Posts tagged with "Taming the Road in Style"

Harley-Davidson Museum

The new year brings new reasons to visit the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum. In addition to cutting-edge displays – such as the LiveWire prototype – the H-D Museum has you covered when it comes to fun and freedom with special events. From a celebration fit for “The King” to free admission on your special day plus the launch of the inaugural MKE Museum week, there’s no shortage of cabin fever cures to be found throughout the H-D Museum campus.

EVENTS / PROMOTIONS

$10 Tuesday are back!
Don’t forget: Museum admission on Tuesdays through April is just $10, no reservation required. Plus, a Hamilton gets you the juicy MOTOR Burger at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant.

Elvis’ Birthday Bash
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Elvis loved his Harley-Davidson. To celebrate the King’s birth, we’re showcasing his beloved 1956 KH at the H-D Museum. While you’re here, stop in the Can Room where we’re serving up Banana Cream Pie in a jar topped with peanut butter drizzle and candied bacon. To truly personify the King, we’re giving out free Elvis glasses complete with sideburns to the first 100 H-D Museum visitors.

FREE Admission on Your Birthday
We’re not just celebrating Elvis’ birthday – we’re celebrating yours, too! New in 2019, you can explore the Museum for free on your special day.

#MuseumSelfie Day

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Grab the selfie stick and put on a happy face because #MuseumSelfie Day returns to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 16. There’s no better backdrop for a selfie than the unrivaled collection at the H-D Museum. Visitors are encouraged to share their best pics on the Harley-Davidson Museum’s social pages. #HDMuseum @HDMuseum

Monster Jam Drivers Meet & Greet and Ticket Giveaway at the Harley-Davidson Museum®

Friday, Jan. 18, noon-1 p.m.
Get autographs and see a life-sized inflatable Monster Jam Truck up close. Plus, the first 100 folks to show up and donate to the MPS Mitten Drive will receive a free ticket voucher to Monster Jam Triple Threat Series and entrance into the Harley Davidson Museum® for Friday, Jan. 19.

Free Admission Friday

Friday, Jan. 18, 5-9 p.m.
Visit the H-D Museum for FREE on Friday, Jan. 18. Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, Gallery Night & Day is the two-day premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced artist and beginning admirer. Tonight, be sure to check out “Taming the Road in Style,” a temporary exhibit that examines the pursuit of marrying styling and comfort. Free Friday night Museum admission from 5 – 9 p.m.; regular Museum admission applies on Saturday.

MKE Museum Week
Monday, Jan. 21-Sunday, Jan. 27
The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to participate in the inaugural Milwaukee Museum Week January 21 – 27, 2019. This week-long celebration aims to highlight the meaningful ways that museums benefit Milwaukee community members, tourism, and the economy by showcasing Milwaukee’s broad and diverse cultural community.
All week long, the H-D Museum will offer a free activity sheet that will help visitors immerse themselves in the collection. Plus, on select days and times, your H-D Museum admission includes an optional curator-led tour that will shine a light on the connections between the Motor Company and Milwaukee during its 116-year history. Beginning with a 10-by-15-foot shed that was erected in the backyard of the Davidson family home on Milwaukee’s west side, the story of Harley-Davidson is one that could only happen in Milwaukee. Join our curatorial staff as they share stories of beneficial business partnerships, dedicated employees and fanatic customers that helped make Harley-Davidson a global icon.
These curator-led tours are free with your paid Museum admission. Visit H-DMuseum.com for times and more information.

NEW DISPLAYS

LiveWire™ 2015 Prototype
Hot on the heels of Harley-Davidson’s electric vehicle LiveWire unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Harley-Davidson Museum is chronicling this piece of H-D history by displaying one of the original 80 demo bikes that Harley-Davidson took around the world for riders to try in 2015.
The LiveWire Project’s engineers and stylists were challenged not just to make an electric motorcycle, but to make a Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle. This prototype won praise for its power, quickness, and look, but it was still a work in progress.

The final version evolved after several years of gathering feedback from riders, data analysis, and redesign work. The result of an unprecedented development process, the 2020 LiveWire will be available in Harley-Davidson dealerships Fall 2019. See this landmark development in electric vehicle technology while it’s on display in the H-D Museum lobby.

Temporary Exhibit
Taming the Road in Style” (open now)
The earliest Harley-Davidson motorcycles had the same suspensions as bicycles of the time: none at all. The roads were a hodgepodge of dirt, stone, and other materials. Bumps were everywhere; suspension was needed. Comfort became a never-ending challenge for Harley-Davidson engineers. It was redefined by each new generation of rider and changing environments: over the decades, roads were paved, engine power and speed increased, and motorcyclists traveled faster over longer distances and craved smoother rides. In response, Harley improved the seats, redesigned many frames, or added new suspension systems. Sometimes these changes were small, sometimes dramatic. These tweaks and additions added up over the years. The first Harley-Davidsons resembled bicycles. Years later, bicycles and motorcycles looked nothing alike. The pursuit of comfort had transformed motorcycles.
The Harley-Davidson Museum’s newest exhibit, “Taming the Road in Style,” examines this history, drawing a line from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of present-day Harley-Davidson Softail® models.

