It’s been a long winter in Wisconsin this time around, but spring is officially here and on some days it’s even starting to feel like it. If you haven’t been out riding yet, chances are you have the itch. In case you’re not sure, here are 11 tell-tales signs.
You check the weather report more than your watch.
Your neck hurts from craning your ear for the sound of pipes in the distance.
You stand in the coat closet just to smell the leather.
You almost crave the taste of bugs in your teeth.
You put your helmet on just because you miss it.
Your arm hurts from polishing your gas tank.
You make motorcycle noises in the bathtub.
You throw your leg over every chair as if you are mounting your bike.
You find yourself glaring at the saltshaker.
You hold your silverware like a set of handlebars.
You stand in front of fans just so you can feel the wind in your hair.
Have you been displaying any symptoms of H-D Fever? Let us know how yours are manifesting in the comments below or stop in to The House and share your story.
Spring is finally making its way around to Wisconsin, and House of Harley has our new 2013 Spring clothing and accessories just in time. This year’s line has some promising fashion trends from bold colors, techinal fashion, and great patterns.
Do you have the luck of the Irish? Join us Saturday March 16, 2013 from 9:00AM-4:00PM to celebrate St. Patty’s Day the right way.
Test your catapult skills and launch a stuffed Leprechaun for your chance at hitting the pot of gold! We will also have a stationary motorcycle test run so you can get the feel of shifting gears without having a license.
We’ll be serving up Green Beer and Corn Beef and Ham and Cheese Sandwiches to celebrate in true St. Patty’s Day style. Also, “Like” our Facebook page to receive a ticket to redeem a FREE green beer at the event. While supplies last!
Must be 21 with a valid ID.
Valentines are usually reserved for loved ones, but here at The House, we know there’s a special connection between bike and biker. If you feel the same way, we would love to hear about it! Leave your thoughts in our comment section below.
Check out what other rider’s valentines to their hogs on our Facebook page.
“I’m sick of sitting in back.” It’s common to hear this from women shopping for bikes. Even though it’s great holding on to the one you love and taking it all in, at some point you want a front row seat. Sometimes it’s a significant birthday or life event that nudges you. Other times it’s just the smile on the face of that rider you saw out on the highway. Whether you are a seasoned passenger or have never even sat on a motorcycle, there’s something that calls you to see the road ahead over your own set of handlebars.
Sure we can all daydream, but how do you know if riding a Harley is for you? Our women’s only Garage Party is a great way to test the waters. Let’s face it. If you have never sat on a Harley, it can be intimidating sitting on bike after bike until you know what you’re looking for. But that’s exactly what we recommend.
“We invite you to sit on all of them,” says Erica in our Sales Department. “Pretty soon you’ll notice which bikes feel like a natural fit, which kind of controls fit your inseam. You have to feel it first.”
The decision to ride can be one of the most empowering events in a woman’s life, and Erica sees it every day. “Not being at the mercy of anyone else. It’s sort of a feeling of ‘I need to do this’ – the start of a new chapter. It’s the missing piece that can change a woman’s life forever.”
Can you picture yourself on a Harley-Davidson? If you’re a wanna be woman rider or just love the culture, we invite you to meet up with like minded sisters for an morning of leather, learning and laughs. Maybe you’ll be hitting the road with a strong and shiny BFF like these fun loving ladies!
Winters can be long and while most of us are not like Ski, there are motorcycle related activities that can help pass the time until a new riding season begins.
He’s our list of 20 ways you can beat cabin fever this winter…
1. Watch movies about riding
2. Read books about riding
3. Practice flipping your helmet shield
4. Annoy or spoil your spouse
5. Map out future rides
6. Tinker with gadgets
7. Design and get a tattoo to show off this summer
8. Start your Harley-Davidson 110th planning
9. Strengthen your riding muscles
10. Add patches to your leather
11. Shop for your riding wardrobe
12. Write a love letter to your bike
13. Volunteer your time
14. Journal your 2012 photos
15. Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum
16. Attend HOHD events
17. Chat with your friends on Facebook
18. Perfect your (chili, barbeque, bloody mary, homebrew) recipe
19. Improve your poker playing skills for the next poker run
20. Work on your lifelong riding bucket list
Football season may be over, but at least it ended on a high note for one Harley-Davidson fan. Earlier this season, we teamed up SportsRadio 1250 WSSP for our Pigskin Payoff contest, and it was a huge hit. Each week, contestants picked who they thought would be the winning team throughout the football season, and the winner drove off on a 2013 Harley Davidson Iron 883. After some gridiron matches, Bill Michaels from SportsRadio finally rolled out the grand prize. Congrats, Jason! We hope you are enjoying your new ride.
Like they say in the ad, membership has its privileges. But let’s face it. Sometimes people jump to the wrong conclusion when they see a group of bikers pull up. Spend a few minutes with us though and you’ll see that most stereotypes are hogwash. But are any of them true? We asked our Sales Associate, Erica Erickson if there is any truth to biker bias.
Let’s start with one of the oldest rider stereotypes: “Bikers are a bunch of criminals.”
In any segment of society there are a few, but we’re basically just hard working people. We’re all family. We hug each other. If someone is going through trouble, someone else starts passing the hat or a sympathy card. That is one of the most beautiful things. We look out for each other.
Ok, so maybe they are not criminals, but they’re a pretty tough bunch, right?
I love the badass stereotype. The do-rag on super-spikey hair, leather and tattoos everywhere. But that’s same type of rider you might see at one of our charity events holding a baby and crying. I love that. We might have a hard outer shell, but most are softies on the inside.
Are there still stereotypes facing women riders today?
Yeah, sometimes, because I ride a Fat Boy and dress the way I do, people assume (a) it’s my husband’s bike or (b) I’m taking my girlfriend out for a ride, as in, I must be a lesbian. That doesn’t offend me per se (we’re a very LGBT friendly dealership) but basically I’m just a married woman who loves my bike. Now I have it tricked out with a pink skull just to make it clear – this bike belongs to me.
What about the stereotype that Harley riders are wealthy retirees?
It happens – they do exist. They worked hard for it! What better way to see the world than from a Harley? It’s what we all want to do.
What stereotypes do you experience as a Harley rider? Maybe it’s time to start a few new ones. Next time you see one of your road brothers or sisters performing a random act of kindness, give them a shout out on Facebook or better yet, in person!
Bent iron and chrome have been a symbol of freedom for 110 years, and on the weekend of January 25th, we’re celebrating tradition with out annual Premier Indoor Bike Show. We’re bringing in some of the sickest bikes around and $2,500 in cash prizes. Get your ride ready and get on over to the House for a good time and great bikes!
Join us for fun and:
- High octane raffle prizes
- Two days of live music
- Food and beer
- And the return of our huge end-of-season liquidation in motorclothes
Looking to get in on the action? Register your bike for our annual contest. Pre-registration is $25 through January 22nd. On-site registration January 23-25 is $35. Print the registration form, fill it out, and either bring it in or mail it to us!
NEW this year: first time ever spectator judging! Text in your vote for judging from real bikers for real bikes. Your vote counts!
- The Pros Who Know
- The Home-Grown Grease Monkeys
There are multiple classes for each division with Best-In-Show and Special Recognition awards.
So come in Friday and Saturday January, 25th & 26th for the grilled cheesy goodness of Chubby’s Cheese Truck, beer, and live music from the Cactus Brothers, Element 13, the Zachary Wade Project, God’s Outlaw, and The Cheap Shots.
Win raffle prizes and gear up for spring all weekend long with up to 60% off all end-of-season motorclothes and parts and accessories!
SEE YOU THERE!!