Daredevil Doug Danger has succeeded where his hero Evel Knievel failed to do, jumping over a record 22 cars at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Danger’s incredible leap to the record books was a long time coming but for what it’s worth, he made all that waiting worth it. Riding the same 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750model that Knievel used back in his heyday, Danger made the record-setting jump look elementary, easily clearing all 22 cars with plenty of real estate for the landing.
Such was the ease of Danger’s attempt that he actually almost overshot the landing slope, hitting the part of the slope that was already close to the ground. If you think about it, the man could’ve probably cleared 25 cars and still had enough space to make a comfortable landing.
It’s undoubtedly an incredible achievement for a man who has planned this jump for years. The preparation and training to make the jump wasn’t easy and Danger is the first to tell that the road to the record didn’t come easy. But the man who has built a career from stunts like this will also tell you that this was a stunt he had to do, not just for himself but for the man he considered his mentor of sort.s
Its no accident that Danger also used a 1972 XR-750 for the jump, the same model Knievel used in his own attempt back in 1972. While it’s the same bike for all intents and purposes, Danger’s bike did have the advantage of weighing only 200 pounds, compared to Knievel’s 1972 bike that weighed 350 pounds.
People will likely point to that as the biggest reason why Danger succeeded where Knievel couldn’t. I’m here to say that’s a short-sighted way of looking at Danger’s incredible achievement. Jumping over 22 cars, no matter what you’re using, is an incredibly risky proposition.
There’s a reason why not everybody does it. Doug Danger did, and he beat the odds. That, by itself, is an achievement nobody’s going to take away from him.
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You can always count on Jay Leno to make us all feel inadequate. The affable comedian was at it again when he featured his unrestored 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
In his own words, Leno believes that the Knucklehead was the bike that launched Harley-Davidson’s company back in the day. Knowing how much he knows about automotive and motorcycle history, it’s hard to argue against that point.
As far as the specific bike itself is concerned, Leno explained how he got possession of the Knucklehead back in the 80’s. Even then, it took him a while - 30 years, by his count - to give the beaten down Knucklehad a little fixer-upper, only to find out that it actually didn’t need anything more than a clean carburetor and a full tank of gas to roar back to life. Leno and his crew did add a few more parts to make it function like new, but the point is that a bike this old shouldn’t work the way it does if it was basically forgotten for the past three decades.
And yet here it is, looking good as new and purring like a kitten the way it once did. It kind of makes you jealous that for all of his cars and bikes, Leno can still stumble into a classic bike like the Knucklehead.
Oh, the episode concludes, as it always does, with Leno taking the Knucklehead out for a spin around the neighborhood. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought that this Knucklehead was in its dying stage before being taken out to pasture.
But when it comes to classic cars and classic bikes, you don’t underestimate Jay Leno’s uncanny knack to find hidden and neglected gems and bring them back to their old opulence.
I’ve always been proud of the fact that I’m a law-abiding citizen. I don’t get into a lot of trouble and I certainly don’t intend to get into anything that will result in me getting apprehended by a police officer. That’s a sentiment a lot of people share.
There are a number of reasons behind this. For one, none of us want to deal with the hassle of having to pay road fines or worse, appear in court to face charges of traffic violations. But most importantly, none of us want to have to look at our side mirrors and see a police officer performing a stunt like this.
Seriously, is there anything scarier than a police officer standing menacingly on the foot pegs of his Harley-Davidson with a rifle pointed directly at your back? If there is, I don’t know what it would look like and quite frankly, I don’t even want to find out.
The sight of a cop doing something like this is scary enough on its own. But if you’re not the offending party, this kind of stunt looks really cool, especially with the way the officer seems to be in full control of the bike and the rifle he has on his hands. I don’t know if the officer has any background doing motorcycle stunts, but from the looks of things, he really seems to know what he’s doing.
I feel sorry for anybody who somehow finds himself with this cop on his tail. I’d freak out if it was me, as I’m sure a lot of you would too.
Hollywood has always been a tremendous platform for car and bike companies to show off their new creations to a huge audience. More often than not, the association with some of these blockbuster movies tend to last longer in consumer’s heads, making it a great avenue by which brands can promote their products. We saw it with the Chevrolet Camaro in the Transformers franchise and now, it looks like we’re about to see the same thing with Harley-Davidson’s long-standing association with Marvel Studios.
After having appeared in the two Captain America movies, Harley-Davidson is returning to the big screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But instead of showcasing one of its production bikes, the American bike brand decided to switch things up a little by giving the all-electric LiveWire Concept a stage to strut its stuff. Really, what bigger stage is there right now than the highly anticipated sequel to the Avengers?
Not only is Harley capitalizing on the expected global success of the movie, but having the LiveWire play a prominent role as Captain America’s chosen stead will go a long way in establishing some semblance of credibility for the bike. It’s still unclear how far Harley’s going to take the project - it’s still a concept at this point - but with its presence in the movie, coupled with the recent announcement of a global tour, there’s no denying that the all-electric LiveWire concept is getting a whole lot of mainstream attention.
