced “Kay-Lee”) for the many Ceilidhs – social gatherings focused on music and dance – in the towns along the route. The area is rich in musical heritage and also houses the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique. Our first stop of the day was at the Dalbrae Academy in Mabou for a step-dancing lesson, and Catherine quickly joined in. Coming from Ireland, where she learned step dancing, she caught on quickly, even though some of her Irish footwork had to be replaced with its Scottish equivalent since the Celtic traditions of Cape Breton look more to Scottish roots. From Dalbrae, we went straight for the whisky and the main stop of the day, a tour of the Glenora Inn & Distillery. The more we saw of this charming place, the more we wished we had scheduled a stopover for the night. But we had a concert to see across the island, so after an amazing mid-afternoon bowl of seafood chowder and not much more than a whiff of the “Glen Breton Rare”, we were off to a potluck supper in Whycocomagh. These wonderful community-based meals are served in firehouses, churches, legion halls, and community centres all over the island during the festival. They’re a great way to meet people and get a sense of the local culture. For this particular meal, music scholarship recipient Anita MacDonald treated us to her solo fiddle playing from the small stage. The sun was setting as we rode to our hotel in

Baddeck, along the shores of Bras d’Or Lakes, a large, mostly saltwater, lake in the heart of Cape Breton. We checked into the Inverary Inn (full of character), dropped our bags in a large, but cozy, room warmed by a fireplace, and headed straight to the “Pickin’ & Grinnin” concert at the nearby Culture and Heritage Centre in Wagmatcook. After the concert, we jumped back on the bike for a brisk 20 kilometre ride to the college. Not that this day wasn’t full enough, but I knew the Festival Club – an informal late-night session at the Gaelic College that doesn’t even open until 11 pm – would be hopping. It was even better than I imagined, as musicians from all around the island showed up to perform. It was 2:30 am by the time we left, though we could easily have stayed much longer. The ride home was slow and cold, and we were grateful not to see a moose. Come to think of it, we never saw a car, either. After the late night, morning came a little sooner than I anticipated, but the gorgeous day made it easy to forget how little we slept. After Brent showed up on his bright yellow Road King® motorcycle, along with Greg Hull on his red Street Glide® motorcycle, we sat in the inn’s restaurant for coffee and soaked in the spectacular view while discussing the ride ahead. Then we met up with Darrell and Sharon LaFosse on their Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® Police Officer Special motorcycle (Darrell just retired from the “Mounties”, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police), and Andre Burton

This small operation in Glenville is on MacLellan’s Brook, from which it gets its key ingredient: water. It was the first distillery to make single malt whisky outside of Scotland and still has the distinction of being the only Canadian single malt whisky. While the distillery was being built in 1988, the founders travelled to Scotland to purchase copper pot stills, a mash tun, and the wooden washbacks needed for the distilling process. While their product is in the style of single malt Scotch whisky, you can’t call it “Scotch” if it isn’t made in Scotland! Note: Generally speaking, it’s proper to write “Irish whiskey” and “Scotch whisky” (with no “e”). It’s also generally “whisky” in Canada and “whiskey” in the United States. Visit www.glenoradistillery.com.

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on his Electra Glide® Classic motorcycle. After taking the opportunity to learn a little history with a quick tour of the college – and a quick photo op with Ashley MacIsaac, the internationally acclaimed Cape Breton fiddler, whom we ran into in the gift shop – we set off to ride one of the most spectacular stretches of road anywhere: the Cabot Trail.

Alexander Graham More Than Just Irish Celtic music has influenced and infused so many other styles of music – Bluegrass, Old-Timey, Country, and Cajun – that the festival includes all these in their programming. Irish singer, Mary Black, whose music we have listened to for years, was one of our favourites as she sang with three equally acclaimed siblings. The highlight of the opening “Distant Sons and Daughters” concert was surely the encore, when 16 musicians, including the entire Black family, took to the stage together.

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Bell said: “I have travelled around the world. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps, and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton out rivals them all.” The 250-kilometre Cabot Trail is a series of connecting roads that create a circular route around the island. It hugs the rugged coastline, cuts into cliffs as it rises from the sea, and winds its way through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, only to come back out onto the sea again. You can do it in a day, but we planned for two to have a little breathing room to enjoy it. Three days would have been great and four even better. How can you not feel wonderful with the perfect weather on these perfect motorcycling roads? Our first stop was at a couple of artists’ workshops, including glass blowing in North Shore and a leather shop in Indian Brook. Continuing back on our way to Wreck Cove, where we met up with the sea, we hugged the twisty coastline as we started up Cape Smokey Mountain. This is Cape Breton and the “Highlands” at its finest. We stopped at lookout after lookout to gaze in wonder at the mountains and the sea below the gorgeous blue sky. At one stop, we ran into a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer named Shawn, one of a number we encountered – none of whom were on a horse. As he and Darrell chatted, I realized Darrell was one well-connected rider. Before the day’s ride came

to an end, we had stopped at Broad Cove, Lakies Head, and Green Cove as well. Day one on the Cabot Trail ended at the Keltic Lodge on Middlehead in Ingonish, even though our intended destination lay further ahead. It was getting late when we came to this historic old lodge, which juts out into the water on a small piece of land that divides South Bay Ingonish from North Bay Ingonish. We knew that if we went further we would miss too much in the dark. There was a beautiful restaurant and lounge, along with wonderful backgrounds for photos. For someone with more time here, the hiking trails and golf are said to be fantastic. Day two began with the realization that we hadn’t made the halfway mark, so without dwelling on the time we didn’t have, we rode without stopping through the small picturesque community of North Bay Ingonish. We didn’t really stop until we got to the Chowder House near the lighthouse in Neil’s Harbor. It was closed for the season, but it was nice to sit out back at their picnic tables alongside the sea. From Neil’s Harbor, we got off the main park road to follow the coastline over South Mountain. This took us up and down and in and out to the little fishing community of White Point on Aspy Bay. At Effie’s Brook near South Harbor, we met up with the Cabot Trail and the main park road, which we followed for 20 minutes to Cabot’s Landing. In 1497, John Cabot touched land there to become the first European on North American soil (if you don’t count the Vikings and understand that Columbus actually landed in the Caribbean). From Cabot’s Landing, we were less than a kilometre from Darrell and Sharon’s house. Somehow, Sharon had a pot of coffee and a plate of homemade cookies out before we could find the door, so we took a few minutes to enjoy their peaceful spot right on the water. Poking my head around, it was easy to realize Darrell wasn’t


One trip to a holiday event at your Retailer or a visit to h-d.com/gifts is all it takes to unshackle your mind from the same old gift ideas. This year, park a little freedom under the tree.

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Explore Further For more information, visit www.celtic-colours.com. For more photographs, visit www.lichterphoto.com. Destination Cape Breton www.cbisland.com

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just a retired Mountie, but rather a Mountie of quite high rank. The photos of him with Queen Elizabeth II were a dead giveaway. Here we were again – I was distracted, and the day was getting on. We had to make up time to get to the end of the trail by the end of the day, so Andre, who knows every inch of these roads, led us straight up North Mountain, across the “Boar’s Back” – connecting Mackenzie Mountain to French Mountain – to a spot Sharon describes as her favourite place on the Cabot Trail: the lookout point above Pleasant Bay, where she says you can see both Minke and Pothead whales on a clear day. Back on the bikes, we quickly rode towards the coast into an area known as Grande Falaise, just north of Chéticamp, a major Acadian community. After saying good-bye to Andre, Darrell, and Sharon there, the rest of us continued back to the docks of Baddeck, where our posse split up further. Catherine and I were back on our own to check in at the Inverary Inn and explore the local scene. The food, in general, had been excellent, and it was to be no different in Baddeck, where we had a unique dinner at a restaurant simply called “Lobster Suppers”. For just CAN$33, dinner included a good-sized lobster and all you could eat of every other course: local mussels by the bucket, seafood chowder, salad, cornbread, and dessert – all of it excellent. You might think we would be ready for bed after a meal like this, but there was music waiting for us in tiny North River. The concert, called “Down the Road and Across the Sea”, was presented in the North River Community Hall, a quaint wooden multi-purpose building. It was the perfect place to present folk songs of Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, while experiencing

small town life on this island. And just in case my wife might think the day was too short, I pointed the bike toward the latenight music at the Festival Club, 32 kilometres up the road. Despite not having to be up at the crack of dawn the next day, we again left early and were back in our hotel by 3 am.

