The Harley-Davidson Museum has announced some unique offerings for the month of February, as well as its roster of upcoming events. Read more in the press release below.
MILWAUKEE, USA (Feb. 11, 2022) – It’s been said that while four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul. But no matter how you get to the Harley-Davidson Museum campus this month, you’ll find love is in the air. Check out the monthly specials and delicious Valentine’s menu from MOTOR Bar & Restaurant available on Friday, Feb. 11 & Saturday, Feb. 12, or step up your couple-goals game with matching outfits found at The Shop. Of course, the unrivaled collection found within the halls of the H-D Museum are also sure to make your heart skip a beat.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Mama Tried official pre-party, taking over MOTOR Bar and Restaurant on Thursday, March 3.
Please note the H-D Museum campus has rolled out seasonal hours for February. The H-D Museum will be open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The Shop will be open Thursday – Monday, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. And MOTOR Bar & Restaurant will be open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays, and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning March 1, 2022, the campus will resume seven days a week operation.
PROGRAMMING / EVENTS
Looking for interesting things to do and ways to fully enjoy our programs and exhibits? The Harley-Davidson Museum’s new Annual Pass offers individual, family and VIP levels to fit your lifestyle. Just some of the perks of the new Annual Pass include: virtual access to the H-D Museum with various Harley history topics covered in our Virtual Gallery Talk series, admission discounts, free admission for children under age 18, merchandise discounts at The Shop, dining discounts at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant and more. Visit H-D Museum.com for details and other terms and conditions.
Engineering Merit Badge (Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
All scouts are welcome to come earn their Engineering Merit Badge at the Harley-Davidson Museum! This experience will be partially facilitated as scouts explore the history of Harley-Davidson as well as the engineering of motorcycles as they complete the nine merit badge requirements. Advance registration is required. Program registration closes one week prior to the scheduled program date. Ticket includes: downloadable activity booklet used for the program, partially facilitated program, blue card signed by the facilitator (one blue card per scout registration) and an exclusive H-D Museum patch.
Scout Virtual Engineering Merit Badge (Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.)
This new 90-minute online program is open to scouts from all over the country. Our program facilitator will guide the troops and explore the role an engineer plays while creating a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. Nine requirements for the Engineering Merit Badge will be discussed during this virtual, interactive program. Advance registration is required. Program Fee: $20 per Scout, which includes an activity booklet used during the program and a special H-D patch upon completion of the program.
MUST-SEE EXHIBITS AND INSTALLATIONS
Keith Brammer (Die Kreuzen) leather jacket (on display now)
Perhaps no other genre of music is so closely associated with the classic black leather jacket than punk rock. Keith Brammer, of Milwaukee’s hardcore punk band Die Kreuzen, has graciously lent his well-worn leather to the H-D Museum. The jacket was purchased in New York City in the 1980s and was a constant companion for Brammer throughout his touring days. Check out the Custom Culture gallery to view this piece of Milwaukee music history.
Inspiration and Recovery: Wounded Veteran Climbs the Seven Summits (on display now)
In September 2009, Specialist Benjamin Breckheimer, a Cavalry Scout with the U.S. Army 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, was severely wounded during a tour in Afghanistan. His rehabilitation was difficult as he endured numerous surgeries. During this same time, the Harley-Davidson Museum regularly sent care packages – including H-D Museum flags dotted with well wishes – to active-duty military personnel. Breckheimer took to mountaineering during his recovery and over the summer carried the H-D Museum flag to the summit of Denali, the highest point in North America. With that peak reached, Breckheimer became the first and only Purple Heart recipient to reach all the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. He continues to climb, and he shares his inspiring story to encourage resiliency and support the mental health of veterans and current service members.
Revolution Max Engine (on display now)
The brand-new Revolution Max 1250cc engine powers a new generation of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. See the liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin that delivers for the Pan America adventure touring model and the performance cruiser Sportster S motorcycle. On view in the Museum lobby.