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The common perception among people who don’t know Harley-Davidson is that the bike is a niche all its own, free from having to bend its image to fit whatever the occasion. These people, of course, are wrong. Harley may be associated mostly for its massive cruisers and tourers, but there’s more to the brand than meets the eye.
That’s precisely why Harley-Davidson launched a new marketing campaign, called #RollYourOwn. The campaign is directed towards those who think that Harley fits only one box when in truth, it fits any kind of box an owner wants to fit it in. US marketing director Dino Bernacchi, one of the principal figures behind the campaign, put it best when he said that “there is no one way to ride a Harley.”
Whether you’re kicking up dirt on the track, racing on ice, or just enjoying the morning commute, there’s a Harley bike for everyone and a story that can be told with those bikes.
That’s basically the essence of the #RollYourOwn campaign. As a Harley owner, you’re in charge of what you want to do with your bike and you’re in charge of what story you want to tell.
It’s definitely a unique way to show people how Harley-Davidson celebrates rider individually and certainly, at least on this end, the message is sent loud and very clear.
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I’ve kind of given up on the Terminator franchise because I quite frankly don’t know what to make of it anymore. Too much time-travelling. Too many characters. Too many Arnold Schwarzeneggers. Yes, it’s come to that point when the Terminator character has become so dry they’re trying to pull an X-Men: Days of Future Past and erase whatever happened in past movies like they never happened.
That seems to be the ethos of the latest Terminator movie, called “Terminator: Genisys”. Now I don’t know if there’s a reason behind the mis-spelled “Genesis,” but I do know that this movie is another attempt at confusing the world on what exactly is the point of all these Terminator movies.
Thankfully, the first trailer of the movie did offer a glimpse of something I found particularly interesting. Check out the trailer, specifically 2:09 into it. In it you see Schwarzenegger drop down from God-knows-where into a moving train, all while riding what looks like a Harley-Davidson or a Victory cruiser.
Seems kind of fitting that Schwarzenegger’s resorting to these stunts just to make the movie more dramatic. I like the effect of a motorcycle dropping into a train and then racing on top of it, even if I’m not quite sure how this particular stunt will turn out.
Hopefully, the bike remains intact after its excursion atop the locomotive. I’m not keeping my hopes up, but still, my fingers are crossed, which is short of saying that I might end up watching the movie just to see how this particular stunt plays out.
Yes, I get excited over mundane things like that, so as long as they involve Harleys, Victorys, or any other cruiser, for that matter.
Uwe Wachtendorf of Cycle Canada rides the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight on the roller girls track in the quest for the ideal cover shot for their next month’s issue. The joining is a stretch and they admit it in the video, but my opinion is that, considering the way some of those women look, they should have used the FAT Boy model.
Ever since Harley-Davidson discontinued Buell, we’ve been getting more and more feedback from angry Buell fans, but this video is the first “official” reaction that we’ve come across. These guys took the time to make fun of H-D by appealing to the motorcycle company’s own arms such as heritage and tradition and they’ve ended up inventing the Extra Soft Tail Deluxe Hyperglide American Bald Eagle Historical Limited VXFR1200 Patriot Skull Edition.
While we can understand their anger, we just cannot take this video seriously. You see the spoof for yourself and make your own decision.
Bikers who reach the end of the road usually have no regrets, except the fact that they didn’t get the chance to ride some more. That’s where the motorcycle hearse intervenes. Designed and built by Mike Price from Auckland, New Zealand, this is probably the coolest way for a person who has dedicated an entire life to the road to set off to his/her resting place.
Price is actually an automotive engineer, so when the idea came to mind, he wanted to do this the right and official way, meaning he asked Harley-Davidson to take a look at his project. They wanted a lengthy contract, so Price decided that the motorcycle hearse would be created by him during his spare time. Said and done. He did use a 1,350 cc H-D V-twin motor and made sure the hearse would be able to carry up to 440 lbs in between the wheels, where the coffin sits.
Because the bike had to be much longer than any standard Harley, it is now ridden by two persons and it is much safer this way. Also, a system of complex system of hydraulics helps stabilize the bike and once at the destination, the rig slides out with only a push of a button. Hit the jump for the videos.
We’re not here to do or say anything perverse, but the fact that one of the sexiest and most beautiful women on the planet is doing an ad campaign with Harley Davidson makes it a little harder for us to control the urge to salivate at our keyboards.
That being said, we’re going to resist the urge and adhere to a little self-control. So Harley Davidson, as if they needed any more promotion and marketing, went out and got one of the most gorgeous pieces of eye candy in the world to promote "Start Something", a series that pretty much invites everybody to ride a motorcycle by debunking all those reasons people might have in opting for safer modes of transportation. While we’re already safely on Harley’s side of the fence, there are still people - especially men - that have erred on the side of caution when it comes to riding motorcycles. To those men, Harley Davidson would like you to meet Marisa Miller. And if this drop-dead vixen can’t get you to ride a motorcycle within a week’s time, chances are, you won’t ever do it.