Our trip was winding down, but

there was still a feast of feasts to be had at Mary’s house the next day (more lobster than I’ve ever had in a single sitting!), more music, and one last tourist attraction that we squeezed in on our way back to Halifax. The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, which offered fascinating insight into the complicated history of the island, was a great way to wrap things up. After we dropped the bike off at the Retail Store and turned our thoughts toward home, I reflected on what an amazing journey we’d been on, a rare opportunity to combine many of my passions into one trip. It made me realize there’s no reason to wait for such opportunities to come along. I resolved to make them happen more often. Should you decide to follow my tracks around Cape Breton, be sure to make the most of it – in whatever way suits you. Check out the resources listed, and consider stopping at one of the area H-D® Retailers to get the local bikers’ perspective of everything going on. You don’t have to love Celtic music to enjoy the island during Celtic Colours. And there are other festivals dedicated to food and wine, running, and even a bike event in early August. Whether your other passions include golf, hiking, whale watching, sightseeing, boating, food, or a host of other options, tying your interests to your touring will ensure the most memorable trip. It certainly worked for me.


KNOWLEDGE DOESN’T OPEN DOORS,

IT OPENS ROADS. Learn how to fine-tune your pipes with the Rider’s Edge® Skilled Rider Course. Coming soon to an authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer near you.

With the purchase of any new Harley-Davidson® model from an authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer, you will receive a free, full one-year membership in H.O.G.® Always ride with a helmet. Ride defensively. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, Richmond and Concord. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is a proud sponsor of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The Bar & Shield logo, Harley, Harley-Davidson, and Rider’s Edge are among the trademarks of H-D Michigan, LLC. © 2012 H-D.


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ruise through the southern California desert for 15 hours, like HOG® Magazine (USA) Editor, Matt King, and I did recently, and subtlety begins to take on a whole new meaning.

After awhile, all rocks cease to appear exactly the same; numerous flowers emerge among the scrub, if you train yourself to look for them; there’s a significant temperature difference when the road climbs five hundred feet; the sight of an abandoned building turns from “cool” into a catacomb of failed dreams; and the Harley-Davidson® BlacklineTM and Dyna® Wide Glide® motorcycles cease to be very similar motorcycles. Why I previously thought these cruisers were so similar is a bit baffling now. Yes, they have a similar long, chopperlike profile and forward foot controls. Yes, both have laced wheels and bobbed fenders. And yes, each is powered by a Twin Cam 103TM engine

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with 6-speed Cruise DriveTM transmission. But that’s where the similarities mostly end and the differences (both stark and subtle) begin to emerge. The Wide Glide® motorcycle has delivered its stretched attitude since 1980, with its signature elements taking a modern turn in the current model: 49-mm front forks, raked out to 34 degrees and with a broad spread to accentuate the 21-inch by 2.15inch front wheel; sissy bar; lowslung saddle; twin outboard coil-over rear shocks; and forward foot controls. A one-year hiatus in 2009 gave H-D® engineers time for a Wide Glide® model refresh, to reflect what was happening on the street, as builders and riders customized their own

cruisers. The result: many formerly chrome components (such as rims, sissy bars, headlamp bucket handlebar risers, fender supports, and engine covers) were replaced by blackened versions for its reintroduction in 2010. In its current incarnation, the Wide Glide® motorcycle gets its rumble from a rubbermounted Twin Cam 103TM powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection and a Tommy Gun 2-1-2 collector exhaust with dual mufflers. A low 25.5-inch seat height is courtesy of a slammed suspension, while the internally wired handlebar, chopped rear fender, and combined stop/ turn/tail LED lights reflect its minimalist roots. And while it’s available in Vivid Black, three

flame colour options (including the Vivid Black with Flames version shown here) deliver the style most frequently associated with the model. In contrast to threeplus decades of history, the BlacklineTM motorcycle is one of the youngest models in the Harley-Davidson® lineup, having begun its journey in 2011 as a Factory reflection of the raw, hand-hewn customs being built and ridden by the recent generation of builders. It’s a genre that prefers its bikes stripped-to-the-bone, with only flashes of chrome instead of the full slathering, and a rider position with fists close together and punching forward against the wind. A member of the Softail® family, the BlacklineTM motorcycle delivers on its design intentions with the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, wrapped tight around its rigid-mount Twin Cam 103BTM counter-balanced engine and 6-speed Cruise


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DriveTM transmission. What sets the BlacklineTM motorcycle apart from other Softail® models is a slammed suspension, narrow rear end, and ultra-sculpted seat that produce a ground-hugging 24inch laden seat height. Styling details are equally unique to the BlacklineTM motorcycle, including a 19-litre fuel tank with a nearly flushmounted fuel cap and lowprofile, die-cast trim panel running down the centre, rather than the much larger centre console on other Softail® models. A bobbed rear fender is held by raw forged supports, with the minimalist stop/turn/ tail lights combo, all hugging a skinny 144-mm Dunlop® tire on a 16-inch rim. The BlacklineTM motorcycle’s Split DragTM handlebar mounts directly to the top triple clamp, without a traditional riser, and features internal wiring to further scrub any of the visual clutter. And, I’m happy to report that the bars are indeed narrow, with a fistsforward hand position. Nestled between the bars and mounted to the top triple clamp is the lone gauge: an analogue speedometer that also holds indicator lights, including a low-fuel warning and a milesto-empty display. Whereas the Wide Glide® motorcycle was darkened in its 2010 redux, by comparison much more of the BlacklineTM motorcycle is finished in black, including the horseshoe oil tank, turn signals, triple clamps, fork lowers, and most of the powertrain. The result is that the BlacklineTM motorcycle is far more visually understated than the Wide Glide® motorcycle, whose select chrome components and flame paint make a strong visual impact. While cruising the bikes from Los Angeles, California, to

Lake Havasu, Arizona, stopping to swap rides at nearly every deserted shack and gas station along the way, the differences between the Wide Glide® and BlacklineTM motorcycles grow even more apparent. With its 17-inch rear wheel and 180-mm tire, the Wide Glide® motorcycle isolates the rider from the road more than the BlacklineTM motorcycle, despite the latter’s increased suspension travel (5.6/3.6 inches front/rear vs. 5.0/3.1 inches). It’s a dynamic that is further enhanced by the Wide Glide® motorcycle’s nearly 2 inch longer wheelbase (68.3 inches vs. 66.5 inches). While I felt a stronger connection with the road and a more consistent feel with the BlacklineTM motorcycle as it banked into a turn, King found his sweet spot with the Wide Glide® motorcycle. Although neither bike is

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exactly comfortable when blasting straight into a strong headwind at 113 km/h for two uninterrupted hours (the consequence of forward foot controls and no significant wind protection), I was less fatigued on the BlacklineTM motorcycle, probably because the narrower bars and forward reach reduced the parachute effect. Conversely, the Wide Glide® motorcycle’s wider and more laid-back handlebars offer more leverage for quick counter-steering, a fact duly noted when working lane changes during morning rush hour in Los Angeles. Starting at MSRP $17,029 for Vivid Black and bumping to $17,859 for the three twotone options, the Wide Glide® motorcycle costs a handful of hundreds less than the BlacklineTM motorcycle, which runs $17,719 for Vivid Black,

$18,169 for Black Denim, and $18,309 for either of the two two-tone options. Both are available with the optional Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System with handsfree security fob and AntiLock Braking System. Riders looking for a street cruiser with a stretched, low chopper profile are fortunate to have these two options. For those who prefer the stripped, raw-edged look and feel of a traditional bobber, the BlacklineTM motorcycle is worth a long look and test ride. For those looking to cut a wider path with more visual details, the Wide Glide® motorcycle remains an iconic option. As for me, a previous believer that these were vastly similar motorcycles, I abandoned that thought like an old gas station on a mostly forgotten road in the Mojave Desert.

