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THE LET IT RIDE ISSUE

速 RIDING LAKE SUPERIOR / LIFE. DEATH. BAJA. / 2014 LOW RIDER / THE FINE ART OF CUSTOMIZING 速 速 THE ALL-NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPERLOW 1200T MOTORCYCLE / 2014 RALLY RIDES / THE GOLDEN LANE RULE


ONLY DIRT COVERS MORE GROUND.

The all-new Road King ®

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It took unprecedented rider input and countless miles of road tests. But now, the feeling that comes from being in the saddle is so strong that, if it wasn’t for the new Reflex® linked brakes with ABS, you might not ever be able to stop. Introducing Project RUSHMORE and the next Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Built by all of us, for all of us.

To book your personal test ride today, visit harleycanada.com/testride 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.


HEAR NO EVIL.

The all-new Street Glide® Special

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You’re looking at the first fully integrated motorcycle audio, GPS and phone system that works by touchscreen or voice command. Tell it to play a song, find gas, or ignore the boss’s call. You don’t need any interruptions when you’re answering the call of the road. Introducing Project RUSHMORE and the next Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Built by all of us, for all of us.

To book your personal test ride today, visit harleycanada.com/testride ©2013 H-D or its affiliates. H-D, Harley, Harley-Davidson and the Bar & Shield logo are among the trademarks of H-D U.S.A., LLC.

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Departments 6

WELCOME NOTE Dust Off the Cobwebs ... and Just Ride, Baby!

EDITOR’S NOTE & INTAKE 7

Letters from Members.

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BACKSTAGE

Pimp My Ride.

11 FRONT SHOP 12 News NYC, Vietnam opens shop. H.O.G.® Pin stops.

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Pitstop The Golden Lane Rule – When to obey it. When to break it.

The Fine Art of Customizing – Adding your own special touch to your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

16 Backstory Dirt Track Racers.

51 Rally Rides 2014 U.S. State H.O.G.® Rallies.

18 Gallery A Bit of Everything from Our Readers.

2014 Canadian National H.O.G.® Rally Registration Form.

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Gear Boom!™ Shake the room. Up-spec your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riding soundtrack.

On the cover: 2014 Dyna® Low RiderTM

58 Riding Stories Trial by error.

All roads lead to Rome.

Leather isn’t just a fashion statement. 64 Archives Behind the scenes of the Project RUSHMORE exhibit. 66 Exhaust Harley-Davidson® Softail® motorcycle draws couple together.

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CONTENTS /

SPRING 2014

Features 22 THE LOW RIDER®

MOTORCYCLE IS A REAL GOER

By Matt King

26 SUPERIOR CIRCUMNAVIGATION If a ride around the big lake isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. By Dustin A. Woods 32

LIFE. DEATH. BAJA. A change of scenery leads to a radically altered life. By Simon Bois. Photography by Don Kates / Shooters Images

38 THE STRANGE PULL The all-new Harley- Davidson® SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle is an easy-riding cruiser. By Amanda Lee. Photography by Wes Allison & Amanda Lee

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WELCOME / SPRING 2014 “THE WAY TO GET STARTED IS TO QUIT TALKING AND BEGIN DOING.”  – WALT DISNEY

“You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” – Robert Pirsig HOG® MAGAZINE CANADA IS PUBLISHED BY THE HARLEY OWNERS GROUP® CANADA

SEND US YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO: EDITOR@HOGCANADA.CA HOGMAGAZINECANADA.CA HOG® MAGAZINE CANADA FEATURES SOME CONTENT FROM THE US EDITION OF HOG® MAGAZINE, UK AND AUSTRALIAN EDITIONS OF HOG® MAGAZINE.

THE CANADIAN EDITION IS PUBLISHED BY:

DUST OFF THE COBWEBS ... AND JUST RIDE, BABY! SPRING. Leaves return to the trees, birds come back home from the South, and thoughts of the open road beckon. But before you can feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, your motorcycle needs some TLC from its annual hibernation. This is normally done by dusting off the cobwebs, bringing out the bucket and hose, and giving your bike a good ol’ fashioned wash and wax. More importantly, you will also want to make sure that it is mechanically sound and ready to go! The best way to ensure you are ready to rock and ride is to count on your authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retail Store to bring your bike up to speed (no pun intended!) for your new season of adventure. Although you may have been tinkering with your own wrenches for many years, your H-D® certified team have more experience, training, and tools than all of us combined! As good as you treat your bike, I bet they still do the best job of keeping it in proper shape. This is also the perfect time of year to start planning your next adventures for the upcoming riding season. The “IT’S EXCITING AND FUN best way to stimulate this thought process, of course, is to review all the upcoming events for 2014. And right on TO ARRIVE AT A PLANNED cue, this issue has all of the info you need. These include EVENT TO SEE ANYWHERE the 2014 Regional, Provincial, and Canadian National Rally FROM 50 TO 1500 OTHER information (see pages 51 and 54), upcoming Canada Pin HARLEY-DAVIDSON® Stops (see page 14), and U.S. State Rally dates (see page 52). This should be enough to get your creative activity RIDERS ... ” calendars started and your travelling juices flowing! It’s exciting and fun to arrive at a planned event to see anywhere from 50 to 1,500 other Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders, who are all there to share a similar experience. After all, it is all about the experience, friendship, camaraderie, fun, and of course the riding. Take a personal moment to reflect on the reason why you love to ride – whether it’s the feeling of flying or the freedom from cages, the camaraderie of other riders or connecting to a machine so completely that it seems to disappear beneath you. Perhaps Robert Pirsig said it best in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: “You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” - Gina McNeil

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GINA MCNEIL MANAGER, ENTHUSIAST SERVICES DUARTE PITA EDITOR SCOTT CLARK PRODUCTION TERESA COLUSSI COMMUNICATIONS BRAD JANDREW DIRECTOR OF MARKETING PRODUCTION, DESIGN & SALES BY

WWW.FRESHAIRPUBLISHING.CA GORDIE BOWLES PRODUCTION KAT MORGENROTH DESIGN DON CAMERON DESIGN FRENCH TYLER HUNT WEB DESIGNER PAUL SOLOVYOV IT PROGRAMMER 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 statements you make, for publication in HOG® Magazine Canada or for posting on 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 membership 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. ©2014 H-D or its affiliates. H-D, Harley, Harley-Davidson and the bar & shield logo are among the trademarks of H-D U.S.A., LLC. Printed in Canada.


EDITOR’S NOTE + INTAKE / SPRING 2014 LETTERS FROM OUR MEMBERS

Editor’s Note

NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION

Question of the day: Where will the revolution of your tires take you this New Year?

As you plan your riding itinerary for 2014, consider a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, or for many (based on the stories I receive), a repeat of an unforgettable trip. As Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders, we don’t settle for the mundane. Even on the most familiar of commutes, every day presents us with new situations, new variables, new emotions. But it’s when we really cut loose and push ourselves outside of our perceived comfort zone that the most spectacular experiences tend to happen. We all love the rush of freedom we get from finding a new favourite road, or from the awestruck looks on the faces of passers-by as we rumble on through. So why not make 2014 the year of unforgettable road trips? The 2014 H.O.G.® Touring Handbook is a great place to start; it contains the most current H-D® Retailer locations, featured scenic rides, and motorcycle laws for all of North America. If HOG® Magazine Canada isn’t enough inspiration, you can always visit The Great Rides Directory on www.hogmagazinecanada.ca, where we pinpoint various stops along some of the roads most travelled by our fellow H.O.G.® members. While you are all out there creating life-long memories on your hogs, please consider sharing those experiences by submitting an article to HOG® Magazine Canada along with some great photos, for which you will receive a newly minted H.O.G.® Staff Photographer Pin (see page 65 for details). Ride long, ride safe, but most importantly … ride! Duarte Pita Editor, HOG ® Magazine Canada

LET’S GO ARGOS

they will get it back in 2014!

I found the article by Dustin Woods, “Destination Distillery District” in the Fall 2013 edition of HOG® Magazine Canada, a wonderful read, as it reminded me what a wonderful city I’m fortunate enough to live just to the north of, and sadly don’t visit often enough. The Distillery District is definitely an area of the city that everyone should make a point of exploring, and I must get back there soon to enjoy it again. However, it is abundantly clear that Dustin is NOT a football fan, and I’m certain that many fans like myself took exception to his misinformed comment, “how to overhaul each and every one of our losing professional sports franchises.” The Toronto Argonauts have won the Grey Cup championship a record 16 times, most recently in 2012, and although they missed their opportunity in 2013, I’m certain

Mike Gorman Sharon, Ontario

STAY DRY, STAY SAFE In the Winter 2014 edition of HOG® Magazine Canada, Becky Tillman writes in “Easy Does It”, “… you may not mind your jeans getting a little wet if it’s warm out.” I have a friend who got caught in the rain on his way home from work and decided to continue without donning his rain gear. He came to a stop in traffic and put his feet down. When one wet leg got too close to the exhaust pipe, he received a severe steam burn in an instant. This might be a good safety tip to pass on to fellow riders – wet pants and hot pipes don’t mix!

when the rain starts: your hands! It’s very difficult to ride when your hands are cold and begin to hurt. If you don’t have waterproof gloves, a pair of latex or nitrile gloves under regular gloves will work in a pinch. Always carry more than a single pair because your riding buddies will want some when they see you wearing them.

annually to Europe on business, but I always make an effort to rent a motorcycle even for as little as a day to simply take in the scenery and fresh air. The rental process is always simple, the dealers are always friendly and helpful, and in most locations, the riding gear is included! Sent anonymously via email

P. McMilin Sent via email

EUROBOUND RENTALS After reading the article “Dream to Ride, Ride to Dream” in the Winter 2014 edition of HOG® Magazine Canada, I couldn’t help but write in to say that I too have encountered nothing but great experiences with all my rentals. I travel

W. Droom Sent via email

EASY DOES IT In “Easy Does It,” there’s no mention of what first gets wet

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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PIMP MY RIDE Customizing your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is all about fit, function, style, and performance. From the bars, to the seat, to the back tire, H-D1™ Customization allows riders to design a personal fit and style ride to reflect their body type, style, and attitude. See page 48 for more on the fine art of customizing your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

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

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Take Our Rewards for a Test Ride Best Western® has been known for many years as the heart and soul of Canadian hospitality and travel. We care about what riders want in a hotel - that’s why we created our free Best Western Ride Rewards® program designed for Harley-Davidson® enthusiasts. H.O.G.® members are automatically upgraded to Platinum Elite status, so you’ll earn free nights even faster. Staying with us allows you the freedom to ride across the country to over 100 Rider-Friendly® hotels in Canada*, so you’re sure to find a Best Western that’s right for your ride. We invite you to Stay with people who careSM and start earning your rewards.

Enroll & Book Today | BWrider.com | 1.888.BW2BIKE * Numbers are approximate and may fluctuate. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western International, Inc. ©2013 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved. Harley-Davidson, H-D, the Bar and Shield logo and H.O.G. are among the trademarks of H-D U.S.A., LLC. Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated.


FRONT SHOP/ NEWS

SPRING 2014

NYC, Vietnam opens shop. H.O.G.速 Pin stops.

BACKSTORY Dirt Track Racers

GALLERY

A Bit of Everything from Our Readers

Photography by Dan Lim.

