Party Harley-Davidson Style

NYC Party Girls

Diana and I were invited to a 2010 product launch party in New York City by Harley-Davidson and given the opportunity to interview Harley-Davidson’s Director of Communications: Paul James. To entice us to stay an extra day and demo ride the new 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycles they said they could set us up in a hotel. I agreed but wasn’t sure what kind of hotel we would be in. I was excited about the party and the demo rides but having visions of a flea bag hotel in some battle zone with police sirens and gun shots keeping us awake. Soon thereafter we were sent a link to the Hotel Gansavoort. Then we were more excited about staying at the Hotel then going to the party.

Hotel Gansavoort New York City

We arrived at the hotel Thursday evening around 7:30pm, settled in real quick, bolted downstairs and had the doorman hail us a real New York City cab. The cab took us to the Ainsworth several blocks away. We knew we were there when we came to a club that had eight new 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycles parked out front. At the door were two men with a clipboard at a sign that read “Private Party”. I said “we are Jay and Diana Green.” The guy with the clipboard was so happy to see us; it was our host Jerry from the public relations firm handling the event. He turned to the other guy and said “this is Jay and Diana Green from Road Captain USA in Delaware. They are here to ride the motorcycles tomorrow.” Then he turned to us and said “this is Paul James from Harley-Davidson.” It was so cool that they knew who we were and were so happy to have us there.

CVO Street Glide

We stepped into the club and there has a 2010 CVO Street Glide on display right in front of the entrance and a large crowd to the right… and from the crowd you could hear the buzz of tattooing. Sure enough they had tattoo artists from Dare Devil Tattoo slinging ink. We spoke to Kevin and Michelle from Dare Devil later on and they were way cool. Check out their website at www.DareDevilTattoo.com. Diana was dig’n the CVO Street Glide and was posing on the bike like she wanted to do a pictorial for East Coast Biker.

Diana posing for East Coast Biker

Diana posing on the V-Rod

dare Devil tattoo

Getting inked in NYC

We ventured into the club. There was a Fat Bob on display in the middle of the room, DJ’s on a stage in front of a Harley-Davidson back drop and flat screens everywhere showing video’s from the Harley-Davidson You-Tube channel. Sexy waitresses in Harley shirts and tight jeans served drinks and gourmet appetizers. The appetizers were awesome! The bar was mobbed with artsy looking New York City types. We gravitated to the center of the room where a group of people were posing with the Fat Bob. It was the owner and staff from Liberty Harley-Davidson in Rahway, NJ. Click here to see their pictures from the party. We also met our new friend Jose Santiago. It seemed everyone else in the club were fashionable New York City club goers with the exception of this group in the middle of the room wearing HD clothing. The other people were media types from mainstream television, magazine and newspapers.

The DJ

Jose and Diana

Diana and Paul James from Harley Davidson

Jay and Jerry from Weber Shandwick

The idea behind the event was to bring Harley-Davidson closer to the mainstream media and vice versa. Harley has to market to motorcycle enthusiasts, but they also have to market to new riders… and the gateway to new riders is mainstream media. Paul James told me that 25% of their buyers are new to motorcycling. It was amazing how he could rattle off statistics like that. I asked him a lot of questions, but I don’t remember the questions or answers on account of the free lager.

Appetizers at the Ainsworth

More party goers

The crowd

The crowd around the tattoo booth

The next morning we ordered room service, packed up, put on our riding gear, checked out and had our bags put into storage. We caught a cab back to the Ainsworth where Paul, Jerry and some of the other great people from Harley-Davidson and Weber Shandwick welcomed us. It was 11:00 am and we were like “where is everyone else?” And they were like “it’s just you guys”. That’s when they gave us our choice of 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and let us loose on the city with only one stipulation: that we be back by 2:00pm.

We test rode the 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo and the Nightster for two hours and had a blast! Then we returned to the Ainsworth where they made us lunch even though they weren’t open yet. The food in New York is awesome and the Ainsworth did not disappoint… outstanding sandwiches!

After we ate we thanked everyone and walked back to the Hotel where we retrieved our luggage and our car. I’m glad I don’t wear biker boots anymore as I wouldn’t be able to do that kinda walk’n. I like wearing work boots instead; they are more versatile. We jumped into the car and headed north out of the city to visit Rhode Island. It was 3:00pm on Friday when we escaped from New York. This adventure happened in a period of about 18 hours. It was so fast and out of the ordinary that within a few hours it seemed like a dream. Did that really happen?!