Riders looking for a street cruiser with a stretched, low chopper profile are fortunate to have these two options.

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Forged of solid bronze and plated with black nickel, the 110th Gas Tank Badge is its own work of art.

H-D® 110TH ANNIVERSARY MOTORCYCLES

Magnificent

Model year 2013 marks the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. To commemorate the occasion, Harley-Davidson Motor Company brings artistry, premium options, and exclusivity to its 110th Anniversary Edition motorcycles. It’s a different approach than the past two anniversaries.

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hereas the 100th Anniversary Motorcycles in 2003 were available in full production on all models, and the 105th Anniversary motorcycles offered large production runs of each Anniversary Edition model, for 2013 only seven models receive the 110th Anniversary treatment, each is being built in limited quantities to reflect their rarity and historical importance. Each of the seven 110th models is adorned with exclusive paint, graphics, and badges and serialized with its production number. Most striking, perhaps, is the 110th Gas Tank Badge. It’s made of forged solid bronze, then plated with black nickel and distressed to highlight the bronze. As a finishing touch, a gold Bar & Shield Cloisonné is inserted into the main body of the “wing” to create a true sculpted work of art. In addition, each 110th Anniversary model is the top-of-the-line version of that model, meaning it’s equipped with every available option that’s offered on the stock non-anniversary edition. Some 110th Anniversary models also get special seat treatment and wheels. For more information on the 2013 Harley-Davidson® 110th Anniversary Edition motorcycles, see your authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer or visit harleycanada.com

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Roughly 1,700 examples of the 110th Anniversary Edition Softail速 Fat Boy速 Lo model will be produced.

Each of the seven 110th Anniversary models will be produced in limited quantities.

A special badge on each 110th Anniversary model indicates its production number.

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VISIT YOUR AUTHORIZED CANADIAN HARLEY-DAVIDSON® RETAILER TO GET YOUR JOURNEY ROLLING. offer ends February 28, 2013. *OFFER APPLIES ONLY TO PURCHASES OF GENUINE HARLEY-DAVIDSON® PARTS & ACCESSORIES. PURCHASE MUST BE MADE IN A SINGLE TRANSACTION FROM 10/15/12 TO 02/28/13 TO QUALIFY. TOTAL PURCHASE PRICE MUST EXCEED $2,000 OR $3,000 BEFORE TAX IS APPLIED TO QUALIFY FOR THE OFFER. PURCHASES OF GENUINE HARLEY-DAVIDSON® MOTORCLOTHES® APPAREL, PARTS THAT ARE FOR RACE APPLICATION ONLY, LICENSED MERCHANDISE, NON-GENUINE PARTS & ACCESSORIES OR AFTERMARKET PARTS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE GIFT CARD OFFER. SERVICE FEES, LABOUR FEES, OR PRE-PAID SERVICE FEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE GIFT CARD OFFER. SEE YOUR AUTHORIZED CANADIAN HARLEY-DAVIDSON® RETAILER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. H-D, HARLEY, HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND THE BAR & SHIELD LOGO ARE AMONG THE TRADEMARKS OF H-D MICHIGAN, LLC.


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Pit stop

Ride to Eat (Healthier).

gear The leather is in the details. Breakout from the crowd, the 2013 Breakout™ model New accessories to protect your bike.

Rally rides Fresh new look and feel to an old favourite.

riding stories

The Georgian Bay circle tour. How a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle made me human. Pins, patches, & memories.

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Photograph by Grant Harder.

Q&A with Chuck Kaizer.

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Ride to Eat (Healthier) Fueling Your Body on the Road. By Melissa Gevo A Focus on Food As with so many H.O.G.® Chapters around the country, one of the unofficial mottos at the Marietta chapter is “Live to Ride, Ride to Eat”. There are few things our members like more than taking a great ride to enjoy a great meal somewhere away from home. And while we all love to eat lunch at that roadside barbecue shack that everyone raves about, the longer the road trip,

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the more important (as well as more challenging) it becomes to fuel our bodies properly and keep our health on track. So what should you eat while on that road trip, when you’re gone for several days or weeks at a time? Let’s start with getting going in the morning and roll forward through the day from there. Sidestands up! A Powerful Breakfast Choose high-fibre foods, such

as oatmeal, a veggie omelet, or whole fruits instead of juices. Have wheat toast instead of a doughnut or pancakes with syrup. Stay away from highsugar foods in the morning, as they can improve your mood initially but then leave you feeling tired. You need to be wide awake when the throttle is wide open. Good sources of lean protein in the morning are hard-boiled eggs or yogurt.

Whole grain breakfast cereal with skim or low-fat milk is another good option while on the road – these can sometimes even be found in single-serving packages at gas stations. Finally, a protein bar can be an adequate substitute for a breakfast meal if it doesn’t contain a lot of sugar and high calories. It’s best to read the label. A breakfast burrito or breakfast sandwich is better than a sweet roll.


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A High-Octane Lunch This is when you need to be refueled; after a few hours of riding, it’s time to put some healthy nutrients in your gas tank. Order a salad and some soup to fill you up. These normally have healthier ingredients, and then you can go easy on the more caloriedense main entrée. Eat the vegetables if they come with the meal or order them on the side. You still should eat 6-9 servings of vegetables a day, even away from home. (If this is a big challenge for you, consider a vegetable powder supplement from a health food store. Mixed with juice in the morning, this can be a great way to start your day!) Go easy on the fried stuff (avoid it altogether if you can!), as that’s where all the fat is hiding. Remember: it’s much harder to hide once our bodies have stored the fat we can’t burn off! Select foods that are prepared with low-fat methods, such as baked chicken or grilled meats. Consider sharing a meal. Many restaurants serve waytoo-big portions, and since we can’t do doggie bags on long trips there will be less food to waste. Sandwich shops that let you pick the ingredients are a good alternative. Choose lean

meats, whole grains, and as many vegetables as you can. A Satisfying Dinner After a long day of riding, nothing feels better than to relax around a table with your riding buddies and talk about the ride so far. Choose a healthy entrée such as grilled fish or chicken. You can have a steak, but just order a smaller portion size, and don’t load up the potato with lots of butter and sour cream. Keep the veggies coming and feel free to enjoy one slice (not the whole loaf!) of the bread they bring to the table. Even pizza can be a good choice, believe it or not. Just order the thin crust and add extra vegetables instead of extra cheese. There’s no need to count calories on vacation, just be mindful of what you’re eating. Do your best to make good choices, and don’t go overboard on the quantity. Also, keep in mind that being on the road with friends may subconsciously affect your eating habits. Appetite researcher, Dr. Barbara Rolls of Penn State University has done some interesting experiments showing the effects of socialization on food consumption. She found that when people socialize with friends during meals they eat

about 50 percent more. Half again as much! The biggest difference was with dessert. This could be that because friends enjoy each other’s company they extend their time together so linger over dessert. This is a good time to share your dessert (again, sometimes the portion sizes are huge!) so you don’t feel deprived later. Nourishing Snacks Snacks should be low in saturated fats, low in sugar, and nutritious. If you’re able to pack a cooler on your bike, pack fresh cut veggies and fruit. Individually wrapped string cheese is full of calcium and protein. If you don’t have a cooler, apples are a great snack you can eat on the fly (no peeling or cutting required). Nuts, seeds, and whole grain crackers, which provide extra fibre, are also good options. Walnuts, almonds, and cashews contain beneficial polyunsaturated fats and are easy to travel with. Jerky is another food that travels well and provides protein that keeps you fuller longer. If you crave chips, pita chips or other baked snacks can satisfy that craving without all the fat. Of course, be sure to drink plenty of water along the way –

especially when it’s hot! Avoid soda and high-sugar drinks, as those have empty calories and can actually make you more dehydrated. Choose 100 percent juices instead. Eat to Live (Better) Finally, be sure to pack (and take!) any vitamin supplements and medications you normally take. If you don’t take vitamins, a road trip is a great time to start. And some riders, of course, have special diets they need to follow for specific health issues such as diabetes or high cholesterol. It would be great if we could take a vacation from those conditions, but that isn’t possible. With a little planning, effort, and willpower, we can navigate around most junk food and maintain a healthy eating program while enjoying the open road. Our reward is to feel healthier, be more alert, and be able to ride – and even live to ride – a little longer.