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North America

Vietnam

Australia

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK – HARLEYDAVIDSON® OF NYC The huge new HarleyDavidson® of NYC flagship showroom took vision. Architect Sean Karns of Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture has blown out the old David Z. shoe store, adding massive windows along Broadway and White, a motorcycle lift that runs between the ground floor and the floor below, a dramatic central elevator, and a coffee bar in front. The total space is 17,000 square feet, and yet it almost feels bigger. While there’s another HarleyDavidson® of NYC showroom in Long Island City, Manhattan has been without one for quite some time, since when someone other than Avi Jacobi owned the dealership. While this showroom is definitely about the bikes – some models are available here

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and nowhere else, and you can “design your own” bike on touch-screen kiosks – it’s also about Harley-Davidson® merchandise, from helmets to jackets, t-shirts, accessories, and teddy bears. Even bikers need a cuddle now and then. nycharleydavidson.com

HARLEY-DAVIDSON OPENS FIRST VIETNAM SHOWROOM The iconic Harley-Davidson® motorcycle was first made popular in Vietnam in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) during the American war in the 1960s. Recently the bike has become a serious favourite on Hanoi streets. Today, the showroom

in the Phu My Hung District 7 urban area of Ho Chi Minh City displays 27 variations of five motorcycle models – the Sportster®, Dyna®, Softail®, VRSC™, Touring, and Custom Vehicle Operations™. Vietnam opened its market to motorcycles of over 150 cc in 2008. However, the issuing of driving licences for large motorcycles has been very limited, a situation which will change beginning March 1, 2014. The Ministry of Transport has removed regulations on providing special A2 licences for motorbikes with an engine capacity of more than 175 cc. This licence was previously limited to specific applicants, typically police officers, military personnel, and motorsport athletes. vietnam.net

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® NATIONS: CANADA VS. AUSTRALIA

Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is once again partnering with the UFC® as proud sponsor of The Ultimate Fighter® Nations: Canada vs. Australia, presented by Xbox One. The series, which began airing in January, pits up-andcoming MMA fighters from Canada and Australia against one another in a showdown to determine who is The Ultimate


Fighter. The winner will be rewarded with a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®). “If guys thought fighting in the toughest tournament on television was hard, imagine how they feel doing it with a whole country on their shoulders,” said UFC® President Dana White. Filmed just north of Montréal, the series will feature 12 episodes, airing Wednesdays, with each episode’s winner advancing in the single elimination tournament, culminating in a three-hour finale. Team Canada is coached by UFC® veteran Patrick Côté, a native of Rimouski, Quebec, who had a successful nine-year career in the UFC®, including a title fight against middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Team Australia is coached by another UFC® veteran, Kyle Noke.

“AS THE ONLY MOTORCYCLES WORTHY OF BEING INSIDE THE OCTAGON...” “As the only motorcycles worthy of being inside the Octogone®, Harley-Davidson® is proud of our association with the UFC and TUF Nations and as a Brand built around fulfilling dreams of personal freedom, we are excited to help launch the career of one of these young MMA fighters,” explained Brad Jandrew, Marketing Director, Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada.

MOVEMBER 2013: A LITTLE HAIRY ... AMPLE SUPPORT Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada has joined forces with Movember to help change the face of men’s health. As one of two major partners of this worthy cause, ambitious goals were set for this year’s campaign. The response from H.O.G.® members, Retailers, Associates, families, and friends has been incredible! The campaign launched in October 2013 with the inaugural Legends Grow Ride in support of Movember, with rides taking place from coast-to-coast. By the end of the campaign the Harley-Davidson® network across Canada included the participation of 585 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. Together, this group, along with the corporate contribution of Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, has helped to raise over $220,000. Overall, the Harley-Davidson® network ranked 9th in Canada. Once again this year, Canadians’ support of Movember was unmatched. Canadians have raised over $31 million at press time, the most of any country. As a major partner, Deeley HarleyDavidson® Canada was involved in sponsoring several key Movember prizes, including the $100 draw for a 2014 Harley-Davidson® Fat Bob® motorcycle. It appears that the Harley-Davidson®

motorcycle has found a deserving home with this year’s winner, Ryan Parnell, who captained the Team Telus Mo Bros. Having lost three family members to prostate cancer, Movember is a cause that resonates deeply with Ryan. “I’ve been involved with Movember for eight years, and I know that the conversations I’ve had and support I’ve received from my colleagues, family, and friends has made a real difference.” Ryan’s team raised almost $9,000, with Ryan contributing just over $1,100 to that total. Congratulations Ryan – you are a true legend!

By Taso Mascalidis, Senior Manager, Advertising and Promotions

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8TH EDITION OF IFRD GEARING-UP TO SHAKE GLOBAL ROADS By Vicki Gray This year marks a special edition of International Female Ride Day© – the 8th globally synchronized ride will occur on a Saturday (May 3) for the first time since its introduction. The theme remains the same – inviting women to participate on their motorcycle and “Just Ride”, taking part in this unique worldwide action. The event celebrates and promotes female motorcyclists of all ages, forms, and styles of motorcycling, while creating awareness and encouraging others to take up the handlebars.

International Female Ride Day© has evolved into a globally recognized symbol of camaraderie and enthusiasm shared by women riders through the activity of motorcycling. Its theme, “Just Ride©”, has seamlessly merged the planet’s cultures, customs, and languages into this unique, empowering ride activity for women riders. The decision to move the event to a Saturday will certainly triple activities and participation. And since the beginning, H.O.G.® members around the world have represented the event in impressive numbers. Visit motoress.com/femalerideday.asp for more details.

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GO ANYWHERE ... WITH YOUR HARLEY-DAVIDSON® MOTORCYCLE! MOTORCYCLE SHIPPING NOW AVAILABLE IN CANADA TO FULL AND FULL-LIFE MEMBERS ONLY.

2014 H.O.G.® CANADA PIN STOPS

H.O.G.® members can pick up a free commemorative pin and chat with H.O.G.® Canada staff at selected motorcycle events. You must be a national H.O.G.® member with a valid membership card and visit our pin distribution area during the stated hours for the event.

The stress-free way to ship your bike almost anywhere in the world! Whether you’re taking a riding vacation, attending a Rally, or relocating, H.O.G.® gives you the options to safely and affordably transport your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. But you will need to be sure to take the steps to clear customs regulations.

life H.O.G.® members who need to ship their Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Your uncrated motorcycle can be shipped anywhere within Canada, the continental U.S., and Hawaii (Honolulu), with no additional charges for crating. Contact Federal Motorcycle Transport for your next vacation, Rally, or when buying and/or selling your motorcycle – they can help!

SHIPPING WITHIN CANADA, THE USA, AND HAWAII Federal Motorcycle Transport, an agent for STI, one of the leading transportation companies in America, offers special rates to full and full

MOTORCYCLE SHIPPING OUTSIDE OF CANADA AND THE USA Federal Motorcycle Transport can also arrange the transportation of your motorcycle outside of Canada

and the USA and are able to arrange one-way or roundtrip transportation of your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle to wherever your final destination may be. Federal operates both ocean and air freight services. For information or to arrange transportation of your HarleyDavidson® motorcycle, and to inquire about the services and rates available to H.O.G.® members, simply contact Federal Motorcycle Transport at 1 866.848.5089 (toll free within Canada and the U.S.); 309.694.4500, ext. 2217 (outside Canada and the U.S./local calls); visit funtransport.com or email jennifer.gibbs@federalcos.com.

DATES: PD 13 Port Dover, Ontario June 13, 2014 9:00 am to 4:00 pm www.pd13.com BIKER’S REUNION New Liskeard, Ontario June 27 to 29, 2014 10:00 am to 6:00 pm www.bikersreunion.ca WHARF RAT RALLY Digby, Nova Scotia August 27 to 31, 2014 10:00 am to 6:00 pm www.wharfratrally.com

HARLEY® ON SCREEN Harley-Davidson® Softail® Custom model, in See Spot Run, Movie, 2001 H-D® Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® model, in Larry Crowne, Movie, 2011 H-D® Police Electra Glide® model, in Olympus Has Fallen, Movie, 2013 H-D® V-Rod Muscle® model, in Iron Man 3, Movie, 2013

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KEEP FIRING ON BOTH CYLINDERS. RENEW YOUR H.O.G.速 MEMBERSHIP. AND GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE. Get the full-on, thundering Harley-Davidson速 experience with exclusive rides, a network of like-minded independents and a bunch of other perks that help you get every last towncruising rumble out of your Harley-Davidson速 motorcycle. RENEW TODAY AT HOG.COM/RENEW. 息2014 H-D or its affiliates. H-D, Harley, Harley-Davidson, H.O.G. Harley Owners Group, and the Bar & Shield logo are among the trademarks of H-D U.S.A., LLC.


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DIRT TRACK RACERS

Harley-Davidson速 dirt track racer Jimmy Chann wins the first of three consecutive AMA Grand National Championships in 1947. From left to right: Lee Anthony (23), John E. Harley (in hat), Jimmy Chann (16), Billy Huber (7).

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

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Karen Palmer and Rick Gibson from Kamloops, B.C., taking a break off of Highway 5A near Aspen Grove, B.C., Summer 2013.

Linda Fredette from Gatineau, Quebec, on her way to Howe Island (located in the Saint Lawrence River) for a picnic.

John Stefanski’s daughter Sarah next to his 2003 Super Glide® motorcycle during the Niagara Ride for Dad on June 1, 2013, in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

He might have given away his daughter, but he’ll never give away his Harley® motorcycle. Tim Dirks and Nikki Tell from Lockport, Manitoba.

Steve Moyer from Windsor, Ontario, on the Tail of the Dragon (Tennessee) in July, 2012.

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Milos Avramovic’s little Yorkshire terrier named Jopy (pronounced yorpy) during the annual Toy Run in Oct., 2013, in Coquitlam, B.C.

Mike Smith from Prince George, B.C., on his 2012 Electra Glide® Ultra Limited while riding through Wyoming in August, 2012.

Cindy Lou Tache from St. Catherines, Ont., on a 2013 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Softail™ Classic motorcycle in July, 2013.

Mark Tobin from Newfoundland, with his 2006 Screamin’ Eagle® motorcycle, in St. Philip’s, Newfoundland.

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The Bow Valley Chapter with a recently restored Lancaster Bomber one of four in the world with complete running engines.

Luc Quenneville from Surrey, B.C., at Rugby, North Dakota, in August, 2013.

Keith Norris from Waterloo, Ontario, alongside his 2011 Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide® Ultra Limited motorcycle.

Melody Mercier and Brian Duff from Kemptville, Ontario, happy to showcase their vanity plates.

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The Milton Chapter stopping for lunch at Harleys Pub & Perk in Mildmay, Ontario.

Stephane Valois from Calixa-Lavallée, Quebec, and friends on a road trip to Burlington, Vermont, in November, 2012.

John Varga’s bike, from Hamilton, Ontario, a 2010 Harley-Davidson® Wide Glide® motorcycle.

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Take a little trip with me. It was 1977. Disco was hot, and bell-bottoms were the in thing. Harley-Davidson Motor Company was more than halfway through its tumultuous relationship with AMF, and times were tough – especially for the automotive and manufacturing sectors and for gritty rust-belt towns like Milwaukee. And then, along came the Low Rider® motorcycle.

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lthough Harley-Davidson had invented the Factory custom concept a few years earlier with the Super Glide® motorcycle, which married the narrow front end of the Sportster® model with the beefy chassis and Big Twin engine of the FL family, the styling of that model’s original fibreglass boat tail seat and fender was somewhat polarizing. But when the Low Rider® motorcycle hit the scene with its blacked-out engine, slim 3.5-gallon fuel tank, drag bars, low two-up seat, 9-spoke mag wheels, and signature slash-cut two-into-one exhaust, it quickly became a top-selling model. The Super Glide® motorcycle is the bike that launched the Factory custom segment, but the Low Rider® motorcycle made it a sales success. The Low Rider® motorcycle soldiered on in the Harley-Davidson® lineup for the next three decades, retaining many of its signature style cues, and of course, its key feature: the low-slung seat that makes the rider feel as if he’s sitting in the bike, rather than on it. In 2009, the Low Rider® model was dropped from the lineup, but now it’s back in a form that pays full homage to its roots as a low, lean hot rod cruiser that knows every street. Many key style features of the original 1977 FXS Low Rider® model are back too, including the two-into-one collector exhaust, chunky cast-aluminum wheels, wrinkle-black console, eyebrow over the headlamp, and black cut-outs on the rear fender struts. Even the pattern on the seat upholstery is a throwback.

