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Enterprise to rent Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Vegas

Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced today that it will be the first major car rental agency to rent motorcycles in the USA. The two-wheelers will be available for rental only from a facility in Las Vegas, where Enterprise hopes to woo enthusiasts who want to visit nearby attractions like the Strip, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, by motorcycle. Enterprise will have a fleet of Harley-Davidson bikes. Those who rent them must be licensed to drive a motorcycle, and Enterprise will provide helmets to the renters and their passengers at no extra cost, so that drivers are in compliance with Nevada helmet laws. Continue reading

2013 Hogs and Dogs at Spring Meadows

Spring Meadows At Lansdale would like to thank the Indian Valley Harley Owner's Group for making our 10th Annual Hog's & Dog's event a great success! Our resident's look forward to our annual get together and without your support we would not be able to make the event possible. We look forward to next year! Thanks for coming!!! The resident's, staff and management of Spring Meadows. Continue reading

THE OLD JAIL MUSEUM

The ride after Septembers meeting will be to the Old Carbon County Jail in Jim Thorpe. The cost is $6.00 for the tour. If you have Irish blood in your veins you may find this of interest. HISTORY OF THE OLD JAIL MUSEUM Resembling a fortress standing guard over the town of Jim Thorpe (formerly known as Mauch Chunk), the historic Old Jail Museum is a beautiful two-story stone structure. Completed in 1871 it was used as the Carbon County Prison from 1871 until January 1995 when it was purchased by Tom McBride and his wife, Betty Lou, of Jim Thorpe. Continue reading

Lane Bradley – Why I Ride

The reason I started riding is probably the same as other people: I had friends and family who owned Harley Davidson's and I saw how much fun they had on their rides. Mom and Dad used to ride back in the 60’s but stopped once family life took over. Then, in the 90’s when everyone moved out, they got the bug to ride again. Dad bought an all black Road King and he and mom would be off on weekends or on long trips to Sturgis and Daytona with friends seeing the country. Continue reading

We Remember Isabell Heimgartner

My name is Robin McCarthy and I wanted to let you know that my grandmother, Isabell Heimgartner passed away at the age of 104. The family wanted to let you know that she really enjoyed riding on the back of your Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Last year when you were at Spring Meadows, the Lansdale Reporter took of picture of her on the back of one and ran it in the paper. That was one of the best pictures of her taken and believe it or not, we used it as the picture in front of her niche at the cemetery. We want to remember her that way. She died in her sleep and went without any pain or troubles. I just wanted to let you know that she talked about riding on the bikes for a long time after. Continue reading

1942 Harley-Davidson XA

Blame the Jeep. That’s why this bike never made it into full production—and why, incidentally, military motorcycles of any kind fell out of favor during World War II. But that’s getting ahead of the story. Back in the early 1940s, the U.S. Army asked Harley-Davidson to design a next-generation military motorcycle. The company was already producing the WLA, based on its traditional 45-degree V-twin. But the army wanted a bike with one feature the WLA didn’t have: shaft drive. For its target, Harley chose another well-developed military bike — BMW’s R75, then in use by the German army. Harley’s version, the XA, was a near duplicate, right down to the flat-twin engine. The army ordered a test batch of 1,000 XAs. At the same time, the military also asked Indian to make a 750cc shaft-drive twin, and it came up with a 90-degree V-twin design much like recent Moto Guzzis. Continue reading

Ron Hawkins – Why I Ride

Why Do I Ride? - that’s a good question. I haven’t really thought about it too much until Mike had asked me to write this article for the newsletter. I guess it started back when I was about 19 years old. I had a friend of a friend who was selling a Yamaha 250. I’d never been on a bike before so I thought that would be a good bike to start on. Wow; what a thrill it was when I first started riding. I just couldn't believe the feeling of freedom that I felt. It was nothing I had ever felt before. None of any of my other friends had a motorcycle so I was the cool one with a motorcycle. The Yamaha 250 was nice for a while and was great to learn on, but as time went on I felt like I needed something with a little more power. So I bought a Yamaha 750 and that was just want I needed at the time. It was bigger with more power than my 250 and that difference made riding a little more fun. Continue reading

