Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Course Description Just Released!

Departing the start at Chester's Harley-Davidson, in Phoenix, Arizona we will travel north to Fountain Hills, Arizona where we will go through the back woods on surface roads to Carefree and Cave Creek, Arizona, the epicenter of motorcycle activity in the Phoenix Valley.  This area is the home of both Sonny Barger and Vaughn Beals.  Sonny is widely known as the founder of the Hells Angels.  Vaughn is less well known but was the leader of the group of twelve Harley executives who purchased Harley-Davidson from AMF and set it on the road to becoming what it is today. 

Continuing northwest in Arizona, we will go through Wickenburg and on to Prescott, the historic old western territorial capital of Arizona and then on to Jerome, a former mining community now a tourist and art colony.  Jerome is truly a vertical town built on the side of an impressive mountain.  From Jerome we will travel through Sedona and on north to Flagstaff by way of Oak Creek Canyon.  The roads into Prescott, Jerome and Oak Creek Canyon are really great, highly technical motorcycle roads with some impressive vistas.  Departing Flagstaff, we will go northwest toward the Grand Canyon on surface roads and then back south to join I-40 west for a brief distance.  We then turn onto a segment of Old Route 66, which still exists, and still has historic buildings and signage along its route.  We will go through Peach Springs on route 66 which was the town which inspired the fictional town of Radiator Springs in the movie Cars.  A town the interstate bypassed which still struggles to exist.

Coming into Kingman on Route 66, we will turn north and cross Boulder (Hoover) Dam into Nevada.  This may be one of the last rides across this historic dam as a new bridge is replacing the road across the top of the dam and this historic access will likely be closed for all time.  From Boulder Dam we will go into Las Vegas and Las Vegas Harley-Davidson, our first check point.  

And that folks is your first stretch of the challenge!! 

Stay posted for more details of the next leg of the route!It only gets better!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Monthly News!!!

Our Monthly newsletter just went out and this is what You could of missed!!

top 25
In 2010 we put on an event that was a once in a lifetime opportunity, where  Will Barclay walked away with a half a million dollars.

In 2011 we decided that it needed to be a little different, with pay outs to the top 25 finishers, totaling $500,000. The first finisher will receive 250k, and the prizes  will paydown to the 25th finisher.  
Harley-Davidson To Sponsor Hoka Hey Challenge (HHC) This Summer  
On Friday, April 8th, Harley-Davidson Motor Company notified its dealer network of the MoCo's sponsorship of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge (HHC) this August. 

Scott Beck, General Manager, North American Marketing Operations said "We look forward to shining a light on Harley-Davidson's extraordinary riders and motorcycles as they take part in this incredible journey." 

Watch for more news about Harley-Davidson's involvement in upcoming issues of HOG Magazine, H.O.G. email blasts, and on the Hoka Hey website (www.hokaheychallenge.com).
Hometown Dealer
Designating a Dealership
On August 5, 2011 the greatest motorcycle endurance rally in history will take place and we would like to give back to the people who help spread the word of the event.  To help encourage participation, we are offering an incentive for Harley-Davidson dealerships to sponsor a rider

When they sign up for the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, participants will have the opportunity to designate a Harley-Davidson dealership as their "Designated Dealer."  Dealerships that sign up or sponsor riders will secure placement as that rider's Designated Dealer and will be eligible to receive monetary awards and recognition alongside the top 5 finishers. This is the kind of recognition that says a store knows what it takes to provide great customer service!   
Any one that is seeking sponsorship might mention this to their local dealership and watch the light click on!!
Hoka Hey Coin
Riding the Route
Participants are not required to ride the entire route to be recognized as a Hoka Hey Challenger.  Riders will be permitted to start from any checkpoint or end at any checkpoint and still earn a place on the Hoka Hey roster along with a Challenge coin and number. 

Riders cannot win cash prize unless the entire route is traveled within the rules of HHMC 2011 - but - by becoming a Hoka Hey Challenger; your name will be immortalized in the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI. 

Otherwise... How can you be certain that anyone will remember your name?
Broken Spoke Campground
Last summer, a crowd of Hoka Hey riders, fans and motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at the Broken Spoke Campground in Sturgis, SD to celebrate the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge and witness the award presentation to the event's winner. First place finisher, Will Barclay of Highlands, FL, proudly held up one end of a huge presentation check in the amount of $500,000 as event organizer, Jim Red Cloud pronounced him, "the toughest motorcycle rider on the planet... at the moment." Barclay was already half-a-million dollars richer, having received the actual funds through a wire to his bank account on July 29th.  
In 2011, Challengers are traveling from Phoenix, AZ to Nova Scotia, Canada with a stop over in Sturgis during the rally and the Broken Spoke Campground will be involved this year by hosting a checkpoint!! Riders will not be required to layover here - but - the option will be available as the Broken Spoke has agreed to provide a complimentary area designated for the challengers to stay and rest.

We are sure that by the time you reach Sturgis, you will have some great stories to tell. So park your bike and set camp.  Set a spell, Take your shoes off... 
Be at Chester's Harley-Davidson this August for the start of this epic adventure!!  We look forward to seeing you there!
Until then... HOKA HEY!!!

Beth Durham
Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Oldest Harley Dealer showing support!

A.D. Farrow Company, Harley-Davidson is honored to become a checkpoint for the 2011 Hoka Hey Challenge. The A.D. Farrow name is one that is rich with history and we are eager to take part in the beginning of a tradition and a new chapter in motorcycle history with the prestigious and exhilirating Hoka Hey Ride. 

 A.D. Farrow Company, Harley-Davidson is America's Oldest Harley Dealer™. In 1912 A.D. Farrow bought his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Nelsonville, OH and the making of history was in the works. In 1924 the Dealership was moved to Columbus, OH.  A.D. Farrow Company has truly withheld the test of time, surviving the Great Depression, and flourishing into a dealership that prides itself on its rich past and role in the Harley-Davidson community and the community at large.

 A.D. Farrow Company, Harley-Davidson will be turning 100 years old this February and we could not think of a better way to celebrate than by being apart of the Hoka Hey Ride.  This monumental birthday is a celebration of everything A.D. Farrow Company, Harley-Davidson has become and what we will strive to be in the next one hundred years. By stopping at A.D. Farrow Company, Harley-Davidson you are not only stopping at a Dealership but stopping at a tangible piece of Harley-Davidson history.