Guest author Melissa Gevo is a member of the Marietta Chapter in Marietta, Georgia. Melissa is studying dietetics at Life University, and as a class assignment, wrote this article about eating healthy while on the road on a motorcycle.

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The Leather is in the Details

Frequently called the “Harley uniform”, the leather riding jacket is nearly as iconic as the motorcycle itself. But just as all motorcycles are not the same, neither are leather jackets, which is why Harley-Davidson® Genuine MotorClothes® leather jackets demand closer inspection. Because it’s what you don’t see that truly defines them. Whether it’s lightweight (0.60.8 mm thick, ideal for warm weather conditions), midweight (0.9-1.0 mm, for all weather conditions), or heavyweight (1.1 mm or greater, for strongest resistance to abrasion and wind-blocking) leather, MotorClothes® leather jackets feature drum-dyed hides. During the drum-dying process, prepared skins are

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stitched seam is skived to thin out the cut edges of the leather. Other design elements further focus on comfort, including pre-curved sleeves that match the natural arm position while riding, action back (the deep pleats at the back of each shoulder) for maximum mobility when your arms are in the straightforward riding position, and zippered air vents for custom cooling control. Most MotorClothes® leather jackets also offer customizable protection via built-in pockets for adding accessory body armour. Located in key impact areas, such as the shoulders, elbows, and back, the lightweight polymer armour naturally forms to the rider’s shape and absorbs energy upon impact. The incorporation of 3M® Scotchlite® Reflective Material in the various piping and graphics reflects light back to its original source, enhancing visibility of the rider to other motorists.

the leather riding jacket is nearly as iconic as the motorcycle itself.

soaked for an extended period in a large drum of natural dye that penetrates all the way through the hide and then are tumbled in the barrel. While more expensive than the typical topcoated process, drum dyeing produces the deepest, longestlasting colour and preserves and softens the hide, making it flexible and comfortable. It also means that the leather will retain its colour and not rub off onto other garments. Premium materials are matched by a construction process that ensures the

greatest durability and comfort. In areas of the jacket that withstand the greatest stress, a specialized sewing stitch known as “bar tacking” creates a tight zigzag pattern that is repeated perpendicularly over itself for the ultimate reinforcement. Five-ply nylon thread adds strength to select highstressed seams, while other seams are joined using the double-needle topstitching technique to minimize the amount of exposed seam and to enhance durability. To minimize bulk at the seams, each

Dozens of men’s and women’s MotorClothes® leather jackets offer additional features and functionality, including perforated leather, fully waterproof leather, vintage leather, and other technologies. Each is backed by a Limited Warranty to be free from Factory defects in materials and workmanship for five years. The result is jackets that deliver years of uncompromising comfort and performance. See them now at your authorized Canadian HarleyDavidson® Retailer.


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Break Out From the Crowd It’s long, lean, and custom. It has mindboggling paint, miles of chrome, and a screaming 110 cubicinch V-Twin engine. And it’s an all-new model in the HarleyDavidson® Softail® family. By Matt King

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But if there’s something that truly stands out about the brand-new 2013 Breakout model from the Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations group, it’s the wheels. Aggressively designed, dripping with chrome, and wrapped with massive TM

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rubber, they’re in your face like a punch in the mouth. Together with its three spectacular paint options, the BreakoutTM model delivers a one-two styling punch. Like all CVOTM models, the BreakoutTM motorcycle is aimed at the rider who is looking for a bike that exudes a custom look without the compromises that often come with small volume or one-off customs. The CVOTM bike owner wants exclusivity combined with the reassurance of Factory engineering and durability in a package that still has the ability to shock the visual senses. “We gave the Turbine wheels a great deal of drama by pulling the spoke ridges all the way through to the edges of the rim, which makes their diameter appear even larger,” says Harley-Davidson Styling Manager, Kirk Rasmussen. “The dramatic diameter of the 21-inch front wheel with a 130 mm tire and the matching 18-inch rear wheel with a 240 mm tire give the bike a strong proportional foundation.” Perhaps the most unique and exclusive feature of the CVOTM BreakoutTM motorcycle is the hand-polished metal and hand-applied lace graphic paint schemes. Exquisite palettes and expert application techniques are hallmarks of the CVOTM lineup, and the BreakoutTM

motorcycle continues the tradition with three dramatic colour schemes. BreakoutTM Team Manager, Jeff Smith, and Rasmussen, working with Gunslinger Custom Paint in Golden, Colorado, developed three exclusive paint treatments that are unique in the HarleyDavidson® lineup: Black Diamond and Molten Silver with Crushed Slate Graphics Bare steel sections of the fuel tank and fenders are sanded in ten stages up to the 3,000-grit level. Three additional handpolishing steps bring the part to a high luster. This handcraftsmanship makes each painted part unique and a true custom. Soon after polishing, multiple clear coats are applied, letting the polished steel shine through and protecting the finish from the elements. This colour is paired with a black leather seat, with Horn-back Gator-style accents. Hard Candy Gold Dust and Liquid Sun with Pagan Gold Graphics This paint set also features hand-polished sections on the fuel tank and fenders, but the candy clear coat is tinted to give the polished areas the gleaming Liquid Sun tone. Gold Dust is created by applying

large metal flake over a black base and finishing it with clear coats. Out in the natural light, the many coats of paint and gold tint give the paint a look of brilliant sunshine. The finishing touch for this paint scheme is the Hard Candy CustomTM logo on the rear fender, proving this bike is the best of the best. This unique custom paint is paired with a black leather seat, with Horn-back Gatorstyle accents. Crimson Red Sunglo and Scarlet Lace with Hammered Sterling Graphics To create a graphic effect on the lower portions of the fuel tank and fenders, a black base coat is sprayed through lace fabric placed over a Crimson Red base colour and finished with a layer of Scarlet Candy. Hand application of the lace assures that no two painted parts will have the same exact pattern. This colour is paired with a richbrown leather seat, with Hornback Gator-style accents. All three of the paint schemes on the BreakoutTM motorcycle are visually stunning and practically guaranteed to catch the eye of jealous onlookers from across the parking lot. “People will be flocking to this bike to see the finish up close and will recognize it as a brand-new super-premium pure custom look – perhaps the most spectacular paint ever to rolled off the line on a Factory-built CVO motorcycle,” says Smith.

