Cool Stuff Going On In The Grandview, MO Harley-Davidson Community!


The 2018 Harley-Davidson® Softails Are Here

August 23, 2017.

The next generation cruiser from Harley-Davidson® is here. For nearly thirty years, Harley-Davidson® riders have been divided. You were either a Softail® or a Dyna. Now, in what could be the biggest undertaking in the Motor Company's history since the launch of Harley-Davidson® itself, the Softail® and Dyna have merged into a single platform. Now, by merging history with technology, riders can experience the best of both worlds in eight distinctive new Softail® platforms. Each with its unique fit and feel. Which model will you ride? Here they are in greater detail.

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A hammer is two tools in one. Your standard framing hammer is built to drive nails, and yank them from the stud. The new Softail Sport Glide® is also made to get the job done. With its quick detach fairing and locking saddlebags, this new Softail® offers the versatility to tackle any stretch of highway. Select a custom touring bike or a stripped-down cruiser with ease. Pack your riding essentials and devour endless roads, or enjoy a quiet night on the town. The 2018 Sport Glide® is two tools in one machine.

A Milwaukee-Eight® 107 V-Twin Satisfies the Soul

The heart of any motorcycle is the engine. The Milwaukee-Eight® 107 V-Twin is an icon of American engineering and pumps life into this new Softail®. The soul-satisfying rumble will elevate your heart rate and send blood pumping through your veins. The crisp throttle response is designed for riders who demand street carving agility and long-haul capability. The strong and even pull through the rev range delivers precisely that. In short, this V-Twin is for riders who want to throw down the hammer.

Not Your Granddaddy's Softail®

For 2018, The Motor Company launched an era of all-new Softails®. With their inverted front forks and external preload adjustment, riders can customize their lightweight, nimble ride to personal preference based on cargo and passengers. This new Softail® wants to devour canyons and chew up endless highways. Inject your morning commute with a shot of adrenaline from a bike that is two-in-one and second to none.

Blacked-Out Is the New Black

Styling begins with a Milwaukee-Eight® that is blacked out from header to toe. Black mufflers along with the black and silver cast wheels give the Sport Glide® a stealthy style. Harley-Davidson has given the SG a shrunken version of its signature Batwing Fairing for reduced wind buffering and increased style. The black and silver cast design on the "Mantis" wheels give the 2018 Street Glide® a predatory look. Take a run through the streets of Belton and Kansas City on a bike that offers modern technologies with classic looks. Riders who take home this kinetic sculpture will enjoy today's leading features such as keyless ignition, an LED forward-lighting system, and USB port. Roll your right hand back, charge your device, and attack the horizon.

Disover Your 2018 Softail Sport Glide®

When the pleasure cruise is over, and you're ready to throw two fists in the air, pop the quick-detach front mini-fairing and let the wind fill your chest and your hair. Our sales associates are knowledgeable about the entire line of all-new Softails® and will gladly review these features with you in greater detail. Shop your 2018 Harley-Davidson® Softail Sport Glide® at Gail's Harley-Davidson® in Grandview, MO.

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2017 Sturgis Rally Coming Soon

July 21st, 2017.

A gathering is coming. An event, like no other. Half a million motorcycle enthusiasts, live music fans, and street-food lovers will ride to the Black Hills of South Dakota to attend this iconic rally and enjoy ten days and nights of riding, food, shopping and live music. A rally so big it is known only as Sturgis! Are you curious about what scenery each of the four epic rides has to offer? Here are a few hacks the team at Gail's Harley-Davidson has put together on how to plan your ultimate Sturgis rally this year. So you can experience all that this motorcycle rally has to offer.

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A gathering is coming. An event, like no other. Ten days and nights of riding, food, shopping and live music. A rally so big it is known only as Sturgis! Between August 3rd and August 12th you can experience all that this motorcycle rally has to offer. Half a million motorcycle enthusiasts, live music fans, and street-food lovers will ride to the Black Hills of South Dakota to attend this iconic rally. Held in a part of the world that offers some of the most scenic rides in the country. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Devil's Tower and Crazy Horse as you ride through South Dakota back country and enjoy all that is Sturgis.

Motorcycle lovers and Harley-Davidson enthusiasts the world over look forward to Sturgis every year, and the team at Gail's Harley-Davidson is no different. Riders from the East coast and the West coast gather to participate in the community we share. To see friends and family members we only see during this one week each year. As lovers of all things kinetic on two wheels, we know the importance of proper maintenance and attention to detail. In addition to changing your oil, tensioning the chain, and checking your tires in advance of the upcoming ride you'll also want to prepare for how to enjoy the festival. As the team at Gail's Harley-Davidson eagerly anticipate this year's rally, here are a few thoughts and tips we've gathered on how to make the most out of Sturgis.

