The speculation in Milwaukee is that Harley-Davidson really could move out of Milwaukee and perhaps out of Wisconsin with it's manufacturing leaving only the museum and the corporate head offices in the city once known as the Beer, Brats and Harley Capital of the world.

Keith Wandell says the decision as to whether or not the company moves it's plants out of Milwaukee and potentially out of Wisconsin will be made in two months. Currently negotiations with the unions is underway. In all 1,630 manufacturing jobs could be lost and for a city that has seen it's famous beer and brats industries leave town - the job losses would be devastating, not to mention the hit to the city's identity.

No more Milwaukee Iron? Can you imagine the impact to the tourism department of that city?

Harley-Davidson's "threat" is being looked upon as far more than a threat by the historians & elders of the city... "Prasad, the UW-Milwaukee professor, doesn’t see Harley’s threat to move simply as a negotiating tactic. A company with a 107-year history is more concerned with the next 100 years than with making idle threats to extract short-term advantages, he said."

How will Milwaukee re brand itself? What will draw tourists by the hundreds of thousands the way the Harley-Davidson Motor Corp. has?  

Is it time for the city of Milwaukee to get involved in the negotiations? I think so...
We shall be watching and waiting to hear the outcome of one of the most community altering decisions to be made in motorcycling in a long, long time. 

In the news today:
With the 5oth Friday the 13th in Port Dover event just around the corner, there is a book out that will be a must have for every rider to take home in their saddlebags! Dubbed "A Photo Journal: Canada's Largest Biker Event." Photographer Kal Commodore takes you on a unique photographic journey of Friday the 13th!

The ABATE group in West Grey Ontario is back in the news and not in a good way.
They contravened an order to NOT host their party until their lad was re zoned properly - now their request for re zoning might be met with some additional resistance as a result.

In the Comox  Valley of BC they are getting creative in the club and bar scene - the new drinking and driving laws are making it so you would be considered a risk if you have a glass of wine with dinner (.05 will see you get a 72 hour suspension and a liquor offense on your driving record) The NEW Bridge Lounge is offering a unique shuttle kick things off they are hosting a party and dancers, video cameras and Harley's are wanted at tonight's Live Video Production and Recording party!

Harley-Davidson is also in the news today as the ink is drying of the deal to sell MV Agusta.
Claudio Castiglioni - the former owner of MV Agusta is buying the company back from Milwaukee.

Last weekend's vintage rally in Ponoka AB was a big hit and the CVMG saw an Italian theme and hundreds of visitors come to their party.

The 10th Anniversary Cross Canada Motorcycle Ride For Dad celebrations are well under way.  Retired General Rick Hillier and the MRFD arrived in Gagetown  and participated in a fund raiser to assist the Oromocto Legion in it's rebuilding efforts. Their Legion was razed by an arson fire in early June.

Today the Central AB Chapter of F.I.R.R.E. holds it's first major event in Thorsby and on Sunday morning, after breakfast and their memorial service there will be a parade out to Drayton Valley and the Rockin' the Valley Show 'n' Shine and battle of the bands fundraiser for the Stollery Children's Hospital.

There is no shortage of events to attend - whatever you do this weekend, please - ride defensively, ride your own ride   do NOT let peer pressure get the best of you...Ride like everyone around you is BLIND, has an UNSAFE load and IS out to get you and please - ride Proud not Loud - invest in a 140 DB Air horn instead!

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