Harley-Davidson Million Mile Motorcycle

April 30, 2009
Courtesy of Harley Davidson

Harley-Davidson celebrates Million Mile Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson celebrated and honored Ziens million mile motorcycle accomplishment at the Companys Milwaukee headquarters.
Harley-Davidson celebrated and honored Zien’s million mile motorcycle accomplishment at the Company’s Milwaukee headquarters.

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.

Motor restaurant launches weekly Bike Night starting May 14

Polish up your chrome, get your gear on, and get yourself to Motor for weekly Bike Night starting Thursday, May 14, at 5 p.m. in the Crossroads of 5th and Canal Streets.

Experience the camaraderie of motorcycle culture with fellow riders, friends, co-workers and your extended “family” of motorcycle enthusiasts. Whether you ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a Buell, an MV Agusta or another brand of motorcycle, all riders (and rides) are welcome to share stories, have fun, and kick back each Thursday evening.

“Motorcycle culture is rooted in the strong bond shared between fellow riders,” said Stacey Schiesl, Harley-Davidson Museum director. “Bike Night at Motor is the perfect way for all riders to experience that bond and share their passion for motorcycling with each other.”

Harley-Davidson Museum Rolls out the Orange Carpet for Moms

Moms won’t want to miss the all-new brunch at Motor restaurant – debuting on Mother’s Day, May 10. This is a Harley-style brunch, complete with live rock n’ roll music! As a special touch, each mom receives a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Peach Bellini or Champagne.

All You Can Eat Brunch includes:
• Hickory Smoked Turkey w/ Sweet Apple Butter & Cranberry Apricot Chutney
• Made to Order Omelets
• Grilled Sausage w/ Assorted Mustards
• Belgium Waffles
• Braised Beef Short Ribs
• H-D Chopper Salad
• Cast Iron Peach Cobbler

Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required – call today to reserve your table at (414) 287-2778. Prices are $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children (12 and under).

Just for kids:
Kids get their very own brunch buffet table with kid-friendly items and a “Build-your-own Cupcake Station” to create a special treat for mom.

Senior Vice President of Product Development Ron Hutchinson Retires

After more than 30 years of service, Ron Hutchinson (“Hutch”), Senior Vice President of Product Development for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, announced his plans to retire, as of April 30. “Ron has led with a relentless pursuit of excellence in everything he’s done, and his contributions to the success of the Motor Company can’t be overstated,” said Jim McCaslin, President and COO. “His passion for our customers and products is evident; he bleeds black and orange. And there’s one thing I know – Ron will retire aggressively!”

A graduate of Purdue University and the University of Detroit, Hutchinson held a series of engineering, manufacturing and quality positions from 1975-1985. During that time, in addition to the Softail, he led the formulation of the Company’s Quality initiative and the restructuring of the Service and Quality organization. In 1985, Hutch left Harley-Davidson to be Principal and Vice President of a quality and manufacturing consultancy, where he retained ties with H-D by performing project work in the plants. He returned to the Company as Vice President of Total Quality in 1989. He has held a number of senior leadership positions since then, and has left a true legacy through building the industry-leading Parts & Accessories division, and launching the Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO) and Tri Glide™ product lines.

Hutchinson has also been a key player in the Company’s contemporary racing presence, entering H-D into the NHRA Drag Racing scene, which now holds four world championships, and revitalizing flat track racing resulting in three consecutive championships.

“It’s been a wonderful ride,” said Hutchinson. “I’ve been privileged to lead teams of excited, empowered folks as they have created new markets, products and services for our customers that helped drive Motor Company growth over the last 30 years.”