Harley-Davidson celebrates Million Mile Motorcycle
For any motorcycle rider to log one million miles in a lifetime is truly amazing, but it's even more impressive to do it on one motorcycle, as Dave Zien did, on a 1991 Harley-Davidson FXRT.
Harley-Davidson celebrated and honored Zien's million mile motorcycle accomplishment at the Company's Milwaukee headquarters on April 6 with special presentations to Zien that included a brand new 2009 Road Glide. It was also announced that after a short stay at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Zien's million mile 1991 Harley-Davidson FXRT motorcycle will be put on permanent display at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in Sturgis, S.D.
Steve Phillips, Vice President Quality, Operational Excellence and Technical Services at Harley-Davidson, helped honor Zien for his passion, dedication and devotion to the sport of motorcycling.
"We are extremely proud that Dave has accomplished his goal of riding one million miles on a Harley-Davidson," Phillips said. "As much as Harley-Davidson appreciates being part of Dave's riding achievement, we believe that riding one million miles is about the perseverance of the rider. This effort personifies the statement that a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is more than a machine and it certainly places Dave among the world's toughest riders."
Phillips also recognized Zien for his service to our country as a U.S. Marine and a Vietnam Veteran. Zien is a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in recognition of his support for rider and veteran causes. He was a Wisconsin State Senator from 1993 to 2007, and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989 to 2003.
New Website for Women Riders
Harley-Davidson Motor Company recently updated the women's section of its Web site, www.h-d.com/womenriders, with new, inspirational stories submitted from women with topics of Why I Learned to Ride, How I Learned to Ride and Why I Ride my Harley. The new site has a refreshed look and is the ultimate resource of information for women riders, as well as those who want to get into the sport.
First Rumble at the Harley-Davidson Museum
First Rumble kick starts the riding season Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum with a bike blessing, live music, demo rides, Acceleration Nation and much more.
The day kicks off with one of the most highly-anticipated events in motorcycle culture, and one that signals the "official" opening of riding season: a bike blessing. Join Road King Riding Rev. John G. McFayden, made famous with his center-fold debut in the premier issue of HOG Magazine, for a group blessing at the Museum Crossroads at 10 a.m. The Museum's bike blessing welcomes all riders of all faiths and all motorcycle models.
Shifting the day into high gear is Acceleration Nation, an interactive racing experience that will get the oil in your blood boiling with high-octane fun. Five large plasma screen monitors bring to life exhilarating video of H-D drag racing and flat track racing action. Meet the drag and dirt bike racing teams and test your drag racing skills on a Dyno simulator and get your picture taken on Andrew Hines drag bike.
If you like Rock and Roll, be sure to catch the Liam Ford Band, Milwaukee's premiere Rockabilly band. The winner of the 2009 WAMI award for "Americana Artist of the Year," The Liam Ford Band will rock the stage in the Museum Garage all day long.
Get to the Museum a day early on May 8 for free demo rides of 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Take a demo ride May 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for licensed riders (registration begins at 9 a.m.). The demo fleet will be located in the alley in front of the Annex. For more information, log on to harley-davidson.com/museum.