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Harley-Davidson returns, recalls, remembers

A 1972 Harley Electra Glide is back in Skime family after being sold 37 years ago. The vintage motorcycle was purchased back by Joyce Stardig, left and will be enjoyed by her daughter Cassandra Skim Martin and son James Skime and their children.


In 1973, Minnesota resident David Skime bought a 1972, candy apple red, full-dress Electra Glide Harley Davidson. Unfortunately, he died two years later of a heart attack, aged just 32.

His wife, Joyce, sold the bike and later remarried. Then, in 1997, she and her husband were living in Texas when she ran into the man who bought her first husband’s bike.

She approached the man, telling him that if he ever wanted to sell the bike, she would buy it back for her children.

Now aged 74, the owner has finally given up riding and sold the bike back to the family, some 37 years later.

Joyce says she payed twice what she sold the motorcycle for, but she says it was well worth it as she wanted it for her children to remember their father. “I would have paid him more,” She says.

The 42-year-old bike, which has only 32,000 miles (51,500km) on it, now will be a family heirloom passed from one generation to the next.


Street Glide among the recalled bikes

Harley-Davidson Australia has voluntarily recalled 1241 Touring and Touring CVO models built from July 1, 2013, to May 7, 2014, for a front brake problem.

Harley has found that the front brake line in some of these bikes could become pinched between the fuel tank and frame. This could cause front brake fluid pressure to increase while riding, possibly resulting in a front wheel lock-up.

If the bike is affected, dealers will remove the fuel tank and inspect for brake line damage and replace damaged lines as necessary. Dealers will also install one or two cable straps from dealer inventory as required, depending on when the motorcycles were built, for brake line retention.

Harley Davidson is contacting all affected owners. It is the second recall of the Touring models after a sticking clutch problem last October.


Harley-DavidsonThe Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee is one of the best automotive museums in the world with its inclusion of more than just motorcycles.

In the latest exhibit, Harley is celebrating “The American Road” that uses hundreds of artifacts and personal stories to examine the evolution of the quintessential American road trip from its early beginnings in the 1930s to what it has come to represent in our culture today.

Curator Kristen Jones says the exhibit celebrates the American highways before it turned into long, boring stretches of asphalt.

“The American Road” exhibit runs through until September 1 and includes special “diner-style” meals in the restaurant and road-trip themed events.