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RISE TO THE CHALLENGE

The Low Rider® motorcycle’s adjustable risers can be adjusted through a 2.4-inch range to fit a wide variety of riders.

The Dyna® platform has always represented Big Twin performance within the Harley-Davidson® line. To secure that heritage, the new Low Rider® model is equipped with dual front disc brakes, a throaty exhaust tone, stacked console-mounted speedometer and tachometer, and re-calibrated suspension. And nestled in the frame is a black and chrome Twin Cam 103™ powertrain that packs a punch. The Low Rider® motorcycle is a bike that will be ridden hard and parked dirty, a bike for the kind of rider who heads out for the weekend with just a bedroll and a wad of cash. With its low seat height, the Low Rider® model was also popular for shorter-statured Customers who wanted to experience the power and performance of a Big Twin model. An important goal with the new Low Rider® model was to expand that comfort envelope to accommodate the widest possible range of riders without requiring the purchase of accessories – the 5’1” to 6’1” (155-185 cm) tall target represents riders ranging in size from the fiftieth percentile of Japanese women to the ninety-fifth percentile of American men. Getting there required some intense application of the science of ergonomics. Three key features make it possible for so many riders to enjoy a comfortable fit on the Low Rider:

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> Adjustable Riser: The handlebar can be adjusted through 2.4 inches of range, to not only reach the controls, but reach them in comfort. > Footpeg Location: The footpegs are located 2 inches forward compared to their location on the current Dyna® Super Glide® motorcycle, a position that provides the best combination of rider comfort and cornering control. This also makes it easier for many riders to place their feet on the ground. > Two-position Seat: The new seat comes with a removable bolster that positions the rider 1.5 inches further forward. It can be removed easily and leaves behind an attractive seat with standard ergonomics. Inspired by the mag wheels of the original FXS, the new model’s cast-aluminum split 5-spoke wheels feature a deep black finish

and machined highlights. These wheels are standard in North America, with laced wheels offered as a Factory-installed option (laced wheels will be standard in some export markets). A new two-tone paint scheme is topped with a bold Harley-Davidson® tank graphic; the seat has a modern perforated cover stitched in that classic pattern. Contrasting chrome and black highlights on the fender struts and battery box, wheels, eyebrow and headlamp shell, and engine complete the retro styling theme. A grenade-style ignition switch is an additional cool feature. With a starting price of $17,429 the new Low Rider® motorcycle brings an icon back to the Harley Davidson® lineup in an affordable package that makes it one to meet. For more information on the new 2014 Low Rider® motorcycle, visit h-d.com/lowrider.


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henever and wherever riding enthusiasts congregate and discuss the best places to ride, the old standards like the Pacific Coast Highway, Cabot Trail, and Deals Gap often come up. Lately I started to hear more and more about another one right here in my own backyard that had me intrigued – the Lake Superior Circle Tour. The subject of perhaps the most famous Canadian ballad of all time, Gordon Lightfoot’s song about an ill-fated ship named the Edmund Fitzgerald and its 29 crew members, warns of the peril such a treacherous body of water can hold. Measuring 82,103 square kilometres, it is the largest fresh water lake in the world and reaches 1,333 feet at its deepest point. While she can be vengeful when angry and tormented, she is also a source of unparalleled beauty. Spanning thousands of kilometres through three states and one heck of a big province, I was most certainly interested. But it would take some planning and most of all, time. After deciding to take a much needed vacation and to ride a 2013 Electra Glide® motorcycle rather than fly to the recent 110th Anniversay celebrations of Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Milwaukee, I used the opportunity to tack on another week and take the long way home.

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ollowing the fury of partying for five consecutive days and nights with over 100,000 fellow bikers at the Harley-Davidson homecoming, I was relieved that the rest of my trip would be done solo so that I could finally get some rest and relaxation. I left Milwaukee on Interstate 43 North, heading towards Green Bay. I basically carried on dead straight for hours before continuing up 41 to the town of Houghton for dinner at Quincy’s Restaurant and sweet slumber at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn. Thankfully the Inn has covered bike parking, since there was frost overnight. Houghton is a quaint little college town with lots of coffee shops and no shortage of night life options for those with enough energy to stay up past 10:00 pm after a long day of riding in the rain. The next morning, I headed up to Calumet, an area that was once the booming epicentre of the copper industry. However, once the resources dried up, so too did

the economy, and its residents vanished. It would have become just another ghost town, but it has since been named a National Historic Landmark District and now houses gift shops, restaurants, and a small but fascinating museum that chronicles the steep boom and bust the area experienced. Not only was I eager to visit Calumet, partly for the stark backdrop for pictures of the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, but also I couldn’t wait to visit the roads that lie just beyond the dilapidated hamlet I’d heard so much about. Free of stop signs, side streets, and traffic, Highway 41 winds its way up to Copper Harbor in a more entertaining fashion than I’ve experienced on some racetracks. Once at the Northern tip of the Upper Peninsula, I traversed Highway 26 West over to Eagle Harbor where the roads become slightly rougher, but no less entertaining, and with better scenery. Massive waves crashing against the rocky shores of the Upper Peninsula hint at the fierce nature and overwhelmingly

I don’t like doing the same thing over and over. I like some edge to feel alive. So when an invitation to ride the Baja peninsula hit the desk of my comfortable but stale office – where the view consists of four walls and my HarleyDavidson motorcycle, parked – it got my attention.

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dangerous power of the vast expanse of fresh water. Remote and virtually uninhabited, the area is a source of nearly unfathomable beauty. But is also unforgiving and unpredictable. The weather can turn quickly and often does, as I experienced. The wind kicked up and brought with it cooler temperatures and thick black clouds that began to release their precipitation with unbridled ferocity within what seemed like minutes. After battling rain, wind, and singledigit temperatures most of the afternoon, the sun appeared and the mercury rose dramatically as I approached Canal Park Lodge in Duluth, Minnesota, where I would be spending the evening. On this revitalized and reinvigorated strip, any given night in the summer months is like a classic car show of exceptional quality. This particular September night, I saw a handful of vintage Corvettes, a Chevelle SS, a Gran Torino, several Mustangs, a chopped and stripped

“Long after the trip is over I can still recall the vivid scenery and the magnificent landscapes in my mind before I go to sleep, all mated to the rumbling soundtrack of a throaty V-Twin.” rat rod, and plenty of motorcycles of all kinds. That evening I tipped a couple pints at the Canal Park Brewing Company with Dennis Kachelmyer, president of the Harley-Davidson® Sport Center, who personally came to welcome me to the area. “Welcome to the big lake,” said Kachelmyer when I explained the fast and furious weather fluctuation I’d experienced. “Things can change quickly, so you’ve got to be prepared for it.” The next morning, Kachelmyer, the second generation owner of the Store, which is now in its 62nd year of business, showed me around his world-class facility.

The purpose-built dealership serves as a monument to the rich legacy of motorcycling in his family, along with the colourful cast of characters they have met along the way. This cast includes regular visitor Larry Bartlett, who I was fortunate enough to meet in person. Recovering from bladder cancer for the second time and in his 70s – he generally logs around 150,000 kilometres a year – Larry was out riding the day after surgery. “I was at the 100th and

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“After battling rain, wind, and single-digit temperatures most of the afternoon, the sun appeared and the mercury rose dramatically as I approached Canal Park Lodge in Duluth.”

105th Harley-Davidson® celebrations and was so upset I couldn’t make the 110th, but it conflicted with my surgery and I couldn’t reschedule,” said the near octogenarian as he gingerly swung a leg over his Heritage Softail™ Classic motorcycle, which was impeccably maintained but had clearly been put through its paces. I suggested that perhaps I’d see him at the 115th celebration, to which he responded with a sly grin, “You sure will!” Kachelmyer and his lovely wife Suzanne took time out of their busy schedules to show me some of their favourite roads in the area, of which there are many. Touring up to the top of the mountain on sweeping curves, the roads provide views of spectacular vistas, particularly from the Enger Observation Tower, which has stood valiantly atop the hill overlooking Duluth since 1939. Parting ways, I continued along the North Shore on Highway 61, stopping at the Split Rock Lighthouse, which began construction shortly after a particularly treacherous storm was responsible for the

Remote and virtually uninhabited, the area is a source of nearly unfathomable beauty. But is also unforgiving and unpredictable.

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loss of 29 ships. When it opened in 1910, it was the most remote lighthouse on the Great Lakes and wasn’t accessible by road so materials had to be raised up the 130 foot cliff. I stopped a little further up the road for lunch at the Lutsen Resort, as it happens to reside roughly halfway between Duluth and Thunder Bay in addition to coming highly recommended. For this reason H.O.G.® Chapters from the aforementioned cities have congregated there for a gathering they coined, “Meet in the Middle,” while also being drawn by the beautiful scenery and delicious food. Crossing over the border into Canada, I was met with wide open roads, which were more entertaining and less inhabited, so I had to be particularly vigilant of monitoring my speed as I returned to civilization, making my way to Bight Restaurant for dinner. Located within the Winter Garden Pavilion on Prince Arthur’s Landing, the restaurant offers incredible food on the waterfront which has been the prime focus of a multi-million dollar rejuvenation project to reconnect the city with the working harbour. I circled the block several times before managing to find the McVicar Manor Bed & Breakfast where I would be spending the night. This place is truly a hidden diamond in the rough. Residing on a full acre of beautiful property that takes up an entire city block in downtown Thunder Bay, most locals don’t even know the centuryold mansion exists and I’m glad they don’t. Proprietors Tom and Dorothy are friendly, accommodating, and incredibly hospitable, the lodging is a solid five stars, and the food was as good, if not better, than you would experience in most restaurants. I always make a point of stopping by the Terry Fox memorial that overlooks the city of Thunder Bay. Terry ran for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres in his Marathon of Hope, on one leg, but was forced to stop near Thunder Bay. It never fails to put life into perspective. That day had me riding the Trans-Canada Highway to Wawa where I once again experienced a full traffic-free day, street lights, and thankfully, wildlife. Every rider knows the hassle of having to unpack your bike in the evening after a

long day on the road, or pack up in the morning when your hotel room is too far away. The Wawa Motor Inn hosts bikers in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter, so they are familiar with this plight. Their main rooms have dual access into the hotel and the parking lot and their cabins, overlooking the golf course, all allow you to park your pride-and-joy right outside your door. They even provide extra towels intended specifically for cleaning your machine, presumably because they’re tired of patrons ruining their good ones but it is a valuable service nonetheless. Young’s General Store is directly across the street, and combines everything from grocery store to gas station, bait, and gift shop. It also happens to feature the best summer sausage I’ve ever had in my life; my mouth is watering even just thinking about it now. And yes, I saw the goose. On most road trips, the rest stops you encounter along the way merely offer picnic tables or bathroom facilities, but on the stretch of road between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie you don’t want to miss stopping at a single one as they each offer a unique and inspiring view. Witnessing the majestic splendor of the Aguasabon Falls

requires a short walk but is well worth it. Wrapping up the Big Lake portion of my ride, I crossed back into Sault Ste. Marie, which makes for a great home-base from which to take numerous day trips and explore some incredible roads that rival the best you’ll find anywhere. Coming from a long line of pilots, I always make a point of visiting the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, which has some impressive hardware and interactive displays. I spent the last night of my epic journey at the Carolyn Beach Motor Inn located in Thessalon, Ontario. Two weeks on two wheels is for me what most people experience from a weekend at the spa – a feeling of balance and pure relaxation. Long after the trip is over I can still recall the vivid scenery and the magnificent landscapes in my mind before I go to sleep, all mated to the rumbling soundtrack of a throaty V-Twin. Every ride is different, every experience unique. Wherever your own personal journey may take you, it is up to you to make the most of it. Isn’t it time you started scratching items off your bucket list? For more information visit www.ridelakesuperior.com.

