There’s something about sharing in a popular consciousness. Participating in an activity that is also taking place at the same time all over the world adds a special meaning to the event. Begun in 2008 by the Harley Owners Group as Million Mile Monday and renamed and enlarged in 2012 toHarley-Davidson World Ride, this event simply asks all “friends of Milwaukee” to get on their hogs and ride on June 22–23.
All you have to do to participate in the World Ride is own a Harley, ride any amount of miles during the two day event, and enter your miles traveled in Harley-Davidson’s online mileage accumulator. In 2012, the participants logged 7.7 million miles over the two day event, but that figure was beaten last year when the celebration of Harley’s 110th anniversary prompted riders to bump the total by over 25%!
Every mile counts towards the total, so if you can’t ride in a group, go alone. Don’t want to ride alone? Form a group to rack up even more miles. It’s a win-win proposition. “Every mile we ride together strengthens the bonds between riders and showcases to the world the powerful expression of freedom the World Ride represents,” Villiers said.
For folks who want to post about their rides, the hashtag #HDworldride is suggested as a means of sharing the H-D love.