The Breakout model TM

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clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame with the suspension control of a pair of horizontally mounted coil-over shock absorbers tucked under the transmission between the framerails. Also tightly packaged in the frame is a counter-balanced and rigidmounted Screamin’ Eagle® Twin Cam 110BTM V-Twin engine with a Heavy Breather air cleaner, rated at 112 ft-lbs of torque at 3,500 rpm, and mated to a 6-speed Cruise DriveTM transmission. This is the highest power-to-weight ratio in the current CVOTM motorcycle lineup and guarantees a pulsequickening, responsive ride at any speed. It’s a potent drivetrain and chassis combination that produces forceful power, effortless handling, a superbly comfortable ride, and excellent braking thanks to standard front and rear anti-lock disc brakes. During a 150-mile shakedown run on southeast Wisconsin’s notoriously abusive roads, I was delighted to experience the exceptional job CVOTM engineers have done with the suspension tuning on the BreakoutTM motorcycle, especially over abrupt seams and highway expansion joints that often result in unpleasant transmissions of force through the spine on motorcycles with lowered suspensions. After initially bracing for every expected bump, I quickly came to appreciate how well the artfully tuned suspension of the BreakoutTM motorcycle soaks up even the worst road surface abuses. “If you hit a pothole, and

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It’s a potent drivetrain and chassis combination that produces forceful power...

the suspension is not tuned right, you’re going to get a lot of force transmitted to the rider,” says George Vandyke, CVOTM assistant team leader on the BreakoutTM project. “CVO engineers, working with our ride and handling experts, retuned the suspension so it’s comfortable from road inputs and well-balanced front to rear by modifying how the shocks handle harsh road conditions.” Combined with the neutral riding position created by the swept-back handlebar and forward foot controls, the BreakoutTM motorcycle is a bike that you can comfortably ride all the way to the next gas stop, which thanks to its generous five-gallon fuel tank, should approach or even exceed 200 miles, depending on your riding style. It’s not a full-size Touring model, but this is a bike you can easily ride all day long, which is saying a lot for a long, low custom sporting this much bling.

“We worked very hard to get the riding comfort and ergonomics right. We went for a neutral position so we have the wide bars, but the rider’s not stretched out too far. The foot controls are also very reachable,” says Vandyke. “We put a lot of miles on the bike, [designing] for seat comfort. Our goal was to be able to ride the fuel tank down, get off, fill it up, stretch, and get back on it and go. We also designed the pillion to come forward far enough to give a nice bucket position for lower back support.” Speaking of bling, the BreakoutTM motorcycle is loaded with it, beginning with the exclusive Turbine wheels. Adding to the chrome overload are an internally wired chrome handlebar with integrated riser and 4-inch combination speedometer and tachometer, polished and chromed singlerib cast-aluminum oil tank, low-profile chrome console

with braided stainless steel vent lines, one-piece forged aluminum rear fender supports, Slipstream hand and foot controls collection, and front and rear fenders chopped to the bare minimum showcasing the meaty rubber. Other standard features include electronic cruise control, keyless ignition, and security system. The CVOTM BreakoutTM model also shows off the innovation of H-D® engineering. CVOTM Engineer, Jeremy Lenzendorf, designed new single-piece chromed aluminum fender supports, a first for HarleyDavidson. “Using aluminum for the new rear fender supports allowed us to do three things: route the rear turn signal wiring in a hidden channel outside the fender so the fender sidewalls could be brought in tighter to the tire, easily polish the parts for chrome plating, and reduce the weight of the widest Softail® rear fender system by


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For 2013, Harley-Davidson Motor Company goes old-school cool with Hard Candy CustomTM, a styling movement that spans generations, cultures, and markets from Brooklyn to Yokohama. Rooted in themes first seen in the chopper era of the late 1960s, Hard Candy CustomTM embraces a trend that has reemerged from garages around the globe: dazzling metal flake paint, brilliant chrome, and styling details that are simultaneously current and nostalgic. Hard Candy CustomTM elements include 16 new “big flake” paint finishes, three of

which will be selectively offered as solid-colour options on five Harley-Davidson® production motorcycles for 2013. Hard Candy Big Red Flake made its debut in 2012 on the SeventyTwoTM model, and for 2013 that colour is joined by Hard Candy Lucky Green Flake and Hard Candy Coloma Gold. At least one Hard Candy CustomTM colour will be offered on these HarleyDavidson® motorcycle models: Seventy-TwoTM, Street Bob®, BlacklineTM, Softail® Deluxe, and Forty-EightTM. The three production Hard Candy CustomTM colours are created by applying tinted flakes,

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS Top: Horn-back Gator-style accents adorn the leather seat. Right: Hand-applied lace patterns make each bike’s paint unique. Bottom: The Screamin’ Eagle® Heavy Breather air cleaner assembly bumps the Screamin’ Eagle® Twin Cam 110BTM engine’s torque curve by about 5 ft-lbs, bringing its output to 112 ft-lbs at 3,500 rpm.

four pounds compared to the narrowest version – a triple win!” The sleek, low-profile chrome console, also a first on an H-D® model, incorporates braided stainless steel fuel tank vent lines in another example of engineering and styling working together to develop parts that are as

functional as they are attractive. Dripping in chrome with its raked front end, massive front wheel, steamroller rear tire, and off-the-chart paint schemes, the BreakoutTM motorcycle is a bike that is in its element parked at the curb in front of your favourite watering hole, while its superb ride

quality and ergonomics make it equally at home on a road trip of any length. That’s a combination that can be difficult to achieve in a motorcycle, but CVOTM customization has hit both marks with the BreakoutTM model. “The CVOTM BreakoutTM [motorcycle] competes with

each more than seven times the size of metal flake used in typical production paint, over a black base coat. The flake is then covered with multiple layers of clear coat, which when combined with hand sanding produces a finished surface with extraordinary depth. Each Hard Candy CustomTM paint set will be finished with graphics specific to the motorcycle model and feature a special Hard Candy CustomTM logo. The finish gets bigger and bolder with 12 more intricate, two-tone Hard Candy CustomTM Flake Core Series paint sets and fuel tanks from the Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories Colour Shop, available for many Sportster®, Dyna®, Softail®, and Touring model motorcycles. One paint set offered on the 2013 CVOTM BreakoutTM model, Hard Candy Gold Dust and Liquid Sun with Pagan Gold, is also a Hard Candy CustomTM selection.

long customs from custom builders, but with this bike you have the Harley® engineering, intelligence, and experience to make a bike that looks very cool, is head-turning, but also rides very well,” says Vandyke. “We’re very proud to have the whole package of styling, ride and handling, and Factory durability. It’s ergonomically friendly, it’s fun to ride, it’s sexy, and we believe it’s going to be a pretty big hit.” The 2013 CVOTM BreakoutTM motorcycle has a Canadian MSRP of $30,099. Production will be limited to approximately 1,900 units.

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New products from Genuine Harley-Davidson® Motor Accessories make it easier to protect your bike, protect yourself from the elements, and shift gears. Storage Covers Redesigned with a unique cinching system that draws together excess material for a snug fit, the new storage covers have features specific to Harley-Davidson® products, like a hook and loop opening for antennas, an opening for a security chain, an integrated alarm pouch, and a sewn-in pouch for easy cover storage. Some covers also feature heat shield panels for protection from hot exhaust, and all outdoor covers feature taped seams for increased water resistance. Rear view of Trike cover

Soft Lowers Designed for use with H-D® Engine Guards, the Soft Lowers add comfort by minimizing wind blast to your legs. They attach and detach quickly without tools, and the zipperededge design enables zipping the fabric up to any highway peg position. Reflective piping offers reflectivity in low-light conditions, while convenient pockets on the Sportster,® Dyna,® and Touring kits provide extra storage.

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Easier Squeezing Thanks to a unique offset design of the handlebar and grip, the new Easy Squeeze Reduced Clutch Reach Handlebar moves the rider’s hand a half-inch closer to the clutch lever for greater leverage and reduced fatigue. They are a direct replacement for the stock bars on 2007 and later XL883L models, 2006 and later FLSTN models, and 1986 and later FLSTC models with no need for new cables.

