Friday, August 10, 2012

Here's to Harley

I have to admit I wasn't overly excited at the prospect of visiting the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.  Biker chick I am not -- I like to think of myself as more of a limo lady.  So I was surprised at how much I enjoyed our tour.

The company started with a couple of boys and a backyard shed.  Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley experimented with putting an engine on a bicycle.  The 1903 Serial Number One machine above is the oldest Harley-Davidson in the world.

Once they got their company off the ground, they looked for new ways to adapt motorcycles and expand their markets.

The museum has hundreds of vehicles which it rotates through the displays.  Styles, colors and even tank decals changed with the years.

 Just trying one for size!

Lunch in the H-D Motor Bar and Restaurant was a real treat.  Highlight?  That Wisconsin snack of choice -- fried cheese.  If that doesn't harden your arteries, dip it in ranch dressing.  Then order your custom-built Harley with a double-wide seat!