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Harley-Davidson Museum® celebrates Wild One: Vintage Motorcycle Rally this weekend

Weekend events include a 1940s motorcycle rally, the Wall of Death as well as a chance to see the exhibit “The Race of Gentlemen.”

By - Jul 5th, 2017 02:15 pm

MILWAUKEE (July 5, 2017) – The Harley-Davidson Museum is preparing to host its annual birthday celebration as Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally takes over the campus on July 8. Events throughout the weekend take visitors back in time to relive motorcycling history and family fun. But there’s no reason to wait until Saturday to take in the sights and sounds. Thursday’s Bike Night serves as the kick-start for the Wild Ones fun, but a walk through the special summer exhibit, “The Race of Gentlemen,” provides the perfect pairing for all things vintage.

Thursday, July 6

Bike Night, 5-9 p.m.

All bikes unite at the Harley-Davidson Museum for Bike Night. Thursday’s Bike Night serves as the kick-start for the Wild Ones fun. In addition to the two-wheeled rolling sculptures that descend on campus every Thursday, the car club Wisco Maniacs will show off their classic rides. Plus, the Ives Brothers bring their stunt-riding skills to the famed Wall of Death, powered by Sailor Jerry. Live tunes from Chicken Wire Empire provides the soundtrack to this first Bike Night of July.

Saturday, July 8

Come celebrate motorcycle heritage with a vintage 1940s-style motorcycle rally at the H-D Museum™. The 15th annual Knucklehead Company Reunion hosts an antique motorcycle ride-in show and the AMCA Badger Heritage Chapter hosts authentic motorcycle field games like the slow race and plank ride. The Ives Brothers Cycle will thrill the audience with Wall of Death Stunt Shows, powered by Sailor Jerry®, and be sure to check out the special summer exhibit, “The Race of Gentlemen,” on display at the Museum through September 4.

Stick around for the after-party concert with live music from The Telltale Signs and special $10 after-hours admission into “The Race of Gentlemen.” With so much to see and do, plan to spend the day at the H-D Museum™!

Schedule of Events:

  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m.   H-D Museum™ Admission
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.   H-D® Motorcycle Demo Rides – Model Year 2017 Motorcycles
  • 9 a.m.              Vintage Bike Show Check-In / Registration
  • 10 a.m.            Ives Brothers Cycle Wall of Death powered by Sailor Jerry
  • 11 a.m.            Ives Brothers Cycle Wall of Death Performance
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Concessions & Sailor Jerry Bar
  • 11:30 a.m.       Vintage Bike Show Judging by Knucklehead Company
  • 12 p.m.            Motorcycle Field Games Round #1
  • 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Norman’s Garage by Sailor Jerry featuring Pinstriping by Pinstripe Legends & Sailor Jerry Cocktail Bar
  • 1 p.m.              Ives Brothers Cycle Wall of Death Performance
  • 2 p.m.              Motorcycle Field Games Round #2
  • 3:30 p.m.         Ives Brothers Cycle Wall of Death Performance
  • 4 p.m.              Vintage Bike Show Awards / Motorcycle Field Games Awards / Raffle Winners Announcement
  • 5:30 p.m.         Ives Brothers Cycle Wall of Death Performance
  • 5:30-8 p.m.      After Party with Live Music by The Telltale Signs / $10 TROG Exhibit Admission / Sailor Jerry Cocktail Party

Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Demos

Demo the latest Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and find your perfect match. Demo rides are free. Available bikes vary. Come early to register and ride all day. Demo riders are required to possess a valid motorcycle operator’s license and be at least 18 years of age. Demo riders and passengers are required to wear a properly-fitting, D.O.T. certified helmet and other appropriate riding gear (including eye protection, shirt, full-length pants, and closed-toed shoes) while riding in the demo event.

Antique Motorcycle Ride-In Show Classes: Stock Knucklehead / Custom Knucklehead / Sidevalve / Panhead / Shovelhead / Other Pre-1970 American Made / $20 entry per bike with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Antique Motorcycle Field Games:  Slow Race / Ball on Cone / T-Ball / Plank Ride / Barrel Race / Weenie Bite

Other July events:

Gallery Night Free Admission

July 21, 5-9 p.m.

The H-D Museum is proud to bring together the vehicles, artistry and personalities that make up The Race of Gentlemen for its special summer exhibit. In addition to displaying portraits, bikes and roadsters pulled from past races, “The Race of Gentlemen” exhibit will reveal the passion and devotion TROG compatriots bring to this sandy spectacle.

Enjoy free admission on Friday, July 21 from 5-9 p.m. for the Historic Third Ward Gallery Night. Regular Museum admission applies on Saturday.

“The Race of Gentlemen”

Open through Sept. 4 during Museum hours

At the intersection of speed and style, The Race of Gentlemen has become a must-see and must-do automotive carnival. Dedicated craftsmen and women build and restore vintage American hot rods and motorcycles to blast down the beaches of the Jersey Shore. This summer, the Harley-Davidson Museum® is proud to bring together the vehicles, the artistry and the personalities that make up The Race of Gentlemen for its special exhibit.

Bikes Brats and Beer Tour
Thursdays 3 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.

Get an authentic taste of American history and culture on Harley-Davidson Museum’s Bikes Brats & Beer Tour, offered in partnership with Milwaukee Food & City Tours®. The 3 1/2-hour excursion begins with a guided H-D Museum tour, highlighting Harley-Davidson’s journey from garage start-up to iconic global brand. Next, you’ll board the tour bus for a close-up look at Milwaukee’s legendary beer- and sausage-making heritage, traveling through the Menomonee and Miller Valleys and downtown Milwaukee. Narrated points of interest include Miller Park, Miller Brewing Company, the family mansions of Milwaukee beer barons, Pabst Brewery Complex, Schlitz Park, and Usinger’s Famous Sausage Shop.

Purchase tickets here or in person at the H-D Museum lobby.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum®

A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at h-dmuseum.com.

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