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I D O N ’ T L I K E C O N V E N I don’t like doing the same thing over and over. I like some edge to feel alive. So when an invitation to ride the Baja peninsula hit the desk of my comfortable but stale office – where the view consists of four walls and my Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, parked – it got my attention.

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his south-of-the-border region is typically depicted as the home of drug-running cartels and Americans in search of adventure. But I was inspired by the prospect of uncharted territory and beauty beyond my imagination. I needed something radical and different from my native Canadian landscape, a bucket list ride. I knew Baja, Mexico, could offer that. Despite the questions, objections, and raised eyebrows of wife, family, and friends, I was in. So we set out. The plan was to start in Tecate, pass through Ensenada (La Bufadora), San Quintín, El Rosario, Cataviña, Guerrero Negro, San Ignacio, Santa Rosalía, and Mulegé, wind up in Loreto, and then ride back – a total of 2,500 kilometres.

The roads were surprisingly good and well maintained. Baja itself comprised ruthless desert, rugged red earth, and rocky landscapes. Scorching, sandy winds stung our faces as we rode hard and fast. For protection – and relief from the sun – I wore a facial bandana, long sleeves, and long pants. Lush turquoise lagoons glimmered off the Pacific Coast as we descended barrier-less roads nesting on ravine edges thousands of feet above the massive, roaring Sea of Cortés. Roadside memorials every 80 kilometres or so hinted at the fragility of life. Temperatures ranged from 46 degrees Celsius during the day to around 15 at night. Stations in remote areas filled our bikes with “gasolina” hand-siphoned from barrels. Military

Previous Page: Heading to Santa Rosalía. Top: Restaurant between El Rosario and Cataviña.

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personnel armed with machine guns and grenades searched us at checkpoints, on the lookout for drug trafficking. Because we were riding Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, they often treated us like rock stars. Among the populace, the sight of our rides prompted barely concealed excitement and reverent respect. Mexican women clearly preferred my dark Fat Boy® model. It was the only bike in the flock subjected to multiple picture requests. Camaraderie and ideal chemistry defined our group; respect, integrity, and honesty our attitude. Ten of us riding as one. The ride itself was intense, the weather extremes and required skills demanding. My Fat Boy® bike was not only a pretty boy in the eyes of the chicas, it pulled its weight and exceeded all my expectations. Mexican architecture was a colourful feast for our eyes. Bony dogs, horses, and

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cows were a common sight in the fields. Dusty children rode horses to school or walked barefoot for miles. Many people looked happier than those of us living a more-pampered life north of the border. Deep in thought, I scribbled in my journal: Does material comfort equal genuine richness? Does being rich make for a healthier soul? Where was mine headed? To a very dark road, it turned out. I’d readied myself physically and mentally for the dangers I knew Mexico would present. But nothing could prepare me for what actually happened. My best buddy, David, from Nova Scotia, died, leaving behind a beautiful daughter, Kayla, and his cherished son, Josh, both still in Nova Scotia. One minute he was in my mirror; the next, he was nowhere to be seen. I was the first to reach Dave’s lifeless body. Mile marker 124, 80 kilometres south


I’d readied myself physically and mentally for the dangers I knew Mexico would present. But nothing could prepare me for what actually happened.

of El Rosario, Mexico, 1:00 pm local time. I was filled with adrenaline, screaming his name as if I could bring him back to life. We sat in the desert sun beside him for an hour before the first car came. No cell signal, no radio signal, no way to call for help. We just sat there, some of us crying, and others completely in shock, numbed eyes staring at the horizon. Those moments are engraved in my mind forever. The ride back to the hotel was sobering. I cried out to God. I declared I would not give up on hope or life. I thanked Him for my family. I begged Him to bring me back to them safely. Back at the hotel the surviving riders gathered, physically and emotionally exhausted. Hugs were shared. Smiles. Tears. A solemn silence was in the room. Someone grabbed drinks and distributed them. We toasted “Naked Dave” and shared stories about him. The nickname came from a photo Don once took that made a shirtless Dave look

Previous Page: The Boulders. Lighting candles in the San Javier Mission. Our last night. Above: My first day of riding, soaking it all in.

as if he were riding with no clothes on. But I always felt that “naked” better described the way Dave bared his heart and made himself vulnerable to others. The cause of his accident was more insidious than any visible danger. It was dehydration and heat stroke, the autopsy revealed. Dave simply passed out while riding. We had a very quiet dinner that night. The next day we were back on the road, focused on finishing the ride. I came back from Mexico a different soul, with a new outlook on life. Here’s

how I put it in my journal: “Baja is good for the soul of a rider. If you think you know it all, if you think you can do anything without anyone, or if you have an ego the size of an elephant, Baja will help cure that.” As I sit back in my comfortable office chair on this side of the trip I find myself missing my companions more than words can express. We’re still in touch regularly. We would all like to ride again, together. Simon invites readers to visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/floridanighttrain.

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I’m winding my way east along the Julian Highway, through the Anza-Borrego Desert on the all-new Harley-Davidson® SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle, an easy-riding cruiser complete with all the essential touring comforts, perfect for a long weekend trip like this one.

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y mind flashes back to almost a year ago, when I first visited Niland, California – a sleepy, dusty town off the southeastern corner of the Salton Sea, tucked in the Colorado Desert valley at the base of the Chocolate Mountains. Niland is the kind of town you’d never know existed unless you had a reason for knowing. It’s not what you’d think of as a “destination”. I remember wondering last year as I drove down Main Street: what draws the 1,000 or so residents to such a seemingly desolate place? But something special does draw people to Niland. It’s the same thing that drew my brother and his fiancée there while on a motorcycle road trip two summers ago, a trip that led to my entire family making the journey back a year later for their wedding. And now, here I was, making the journey again by myself. The 14-inch windshield on the SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle kept me comfortable all day on the ride in from Los Angeles and minimized wind fatigue – the winds through the desert can get brutal. With the sun going down, the desert air gets chilly. There’s ample room in the two hard vinyl locking saddlebags on the bike for my four days of clothes, in addition to a pair of Deluxe Leather Chaps and a Relay RCS Soft Shell hoodie slipped underneath my leather riding jacket. In my backpack I keep my laptop, cameras, and other gadgets. Four miles outside of Niland, down a pock-marked service road past the municipal dump, and across a set of railroad tracks, is where you’ll find the last “free” land in America: Salvation Mountain and Slab City. Slab City is home to about 150 permanent residents known as “Slabbers” and thousands of snowbirds, squatters, eccentrics, artists, and drifters who are drawn to the area for its purely “off-the-grid” existence.

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There are no taxes and no rents to pay. The Slabs are uncontrolled, and for the most part, lawless. As such, the makeshift community is not without its share of problems, including hard drug abuse and violent crime. There’s no running water; no electricity; no trash pickup; no sewers, showers, or toilets. The whole place appears like a set from a Mad Max movie. How can a place like this exist in modern America? The Slabs began in 1942 as Camp Dunlap, a WWII military base used to prepare the United States Marine Corps for combat. When military


operations were downsized in 1949, the camp was reduced to a skeleton crew until it was dismantled in 1956. Nothing remained at the camp except the concrete slabs on which the buildings once sat. In the early 1960s, the Department of Defense (DOD) conveyed Camp Dunlap to the State of California through a quitclaim deed that contained no restrictions or provisions for its use and no recapture clause. Essentially, the DOD simply gave the land away. The site sat vacant for a few years until some workers hired

to pick creosote leaves near Niland decided to use the empty slabs as a temporary base camp. They moved in with their trailers, tents, and RVs, and Slab City was born. Meanwhile, up the road in Mecca, California, a group of campers was ordered to leave their quasi-permanent camps at Painted Canyon. Some moved to a nearby area known as Bombay Beach along the eastern edge of the Salton Sea and others joined the existing squatters in the Slabs. Slab City is an ever-changing landscape, one that continues to evolve with those who come

and go, and those who have chosen to stay. One of the more popular attractions within the Slabs is East Jesus, a refuge of artists, writers, and musicians dedicated to providing a working model of a fully improvised community. East Jesus is a real-life live-in art installation whose inhabitants embrace radical artistic expression and extreme self-reliance. The community is completely self-contained, runs entirely on solar power, and its inhabitants recycle every bit of consumable trash to create the fantastically strange art on display within its borders. One

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Slab City is home to about 150 permanent residents known as “Slabbers” and thousands of snowbirds, squatters, eccentrics, artists, and drifters who are drawn to the area for its purely “off-the-grid” existence. There are no taxes and no rents to pay. The Slabs are uncontrolled, and for the most part, lawless.

of my favourite pieces of art is a wall made entirely of brightly coloured glass bottles held together with mortar. The reflection of light through the bottles illuminates it like a stunning stained-glass window. Another well-known area within Slab City is the Range – an open-air music venue complete with lighting, amplifiers, and speakers run off generators and solar-charged batteries by long-time resident Builder Bill. Mismatched tables and grimy couches provide seating for residents and visitors who gather every Saturday night at dusk for a weekly talent show featuring local Slab musicians, poets, and performers. The entrance to Slab City is heralded by the impressive and whimsical sight of Salvation Mountain, a three-story-high art installation created by Leonard Knight in the mid-1980s as a tribute to God after he experienced a deeply profound religious conversion. The mountain was built from layer upon layer of rubbish, straw, and sand held together and packed smooth by adobe clay, every spare inch covered with whimsical murals, Biblical verses, and prayers. A perpetual work-in-progress, it’s estimated that more than 200,000 gallons of donated paint have gone into the creation of the mountain over the past 27 years. In 2000, the Folk Art Society of America declared Salvation Mountain a national treasure, and a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection. The attraction is free and open to the public year-round. A dedicated team of volunteers and board members continues to manage the

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maintenance and future of the mountain to keep Knight’s dream alive since he was moved into a long-term care facility in 2011 at the age of 80. The sun is setting as I pull the Candy Orange SuperLow® motorcycle off the main drag in Niland and head northeast on Beale Street toward Slab City. I’m thinking about something the mystic poet Rumi once said: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. You will not be lead astray.” My heart beats faster the closer I get to Salvation Mountain. My mind flashes back to youthful summer mornings waking to the staccato potato-potato chop of my dad’s 1975 Super Glide® motorcycle heading down the driveway on his way to work in the sleepy quiet of the early dawn. I would lay in bed and dream that someday that would be me, heading off in the dewy morning on my own Harley® motorcycle, venturing toward some grand adventure. I pass an electric substation and cross the railroad tracks, thinking about Rumi and all the things that led me to this moment – how wonderfully strange our journeys through life can be, how everything happens for a reason, and how such seemingly random occurrences can end up connecting us so profoundly to one another. What draws thousands of people to exist so minimally in Slab City each year? And what strange pull drew Knight to build his strangely fascinating mountain in the middle of the desert all those years ago? What led my brother and his future bride to take that road trip – to point to a map and say “there” is where we’ll go; to feel so accidentally inspired as they stood at Salvation Mountain at sunset and decide that’s where they would be married? What led me to take this opportunity to return? How does the chain of events in life unfold – one domino falling into the next? Salvation Mountain comes into view as I round the bend, the colours of its vibrant painted surface magnified by the setting California sun. What if the greatest adventure in life is the willingness to let yourself be pulled? Without all the questions, without having to ask or understand why. To be willing to take the journey, to let yourself be silently drawn.