Clubs & Competition (on display now)
In the early part of the 20th century, motorcycle culture was a homegrown phenomenon. It grew out of the passion of riders for their evolving sport. The camaraderie that developed around riding and attending competitive events led to the formation of motorcycle clubs that hosted destination rides, family picnics with motorcycle games and other riding competitions.
The newly reinstalled display case in the Clubs & Competition gallery highlights clothing from club members from primarily the 1930s and 1940s. The clothing selections on view include full dress uniforms, shirts, sweaters, jackets and caps, customized by the owners with their club’s name and logo, and pins or patches indicating membership in the American Motorcyclist Association. The H-D Archives collection includes Motorclothes apparel sold in H-D product catalogs but also non-H-D produced clothing items that have been proudly customized by riders.
Harley Fox (on display now)
Gail Anderson’s 1986 Softail Custom motorcycle, “Harley Fox,” built by her partner Bob Burrows, took top prize at the first Ladies of Harley (LOH) ride-in show during Daytona Beach Bike Week in 1987. With her custom bike and themed riding gear, Anderson presented a striking image that fit the growing visibility and exciting new options for women riders in the 1980s.
Alfonso Sotomayor’s 1957 Model FL (on display now)
The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to announce its collection has recently grown with the addition of a 1957 Model FL that was ridden by famed Mexican stunt rider and racer Alfonso Sotomayor Canales.
Harley-Davidson’s history in Mexico dates back to at least 1913. In the 1920s, the brand was more frequently spotted throughout Mexico City as the motorcycles proved popular with the local traffic police who would also perform stunts with their Harley-Davidson bikes. After racing from the 1930s into the 1960s, Sotomayor launched his own stunt riding career by performing the famed “Salto de la Muerte” or Jump of Death. Learn more about Sotomayor’s feats of derring-do and Harley-Davidson’s early entry into Mexico with this new display located in the Custom Culture area.
“Off-Road Harley-Davidson” (on display now)
In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-Road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (on display now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”
The Shop at the Harley-Davidson Museum is the place to find exclusive apparel, collectibles and accessories inspired by the H-D Archives. Check out new spring items that make great Valentine’s Day gifts for the family. Gift cards are also a wonderful way to show you care. Bonus: One size fits all!
MOTOR BAR & RESTAURANT
Show your special someone how much you “wheelie” like them this Valentine’s Day weekend (Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12). In addition to February’s monthly specials (see below), MOTOR Bar and Restaurant is offering the following dinner specials: pan-seared scallops with roasted fennel, Israeli couscous pilaf and a lemon-thyme beurre blanc sauce (24.95); braised short ribs with roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots, whipped garlic mashed potatoes, finished with a red wine demi-glace (24.95); and satisfy your sweetie’s sweet tooth with a flourless chocolate cake dessert with raspberry coulis (7.95).
But don’t sleep on the monthly specials: Chicken & Waffles (crispy, deep-fried chicken thighs piled high on buttermilk waffles, dressed with spiced spiced-butter maple syrup) $17.95, The Goodfella (house-made Bolognese with ground chuck and Italian sausage, topped with provolone cheese and giardiniera on a toasted ciabatta bun) $16.95 and a Lemon Meringue Pie (made in house classic dessert) $7.95.
Do you still need a game plan for your football party? Be sure to call in the team at MOTOR Bar and Restaurant. With delivery, dine-in and carryout options – including the Family BBQ Package – MOTOR Bar and Restaurant has you covered!
Finally, on Sunday Feb. 27, MOTOR Bar and Restaurant is headed up Canal Street to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino to bring home the bacon at 102.9 THE HOG’s 10th BACONFEST MILWAUKEE. Get your tickets today!
It’s engagement season, and the team at 1903 Events at the Harley-Davidson Museum has been hard at work. And it shows! Recently named one of Married in Milwaukee’s Most Loved Venues, 1903 Events has you covered when you’re looking to create happily ever after. Book your wedding by March 31, 2022 and receive a complimentary 6th hour of hosted bar.
SAVE THE DATES
Resumption of seven days a week operation, March 1
Mama Tried Motorcycle Show Official Pre-Party at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, March 3
St. Pat’s Indoor Bike Night at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, March 17