Harley-Davidson riders around the world will head out on the road June 23-24 for the 2013 Harley-Davidson World Ride. The event is organized by the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), but non-members are invited to join in to celebrate Harley-Davidson‘s 110th anniversary as well as H.O.G.’s 30th anniversary. “Harley-Davidson is celebrating two big anniversaries this year, […]
Cubans Host First Harley-Davidson Rally
Relations between the U.S. and Cuba have been strained for decades but that hasn’t stopped some Cubans from enjoying a piece of Americana.
About 70 Cuban Harley-Davidson riders (or “Harlistas” as they call themselves) gathered in the resort town of Varadero for the country’s first-ever Harley-Davidson rally. They represented some of the 270-300 Harley-Davidson motorcycles registered in Cuba, all built before 1960 when the United States initiated its embargo on the communist nation.
The April 14-16 rally was organized by Max Cucchi, a proud owner of a 1958 Harley-Davidson.
“Normally all the motorcycles you see would be in a museum elsewhere in the world,” Cucchi told the Associated Press. “Here people use them to live.”
Though the motorcycles at the rally remain Harleys at heart, many contain a hodgepodge of parts from other vehicles as Cuban mechanics had to improvise to keep their motorcycles running without access to authentic Harley-Davidson components.
One rider for example, mechanic Jorge Fonseca, rides a 1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead, but the alternator is from a Ural.
Organizers hope to make the rally an annual event.