Plan Your Rally

Since 1936, when this event was founded, Sturgis has grown from Clarence "Pappy" Hoel buying an Indian Motorcycle Franchise and forming the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club in Sturgis, SD, to when, in 2015, over 750,000 people attended the rally to celebrate its 75th anniversary. With all that there is to see and enjoy, we suggest you pick up your Sturgis souvenirs now before you roll into South Dakota. Save room in your saddle bags by ordering your T-shirts and shot glasses to your home. There are four epic rides taking place during the event. Which one is right for you? Take a look at the routes, so you don't miss out on seeing Bear Butte Mountain or Mount Rushmore.

The first ride is Devil's Tower. Mount up and head out of Sturgis towards Aladdin where the population is 15. As you pass through Beulah, the population rises to 33, and the elevation drops to 3,510 feet. As the day winds on, be sure to stop for lunch at the Ponderosa Cafe near Belle Fourche. Bear Butte & Beyond is the next ride. Here you leave Sturgis and head to the Geographic Center of the Nation. Once you're there, take in Bear Mountain first hand on this iconic loop through Fruitdale, Vale, and Whitewood.

Are you ready to salute your favorite president? Then the Custer State Park ride is the one for you. Ride through Mount Rushmore and see where Cary Grant saved Eva Marie Saint in the Alfred Hitchcock classic, "North By Northwest" then pop over to Spring Creek Traders for refreshments. Are you in need of some General Merchandise or Hunting and Fishing supplies? Get yours at the Nemo Guest Ranch Store then wind through the Vanocker Canyon and break for lunch at Boondocks on the Deadwood & Vanocker Canyon ride.

Experience Southern Rock's Finest

Don't miss the Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Bike Show and the Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Bike Show Industry After Party. SRF is an all-star band composed of former members of Gregg Allman Band, Molly Hatchet, Pure Prairie League, David Allen Coe Group and the Allen Collins Band. Closing night of the rally brings the Insane Clown Posse. If you've never seen them before, now is your chance to experience the face painted duo that rose from the darkness of Detroit's underground music scene with a hardcore, hip-hop style.

Sturgis 2017 Rally Events

In addition to the spectacular scenery, there are events such as the Street Food Throw Down, Mayor's Pub Crawl, and a Police Bike Giveaway. Do you have a tattoo? Then the Tuesday Tattoo Contest is the event for you. Have you stopped growing your beard and mustache yet? If so, maybe you think you have what it takes to win the Beard & Mustache Contest. But that's not the only contest to bring a crowd at Sturgis. Who will win the Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pagent? Stop into The Chip for three rounds of this iconic pageant and wrap your pipes as you cheer on the contestants.

Build Your Endurance

Lastly, if it's been a while since you've gone for a ride that has required more than one tank, the team at Gail's Harley-Davidson suggests you build your endurance. Take some longer rides between now and Sturgis. Get back in the swing of riding for distance over several days.

Sturgis is about participating in your community and bringing people from that community together. There is a love of motorcycles and all things Harley-Davidson that we all share, but more than that, Sturgis celebrates the people the community we belong to. Both as bikers and as people. We're excited to share this community with you and are proud to be your Harley-Davidson retailer. Please say hello when you see our team at the rally and ride safely.

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Independence Day All Month Long

July 1st, 2017.

At Gail's Harley-Davidson, Independence isn't just a day; it's a way of life. That's why we're celebrating our independence alongside our nation's throughout the month of July. As riders and as people, we are connected. There is something in us that can't be explained. We have the fortune of being able to escape. To roll our right hand back and attack the horizon. For a few hours, or until we empty our tank of every last drop, we are free. But not everyone is. This month, as we take to the boulevards, barbecues, and back roads to celebrate our nation's Independence, we are also coming together from Belton and Kansas City to help those who aren't as fortunate as we are. We hope you'll discover more about how and join us in July.

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As riders, we are connected. There is something in us that can't be explained. We have the fortune of being able to escape. To throw our leg over a low-slung saddle, roll our right hand back and attack the horizon. For a few hours, or until we empty our stretched tank of every last drop, we are free. But not everyone is. This month, as we take to the boulevards, barbecues, and backroads to celebrate our nation's Independence, and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, we are also coming together from Belton and Kansas City to help those who aren't as fortunate as we are. Riding connects us, but so does our humanity. As such, we are proud to support the Harvesters Community Food Network, and we are asking for your help.

