Deal Names Harley-Davidson Official Motorcycle of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally; Creates Year-Round Main Street Plaza for Riders in Sturgis, South Dakota
CONCORD, ON, Jan. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the city of Sturgis, South Dakota, are setting their sights on the future – far into the future. In the spirit of this year's 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Company and city officials are finalizing an agreement covering the next 75 years, making Harley-Davidson the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
"Harley-Davidson riders have attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for decades. This new agreement will help fuel many more years of freedom, independence, and rebellion for this iconic gathering," said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer at Harley-Davidson. "Riding is a passion passed down through generations, so it's important we celebrate the legacy and history of Harley-Davidson in Sturgis, while helping creating new memories."
As part of the agreement, a permanent plaza will be built on Main Street in Sturgis that will include a stage for events, concerts, and even weddings. The year-round location, which will be completed in time for this year's 75th Rally, will be the official Harley-Davidson® destination for riders and fans alike.
"For decades, Harley-Davidson has been the motorcycle of choice for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans and a great partner to the city of Sturgis," said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. "Today it gives me great pleasure to solidify its importance by making it the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally."
Sturgis: Baked into the bricks of Harley-Davidson
To ensure the new multi-purpose space builds on the legacy of the Brand and is pure Harley-Davidson, the plaza will integrate bricks from the company's Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the Company Factory dating back more than 100 years.
During a news conference at the Company headquarters, Harley-Davidson announced the planned agreement, which has an initial term and renewals running through 2090. To unveil the deal, Harley-Davidson removed a brick from the historic front entrance using a 2015 Harley-Davidson® Street™ 750 motorcycle. That brick, alongside one from the Harley-Davidson Museum™, and 73 bricks from the headquarters' famous motorcycle-only parking area will be delivered to Sturgis on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.
Whether riders are trapped inside for the winter or riding south toward warmer weather, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The party starts August 1, 2015, and for those who have had Sturgis on a bucket list, this might just be the year to attend. For inspiration and pictures from the 2014 Rally, visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.
About Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada
Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories, and MotorClothes® apparel, which are provided through a national network of authorized Harley-Davidson® Retailers. Office and distribution warehouse facilities are located in Richmond, British Columbia, and Concord, Ontario. Visit the Harley-Davidson® website at www.h-d.com.
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