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For 2014, the Harley-Davidson® SuperLow® 1200T model builds on the sales success of the SuperLow® 883 model, a bike that has been a huge hit among riders seeking an easy-handling, confidence-inspiring machine. Combining the SuperLow® chassis with the added performance of the Evolution™ 1,200 cc engine and essential touring amenities, the easy-riding SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle will be attractive to riders ready to embark on their first touring experience. Equipped with a quick-detachable 14-inch windshield, locking vinyl-covered saddlebags, adjustable rear shocks, a two-up seat, and comfortable mini footboards at the rider and passenger positions, the SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle can handle the load and pace of moderate-distance touring. The saddlebag mounting hardware incorporates quick-detach docking points, so it’s easy to add a rack or a sissy bar and backrest. Designed to comfortably fit riders from 5’1” to 5’7” in height, the SuperLow® 1200T bike makes it possible for almost any rider to put flat feet on the ground, providing an easy reach to the ground, handlebar, and foot controls. The combination of wheel size, radial tires, and front-end geometry contribute to its outstanding manoeuvrability, and with a projected weight of about 600 pounds, the SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle weighs nearly 120 pounds less than a Switchback™ model. The unladen seat height is 28.6 inches, and the SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle will come with a Reduced Reach® two-up seat as standard equipment. This seat moves the rider closer to the handlebar and into a confident riding posture, to not only reach but also turn the handlebar comfortably. Relocating the rider foot supports forward by three inches makes it easier for the rider’s feet to drop straight down to the ground, especially with a passenger on board. Although it’s smaller and lighter than a Big Twin, the SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle still projects the full prestige of the HarleyDavidson® Brand. For the rider taking pride in a motorcycle with an exclusive two-tone paint scheme, deluxe aluminum wheels, and plenty of chrome, the SuperLow® 1200T motorcycle flashes a lot of Harley-Davidson® class for $14,499.

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THE GOLDEN LANE RULE When to obey it. When to break it.

It’s often one of the first things that new riders learn about “street strategies”, either in a classroom situation or from a friend: ride in the left third of the lane. As a general rule, it’s not a bad one to follow. But the truth is, it’s not really a rule at all. Proper lane positioning can depend on any number of factors, and it’s up to the rider to decide which one is best for the situation at hand.

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Becky Tillman is MSF RiderCoach Trainer, Rider’s Edge® Instructor, and Marketing Field Manager, Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

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Picture each lane of traffic divided into three “lane positions”, as illustrated on this page, 1, 2, and 3, from left to right. Each has specific advantages and disadvantages in different situations. Let’s start with Position 1. But first we should note that riding in this position does not necessarily mean riding in the middle of the left third of the lane. More often it means riding just to the left of the imaginary line between Position 1 and Position 2. A common way to define it is riding in the left tire track of the vehicle in front of you. It’s true, Position 1 has a lot going for it. For one thing, it’s often the best place on the road to both see and be seen: > Drivers in front of you can see you in both their rearview and sideview mirrors. > On a two-lane road or when you’re riding in the left lane of a multi-lane highway with no median oncoming drivers can see you sooner; you’re less “hidden” by the car ahead. Another advantage of Position 1 is that the vehicle ahead of you can give you clues about what’s ahead. Imagine there’s a board, or some road kill, or other small obstacle in the road. If it’s in the middle of the lane (Position 2), the driver ahead of you probably won’t react at all, they’ll just “straddle” it as they drive over it. If you’re following in the center of the lane, you won’t know it’s there until it’s right in front of you. This gives you very little time to react (two seconds if you’re using the two-second rule for following distance). If you’re in Position 1, on the other hand, you’ll miss the obstacle without having to swerve or change position. If the obstacle is in the left third of the lane, the driver would likely change position to avoid running over it, giving you some advance warning that you, too, will have to change position. Finally, riding in Position 1 often helps you visually assert yourself and claim the space you’re riding in. Imagine a four-lane road with traffic, and you’re riding in the right lane. Staying in Position 1 makes it less likely that a driver might try to squeeze in and crowd you out.


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It’s probably fair to say that this position is something of a last resort. Some sources will say you should never ride in the middle of the lane, but I won’t go quite that far. The main reason to avoid it is that’s where oil leaking from vehicles tends to get deposited. It’s also where dirt and debris tend to accumulate, as vehicle tires tend to keep other parts of the lane a little cleaner. And think of the example above, concerning an obstacle in the road, maybe an old shoe or something like that. This type of debris tends to settle where it’s less likely to get hit by a wheel. This means either between the lanes or in the middle of a lane. You’re also, often, less visible in Position 2. Think of that big truck in front of you or even that van with no rear windows, or the family minivan with the rear window blocked by luggage. Those drivers can’t see you in their rearview mirrors (if they even have them), and in the middle of the lane, you’re less likely to be in range of their sideview mirrors. One time you might consider riding in the center is if there is heavy traffic and you’re having trouble keeping an adequate “cushion” around you. Riding in the center can give you a little more elbow room on both sides. But, you have to weigh that against the other factors just described and make a smart, informed decision. Remember, in all situations, to “S.E.E.” Search, Evaluate, and Execute. Scan your surroundings continuously to be as visually aware of everything going on around you as possible. Think about what you’re seeing and formulate a sound strategy. Then execute that plan with confidence.

Position 3 is also a popular spot in group riding. In the classic staggered formation, the lead rider rides in Position 1, while the next rider behind rides in Position 3. The rider after that is in Position 1, and so on, with each rider maintaining a two-second cushion behind the rider directly ahead (one second behind the rider ahead in the opposite lane position). But riding in a group doesn’t mean you’ve forfeited your right to make good decisions for yourself – you just have to do so while according the proper respect for your other riders. For instance, imagine the high-traffic, two-lane road we just discussed, but now in a group riding situation. In this situation, shifting from Position 1 to Position 3 would require you to “break formation”. Is that okay? Well, it depends, it’s a good question to ask at the rider meeting before a group ride. One option is to not change position completely. When you see a big truck coming, maybe just slide over to your right a little bit, into Position 2, then slide back over after it passes. You can do this without disrupting the formation. If traffic is steady, you may want to stay in Position 3. If you do this, you first have to increase your following distance behind the rider ahead, who presumably is already in Position 3. You also have to let the rider behind you know that you plan to stay there. You can do this by holding up one finger in the air, indicating a single-file formation. Or, tap your brake light to give the rider an indication that you’re hanging back. Again, different groups’ expectations will likely vary, making this an excellent topic to bring up in a pre-ride meeting.

POSITION 3 This lane position is a good choice in a number of different situations. One is when you are riding on a two-lane highway and there’s a lot of oncoming traffic in the other lane. When riding in Position 1, many riders just don’t like the sensation of traffic whizzing by them at such a close distance and that’s completely legitimate! In addition to being uncomfortable psychologically, a rider in this situation is exposed to a number of potential hazards. Just for starters, the wind blast from trucks and other large vehicles can knock you around, potentially putting you in harm’s way. You’re more exposed to debris – or pieces of a blown truck tire – that may get kicked up by the other vehicle. In wet weather, water sprayed up by tires can impair your visibility. And, perhaps most significantly, you’re more at risk for an actual collision if you or the oncoming vehicle should accidently veer into the other lane. In this situation, Position 3 can be your refuge. If the oncoming traffic is sparse, stay in Position 1 if you prefer, and shift to Position 3 as needed. If traffic is continuous, don’t hesitate to take up permanent residence in the right-hand part of the lane. But in doing so, don’t forget about the visibility considerations we’ve already discussed. If shifting to Position 3 makes you less visible to the vehicle ahead of you, increase your following distance or make other adjustments to make sure you can be seen. Remember: Riding safely often involves trade-offs. It’s your responsibility to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of all your options, and make smart decisions accordingly.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS Trucks: Big trucks take up a lot space on the road and intimidate a lot of riders with good reason. They have a lot of blind spots, can’t manoeuvre quickly, and create a lot of wind. If you can’t avoid riding near them, adjust your lane position to stay visible, stay out of their wake, and give yourself an escape route. Time of Day: When glare is a factor, such as riding toward a setting sun, changing your lane position to get out of the direct sunlight may help you see better. At night, when animals in the road are a concern, riding in Position 2 can give you a better space cushion on either side within your own lane. Cornering: Don’t get “locked in” to your lane position when cornering. Use the whole lane to choose a path through the curve that lets you see what’s ahead and maintain a steady speed. (For further discussion, see “Pitstop,” HOG® Magazine Canada, Spring 2013 issue.) In the end, where to ride within your lane is not about rules; it’s about making smart choices for each circumstance. Don’t get locked into a “one position fits all” approach. Stay alert and stay active. Ride where you can see (and “S.E.E.”), where you can be seen, where you’re comfortable and confident, with a healthy space cushion around you and an escape route in mind. And position yourself for a safe and enjoyable ride.

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THE FINE ART OF CUSTOMIZING

There’s nothing better than adding your own special touch to your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

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wning a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is all about freedom of expression, and the very nature of customizing is in our DNA. The good news is that there are over 10,000 Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories to help you do it. When it comes to customization, there are no limits, and the final destination is whatever you want it to be. Likewise, there are no set rules and no right or wrong way to customize. The basis for inspiration can come from anywhere; the Harley-Davidson® Inspiration Gallery (go to http://accessories.harley-davidson.ca/ inspiration-gallery/ to view it) or a custom machine you saw on the street, at a show,

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at a Harley® Retailer, at the movies, or in a magazine. It may even come from your own free-form creativity. You may have a clear vision in mind to complete your dream look all at once, or you may choose to add accessories over time and gradually develop a concept. It’s a good idea to get used to how modifications will affect your bike. Your authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer can advise you on this. The guide to customization is designed to outline the various elements that you should consider when customizing your motorcycle, including fit, function, style, performance, and garage.


changing the saddle are all ways in which your Harley® Retailer can help you customize your fit. For a more personalized look, the Harley-Davidson® Custom Seat Program offers the perfect means to thread the look of a bike together, with options to select colour, stitching patterns, and the leather inlay to best support an individual’s every need. They are available in Brawler® solo seat and Sidekick® twoup designs and are styled to accent the lines of some Sportster®, Dyna®, Softail®, and Touring models while providing maximum rider support. FUNCTION

FIT Getting the right “fit” is all about achieving the best onroad experience and ensuring comfort. Everybody is different. Factors such as body shape, riding style, and how far we ride all call for different accessories. Ensuring that your handlebars are the right style and position for you, altering the position and height of your foot controls, or altering the ride height of your machine by adjusting the suspension or

Function refers to how a motorcycle meets the needs of its rider out on the road. From urban cruising to long-distance touring, there’s an extensive range of Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories that can improve a bike’s functionality for its owner. Additional lighting can be added to improve on road vision and visibility. Factors such as wind protection and on bike storage solutions, as well as sissy bars and back rests can ensure the comfort of you and your passenger. Plus the awesome Boom!™ Audio system offers superior quality on-bike entertainment in the shape of a surround sound audio system. Now you can take the music with you wherever you ride. STYLE The Harley-Davidson® motorcycle heritage and design is synonymous with style.

You can create a unique look to express your individuality, as well as your preferred fit and function. Changing your wheels can dramatically revamp your look with over 40 styles to choose from – or maybe you prefer a new paint job? From the big flake paint and retro cool of the Hard Candy Custom™ range or the cutting-edge, contemporary look of the Burst Collection, HarleyDavidson Motor Company offers something for everyone. If global exclusivity is your thing, then there’s the Color Shop Custom Paint Limited Series. From flames and skulls to classic two-tone colours, the Limited Series offers 150 individually numbered exclusive sets that are available worldwide throughout each model year.

Garage range extends from cleaning and polishing kits to lubricants and oil, offering you the chance to ensure your pride and joy is looked after in the best possible way – with products specifically designed for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. There are no rules to customization, and no time limits either, but the most important thing to remember is that this is your bike and your dream, so the ultimate choice is yours. Go express yourself!