The three riders

Frame Mounted Harley-Davidson Bottle Opener

The bike that has everything

I drink Yuengling bottles which have twist offs, but I think this Harley-Davidson Frame Mounted Bottle Opener is a post worthy accessory. I realize it’s not chrome, but I could overlook that if I was camping on a motorcycle trip and I needed a cold one and it didn’t have a twist off and I was desparate for a beer and there was no other bottle cap popper handy. Caps off to the owner of this Harley-Davidson motorcycle and its owner.

Bottle Opener Close Up

I Got Lei’d!

We got lei’d

I got lei’d three times and Diana got two. Daryl must have gotten very lucky, he got four. In total eight First Staters got lei’d yesterday at the Old Glory Chapter’s “Get Lei’d” Hawaiian theme poker run in Laurel, Maryland. See picture above of us posing with Phil Kraft, proud Director of Old Glory. He is the one in the grass skirt. We left with 6 First State members, met up with two more at the Old Glory dealership and rode home with 8 (no passengers). Diana took the lead most of the day and lead us on a fantastic back road tour of central Maryland through horse farms and past Cal Ripkens house. I’m hoping we won furthest traveled which would bring our total up to eight awards earned so far this year.

I’m extra glad we had such a great day yesterday because today was a washout. I had committed to leading a ride leaving at 10:30am to the Rally For RAACE preregistration party in Darlington, MD. The weather report read 85% chance of rain and possibility of severe storms. We put our rain jackets on and went to the pick up spot at 10:00am. Only one member showed up. I said there are many rides that start out sunny and you hope the weather report is wrong and you ride anyway; most of the time the weather report is right and we get a little wet but have a good time. This was not one of those days. It was already starting to rain at 10:20am and was gonna get worse and there is no chance of having a nice ride. We were close to home and decided to stay dry and call it a day. We put the bikes away at 10:40am and went to the study to write this post and no sooner did I start tap tap tapping on the keyboard and the rain storm from hell broke loose with about twenty minutes of torential downpour, strong winds, thunder and lightning. The power flickered and went out for a few seconds so I had to start the post over again.

Today may be a washout but at least a bunch of us got lei’d and had a great ride yesterday.

Hot Hawaiian Babes from HOG

I am Yoda!

I am Yoda Yoda

Sorry I have not been posting very much lately, we have been riding more than writing this season. I have also been taken over by the force and have taken on the persona of the master jedi… Yoda!

May the Force be with you!

101 Things You Know About Me

Jay on his first Harley Davidson motorcycle

Writing a bizarre list of 101 cute but quirky things about yourself has been all the rage lately (mostly with the lady bloggers). These lists have proven to be quite entertaining so I thought I should make a list. I had a small problem with my list; everything I thought of putting on my list wasn’t a secret. For the most part I blabbed about everything right here on my blog in the past 12 months. Then it hit me… I can make my list another official Road Captain USA contest!

Here is a list of 20 things about me, sorry it’s not 101.

Can you fill in the blanks on the first 18?

The first person with the correct 18 answers will win a FREE pair of Irwin Vise-Grip 6″ 150mm Bent Nose Pliers part# 2078226. They were sent to me by Irwin for promoting their Vise Grip Essay contest back in SeptemberTheir marketing people at MS&L sent me a box of 20 different vise-grips. They make great tools! I gave a bunch away as prizes at our HOG meeting earlier this month but I saved this pair of bent needle nose pliers for my readers.

You might have to hit the Road Captain USA archives to find the answers. At some point if no one gets a perfect score I will award the prize to the person who came the closest.

🙂

1. My favorite beer is _______

2. Last summer Diana and I took a trip with _____

3. I have owned ______ Harley Davidson motorcycles so far

4. My first motorcycle was a 1980 Yamaha ______

5. I finally started wearing a biker _______

6. I think _________ chrome polish is the bomb

7. I have _____ tribal tats

8. I have been divorced ____ times

10. I live in the _____ state

11. Someday I hope to be a wise old master _______

12. My first Sportster had ________ pipes

13. My second Sportster had _______ pipes

14. My ________ has stock pipes

15. I met Big ________ at Freedom Fest in West Virginia

16. I became an official Road Captain in _______ of 2008

17 . My first overnight HOG trip was in ________ of 2007

18. My new religion is _____&_________

19. I used to wear boxers, then I went commando and now I wear boxer briefs

20. I’m a spaz


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A Little Joke

This is not very useful motorcycle information, but it is a funny little ha ha. Hope you like it. 

 A woman made the following entry in her private blog:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a bar to have a drink. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn’t say much. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Nothing”. I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn’t upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.

On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can’t explain his behavior. I don’t know why he didn’t say “I love you, too.” When we got home I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.

Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. To my surprise, he responded to my caress, and we made love. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep – I cried. I don’t know what to do. I’m almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

Her husband made this entry in his private blog:

My Harley wouldn’t start today, but at least I got a little sex.