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of how the shoot came to be. Word of warning, though. We’re not claiming responsibility if your computer decides to overheat due to the video’s steaminess.
Take a look at this video and at any other official Harley-Davidson one out there and tell me this isn’t at least as good. It shows the bike, a couple of hot babes and everybody around them going crazy of joy. Just the good old recipe, but it works every time.
For all of you out there who look at Harleys and say “I’m gonna buy one of those some day,” H-D has launched a special website and TV ad called Make This the Year. The American company’s campaign looks to be for Canada, but it applies to that category of potential buyers from all over the world.
At last year’s end, the world had witnessed the first ever Harley successful backflip achieved on a modified XR1200 by our favorite Australians. While that premier was already impressive, the Aussies are now exploiting the bike’s full stunting potential and have recently established an unofficial world record for the world’s longest Harley jump, 157.6 feet. Also, they got their hands on a HD Sportster 883 and started looping it around in the globe of death, so it’s one crazy idea after the other in the minds of those who have turned the XR1200 into a record-breaking machine. Videos are attached after the jump.
Having celebrated International Female Ride Day in 2009 with events in Milwaukee and New York City, drawing hundreds of women riders from miles around, Harley-Davidson has come up with a video from the rides and interviews with some of the women riders that took part at the event.
In the upcoming year, women riders will again be celebrated the entire month of May, with a culmination of events in Milwaukee, Wis. on May 22-23. More information can be found on the women riders section of the official HD website, where registrations will also be made next year.
Nobody has ever before attempted to backflip a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and when the idea finally struck, it did in two different heads, that of Kain Saul in Australia and Chuck Carothers in Prague. They both recently performed their backflips on Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles, meaning that both deserve our recognition and appreciation, despite the fact that the XR1200 used by Kain was specially-prepped for the job while Chuck’s much more rigid XR1200 threw him to the ground. See both videos after the jump.
HD’s 2010 model range offers 10 new ways to “save yourself,” just as the song in their latest video suggests. Among these, the Electra Glide Ultra Limited, Dyna Wide Glide, Fat Boy Special, XR1200X and the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models are the ones we like best. For more information, click here.
When you’re given a school assignment related to cowboys and you come up with a very cool commercial for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, you can really show the teacher that you may very well have more talent than him.
Ok, so although this is not a real Harley-Davidson ad, it sure looks like one, so check it out.
Harley-Davidson has declared November "Military Appreciation Month," inviting fans to pay a tribute to both active and retired U.S. Military personnel on a specially created “thank you” section of their website. Fans of the iconic American brand can create an electronic postcard featuring model Marisa Miller and Harley-Davidson motorcycles or buy limited-edition posters, postcards and calendars featuring the Victoria’s Secret Angel from HD dealerships. Also, one lucky active or retired military will win a motorcycle as part of the “Salute Those who Defend Freedom” campaign. Press release is attached after the jump.
Update: video is now also added.
Learning how to draw a motorcycle is apparently surprisingly easy if you follow 9 simple steps that the team at howtodrawwithpencil has put together. They took the Harley-Davidson V-Rod as the example, but the rules apply to all other bikes in the cruiser category. Please read the advices and watch the demonstration video after the break.
The FLHTCUSE5 pushes the term "fully loaded" to the edge. From satellite radio and heated handgrips to exclusive custom paint schemes and a 1,801cc Scream in Eagle V-Twin engine, this ride is truly top-of-the-line.
The FXDF2-CVO has its show-stopping style with lavish custom details and adrenaline-pumping performance from a Twincam96 V-Twin engine.
The FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide has got old-school chopper looks with the comfort of a modem ride.
We’re sad to announce that Harley-Davidson is discontinuing the Buell brand and selling off its share in MV Agusta. As a result of the shocking news, Erik Buell comes ahead and speaks with a trembling voice about his 26-year engineering adventure that resulted in a motorcycle brand with global recognition, the first one to show that America can deliver competitive bikes and go head to head with European and Japanese brands in this segment of the industry. Also, the founder of the company thanks customers and dealers for that support and he explains that motorcycles currently found in dealerships are the last to ever be sold and HD will continue to honor the full factory warranty on his motorcycles. You can see the video and read HD’s immense press release about their third-quarter results after the break.
Harley-Davidson launched a video presenting their 2010 lineup and inviting their riders (better said, their future riders) to start living free in the true American style because these motorcycles have long been representing the new land with pride. Arguing that “freedom ain’t quiet,” HD also invites you to make your statement at http://h-d.com/freecountry and if it’s among the best, you’ll even see it used on banners promoting their motorcycles.