2013 Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary CelebrationsThousands of motorcyclists gathered in Mexico City on Saturday, May 11, to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Harley Davidson.
Part of a global celebration taking place on six continents throughout the entire year, Mexico City’s motorcycle parade, which was open to anyone who owned a motorbike, had more than 5,000 participants, making it the largest parade of its kind for the destination.The Mayor of Mexico City, Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera, was the grand marshal for the parade, along with Dr. Jesús Rodríguez, the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Tourism Miguel Torruco.The parade began at 10 a.m. at the Zócalo, a large plaza located in the City’s historical center, and continued through several main avenues including Tacuba, Hidalgo and the popular Avenida la Reforma, among others.The procession culminated at the Hermanos Rodriguez speedway where people enjoyed activities including a show by the “Umbrella Girls,” Harley Davidson’s famous models.Participants were also able to experience the JUMPSTART, a type of dynamometer that allows one to experience the thrill of taking a Harley Davidson to its limits. For the grand finale, guest of honor, the “Godfather of Shock Rock” Alice Cooper, performed and took concert-goers back to rocks’ glory days.Minister of Tourism Miguel Torruco and event organizers estimate the event had a tremendous economic impact for the City, estimating approximately 80% hotel occupancy and revenues surpassing $2 million.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!