ROGUE DOES MILWAUKEE
riding for over 50 years, I’ve attended motorcycle events all over the
country, but this had to be the best one ever! I expected something
special from Harley and they delivered.
Now let me tell you why. Harley went all-out in making things go well.
Wherever they sponsored an event or open house it was done very
cooperation of the city of Milwaukee and the Department of
Transportation was evident. They had traffic signs everywhere directing
you to various events and places. Traffic control was great with minimum
delays, if any. Law enforcement was very efficient and courteous. The
city was clean and the locals welcomed us everywhere we went. Other
places that have events should take lessons from Milwaukee.
Harley events but there were numerous others that were not sponsored by
Harley. The list of places and things to do filled the local newspapers,
TV, local event publications and guides. There was so much to do it
actually took a little planning.
We decided to
do the Harley Owners Group party at Washington County Fair Park, which
was off Route 45. As we exited the highway all you could see was fields
full of Harleys. This event was open to HOG members only and was packed.
There was a Harley Store, HOG & Company, Vendors Mall, and even a Cyber
Café. Beer was only $3.00 and water $1.50, the food was good and fairly
priced. Numerous bands played throughout the day but the big hit was
Jeff Beck who was followed by B.B. King. Now that’s a blues duo if I
ever saw one!
One of the
big events was the Harley Parade. Around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, the
first of 10,000 Harley’s came to life in the Milwaukee County Zoo
parking lot. The parade was led by members of the Davidson family,
followed by those who made major donations to the Muscular Dystrophy
Association, different chapters of HOG from around the world and then
those with special randomly drawn passes.
was lined with hundreds-of thousands of locals and visiting bikers along
the 7-mile route. Many ‘welcome” signs and banners were on display, and
of course cameras and videos were everywhere documenting the bikers’
ride to the Summerfest grounds.
final event was the Birthday Party on Sunday at Veterans Park. The big
hype was Harley keeping secret who the performers were to be. That did
help promote the 150,000 who paid to attend plus the estimated 50,000 on
or about the grounds.
Dan Aykroyd was the Master of Ceremonies. The opening act was the Doobie
Brothers and a lot of the younger people did not seem to know them. The
Doobies were followed by country singer Tim McGraw, who owns numerous
Harleys. His friend, Kid Rock, came out and did a couple of sets. I
personally liked him, but there were reports of some objecting to his
language. Fuck, you can’t please everyone.
surprise” turned out to be Elton John—definitely not my choice. I like
stuff like ZZ Top, Great Southern, Eagles.
the kind of stuff that makes you want to get up and get down! Well, it
didn’t take long for people to start leaving and I have to admit I was
one of them. The next day the newspapers and TV stations were just full
of stories about people complaining. A good source told me there was
another entertainer originally planned but at the last minute he
cancelled and they had no choice but to go with Elton.
All in all it was a great fuckin’ week.
told you after the first event in Atlanta that you throw one helluva
party. You and Harley did it again. How about having another party
sooner than the 200th? I’m not sure I’ll be around that long.
Those of you
that missed it, you’ll be hearing stories about it for a long, long time