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national rally wrap-up A fresh new look and feel to an old favourite. By Gina McNeil, Editor. Photography by John Wang

The Hub-and-Spokes approach paid off in spades. The first-ever Canadian National Riding Rally was a smashing success – including the new formula with Moncton acting as the host “Hub” while Prince Edward Island, Miramichi, and Saint John took on the “Spokes” duties of riding and having fun, with scenic routes along the way – for the approximately 1,000 participants.

Working in partnership with the incredibly supportive City of Moncton and the Delta Beauséjour, everyone worked very hard to produce this fun new approach to an old favourite. Many folks from all over shared their positive feedback on the rides, entertainment, and food for the event. In a quick summary, we had wonderful friendly down-home Maritime hospitality, typical

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Atlantic weather (unpredictable), nearly a thousand participants, wonderful volunteers who came from three provinces to help out, fun and well organized HarleyDavidson® Retail partners, and very successful rides throughout the week. The Rally event kicked off on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremonies held in front of Moncton City Hall, which engaged the approximately 500 or so members who were in attendance for the formalities. Attendance increased throughout the evening as we welcomed the local community who joined in the celebrations, with entertainment from Jared Lutes and one of the most popular groups in the region,

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Canada’s Got Talent runnersup, Angry Candy. What an exceptional way to start off the event. The talent left a lasting impression with our VIP guest from Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Gregg Murdie, Director of Regional Sales Operations, Southeast. The focal point for Thursday morning was the highly anticipated ride across the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island to enjoy a roast pork and sausage lunch at Red Rock Harley-Davidson®, as well as a tour of the Island at our leisure to take in miles of red potato clay and a multitude of tourist opportunities on route. The evening saw Toys for Big Boys play host to an outdoor

event at their Store that included great entertainment and little bit of local flavour, with a sampling of seafood chowder or poutine for those who were still hungry later into the night. The host also kept their Retail Store open throughout the evening party for those who wanted to continue to buy H-D® merchandise. Friday kicked off with a “Rooster Run” for those 250 early birds, who were challenged by the weather, but opted to show their true passion for riding by heading out in the rain to Miramichi to join the local Retailer, J.H. Stewart, for a scrambled egg, sausage, and bean breakfast. The ride continued on through some incredibly scenic roads if you

went the Fundy Trail route to enjoy the ocean views (and the infamous “sticky buns” in Alma), and on to Saint John. There, the local Retailer, Eldridge’s, continued with the local food flair by providing us with a multitude of mussels appetizer, followed by a baked ham, potato, and pasta salad meal. Back at home-base, the City of Moncton closed a large section of Main Street and the local community came down to join in the festivities by checking out the hundreds of multi-brand bikes that lined the street and enjoy the friendly biker atmosphere. The evening ended with another concert in downtown Moncton with a


variety of different acts that included Chris Colepaugh, Danny Boudreau, and Kevin McIntyre to entertain all those who didn’t go to bed early after the long day of riding. Aside from the mooddampening rainy weather that kicked off our day, one of the focal points for Saturday morning was the H.O.G.® mall at the Moncton Market that engaged our members with the already existing 100+ vendors that show their wares every week, as well as all of our HarleyDavidson® Retailers who offered a variety of H-D® merchandise for anyone to purchase in the local area. We also included two JumpstartTM displays that captured the eye and excitement

of many of those who attended the Market and were not expecting that they would have had the opportunity to not only get on a Harley® motorcycle, but to actually feel the roar and vibration as they shifted gears with the largest of smiles. Later in the morning was the Show ‘N Shine event, which was held in front of the host hotel, the Delta Beauséjour, and highlighted over 45 exquisite motorcycles with a variety of unique designs and forms of expression that captured the curiosity and “wows” of many who braved the rain to stop by just to have a look and vote for their favourite bike. There is no question of the pride and effort each of these participants

has for their special piece of machinery based on what they offered up for display. Saturday afternoon played host to a parade of 300 plus die-hard weather riders who represented the Brand through the streets of Riverview, Moncton, Dieppe, and in some cases, Riverview again … which was quite the “memorable experience” (don’t ask!). Saturday evening started with the group picture on the Moncton Riverfront and dinner took place in the same location under one of the largest and most spectacularly set-up tents I have ever seen. The closing highlighted the awards, amazing food service from the

Delta Beauséjour Hotel (clocked at 14 minutes to feed everyone), and a great dinner band called Third Degree, which had people on their feet dancing until we moved the party back downtown in front of City Hall to join at least two thousand of our local friends for more entertainment with Mel & the Strombachs, and the grand finale with the once again exceptional music of Angry Candy. Next up on our epic event to-do list is the 110th Anniversary Celebrations, which are being held August 29 to September 1, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Check out harleycanada.com for regular updates as the planning progresses.

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the georgian bay circle tour

Closer than expected; beyond your expectations By Dustin A. Woods

There is no more relaxing way to spend a vacation than taking a trip by motorcycle. Free from the distraction of email, phone calls, and various handheld devices that monopolize our time and attention, at one with the open road with time for reflection and refuge from the daily grind. How often do you see motorcycles parked outside of a therapist’s office? Exactly. Whether it’s your first excursion of the season, or possibly ever, there are certain essentials that one should aim to achieve. The ideal first road trip shouldn’t

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be too ambitious, but should still involve travelling a decent enough distance to get outside of your area code and comfort zone – the weekly ride to Starbucks doesn’t count. Regardless of whether I camp or stay in a hotel, I always have a general idea of where I’ll be sleeping, but with plenty of flexibility for spontaneity and misadventure. I find doing a little research beforehand goes a long way towards allowing me to learn about where to go and what to do. Unlike driving a car, you will be exposed to fatigue

and the elements, so plan your itinerary and attire accordingly. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst; that includes packing both rain gear and sunscreen, a GPS or even a good old fashioned map, first-aid, and tool kits. Better safe than sorry. For my first trip of the season, I had a free weekend at my disposal, a 2012 HarleyDavidson® Street Glide® CVOTM motorcycle, and a full tank of gas. How much can you explore in between quitting time on Friday afternoon and roll call on Monday morning? You’d be

surprised. I did some sniffing around and found that Georgian Bay offers a surprisingly diverse selection of scenery and options for places to play and stay. It is a perfect distance, because it is off the beaten path but won’t take long to get there and back. There is also plenty to keep you busy if you have more time to spend. Since it was the summer solstice, I decided to take advantage of the longest day of the year by scoping out as many beaches as I could over the course of the weekend. I saw


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several interesting lighthouses and waterfalls I’d been told were worth a look. My goal for the first night was to get out of Toronto and ensure that I wasn’t under too much pressure to log serious miles the next day. I figured Parry Sound would be as good a spot as any and would be a big enough city for access to fuel for both the bike and myself if I got there later than expected. I had stayed at the Bayside Inn several years ago when it first opened, and it was not quite ready for prime time, but it has improved by leaps

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and bounds since to become a true diamond in the rough. After a long day of work and a few solid hours on the bike, the hot shower and one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept on in recent memory were a godsend. Sunset didn’t occur until late in the evening, so I had enough time to ride to Waubuno Beach to enjoy its colourful splendour. The next morning I set off to check out Killbear Beach before heading North on Highway 69 to Sudbury. You wouldn’t think of such a city at the top of a list of beach destinations, but both Bell Parks Beach and Moonlight Beach were well worth the trip. After enjoying a cold drink and some lunch, I headed west on Highway 17 then south on Highway 6 to Espanola, passing through the quaint little town of Little Current, a small town with a big heart. The main street was bustling with people out shopping, having patio drinks,

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and even buskers entertaining passersby – something you would associate with the big city. Continuing south, the landscape abruptly changed as the smooth asphalt snaked through giant rock faces and pristine lakes that one would usually associate with British Colombia. The scenery changed once again as I reached Providence Bay, which seemed more reminiscent of the Hamptons than Ontario. Walking back to the bike after snapping pictures on the beach, a mother was trying to pull her son, who must have been five or six, away from staring at the gleaming Harley® motorcycle. I asked if he wanted to help me start the engine and his eyes grew as big as pie plates as he nodded enthusiastically. Asking his impatient mother’s permission, I propped him up on my lap and primed the engine, instructing him to hold the start button. As

