Harley-Davidson Newsline for 6/25/10

Motorcycle News

Carl Edwards Wins Harley-Davidson XR1200 at Road America Nationwide Race

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards left Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with more than just a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200, the series’ inaugural road course race at scenic Road America on June 19.

In addition to a custom trophy designed by the Harley-Davidson styling department and presented by Willie G. and Bill Davidson, Edwards also rode away with a brand-new Harley-Davidson XR1200X motorcycle. Not a bad haul for a hard day’s drive.

Second Annual Women Riders Month Celebrated Around the World in May

Riders from as far away as Aruba and South Africa celebrated the 2nd Annual Harley-Davidson Women Riders Month in May with rides and parties, enjoying the unique camaraderie found only on two wheels.

At the exciting event in Milwaukee May 22-23, more than 1,000 women–and men –enjoyed the weekend’s festivities, with a highlight being the Group Ride to the Street Party downtown led by Karen Davidson, Creative Director of Harley-Davidson General Merchandise.

Riders from Brazil, Australia, Mexico and Europe attended the event, enjoying the Harley-Davidson bond that is common across all cultures and countries.

"No matter where we are from, we are all uniquely bonded by our passion for riding," said Davidson. "To see women taking their first step toward riding, and the excitement on the faces of the women already twisting throttles was exhilarating."

A recap of the event is posted at h-d.com/womenriders featuring video and photos of riders around the world celebrating the growing number of women getting into the sport.

National Garage Party Sweepstakes Contest Winner Announced

Deborah L. McEnteggart of Pinellas Park, Florida, has been announced as the winner of Harley-Davidson’s National Garage Party Sweepstakes contest. McEnteggart along with three guests, will be rewarded with a spa retreat weekend in Los Angeles, in addition to learning to ride during a Harley-Davidson Rider’s Edge New Rider Course.

The lucky winners will also meet TV wellness expert Jillian Michaels, and get some tips on leading a healthier life. Michaels, a Harley-Davidson rider and life-long motorcycle enthusiast, recently forged a partnership with the Motor Company to encourage more women to participate in the sport.

Women interested in taking the next step can visit h-d.com/roadmap to access the Harley-Davidson Roadmap to Riding online tool. Through a few simple steps, women get the tips, advice and confidence they need to turn their dream of riding into a reality.

Oshkosh Defense Announces Rumble With a Cause Sweepstakes Winners

The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) together with Oshkosh Defense announced the winners of the custom-painted motorcycle grand prizes for the Rumble With a Cause sweepstakes. David Dingman, of Killeen, Texas, won the Army-themed bike and Skipper Lee Campbell, of Seguin, Texas, won the Marine Corps-themed bike.

Dingman, a staff sergeant with the Army, and Campbell, a retired Marine with 14 years of service, received calls from Patricia Driscoll, AFF president and executive director, and Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense, notifying them of their grand prize win. The winners will receive their motorcycles at a special event in the Washington, D.C.

The sweepstakes, which ended on April 15, raised more than $150,000 for the AFF, which provides assistance to active and retired military members, as well as their families.

"Thanks to the support of many people, including the two lucky winners, the Rumble With a Cause sweepstakes was a great success," said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense.

"We at Oshkosh believe strongly in giving back to the men and women who serve our country, whether they’re on the front lines or have returned home. The AFF does so much for military members and their families, and we are very happy to have been able to support the important services they provide."

With the support of Oshkosh, the AFF launched the Rumble With a Cause sweepstakes in October 2009. Oshkosh donated the two military-themed Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycles as the sweepstakes grand prizes.

Donations raised through the sweepstakes will support the AFF and its wide range of assistance to active and retired military members, and their families, including counseling, living expenses, funeral arrangements and housing improvements.

While sweepstakes entries are no longer being accepted, those wishing to support the AFF and its many services can still make a donation through the Rumble With a Cause Web site at rumblewithacause.org or by texting AFF to 90999 to give $10.

No 2010 Harley-Davidson Open Houses at York or Kansas City Plants

Harley-Davidson Motor Company will not host Open House events at the Company’s York Operations or Kansas City Vehicle and Powertrain Operations this fall, due to an expanded commitment of event marketing resources to other activities, including events that focus on new demographic markets, as well as the ongoing restructuring activities underway at York.