The Harley-Davidson Museum

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
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Trip End Aug 22, 2012


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Harley-Davidson Museum Milwaukee
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Glen:

Well, if there is a Mecca ( insert your religious equivalent) for Harley enthusiasts then this is the place. Milwaukee - Wisconsin: not only known for 'Happy Days', 'Laverne and Shirley' but "That 70s Show" and the film "Blues Brothers" were also filmed here (not Chicago as Jake and Elwood would have you believe).

Wisconsin is well known for it's beer, bratz (sausages) and cheese (or cheese curds in fact). Yes curds exist and they taste great with a good Shiraz, but that's another story. I am yet to find what "whey" is or what it tastes like.

Anyway, back to the Harley thing..... the H-D museum is quite simply one of the best museums I have ever had the good fortune to walk into. From the edgy outside, with H-D themed cafes and restaurants, to the industrial architecture that seems to go back to the roots of how H-D started. It wasn't always a success story, but from humble beginnings in a shed about 10' x 15' in 1903; it has obviously grown into the two-wheeled juggernaut it is today. True H-D lovers could easily spend all day looking at bikes from the very first H-D ever made (Serial 1) through to the latest 2012 models and all the memorabilia, pictures, artefact's and trinkets in between. For under $20 for entry, its money well spent. Full details are here...

At the time Cliff and I visited they also had a "Leather Jacket" expo on as well - pretty neat, seeing all the pictures of outlaws, rebels and rockers that have worn leather over the years. Pretty cool to see Arnie's outfit from Terminator 2, complete with bullet holes from the set!

Probably one of the best moments captured in the museum was a short film with all the 'best bits' of biker films over the years including Easy Rider, The Wild Ones, The Wild Angels, The Outlaws and so on to name a few......it sort of appears that not much has changed over the years with bikers always existing on the fringe. Seriously though, if you ride a Harley and are ever in or near Milwaukee, the H-D museum is a must-see.

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