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the 110cu in Screamin’ Eagle® V-Twin engine sputtered and roared to life, he laughed and giggled maniacally, clapping his hands – a future rider no doubt. His mother seemed less impressed, but I certainly made his day. Circling Georgian Bay on the west side involves crossing the main channel between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry. I arrived early, so I killed some time watching boats go by and enjoyed some fresh fudge from the Wigwam Gift Shoppe, which I highly recommend. The 50-km ride from South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island to Tobermory on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula takes about two hours, travels between the islands of the Fathom Five National Marine Park, and passes the Imperial Tower of the Cove Island Lighthouse, making you feel as if you’ve travelled to Nova Scotia even though you are only hours away from the city. Chi-Cheemaun, which I discovered means “Big Canoe” in Ojibwa, is large enough to carry 143 cars and 638 passengers. I had no idea how large this “big” ferry was and was surprised to see a number of transport trucks emerge from its raised nose upon docking. Spots fill up quickly, so if you plan on doing the same, book early. While I am fortunate enough

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...I decided to take advantage of the longest day of the year by scoping out as many beaches as I could...

to have travelled all over the world, I am always amazed at how beautiful and diverse my own province is. One reason why I wanted to visit Tobermory was the Fathom Five National Marine Park, which offers crystal clear water, grottos, and fascinating rock formations known as “Rock Pillars” like Flowerpot Island, not to mention 22 shipwrecks. Once a bustling port, Big Tub Harbour is the deepest natural harbour in the Great Lakes and offered shelter during inclement weather. Old wooden schooners, freighters, and tugboats from as early as the 1800s reside in their final resting places at various depths surprisingly intact due to the frigid temperatures and lack of teredo worms (termites of the sea), which don’t exist in fresh water. These eerie relics serve as reminders of a time when weather forecasting and navigation were far less sophisticated and effective than

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they are today. Visiting the Big Tub Lighthouse helps tell the story of the area, which is rich with nautical history and geographical anomalies. I wandered up the road to have a nice dinner at Bootleggers Cove Pub on the deck overlooking the water as the sun went down. Gorgeous. I then checked in to the “Adventure the Bruce Inn” where I’d be spending the night and was able to drive right up to my room. Before I could even ask, one of the proprietors walked over with a slab of wood for my kick-stand. She pointed at her own Honda Shadow at the back of the parking lot, acknowledging that she and her husband do a fair bit of bike travelling in the off season, so they know what bikers are looking for in accommodations. They were right. The close proximity of my door to the bike was especially helpful the next morning as I retrieved my rain

gear from the saddlebags in the pouring rain. Thankfully, the skies cleared as I made my way to the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Lion’s Head down to Sauble Beach. Not only is Lobby’s Beachfront Restaurant right on the beach, but they also have “Motorcycle Parking Only” signs out front – always good to see. Eager to experience more unique landscapes on my way home, I decided to weave through Thornbury, Collingwood, and over to Wasaga Beach, which I learned is the largest fresh water beach in the world! Tossing the hefty hog around twisty turns down to Flesherton, I felt like I could spend a week exploring all the backcountry roads, but I reluctantly headed back into the city. Although I hadn’t been gone for long, I was truly shocked at the amount of traffic congestion and the aggressive tendencies of drivers that I

hadn’t had to deal with all weekend. It turns out it only took me two days to become acclimatized to the slower, more relaxed pace of life. The Georgian Bay and Grey Bruce regions have much to offer the two-wheeled traveller; wide open roads, genuine hospitality, motorcyclefriendly accommodations, and destinations as welcoming as they are diverse. Whether travelling alone or with a group, the area offers something for everyone. On your next adventure, take the time to discover the regions’ incredibly unique geographic landscapes and fascinating nautical history, you won’t be disappointed. It won’t take long around the water cooler on Monday morning to discover who had the most interesting weekend. For more information, visit www.visitgeorgianbay.com and www.ridegreybruce.com.


How a Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Made Me Human

Proud parents bond with their adult son in the best possible setting ... on the road. By Darrell J. LaFosse Parents can attest to this, regardless of the number of self-help books read and selfproclaimed experts that exist. Sometimes it’s like facing an insurmountable challenge with nothing but good intentions and energy ... tuck your chin into your chest and keep moving forward. You never really have an opportunity to check on your progress until you are either vanquished or victorious. Sometimes you never find out. Life, parenting, and challenges in general are funny like that. Raising a son, and in our case two, with today’s peer pressures

and other distractions, coupled with busy careers, can certainly strain relationships. The normal rebellious teen years seem to sometimes overshadow the important positive influences we bestow on our offspring. I had the good fortune of having my son, Andrew, and his partner, Samantha, meet us in Florida last winter. We were returning home to Nova Scotia after several months in Arizona, where my wife, Sharon, and I toured the southwest on our Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® motorcycle. During Andrew’s visit, we

were going to celebrate his 27th birthday, and for weeks I wrestled with ways to make this date unforgettable for all of us. In my mind, this celebration was important simply because this was the first year in several that we would be together on that date. Andrew was a rider of a Triumph Speed Triple motorcycle, back in his home of Ottawa, and was constantly telling me that I was riding a lounge chair on two wheels, so I made the decision to book a Harley® motorcycle for the three days over his birthday. A quick call to Space Coast Harley-

Davidson® meant a Red Sunglow Road Glide® Ultra motorcycle was set aside for Andrew. Once I broke the news to him, the first challenge was, “How am I going to get there, because I am certainly NOT riding on the back of your bike!” One must realize that my “boy” is 6 feet, 5 inches tall. After much discussion and the usual negotiation, he agreed to ride the 40 kilometres to the Retail Store with me as long as all cameras were safely locked away. So off we went together, to Palm Bay. I could tell in our discussions

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that he was somewhat apprehensive about riding something completely new to him, perhaps double the weight of his own bike. Being under the watchful and sometimes critical eye of his father was doing nothing to ease his concerns. When we arrived at the Retail Store, we encountered very helpful staff who were patient with both of us. With the instructions and paperwork complete, off we went, heading back north to pick up our partners. All the while, I kept checking the rear view mirror to see how he was doing, when suddenly, over the fairing of the big red bike, I could see it ... a huge, ear-to-ear grin! He was riding along Satellite Beach, absolutely beaming. We headed

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directly back home and the girls piled on. Short rides in the general vicinity of Cocoa Beach were in order, simply to make sure everyone was comfortable. At supper that night, even though I had promised myself not to initiate the subject, I asked Andrew how he liked the bike, his response was simply, “Awesome!” Day one ... success. Our second day broke with perfect weather for riding, so we departed early for our trek north, with stops planned in New Smyrna Beach, Daytona, and spots along the National Seashore. The feeling Sharon and I had while riding together with our son was something we will never forget. We had toured over 10,000 kilometres

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on the Ultra Classic® motorcycle this year in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, but they were quickly forgotten and replaced with the joy of seeing our son and Samantha laughing and enjoying the experience of riding that big bike on some of the best roads anywhere. To say that photos were taken would be a gross understatement. Scenes of the white beaches, green foliage, and palm trees with our son’s smile on the bike in the foreground will stay with us forever. After a stop at a deserted, pristine beach on the National Seashore for a swim, we paused to realize how lucky we were. In fact, we all felt like kids playing hooky from the responsibilities of life. It was a

tonic for all of us. Andrew and I joked and teased each other, not like father and son, but for the first time like riding partners. The big bikes had brought us to a common place where opinions and points of view were analyzed, adjusted, and accepted based on experiences and preferences. The next stop was Daytona Beach. After riding on the beach many years ago, I wanted Andrew to experience this “must do” for any rider finding themselves on this world famous stretch of sand: straight down International Speedway Boulevard to the toll booth, then a right turn onto the flat, wide beach. I purposely did not reveal my plan to Andrew

relaxing ride back along the coast with my eldest son in my rear view mirror was a gift for both my head and my heart. The laughter and memories that we had shared together seemed to be the confirmation parents require that your best as a parent was good enough to somehow turn a little boy into a responsible, contributing adult. This feeling was solidified when, some days later, I handed Andrew a photo of us together on Daytona Beach asking him to date and sign the back. Here is what he wrote: “The Old Man and me on Daytona Beach. This was taken just after we all realized that he is, in fact, human. Love Andrew, April, 2012.”


