After hearing from friends about how well Harley's Open-Road Tour (ORT) went over in Atlanta, Georgia, we were really looking forward to the day it came our way. Harley's California edition of the event, kicking off its 100th anniversary a few months early, took place at the California Speedway in Fontana, California, from September 6-9.
It was one of best displays of Harley-Davidson's history that we've ever seen, with a few items like the V-Rod and Buell machines tossed in to give the crowd some insight of what the company has in store for us.
The bike displays featured pieces from all periods of the Motor Company's history and were executed as tastefully as those seen in the recent Guggenheim motorcycle exhibit. Harley pulled out all the stops when the company put this tour together. The current line of Harley motorcycles, motor clothes, and some accessories were also on display.
A few of what Harley termed story booths were strategically placed in different areas around the event, allowing people to step in and record a few minutes of their favorite Harley road story or anything else they may have felt like talking about.
A demo ride for the Fisher-Price toy Harleys along with a play-maze constructed of Harley parts kept the kids busy while their parents gave their feet a break. Many different types of food from Italian to Mexican, snacks, and everything in between could be found at various booths conveniently placed around the racetrack.
We had a great time and wouldn't mind catching the ORT again at one of its next stops. You can too. The next scheduled stops are Toronto, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Mexico City, Sydney, Tokyo, Barcelona, and Hamburg. Visit www.harley-davidson.com to get all the details.
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