It's already July and the holidays will be here before we know it. To get ready, we're holding a food drive to prepare the dinner boxes we will distribute during the season of giving. If you happen to be riding by our Harley-Davidson dealership and happen to have an extra can of sweet potatoes in your saddlebag, please drop it off at our showroom. We'll be graciously accepting the following all month long:

  • Corn
  • Corn Muffin Mix
  • Cranberry Sauce Jellied
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Cream of Mushroom
  • Stuffing Turkey
  • Sweet Potatoes (canned)
  • Turkey Gravy Mix

Bike Night – July 12

To help promote and supply our food drive, we will be hosting several exciting events throughout the month of July to benefit our Harvester's Cause. The first of these fun evenings is Bike Night. On July 12th, come out to our dealership. All the proceeds we collect from Beer and Grilling Out donations will go directly towards Grandview residents who are less fortunate. Harvesters are providing volunteers to shake and stir behind the bar, but we are always looking for master grillers and helpers to donate their time. So grab your spatula and favorite "Kiss The V-Twin" apron and come on down to Gail's Harley-Davidson in Grandview, MO to celebrate Bike Night!

Christmas Decorating Party – July 14th

Do you know someone who can draw a leather jacket on a gingerbread man using only a pastry bag and a toothpick? If so, the Ladies of Harley are looking for volunteers! We're hosting a Christmas Decorating Party, and you're invited. On July 14th, we'll provide the dinner and drinks if you provide the tinsel. Bring your favorite Christmas decor and spread some Christmas cheer all over our dealership showroom. Hang the holly, dangle the mistletoe, spread the garlands, and hide and Elf On the Shelf in advance of our Christmas In July party.

It's Christmas In July

Have you been waiting since last Christmas to wrap a garland around your monkey bars and bullet headlight? Well, the wait is over. With Christmas in July, you can donate toys to the tots, spend times with friends, and help someone who needs it. We often think about those who are less fortunate than we are during the holidays, but it's good to remember that there are people who need our help even when it's sunny outside. We've planned several activities for this day. All you need is a ticket. Celebrate Christmas in July. You are welcome to make a cash donation or bring an item from the list above to help support our Harvester's food drive. Check out some of the exciting things we have planned for this special evening:

  • Photo with Buddy the Elf
  • Christmas cookie decorating
  • Redneck regift exchange
  • Ugly tank top contest
  • Photo op with Harvey the Harvester Turkey
  • Christmas movies all day
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate

We hope you can make it out to one or all of these events this month. We've mentioned the donations we're looking for, but we would also like to highlight the most important thing you can give. Donate your time, your smile, and your support. It's the best way to make a difference in someone's life. And that's what we're trying to do, both as riders and as people. The next time you stop in, be sure to speak with our team about how you can help. We're eager to share more information about how the many ways you can donate, volunteer, or discover more about the exciting events we have going on all through the month of July and maybe let you in on some of the other special events we have planned for this summer. We hope to see you soon at Gail's Harley-Davidson. Ride safe!

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Windshields... they do more than kill bugs.

June 11, 2017.

Bucking the wind is a natural part of riding and while the idea of a little wind in your face ins romantic and enjoyable, a steady barrage of the gusty element can be downright tiring.  A proper windshield helps manage airflow around the front of the motorcycle tames wind blasts and creates a pocket of still air for improved rider and passenger comfort.  To help you determine which windshield is best for you, here’s some Windshield 411 on going from windblown fatigue to easy aerodynamic riding by selecting the right windshield.

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Windshields are available in multiple styles and heights to accommodate your individual needs.  The trick is to select the right size and style of windshield for your bike, riding style and conditions.  Proper height allows you to look over the windshield while the airflow rises up and over the top of your head.  To avoid looking through bug spats and road grime, choose a windshield that tops out just below your line of sight.  To further protect you from the elements, create an air management system by combining windshields with air deflectors.  All Harley-Davidson windshields are made from hard-coated polycarbonate – a tough, resilient material that resists abrasion and scratching and offers protection from rocks and other road debris.

Fork Mounted Windshields
They are available in both detachable and quick-release designs.  Quick-release windshields attach to a bike’s front tubes with a stylish die cast lever locking clamps that result in a clean custom look without the leave behind docking hardware. Fork Mounted shields are quick to attach or detach, and the transition requires no tools.

  • Sport
  • Compact
  • King
  • Ventilator
  • Wind Splitter

Fairing-Mounted Windshields
The next options are windshields that offer protection and style for bikes with a fixed fairing.

  • Standard
  • Wind Splitter

Air and Wind Deflectors
Deflectors are designed to maximize rider comfort by extending the windshield’s coverage for superior protection in any weather.

  • Adjustable Air Deflectors
  • Road Glide Wind Deflectors
  • Soft Lowers
  • Fork-Mounted Wind Deflectors

Remember: Gail's Harley-Davidson offers demo rides for windshields in our Windshield Demo Program, so you can try before you buy to avoid purchasing a windshield that doesn’t fit your needs.

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Harley-Davidson, Sailor Jerry to give away 22 custom bikes!