Pins, patches, & memories

A new rider has his eyes opened to the world of living the Harley-Davidson® dream By Larry Culliton I first sat on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle when I was six months old, I have a photo of me sitting on my father’s ride to prove it. My father drove from Kitchener to New Hampshire (all gravel roads) in 1935 to attend a then-new Rally called the Gypsy Tour (a forerunner to the Laconia Rally). I have his 1935 Gypsy Tour pin prominently displayed in my Rally pin showcase. The apple did not fall far from the tree. My wife, Marilyn, and I returned to biking in May 1981, when we started riding short trips to the beach or little nearby towns to visit friends. June 1985 was our first major trip to Florida, and we were blessed with great weather. This was the start of our exploration of North America. Since, we have travelled west over 20 times and east 11 times and have enjoyed nearly all the Provincial parks and National Monuments. We have experienced most driving conditions, such as a sandstorm (more like salt) while travelling from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Grey Bull, Wyoming; a flash hailstorm while travelling over the top of Rocky Mountain National Park; and being forced to stop from heavy side winds in the State of Kansas. The H.O.G.® rallies have become a destination each year. Our first Rally was in Maine and our second was in Marathon, Ontario. These two rallies set the stage for attending two to

five rallies a year. We have now attended over 40 rallies, and made great friends and shared many rides and stories along the way. In 2010, we began collecting Harley-Davidson® Retailer pins, as they were less expensive than T-shirts and without the bulk. All our trips now revolve around the Retailers on our route. We collected 53 pins on our Vancouver trip in 2011. Some of the Retailers were tough to find, and one took us 300 kilometres out of our way. This year we invested in a Harley-Davidson® GPS unit. Needless to say, this has made our search for Retailers so much easier. In late May 2012, we left for Anaheim, California, with three goals in mind: to collect at least 71 Retailer pins, to visit Disney World, and to visit friends in Phoenix, Arizona. The first three days were cold and miserable,

but we were able to get at least five pins daily. The Harley-Davidson® Retailer in Vernal, Utah, recommended that we visit Timpanogos Harley‑Davidson® in Linton, Utah. It turned out to be one of our trip highlights, as it was built from the remains of the bankrupt Geneva steel mill. Turning south to Las Vegas, the temperature now was over 38 degrees Celsius daily. We were sent on the I-15 below St. George to Glendale. The Virgin River Gorge was breathtaking, vertical cliffs three or four times higher than Niagara Falls with plenty of turns and nowhere to stop for pictures. Three days in Vegas, a new front tire, an oil change at Henderson HarleyDavidson®, three Retailers and six H-D® outlets. Marilyn was consistently lucky and left with about $300. The drive from Vegas to Anaheim was

not bad, with temperatures hovering at around 40.5 degrees Celsius. The freeways are a bit intimidating, but we arrived at Disney World safely. At one point on the road, a few kilometres in the distance, we saw a narrow brown column rising hundreds of feet into the sky. When we approached the column, we realized it was nearly 50 feet wide and swirling on the ground, sucking up the red brown dust and sending it skyward but still maintaining a narrow round funnel. We later found out they were called dust devils. We enjoyed Phoenix. They have four-lane highways with the far lane dedicated to cars with passengers and motorcycles. We discovered there are very few cars with passengers, so it allowed us to avoid the traffic. The Durango HarleyDavidson® Retailer sent us on highway No. 160 over Wolf Creek Pass to Alamosa, in the Culebra Mountain Range, to Walsenburg. We have been fortunate to travel through most mountain passes in North America and many in Europe, such as Italy, France, Switzerland, and Austria, but this road was very different. I now have approximately 760 pins mounted and displayed amongst six shadow boxes, collected along our various adventures. I suppose that, if these pins and patches could talk, they would aptly describe my life and lots of good times!

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Q&A with Chuck Kaizer

A chat with O.P.P. Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer By Duarte Pita, Assistant Editor and was winning the overall “King of the Bricks” title in the tournament in Michigan your biggest win to date? Chuck Kaizer: I have been fortunate to attend and participate in several Police motorcycle training and competition events throughout the United States and Canada. These events provide an optimal environment for Police motorcycle officers to measure our riding skills. We expose ourselves to the latest equipment available, including new training methodologies. Events are an excellent forum for our profession to share best practices. Winning the “Bikes on the Bricks” Police Motorcycle Competition in Flint was certainly a fantastic culmination for this yearʼs riding season. Ontario Provincial Police Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer, of the Ottawa detachment, turned some heads at the recent “Bikes on the Bricks” motorcycle police competition in Michigan State in September, where he rode to the overall title in the obstacle and skill course test. HOG® Magazine Canada had a chance to catch up with Mr. Kaizer and ask how he learned to manoeuvre his 800-pound Harley-Davidson® motorcycle with such ease and efficiency.

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How long have you been riding motorcycles, and how long have you been a team member of the OPC/Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada Police Motorcycle Training Squad? Chuck Kaizer: I used to race

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motocross as a kid until the age of 16. I have been riding on the street (Police motorcycles only – I have never owned my own street bike) since 1997 and received my Police motorcycle training with the OPP in Orillia. I have only just joined the OPC/Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada Police Motorcycle Training Squad earlier this year, but I have been connected and affiliated with the program for some time now, as the OPC/ Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada Police Motorcycle Training Program has supported the Great Lakes Police Motorcycle Training Seminar where I sit on the organizing committee.

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What model of HarleyDavidson® motorcycle does the team ride, and how is the handling and performance of the motorcycle through the different course obstacles? Chuck Kaizer: The OPC/Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada Police Motorcycle Training Program is currently using 2011 Harley-Davidson® Police FLHP Road King® motorcycles. This model, along with the Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® model, have proved to be excellent motorcycles for police operations. They are agile and manoeuvrable through tight confines, whether that be a congested intersection in an urban setting or on a Police motorcycle training competition ground. They also have the performance to

perform a dignitary escort at high speed if necessary. They stand up to the rigors of basic motorcycle training and are well acclimated to fleet operations.

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What would be your #1 advice to other motorcyclists with respect to safety on the road? Chuck Kaizer: I would encourage all motorcyclists to practice their fundamental (and life-saving) skills of proper braking, counter-steering, and curve negotiation. But if I had to pick one thing, I would say eye-lead. If you practice good eye-lead, you can identify many of the threats and hazards to motorcyclists before they require emergency action and can take the necessary steps to avoid or mitigate them. Bottom line: practice, practice, practice. Additionally, if riders have an opportunity to participate in any formal rider training, they should do so. Deeley HarleyDavidson® Canada currently offers Riderʼs Edge® Skilled Rider Course training at select authorized Canadian HarleyDavidson® Retail Stores in Canada and will be continuing to expand the program in 2013. I am one of only three certified Rider’s Edge® instructors in Canada. For further information on Riderʼs Edge® Canada (including if you are interested in applying to become an instructor training candidate yourself), please contact Karen Mayberry, Manager, Marketing Projects, and the General Manager of Rider’s Edge® Canada at Deeley HarleyDavidson® Canada.


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