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PERFORMANCE For many of us, the dream of perfection in personalization is less cosmetic and more under the skin. With the Screamin’ Eagle® Performance Parts collection, you can tweak the performance and sound of your ride to suit your taste. Horsepower, torque, and even economy can be improved upon with the extensive range of add-ons that include a multitude of exhaust systems, air filter kits, and engine upgrades. GARAGE Protecting motorcycles from the elements and the environment is vital to the upkeep of your customization. The Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories

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The basic concept of customizing your ride is a simple one, and it’s an exciting one too! However, knowing where to start, what look to go for, and how to achieve that look is a whole different ball game. So, to help inspire your creative juices, we’ve put together the 2014 HarleyDavidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories catalogue. Ask your local authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson® for your free copy, and while you’re at it, why not pick their brains to get a few ideas – they are the experts after all!

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CUSTOM CULTURE Express your own individual style and ride your own road – just as it should be.

Along with the new H.O.G.® logo, we’ll be rolling out new design options for patches, pins, T-shirts, bandanas, and other merchandise. The “Skull with Wings” design shown here is the first of many graphics that will be available as H.O.G.® merchandise in early 2014. More than anything, H.O.G.® is fueled by the individuality of its riders. And more choices mean more freedom to customize how you express yourself – and put your H.O.G.® pride on display. Go to hog.com/shop to see how you can express your own personal H.O.G.® style! ©2014 H-D or its affiliates. H-D, Harley, Harley-Davidson and the Bar & Shield logo are among the trademarks of H-D U.S.A., LLC.


14th Western Regional H.O.G.® Rally

22nd Atlantic Regional H.O.G.® Rally

July 3-5, 2014 Squamish, British Columbia www.seatosky2014.com

July 17-20, 2014 Saint John, New Brunswick www.ridethetide2014.com

6th Prairie Regional H.O.G.® Rally

18th Quebec Provincial H.O.G.® Rally

July 10-12, 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan www.hoginthehighway.excelhosting.ca

Aug 14-16, 2014 Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec www.rallyehogsthyacinthe.com

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2014 U.S. STATE H.O.G. RALLIES ®

Where there’s a road, there’s a way. Getting to the Rally is half the fun. 2014’s lineup of U.S. State H.O.G.® rallies sweeps the country, giving you the chance to explore America the way it was meant to – from the seat of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. This is the season you hear what a rumble sounds like as it echoes off mountains in Colorado, dig into the curves as you ride down the bayou toward Louisiana, and take on the back roads of Tennessee. For more information, visit hog.com/rallies. THE IRON ADVENTURE RUN New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, July 24-26 WASHINGTON/IDAHO/OREGON Pacific Northwest Rally Spokane Valley, Washington, July 24-27 PENNSYLVANIA Bethlehem, July 31-August 2 MICHIGAN Birch Run, August 14-16 NEBRASKA Omaha, August 28-30 UTAH Moab, August 28-30 NORTH CAROLINA Murphy to Manteo, September 3-6 NEW MEXICO Clovis , September 4-6 LOUISIANA Lafayette, April 3-5

OHIO Miami Valley, June 19-21

MISSOURI Springfield, June 26-28

ALABAMA Mobile, April 10-12

SOUTH DAKOTA Watertown, June 19-21

VIRGINIA Harrisonburg, June 26-28

TEXAS Abilene, May 15-17

WISCONSIN Wisconsin Dells, June 19-21

MONTANA Billings, July 3-5

TENNESSEE Cookeville, May 27-31

MARYLAND/DELAWARE Cumberland, Maryland, June 19-22

WYOMING Alpine, July 9-12

KANSAS Salina to Liberal, May 29–June 1 KENTUCKY Lexington, June 4-7 ARKANSAS Hot Springs, June 5-7 ALASKA Soldotna to Wasilla, June 12-15

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COLORADO Snow Mass, June 26-28 MAINE Old Orchard Beach, June 26-28 MINNESOTA Brainerd Lakes Area, June 26-28

CALIFORNIA Lancaster to South San Francisco September 8-13 GEORGIA Columbus, September 18-20 MISSISSIPPI Natchez, September 18-20

NEW YORK Middletown, July 10-12

NEW JERSEY Seaside Heights, September 18-20

WEST VIRGINIA Canaan Valley, July 16-19

OKLAHOMA Claremore, October 9-11

ILLINOIS Quincy, July 17-19

HAWAII Honolulu, O’ahu, October 10-12 FLORIDA Okaloosa Island, October 22-25


H.O.G.® yearly packages are sent upon renewal. If you have a July 2014 expiry date for instance, you can renew in January 2014 to receive your package at the beginning of the season. Your membership will still expire in July 20XX (depending on your renewal term), but you will receive your materials sooner — so you don’t lose any months of membership by renewing early! H.O.G.® and H.O.G.® Roadside Assistance are two separate companies, working closely together but with separate enrolment / renewal systems. To upgrade your package, please call Customer Service at toll-free 1-866-209-8270. To call for service, please dial 1-888-443-5896.You must call this number to receive the necessary assistance as per your H.O.G.® membership benefits. Calling another towing service and submitting receipts after the fact is not the proper procedure and will not be reimbursed. Motorcycles must be enrolled in the H.O.G.® Mileage Program first before kilometres can be claimed; this applies to all bikes that you

want to claim mileage (including rental bikes). Please enrol at your local Retailer, as they are required to sign the form to validate the number of kilometres. Members receive the year-specific H.O.G.® pins and patches when renewing. In the first year of H.O.G.® Membership, the H.O.G.® (eagle) pin and patch are sent out, not the year specific ones. These are received for the first time on your first year of membership renewal. Free H.O.G.® Membership from a new bike purchase is transferable to an existing full member or associate member. Renewal updates online will be visible within the members only area approximately 10 days after their completion. Online profiles for access to hog.com can be created for new memberships within 10 days of your enrollment being processed. For delivery of H.O.G.® materials, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery as this can vary depending on the local postal service in different areas.

H.O.G. ® Canada Team

Gina McNeil Manager, Enthusiast Services

Duarte Pita Communications & Events Coordinator

Yvan Lejeune Membership Services Coordinator

Myles Anderson Regional Director Western

Brad Carvery Regional Director Prairies

Vern Wilson Regional Director Ontario

Michel-André Roy Regional Director Quebec

Dale Williams Regional Director Atlantic

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Kingston, Ontario | July 24-26, 2014 Like all things truly Canadian (think hockey, cottaging, snowmobiles and MOTORCYCLES!) the 18th Canadian National H.O.G.® Rally is sure to remind you why you love being a member of H.O.G. ® in Canada. It’s also our way of showing YOU just how much we appreciate your membership. So come join us by the lake in the heart of Ontario’s oldest city, beautiful and historic Kingston, ON, for three activity-packed days and experience H.O.G.® like you never have before. We’ll ride, we’ll explore, we’ll play and we’ll celebrate. (Don’t worry, we’ll feed and entertain you as well.)

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early bird prize Register before March 31, 2014 and receive:

• Guaranteed rally package, on-site only† • Reduced exclusive pricing - only $55 • Chance to WIN the early bird prize

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• There are actually 1,864 islands within the 1,000 Islands • Kingston was the original birthplace of hockey in 1870 • Canada is home to 2.4 million caribou, 15,500 polar bears and 42,000 H.O.G.® members ©2013 H-D or its affiliates. Harley Owners Group, H.O.G., H-D, Harley, Harley-Davidson and the H.O.G. logo are among the trademarks of H-D U.S.A., LLC.


the great canadian rally

18th Canadian National H.O.G.® Rally | Kingston, ON - July 24-26, 2014

R E G I S T R A T I O N How to Register

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Early Bird Deadline: March 31, 2014 Early Bird Registration Offers: • Guaranteed rally package, on-site only† • Reduced exclusive pricing - only $55 • Chance to win the early bird prize

1. Online at members.hog.com 2. Call H.O.G.® Canada at 1-800-668-4836 3. Mail form to H.O.G.® Canada, 830 Edgeley Boulevard, Concord, Ontario L4K 4X1 4. Fax form to 905-660-3372

Fees GROUP

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PRE-REGISTRATION

(until March 31, 2014)

(April 1 - June 19, 2014)

ON-SITE (July 24 - 26, 2014)

Adult (16+)

$55 CDN

$70 CDN

$80 CDN

Children (10-15)

$40 CDN

$55 CDN

$65 CDN

Children (under 10)

FREE! They need to register, but they will not receive a rally package.

Attendees

PHOTOCOPIES ACCEPTED Must be an active H.O.G.® member (Life, Full or Associate) to register.

Registrations received after June 19, 2014 are not guaranteed a rally package.

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Confirmations: Online registration will be instantly confirmed. Registrations received via mail or fax will be confirmed by email. Please be sure to include a valid email address. Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration and receive a full refund by notifying H.O.G.® Canada by April 30, 2014. No refunds will be issued after this date. If you are unable to attend and have missed the cancellation window, please arrange for your package to be picked up in person on your behalf on-site. Packages will not be mailed.

Host Hotel: Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge - 7 Earl Street, Kingston, ON K7L 0A4 - Tel: (613) 544-4888 Ambassador Conference Resort (Kingston) 246 guest rooms Tel: (613) 548-3605 Holiday Inn Kingston (Kingston Waterfront) 197 guest rooms Tel: (613) 549-8400 Four Points by Sheraton (Kingston) 171 guest rooms Tel: (613) 544–4434 Delta Waterfront Hotel (Kingston Waterfront) 150 guest rooms Tel: (613) 549–8100

Courtyard by Marriott Kingston 128 guest rooms Tel: (613) 548-7000 Queen’s University – Victoria Hall (Kingston) 480 guest rooms Tel: 613-533-2531 Days Inn Conference Center (Kingston) 161 guest rooms Tel: (613) 546-3661 Motel 6 Kingston (Kingston) 75 Guest Rooms Tel: (613) 507-6666

Best Western Plus Fireside Inn (Kingston) 74 guest rooms Tel: (613) 549-2211 Fairfield Inn & Suites (Belleville 73km from Kingston) 114 guest rooms Tel: (613) 962-9211 Ramada Hotel Trenton (Trenton 88km from Kingston) 108 guest rooms Tel: (613) 394-4855

Campsites available at: 1000 Islands – Kingston KOA (Kingston) Cabin/RV/Tent Sites | Tel: (613) 546 – 6140 Desert Lake Family Resort (Kingston) 87 sites | Tel: (613) 374 – 2196

Additional accommodations can also be found by visiting tourism.kingstoncanada.com, kingstonontario.com or kingstoncanada.com. *Shuttle bus service will not be available at all hotels listed. † Rally packages are only available for on-site pick-up.

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BOOM!

SHAKE THE ROOM

Up-spec your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riding soundtrack with Boom!™ Audio.

It's all about adding your own soundtrack to your ride, right? It all starts with your HarleyDavidson® motorcycle, and with the latest products from the Boom!™ Audio range of H-D® Genuine Motor Accessories, you’re on your way. For 2014, it’s about making things much more convenient and giving you sound quality never before heard. The all-new Boom!™ Box 6.5GT Infotainment System is designed for plug-andplay installation and is the ideal upgrade for 2014 and on Touring models equipped with a standard Boom!™ Box 4.3 system. One look at the brilliant 6.5-inch display and you know that this is something special. The system features a low distortion, 25-watt/channel amplifier that has been optimized for great sound in an open-air-environment. The feature-packed radio is Factory-equipped with AM/FM radio, integrated iPod and USB audio device playback, map-based GPS navigation, and Bluetooth® pairing of mobile phones and wireless headsets. The 6.5GT features can be accessed via the glovefriendly touchscreen, joystick hand controls, or with hands-free voice recognition. And it doesn’t stop there. Calls can come through your speakers or your helmet-mounted headset, you can select your favourite song or mode by speaking, and with voice recognition you can make a phone call that way, too. Plus for those who don’t want to get too lost, the in-built GPS is on-hand to help. For music lovers, the options are many, whether you wire or Bluetooth® your music from your phone or MP3 player, iPhone, iPod, or SD card. Whether you chose to upgrade to a Boom!™ Audio 6.5GT system or not, you can still upgrade your sound with amplifiers and speaker expansion from the Boom!™ Audio range.

