Monday, September 7, 2009

Milwaukee Motorcycle Rally 2009

Attendance lower than expected

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 7th, 2009

Milwaukee - Thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders and non-Harley riders enjoyed the 8th Annual Milwaukee Rally sponsored event by area Harley dealerships. Rally organizers billed the event as larger than last years, but due to economic hardships and trying to save money over the Labor day weekend many of the riders stayed closer to home.

Harley-Davidson dealerships experienced fewer turn out of bikers than expected. Wisconsin State Fair events for Friday, and Saturday also experienced lower turn outs then last year.
On Saturday, the Water Street jam attracted the most attendance. An estimated 3,000 bikers showed up from noon to 11 p.m. for the event. On Sunday, the Harley-Davidson Museum on Canal St. drew an estimated crowd of at least 5,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Vendors at the Wisconsin State Fair motorcycle rally had the best sale ever for bikers. They were selling rally t-shirts for only $5.00 and other items at bargain prices.

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