Earplug Earphones – Earphones that look like Earplugs

I just got the most amazing earphones and they are perfect for riding on a motorcycle. They look like Ear Plugs, and totally block out the wind noise and let you hear the music from any MP3 or iPhone music player. I can still hear cars around me (at a greatly reduced volume) and they stay in my ears even at high speeds. I drove around with them for a few days now on the highway, and back roads and absolutely love them. Next time you see me, ask me to check them out, I will be happy to show them to you. Below is the description from the web site. (http://www.plugfones.com/) Continue reading

Rich Lanning – Why I Ride

Growing up I had no real desire to own a motorcycle. I WAS a motor head though. I had a ‘57 Chevy, a ’46 Ford and a ’64 GTO to keep me content. Along came the year 1969 and the movie Easy Rider. After seeing it three or four times, I knew I had to have a Harley. In 1971 I purchased a new XLCH. Since all of my friends were on metric bikes, I was the bad boy on a Harley. Well, if riding a new Harley was cool, chop-ping it would make it super cool. So that winter I stripped it down, took a hacksaw to the fenders, ex-tended the front end 8 inches, swapped out the seat and painted it candy apple orange. Continue reading

Iron Elite Patch

Iron Elite showcases the rich history, inspiring stories and custom bikes of African American riders. African-American riders have been among the most influential in our 110 year history, blazing trails for not only other African-American riders, but for the motorcycle industry at large. Consider legends such as William B. Johnson, the first African-American Harley-Davidson dealer; Bessie Stringfield, the first known African-American woman to ride solo cross-country on a Harley in the 1930's; and Benny Hardy, the custom bike builder who helped create the iconic “Captain America” motorcycle for the movie Easy Rider. We pay tribute to these African-American Harley legends and others like them by creating a special, limited edition Iron Elite Patch. Continue reading

H.O.G. Magazine on iPad, Free to Members

HOG® MAGAZINE iPAD EDITION NOW AVAILABLE ON THE APP STORE! FREE to all full members of Harley Owners Group. Must be a full or life member to access HOG magazine. Associate members must upgrade membership to full or life to access HOG magazine. It’s everything you love about HOG magazine and more in a convenient, interactive, go-anywhere digital format.Visit the App Store to subscribe. There is no charge for current full and full life members. The tablet edition contains all the same content as the print edition, plus bonus, digital-only content such as expanded photo galleries and more. The app is included as part of your membership benefits. You can use your existing iTunes account credentials to install Newsstand and download the HOG magazine app. If you don’t have an iTunes account? You will need to open one to download the free Newsstand app and HOG magazine. Your members.hog.com account is not linked to iTunes. Continue reading

My Son Matt by Ken Cook

Hello, My name is Ken Cook, I wanted to share a story with you all. My son Matt has been riding his own bike since he was 17. He started off on a Yamaha 535 Verago and quickly started saving for a Harley Sportster. He found a 2000 1200s which he quickly began to make his own by removing chrome, painting it flat black, hand painting his own pin striping, graphics and ghost flames. Continue reading

Mary Ellen McKay – Why I Ride

Ok, so technically I’m a passenger, but the thrill is still the same. I love the feel of the bike, the open road, the wind in my face, and the beautiful scenery that mesmerizes me. I have always loved motor-cycles. I almost got one for my high school graduation, but my mom talked my dad out of it. So instead I had to share a car with my brother. But the interest never left. Fast forward to 2005 of my previous life. I was an excited half owner of a Road King Classic and join IVHOG. It was a little intimidating standing in a room of “Bikers”, but soon came to realize I was among an awesome group of people. The rides were fun, and the people were even more fun. I met some really special people that I am proud to call friends. Continue reading

The Monterey Run

If you have been following along at home you’ll recall that last month I wrote about the pleasures of riding the country roads of rural West Virginia. That first article described riding on one of my favorite routes, the Highland Scenic Highway. The truth is there are so many great rides through the WV countryside that I find it very hard to pick a favorite. A ride I never tire of is one I call “The Monterey Run” because it does a 140 mile loop from Snowshoe through the town of Monterey, VA and eventually returns back to Snowshoe. What makes this ride special are the open farm vistas you encounter along the route through the roads connecting WV and VA. Continue reading

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