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Speaker upgrades are many and varied. For all fairing-equipped Touring bikes, it starts with upgrading the stock fairing speakers to Boom!™ Audio 6.5-inch cones for improved low and mid frequencies, which include bridge-mounted, dampened soft-dome 1-inch tweeters for improved high frequencies. Composite frame and high-performance magnets also increase the speakers’ power-handling capabilities, and the whole frame is covered with a stylish metal speaker grill. Saddlebag speaker kits convert your audio system to a full four-speaker outfit. Boom!™ Audio Saddlebag Speakers increase the available sound pressure level (SPL) to produce higher listening volume, lower distortion, and improved clarity at highway speeds. The pair of 5-inch x 7-inch waterproof, 2-ohm, full-range speakers feature high strength woofer cones and suspended 1-inch tweeters that are directionally optimized, so you hear them and not just those following you. Speakers go through a range of tests to ensure that they operate flawlessly under the toughest conditions and that they fit seamlessly into Customer-designed saddlebag lids under a stylish and durable perforated metal speaker grill. Saddlebag lids are sold separately and are available primed or colour-matched. Owners of pre-2014 Touring (as well as some Softail® and Dyna® models) shouldn’t feel left out. The Boom!™ Audio range has a full catalogue of audio upgrades including speaker expansion packs and amplifiers. With Boom!™ Audio, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has got your audio senses covered. Speak to your authorized Canadian HarleyDavidson® Retailer today to discover how you can get them completely surrounded!


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1 BATWING FAIRING SPEAKERS Weather and vibration resistant full range two-way speakers designed to maximise music volume and clarity.

2 PLUG AND PLAY REPLACEMENT FOR BOOM!™ BOX 4.3 > 6.5-inch colour screen > Glove-friendly touch screen > Map-based GPS navigation

3 FAIRING LOWER SPEAKERS Add fairing lowers and get 6-speaker sound!

When you've got some big sounds going on, you need the High Output Charging System designed for the higher load conditions found on Touring models. This system makes sure that the battery remains charged and therefore able to supply the requisite power to your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle’s core functions, such as ignition, information gauges, and lighting, as well as any accessories you may have hooked up to your ride. If you’re into year-long riding and have an assortment of heated kit, including seat and grips, then this is perfect for you. And if you run high-end audio systems with multiple amps, the High Output Charging System delivers a 30 per cent increase in output, ensuring that all your sound system and accessories – as well as your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle – operate at peak-performance.

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TRIAL BY ERROR

A dedicated and passionate rider learns the value of planning and moderation on a western road trip. By Darlene Hutton

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’m stranded at the airport in Timmins, Ontario, as I write this, after spending a week working in both the Attawapiskat First Nation and Moose Factory communities in Northern Ontario. I brought a recent HOG® Magazine Canada issue with me and finally had the chance to read it while waiting when I noticed your call for stories. I am a 53-year-old mother of two beautiful daughters who decided to get her motorcycle licence just over eight years ago for a few reasons. First, I felt motion sickness as a passenger and didn’t think being sick on the back of a bike would be such a great idea. Second, with two younger kids at the time, I was concerned about the risk of my daughters losing both parents in an accident. Third, I love riding, seeing the road uninterrupted in front of me, and feeling the air in a way you don’t feel as a passenger. Eight years later, a BMW 650 FS model, a BMW 1150 RS model, a Suzuki V-Strom model, a

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Harley‑Davidson® Heritage Softail™ Classic model, and a brandspanking-new H-D® Street Glide® model, I have finally found THE one. I have ridden across Canada three times, south many times, and have logged more than 100,000 kilometres in those eight years. We love to ride far, plan big trips, and give ourselves little free time to twiddle our thumbs and sightsee. That’s the way I thought I loved to ride: seven to 12 hours a day for 15 days. As I get on a bit in age, I do feel the weight of those long days earlier than I used to, but I must admit that my new H-D® Street Glide® motorcycle made our last 10,000 km, 15-day trip a relative breeze. We left Lindsay, Ontario, and rode three days north through Ontario. We made it to Hope, British Columbia, three days after that. It was early August and I had debated packing my heated gear. Thank goodness I did bring it, as I used it more on this trip than ever before. We ran into rain and frigid air from Thunder Bay,


Ontario, to Cranbrook, British Columbia, but we finally found some warm, then hot weather as we left Washington State and rode east to Montana. We had to seek shelter in Butte, Montana, because the wind and clouds felt and looked just too strange to comprehend. I was in heaven trying to keep my helmet from lifting off while dodging the tumbleweed flying by. Another great memory was the extreme temperature change and unbelievable views riding the Beartooth Pass on the Wyoming/Montana border. I was in awe, aware of how the original explorers must have felt when they first saw this land while riding on their horses. Probably the most laughable memory was our ride through Yellowstone National Park. We had our bikes serviced in Butte and only had a 418-kilometre trip planned to Cody, Wyoming. We didn’t leave the Butte dealership until 1:00 pm and vowed we were going to get in our full day’s itinerary. We didn’t pull into the west entrance of Yellowstone until around 4:00 pm. It was another cold and dreary day and it had been snowing earlier. We knew we were pushing our luck by staying for almost an hour to watch Old Faithful blow. We were in our full rain gear with warm gloves waiting ever so patiently as the clouds grew more ominous with thunder and lightning, hoping to watch the geyser blow. It was worth the wait, despite what happened afterwards. No regrets, just lessons learned. It was 7:00 pm by the time we left, and we had a two-hour journey through the remainder of the park to the town of Cody, Wyoming. We were well aware

of the risks of evening riding, but could not stop anywhere sooner. The rain had finally eased up. Most of the tourists had gone, and the roads were devoid of traffic. Rounding a bend, we were assaulted by the strong smell of wildlife and radioed to each other to be on the lookout. We slowed down, sensing wildlife nearby, and just as we rounded another bend, there they were: one large bison was casually crossing the road while five more were looking at us from the shoulder. They were fewer than eight metres away. They sized us up and I was scared stiff. These docile creatures were huge and I felt completely helpless. That’s when I wished we were with all the tourists. We eventually slowly rode past them and continued on our journey. By

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the time we left Yellowstone and made our way down the mountainside road, it was pitch black. Having travelled that road before, I knew that there were huge curves, steep cliffs, and breathtaking views – none of which we saw on this trip. I can now check riding down a mountain at night off my “notto-do” bucket list. Tired but exhilarated, we arrived safely home 10,000 km and 15 days later. Truth be told, we both could have kept going for another year. We had amazing memories and had learned some important lessons. Lesson No. 1: For a big trip, don’t rush it. We thought that doing up to 700 kilometres per day was reasonable. WRONG. This type of itinerary will make for a very tiring trip if doing that

distance for 15 days. We will do that trip again because we loved every single moment; however, we will do that distance in three to four weeks with two-day stops at the places we really want to explore further. Lesson No. 2: The first time we arrived in Cody a few years prior was at 6:30 pm, only to discover that all the hotels were sold out. For this trip, we decided to book all our accommodations prior to leaving. This trip re-confirmed that it is essential to have a road plan and hotels booked for the smaller towns that you really want to stay in. I love riding. I work hard to ride. After four bikes, I have finally found my match in my Street Glide® motorcycle. The following day, our minds started planning our next big trip.

IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT, DESPITE WHAT HAPPENED AFTERWARDS. NO REGRETS, JUST LESSONS LEARNED.

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME Friends map out a cultural, scenic trip through Italy and France. By Andrew Northrup

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e flew into Florence, Italy, from different directions, each on a red-eye flight. I had not seen Kurt since our circumnavigation of Ireland the previous year, but we moved expertly to a waiting taxi and to the Harley-Davidson® Speed Shop on Via Pratese, where our contact, Walter Lenzi, was waiting. We arrived during lunchtime and were immediately reminded that many establishments close for this midday period. This would be our first rule of thumb: take the time to relax and enjoy a lunch break. We had pizza and refreshments directly across the road from the Harley-Davidson® dealership, right under the flight path of an airport runway. Our route this year was from Florence to Avignon in southeast France, then returning to Florence via a different route, over a two-and-a-half week period. I planned out the route, while Kurt handled the lodging and food logistics. We would stay at a different location each night. It took six months to nail down the exact route and plans. The Harley-Davidson® Authorized Rentals program was great. Walter Lenzi, the Concessionaria Ufficiale of the Harley-Davidson® dealership, introduced us to our HarleyDavidson® Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® motorcycles. The bikes were new, clean, and topped up with fuel. Helmets were fitted the following morning when we filled in the standard rental agreement. Walter guided us

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FROM THE FIRST DAY, I WAS SO ENERGIZED – “I’M ON A HARLEY MOTORCYCLE, IN ITALY!” through some basic details on gas stations, autostradas, closures, and last minute route selections, and also recommended specific routes to take and sites not to be missed. His input was very helpful. Kurt took the lead with his own Road TechTM zumo 660 GPS Navigator mounted on his bike and I followed with the maps for confirmation, keeping an eye on signage, identifying villages, cities, and sites along the route. I chuckled to myself a few times while en route to our first stop; it seemed that all roads do indeed lead to Rome! We had to stay on course though. From the first day, I was so energized – “I’m on a Harley

motorcycle, in Italy!” – and this buoyant feeling carried through to our destination cities of Siena, Montepulciano, Pisa, Lucca, and Sestri Levante on the first leg of our journey. Our Tuscany experience included fine dining and wine tasting in the Piazza del Campo of Siena with its characteristic shell shape, a glimpse of which you can check out in the Palio horse race in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. After our mandatory swim in the Mediterranean Sea (cold!), we headed to Genoa and Alba in the area south of Torino, staying in the beautiful hilltop village of La Morra, in the captivating wine hills of the Piedmont with a view of the Alps in the

distance. Our destinations, of course, also included the local Harley-Davidson® dealerships of Portofino, Genoa, and Alba. Marco Ivaldi, Massimo Beghin, and Gigi Scavino respectively greeted us and provided excellent service along with coffee, bottles of wine, local patches, and T-shirts as souvenirs. The various men and women at the grassroots level of the dealerships were without exception enthusiastic and helpful, and it was a pleasure to meet them all. It was cool to see a Project RUSHMORE bike in the lobby of the Genoa dealership. The twisting roads led to tunnels through the Alps, eventually landing us in the Principality of Monaco and Saint-Tropez, France. Prices for hotels rise steeply in this area, but dining out while overlooking the yachts that look like starships and people-watching over a pitcher of sangria was a lot of fun. It was interesting to hear French, Russian, German, Romanian, and other languages being spoken from all directions. A mock French police officer stopped cars with his whistle along a short restaurant strip with dozens of small diners, pretending to race start them with his pistol in true Inspector Clouseau fashion. This had everyone chuckling, including the good spirited car drivers. It is always a treat to see how much attention a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle receives. When the bike was


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parked beside a restaurant with other scooters, a group of Russian women, a Dutch family, a Ukrainian couple, and a Romanian store manager all wanted to look at the bike and touch it. I let them each sit on it and they thought it was great. When they found out I was from Canada, I was greeted with warm smiles and a conversation, and even though the words were only partially understood, their meaning was well received and appreciated. Southwest France was next and added more quaintness to our trip: Gr辿oux-les-Bains, Avignon, Gap, and St-Paulde-Vence, which was the most impressive old walled city with exquisite art and culture, as well as fine dining. One of the most interesting rides, however, was circling the roads around the Lac de Sainte-Croix, with its rare 14 per cent road grade, dozens of switchbacks, and the dramatic Verdon Gorge, with the most picturesque views easily worth the trip to this area of France. Stopping in the most remote areas for a coffee and a baguette was outstanding. Circling along the roads and returning to Italy through the passes and tunnels gave us our last glimpse of Italian touring, with the walled city of Mondovi, the coast of Santa Margherita, Portofino, and then back to Florence to finally return the bikes with a total distance driven of almost 2,800 kilometres.

