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A Museum Goes HOG Wild

Posted July 11, 2008, 12:43 pm in Vehicles
Credit Growing Bolder

Image Credit: Harley-Davidson
The Harley-Davidson Museum brick wall on the south end of the Museum building on June 27, 2008.Zoom In
It is every motorcycle lover's dream: 20 acres of bikes and motorcycle merchandise. The Harley-Davidson Museum, located on 20 acres in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will open on July 12. The museum will feature motorcycles from Harley-Davidson's collection of more than 400 vehicles, some dating back to the early 1900s. But it will also celebrate the people who have made the brand what it is today.

In June of 2006, Harley-Davidson began construction of the museum. During the groundbreaking ceremony, the company substituted the golden shovel for a XL 883R Sportster motorcycle.
Image Credit: Harley-Davidson
Legendary Harley-Davidson dirt track racer, Scott Parker, kicks off the Museum construction Harley style. To break ground he performed a burnout on a Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster on June 1, 2006.Zoom In
Scott Parker, a track racer, literally "broke the ground" with the motorcycle instead. But now with construction completed, the Harley-Davidson Museum is ready for visitors.

The museum features Elvis Presley's 1956 Harley-Davidson KH motorcycle and the King Kong--a 13 foot long motorcycle with two engines, customized over a span 40 years by a Harley-Davidson customer. But this museum is not just about the motorcycles. It celebrates the entire culture that Harley-Davidson has created, and the people that have made this brand the icon that it is today. The two founders, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, began their company in 1903 and worked out of a 10 foot long wooden shed. Today, Harley-Davidson is one of the most recognized brands and company leaders tell Growing Bolder that they are committed to continuing their dominance over the decades.

Harley-Davidson celebrates its 105th anniversary in August.

To read more about the museum click here, or to see what it looks like from a live Web cam, click here.

Here's a list of other stories about people who love their motorcycles:

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