A partnership between two timeless institutions.
May 2, 2017

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Twenty-two bikes were on display at the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee Tuesday morning as part of the announcement of the multi-year partnership between Harley-Davidson and Sailor Jerry's Spice Rum.

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Sailor Jerry's had artists from all over the country design and paint the bikes. Sailor Jerry -- aka Norman Collins -- was a tattoo artist who lived in Hawaii from the 1930s until the 1970s and is widely considered one of the godfathers of modern tattoo art.

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Harley-Davidson Unveils Its First New Engine in 15 Years

The Milwaukee-Eight is the ninth Big Twin engine in the company's 113-year history.
By Jay Bennett Aug 29, 2016

Harley-Davidson's Big Twin is the heart and soul of America's most famous touring bikes. As Cycle World put it: "If ever an engine inspired religious fervor, this is it." This fall the icon gets an upgrade.

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Last week Harley unveiled the ninth iteration of the Big Twin, named the Milwaukee-Eight for Harley's hometown and the eight valves on the new engine (four in each cylinder). With 50 percent more intake and exhaust flow and a revamped cooling system that allows the engine to work harder without overheating, the Milwaukee-Eight produces 10 percent more torque than its predecessor, the Twin Cam, according to Harley.

The 107-cubic-inch (1,750cc) Milwaukee-Eight is replacing the Twin Cam on Harley's 2017 touring bikes, including the Street Glide, Road Glide, Road King, and Electra Glide models. They will start arriving at dealerships around the country this week. The CVO Limited and CVO Street Glide will get the massive 114ci (1,870cc) version of the Milwaukee-Eight, and there is speculation that the 107ci engine will eventually become the standard on other bikes such as the Heritage Softail. That would be the first rubber-mounted engine on that classic design.

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide with the 107ci Milwaukee-Eight.

"We want all riders to save the date of Sept. 23," said Dino Bernacchi, Director of U.S. Marketing at Harley-Davidson, in a press release. "That weekend, Harley-Davidson dealers across the country will host open house events so riders can throw a leg over our Model Year 2017 touring motorcycles and feel the difference of the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine for themselves."

The primary upgrade to the Big Twin is "strategic cooling" technologies, the result of thousands of hours of predictive computer modeling. The engine will produce more power, so it's going to generate more heat, thus the need for clever cooling tricks. Coolant is pumped through a heart-shaped passage that wraps around the "exhaust bridge" that separates the valves of each cylinder head—a small metal section that is heated from both sides of the combustion chamber.

In addition, the shallow, four-valve combustion chambers of the Milwaukee-Eight absorb less heat than the deep, two-valve, modified hemi chambers used on the Twin Cam. The new shallow valve design combined with faster combustion from two spark plugs per cylinder keeps some heat from being absorbed by pistons and heads. This traps the hot gas in the combustion chamber where it translates to power and torque. A redesigned exhaust system and large-area cooling fins displace that heat away from the rider and passenger.

The new engine also cuts down on mechanical noise by replacing old gear configurations with a drive that uses a chain and automatic hydraulic tensioner. The reduced number of moving parts means less noise and lower friction, and it also means the engine will have a slightly different sound. As Harley told Cycle World, "We're killing the noise so we can keep the music."

A challenge for large-displacement two-cylinder engines has always been smoothing the short bursts of torque into a steady rate of acceleration and a smooth ride. To accomplish this, the electronic control module (ECM) of the Milwaukee-Eight was reprogrammed to interpret different throttle positions as calls for various amounts of torque output. Harley says it also used a counter-rotating internal balancer to negate 75 percent of the engine's shaking. When Harley cut down the engine shaking even more, test riders rejected the new completely-smooth idle, prompting engineers to purposefully retain some of that idle vibration that lets you know you're riding a Harley.

Thanks to those upgrades, the Milwaukee-Eight can ran at high compression ratios—as high as 10.5:1. As a result, bikes equipped with the new Big Twin are two to three bike lengths quicker in a 0-to-60 mph sprint and one to two lengths quicker when accelerating in top gear from 60 to 80 mph, according to Cycle World.

The new engine is being rolled out with a revamped suspension system that uses "dual bending valve fork technology" for a smoother ride without compromising control. When the fork is at rest, the damping fluid is partially blocked by a thin washer to keep the suspension more rigid for enhanced control. But when the suspension is compressed, damping fluid gradually moves the free edge of the washer out of the way to increase the volume of the flow path to allow more absorption of bumps in the road.

The end result of all this engine tech is Harley striving for the best of both worlds. The smoother ride quality should appeal to a wider range of riders, though the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer intentionally retained some of the V-twin rattle that longtime Harley-riders have grown to know and love. With the entire touring line upgraded to the Milwaukee-Eight Big Twin, and an electric motorcycle on the horizon, what it means to be a Harley is something that's roaring into the future.

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