THIS WOULD BE OUR FIRST RULE OF THUMB: TAKE THE TIME TO RELAX AND ENJOY A LUNCH BREAK

We never did forget our first rule of thumb: take the time to relax, enjoy every break, and have a good meal. Before we knew it, we were eating our last dinner by the Ponte Vecchio and strolling by an old stone church with Beethoven, T端z端n, Verdi, and Kodaly on the program, and

watching the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra perform to the evening crowds gathering inside. It was a classic end to this journey and one that will encourage me to return to Firenze and rent again from Walter for another couple of weeks, perhaps to explore the

winding and smooth motorways of Northern Italy including Lago Maggiore, Lago Como and Lago d'Iseo this time, and the stylish hotels in this area. Next up, Spain! If you are interested, Kurt and I are planning this trip in May 2014 and we could meet you there!

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LEATHER ISN'T JUST A FASHION STATEMENT

A rider learns the hard way that protective gear can save your bacon. By Barrie Sambrook

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his past summer, along with two of my best buddies, I went on a 12day road trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, through several western U.S. states. We decided to make a loop from Vancouver to Reno, Nevada, then San Francisco, California, and then up the coast back home. Our objective was to simply “enjoy the ride” and not be fixed on any special route or itinerary. It was smoking hot when we arrived in Reno! At 43 degrees Celsius, we were making lots

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of stops to “stay hydrated” and complain to one another about the heat. We toured the area over the next few days, visiting Virginia City, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, and innumerable small towns. The winding roads through the hills were outstanding and the scenery made keeping your eye on the road a real challenge. My 12-year-old Harley-Davidson® Heritage Softail™ Classic motorcycle didn’t mind the heat, and with the exception of a minor oil leak, performed flawlessly. My riding gear consisted of only the essentials: t-shirt, jeans, boots, gloves, and helmet. Any less and I would have been charged with indecent exposure. My two buddies were wearing the same as I was, but also added the additional protection of Kevlar-lined riding pants, chaps, and bullet-proof riding jackets. To say they were hot would be the understatement of the year. When we arrived at our motel at the end of each day, the first thing they did (happy hour being the second) was to hang up their riding gear so the perspiration would have a chance to at least partially evaporate overnight.


On day nine of our trip, we were in northern California, just south of Eureka, when the weather turned. I had got up that day and noticed that it was a bit chilly and that, combined with a little morning fog, made me think twice about my “riding attire”. Now I have to tell you, I can take the heat, but I can’t stand getting cold on my ride. So on top of my normal minimal riding gear went the heavy H-D® leather jacket and Kevlar overpants.

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across a forestry truck and did a very strange thing – we asked for directions. The only explanation I have is that we must have been dehydrated. We were informed by the ranger that the lighthouse was no longer there and that our adventure down the “highway from hell” had been a bit of a waste of time. So we continued on down the road, as we thought there would be no point in turning back. We assumed the road couldn’t get any worse.

lying on its side in the middle of the road bleeding from its oil tank and with various accessories scattered nearby. From their point of view, they thought the debris in the middle of the road was some stuff that had fallen off the back of a farm truck. It was only when they saw me sitting in the gravel looking not too impressed that they put two and two together. My fellow “knights of the road” were awesome. Biker Doug attempted first aid and

rumbled down the road to a farmhouse. If I had any lingering doubts about the kindness of people, this is where they were put to rest. The folks at the farmhouse invited us in and helped clean me up. They offered to take us in their truck to the nearest H-D® dealer for repairs and just couldn’t do enough for us. We ended up at a motel only 15 minutes away, where I was able to lick my wounds with the help of the anaesthetic provided by the unbroken bottle of

SHORTLY THEREAFTER, MY WORLD WENT SIDEWAYS. THE HANDLEBARS WENT ALL THE WAY OVER TO THE HARD RIGHT LOCK POSITION, THE BIKE WENT OVER AND TO THE RIGHT, AND I BECAME AIRBORNE AND PROCEEDED TO SLIDE AND BOUNCE DOWN THE ROAD.

We had a great ride that morning. It was a little chilly but pleasant, and the road had little to no traffic. One of the guys (Biker Doug) had heard of an old lighthouse on the coast that he felt was probably well worth seeing, so off we went down a road that meandered through the hills, looping around to the coast. I got the impression that the state of California had paved this road in the 1920s, painted a line down the middle, and done little to maintain it ever since. We were constantly swerving to avoid potholes, and after an hour we had gone perhaps 40 kilometres. Too committed to turn back and ever hopeful that the old lighthouse was just around the next corner, we continued on, ever-mindful that this was part of our “adventure”. A few minutes later we came

After about another half-hour of riding and with yours truly leading the pack, I approached a corner that was tagged as a “slow to 25 kilometres per hour”. With our experience on this road, I knew that they probably meant it, and dropped down a couple of gears and cautiously went into the corner. To my surprise, it wasn’t all that bad, and as I came out of the curve I began to roll on the throttle. Shortly thereafter, my world went sideways. The handlebars went all the way over to the hard right lock position, the bike went over and to the right, and I became airborne and proceeded to slide and bounce down the road. I can remember sitting in the gravel wondering what had happened and seeing my two buddies coming around the corner. My dream machine was

Biker Dan directed traffic. My biggest concern was to get the bike off to the side of the road before something came around the corner and added to the carnage. Fortunately, some people stopped and we collectively got my bike back on its feet and off to the side of the road. The boys tell me I was in shock and they insisted I sit at the side of the road for half an hour to regain my composure. It must have been my time spent in the Boy Scouts and the “always be prepared” mentality, but I had packed several bungee cords in my saddlebags. With these wrapped around the lights and the windshield to hold them in place, I hit the starter. God bless Harley-Davidson® motorcycles! As if to say “Sorry I let you down; let’s get out of here,” she started, and off we

Scotch in my saddlebag. My lefthand glove had been shredded and there were lots of abrasions on my leather jacket. I had bruised knees, a few scratches, cuts on my face, and a couple of chipped teeth. I suppose there should be a moral to this story and lessons in it for all of us. Once I got home, I ordered some new gloves as well as Kevlar-lined jeans. The jeans I wear if it gets “too hot”. If it’s not, I wear the jeans and the over-pants. Maybe this is a bit of an overreaction, but that’s ok. I was very lucky, and who says I’m too old to learn a lesson? By the way, two months later I traded in the HarleyDavidson® Heritage Softail��� Classic motorcycle for a new Road King® model. So far, so good, and hoping to keep the shiny side up!

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IN THE MAKING

Behind the scenes of the Project RUSHMORE exhibit.

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amed historian David McCullough wrote, “History is who we are and why we are the way we are”. When it comes to the history of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, “who” we are is very well documented. The “why”, however, can be a little more elusive. That’s what makes the new Project RUSHMORE exhibit at the Harley-Davidson Museum™ so unique and exciting. Never before has the history of new motorcycles been told at the time of their release. Because never before has the “how” and “why” of their development been so historic in themselves. It’s a big story. And preserving it would prove more ambitious than a frame change or new engine. For almost any given motorcycle in the history of Harley-Davidson, the basic facts are easily gathered. These include years a bike was offered, production numbers, etc. But documented information on how and why a motorcycle was developed rarely trickles through. There are clues, such as in a decades-old speech by Walter Davidson to stockholders: “Our dealers were asking for a motorcycle with more power”. But, that’s about it. The roots of Project RUSHMORE improvements are well documented and will be historically preserved on an unprecedented scale. A video now in the Archives collection shows Customers

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at the 105th Anniversary, in 2008, providing feedback on hand controls. Those insights helped designers create the revolutionary new infotainment interface.

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And as one ventures further into the Project RUSHMORE story, other similar stories emerge, often with more of a human element. For instance, during the development of

HISTORY IS WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE ARE THE WAY WE ARE musical tastes. Another unique aspect of the Project is the number of prototype parts its development generated. These include countless parts produced through SLS (Selective Laser Sintering, a form of 3D printing) prototyping, which uses CAD drawings to produce an exact, full size, three-dimensional part. By preserving so many important details, it should be easy for future motorcycle riders to understand not just “what” happened to bring about Project RUSHMORE motorcycles, but also “how” and “why”. The HarleyDavidson Museum™ is currently displaying the story of Project RUSHMORE in the Design Lab Gallery. To learn more, go to h-dmuseum.com.

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the Boom!™ Box infotainment system, some engineers had to repeatedly hear the song “Daylight” (by pop indie duo Matt & Kim), a blessing or curse depending on your

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1) The Harley-Davidson Museum™ “Design Lab” gallery has been updated to tell the story of the development of Project RUSHMORE. ® 2) A display compares a 1976 Electra Glide motorcycle, fully appointed, with the new 2014 FLHTK Ultra Limited motorcycle. 3) A virtual simulation of the bike’s aerodynamics. The colourful ribbons denote not just direction but differing turbulence levels of the various air flows around the motorcycle.


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MATCHMAKER

Harley-Davidson® Softail® motorcycle draws couple together. By Isabelle Leduc

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orn in 1966, I grew up with a sister and three brothers, two of whom had motorcycles. I was the tomboy of the family. We were raised by the most wonderful parents in a beautiful town with lots of love, joy, health, friends, and cats. In 1988 at the age of 22, I came home one day to realize that my new neighbour, Claude, had just bought himself a new Harley-Davidson® Heritage Softail™ Classic motorcycle with a beautiful red and cream paint job. Noticing me noticing him, he asked me if I would like to have a ride. “Of course,” I replied. Wow, all the memories suddenly came back to me. I remembered the fun of riding with my older brothers when I was younger, when I would sit on the gas tank! Life suddenly got busier for me: a new job, a new town and thus, my friendship with Claude was temporarily put on hold for the next three years. In 1991, my new life wasn’t so new and wonderful after all, and I’d moved back to my parents’ home. Noticing my old buddy Claude was still in the neighbourhood with a new Harley® motorcycle (this time it was black and cream), I asked him what had happened to the red one. It had been stolen that year, but he had a brand-new one, same model, same year, but different colour. Something felt different between us this time; he felt it too, and asked me out on a date. After a few

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dates, he made it clear that I shouldn’t expect him to fall in love with me: “I’m a dreamer, not a lover, you know.” Oh well, that makes two of us, I replied! Let’s just see how far this relationship will go. My very first road trip was to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, sitting on the back of the Heritage Softail™ motorcycle. Luggage, tent, sleeping bag, headband … we felt like two real hippies. Dirt and freedom – hurray! On our way back, all I could think of was one day owning my own motorcycle. Soon after, my dreamer, Claude, taught me how to ride. Fast forward 22 years. In

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“I’M A DREAMER, NOT A LOVER, YOU KNOW.” OH WELL, THAT MAKES TWO OF US, I REPLIED! that time, I’ve owned a 1992 H-D® Sportster® 883 Hugger™ motorcycle, a 2003 H-D® Dyna® Low Rider® motorcycle, and just this past year, I purchased the bike of my dreams: a 2012 Harley‑Davidson® Heritage Softail™ Classic motorcycle with a beautiful red and cream

paint job. And yes, in case you were wondering, I’m still in a relationship with my old neighbour, Claude. For you, my lover, my friend, my bum, and my dreamer: thank you for giving me this beautiful life. I wouldn’t want it any other way.


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