Save the Dates

Mama Tried Bike Night, February 14, 5-9 p.m.

Daredevils: A century of spine-tingling spectacles, June 15-Sept. 8, 2019, special summer exhibit

Harley-Davidson Museum

We’ve hit double digits! Since opening its doors on July 12, 2008, the Harley-Davidson Museum has welcomed hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts, riders and non-riders from around the globe to pay homage to the history and heritage of Harley-Davidson that comes to life at 6th & Canal.

Join the Harley-Davidson Museum July 12-15 as we celebrate a full decade of being one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations. Of course, the celebration begins with a bang at Bike Night.

Whether you visited during our inaugural year in 2008 or you rode down on your Harley-Davidson for the last Bike Night, the H-D Museum always has something new to see or do, including a few just-opened exhibits. Join us for more than a few surprises as we invite our neighbors in Milwaukee and our friends from the world over to help us mark this milestone in Harley-Davidson history.

Here are just a few of the activities planned for our Birthday weekend:

  • Enjoy $10 Museum admission all weekend long to celebrate 10 years of making memories in our hometown of Milwaukee, U.S.A.
  • Thursday kick-off with Bike Night featuring 10 years of Museum trivia, live music by the Radio Wranglers and fireworks around 8:50 p.m.
  • Friday, join WISN-TV and 99.1 The Mix forCoffee with the Morning Crew. Enjoy a complimentary cup of Joe and enter to win terrific prizes, including a Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Chrome Rally pack.
  • Start out your Saturday watching the police-escorted Panhead 70th AnniversaryPandemonium Ride at 10 a.m. then stay for the antique motorcycle show and field games. It’s all a part of the Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally.
  • All weekend long, enjoy the Wall of Death Stunt Show (by Ives Brothers) for free.
  • All weekend long, MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant will feature special menu items including the Original Cafe Racer Footlong Hot Dog, Birthday Cupcakes and a Bloody Mary Bar!
  • All weekend long, The Shop will stock special Museum birthday swag like special-edition T-shirts, patches, pins and $10 featured bundles.

Thursday, July 12

Bike Night, 5-9 p.m.

Thursday, kickstart the party with Bike Night where we’ll feature 10 years of Museum trivia, live music by The Radio Wranglers, a Milwaukee Fire Department Fire Boat Show at 7 p.m. before we end with a bang when the fireworks show begins at 8:50 p.m.

Future Bike Nights:

July 19 – Classic Rock Bike Night (featuring a pop-up performance from the city’s preeminent dancers)

July 26 – German Fest Bike Night (featuring an unique demonstration from STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS athletes)

Saturday, July 14

Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Panhead Engine

Featuring the 16th Annual Knucklehead Company Reunion

Marking the Museum’s 10th Birthday

Come celebrate Harley-Davidson’s unrivaled motorcycle heritage with a vintage 1940s-style motorcycle rally at the H-D Museum.™ In partnership with the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA), the H-D Museum™ will host a 70th Anniversary celebration of the legendary Panhead Engine, featuring a timeline of these historic motorcycles dating back to 1948 and running through 1965. Panhead fans from the world over are invited to Milwaukee to show off – or admire – these iconic rolling sculptures.

Additionally, the 16th Annual Knucklehead Company Reunion features an antique motorcycle ride-in show and the AMCA Badger Heritage Chapter hosts authentic motorcycle field games (slow race, plank ride, barrel race, T-ball, ball on cone and weenie bite), with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.

Plus, enter for your chance to win a customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle, inspired by the art of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, father of the old-school American Tattoo. Click here for more details.

Exhibits and Displays

“Taming the Road in Style”
Comfort, redefined by each new generation of riders, plays a significant role in Harley-Davidson’s ongoing story of combining cutting-edge innovation with timeless styling cues. The Harley-Davidson Museum’s newest exhibit, “Taming the Road in Style,” examines this history, drawing a line from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of present-day Harley-Davidson Softail® models
.

“Panorama”
Among the tens of thousands of pieces of original photographic material in the Harley-Davidson Archives, a number of panoramic images can be found in the collection. These large-scale photos provide a detailed visual record of motorcycle clubs, organized rides and outings, and formal portraits of military and police groups. “Panorama” includes framed original prints, as well as modern prints from negatives or digital scans
.

The Engine Wall
The H-D Museum is proud to announce its all-new Engine Wall is currently on display. Designed for performance and styled for appearance, engines are at the center of Harley-Davidson’s identity. It is, after all, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The H-D Museum’s new Engine Wall artfully displays 24 examples from the major engine families that Harley-Davidson has engineered over its 115-year history alongside impressive interactive displays that let visitors dive deep into the motor’s workings and supplies the H-D enthusiast with tidbits and trivia related to the Motor Company’s legendary story.

Lobby display

1948, FL

OHV V-TWIN

In 1948, rider Jim Kobe purchased this motorcycle new for $965. In 1998, he donated it to Harley-Davidson. Kobe modified his bike over the 50 years that he owned it to enhance its performance. For example, he converted it to a 12-volt electrical system and upgraded from chain to belt drive. Kobe racked up more than 100,000 miles, earning the last few miles on his trip to Milwaukee to hand off the bike at Harley-Davidson’s 95th anniversary celebration.

Experiences and Other Events

Gallery Night Free Admission

July 20, 5-9 p.m.

The Museum offers free admission Friday evening only as part of the Historic Third Ward Association’s Gallery Night. Check out our new displays, get reacquainted with some of your favorites and prep for that party 115 years in the making coming to town over Labor Day weekend.

Demo Rides
Demo Rides are now available at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum! Visit the Museum campus Saturdays* from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and throw a leg over a 2018 motorcycle to experience the fun and freedom that only a Harley-Davidson can deliver.
Visitors with their motorcycle endorsement will be able to choose from more than a dozen of the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson, including Touring, Softail, Sportster and Street models. A pre-determined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods.

• Demo Rides will run 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weather dependent.
• Sign-up is on a first come first service basis.
• Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age. Riders must hold a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement.
• All riders and passengers must wear a helmet, eye protection, shirt, long pants and closed toe shoes with heal strap. A limited selection of helmets, chaps and jackets will be available on site.
*Demo Rides will not be available on Saturday July 14th or Saturday September 1st

Jumpstart
Don’t have a motorcycle endorsement? No problem. You can still experience the thrill that only comes from being on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson® JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience combines a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a specially-designed, stationary support stand. That means no previous motorcycle experience is necessary. The motorcycle will not tip over. You’ll mount the bike, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of trained personnel. Give the throttle a twist and hear that unforgettable Harley sound. Sitting comfortably on the bike, you’ll continue to shift through the gears – all securely attached to the JUMPSTART™ platform. Visit the H-D Museum today and try it out.

TOURS

Inside H-D: All-Day Experience
Offered the first Friday of the month (through October). Also available for private group bookings. (12-person minimum).
The Inside H-D: All-Day Experience is an in-depth immersion into the world of Harley-Davidson. This guided tour kicks off in front of The Shed on the Harley-Davidson Museum® campus, where you’ll learn about the humble beginnings of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brand. Then it’s time to go inside the Harley-Davidson Museum for an exclusive guided tour featuring new exhibit content and conversation with the Curatorial, Archives or Conservation professionals who are behind the engaging stories on display and behind-the-scenes at the Museum. After the tour, the group will head over to Harley-Davidson Corporate Headquarters located on Juneau Avenue – which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch is served while employees from HDMC and the Harley-Davidson University will swap stories and provide a glimpse of the inner workings of H-D. Upon returning to the Museum, tour participants are invited to enjoy a special discount for The Shop at the H-D Museum™, where you’ll find unique clothes and merchandise found nowhere else. The day concludes with happy hour at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. Transportation to and from Corporate Headquarters is included.

For more information or to book your tour, call 414-287-2799 or email groups@h-dmuseum.

Bikes Brats & Beer Tour
Thursdays @ 3 p.m. and Sundays @ 10 a.m. (through August)
Get an authentic taste of American history and culture on Harley-Davidson Museum’s Bikes Brats & Beer Tour, offered in partnership with Milwaukee Food & City Tours®. The 3 1/2-hour excursion begins with a guided H-D Museum tour, highlighting Harley-Davidson’s journey from garage start-up to iconic global brand. Next, you’ll board the tour bus for a close-up look at Milwaukee’s legendary beer- and sausage-making heritage, traveling through the Menomonee and Miller Valleys and downtown Milwaukee. Narrated points of interest include Miller Park, Miller Brewing Company, the family mansions of Milwaukee beer barons, Pabst Brewery Complex, Schlitz Park, and Usinger’s Famous Sausage Shop.

Purchase tickets online or in person at the H-D Museum lobby.

SAVE THE DATES

115th Anniversary
Aug. 29–Sept. 2, 2018
Mark your calendars because, for our 115th Anniversary, we’re throwing parties for the people. Celebrations all about riding, racing, meeting new friends and connecting with people from all over the world who share a passion for the freedom of two wheels. The H-D Museum™ will be the Central Rally Point all week long, and riders will have a list of destination rides and bike shows from which to choose.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at h-dmuseum.com.