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Harley's new public art, a biker hill climber. (PHOTO: Harley-Davidson)

Do you like the new H-D biker?


Yesterday, the grandson of one of the founders of Harley-Davidson and his family unveiled a gift they are giving to commemorate the new Harley-Davidson Museum, which will open to the public on July 12 at 400 Canal St.

Willie G. Davidson, senior vice president and chief styling officer for Harley-Davidson, and his family presented a sculpture featuring a motorcycle hill climber to the Museum. The one-and-one-half-times life-size sculpture pays tribute to motorcycle competition and enthusiast culture.

I've heard little to no talk about this "bronze biker" hill climber, if you will. Why not? Maybe it's not as cool as the Bronze Fonz, just not as newsworthy or simply not bronzed, but silver. Who knows? Anyway, check out the photo above and let us know your thoughts on this latest entry into Milwaukee's public art world.

Here's what Willie G. had to say about it, "We chose the hill climber as a subject because it portrays the thrill and adventure of the sport and because of the important role motorcycle competition played in developing enthusiast culture."


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CITB | Sept. 5, 2008 at 10:32 a.m. (report)

That is cool our family actually owns the real thing...a 1934 Factory Harley Hillclimber

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aliceacid | July 8, 2008 at 12:14 p.m. (report)

I think it is great and sure pleases the eyes as opposed to that orange thing at the end of Wisconsin Avenue.

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HDrider1013 | June 11, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. (report)

LOVE IT! Great to see that they went with a statue that shows an important part of the Harley-Davidson history and the sport of riding. A plaing old bar and shield or bike statue would have been boring and expected. But considering that the Museum salutes the history of Harley-Davidson, this is a perfect addition. I would encourage anyone to look up the sport of Hill Climbing...it's very impressive and took some real extreme courage to do.

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alba | June 10, 2008 at 9:08 p.m. (report)

Very cool. It would have been easy to put up a statue of a regular Harley. I didn't know anything about motorcycle hill climbing before I saw the statue and I think it's great to tell a story like that.

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viewfromnyave | June 10, 2008 at 2:47 p.m. (report)

Oh my gosh, I can't believe the city is putting this up. Is this what we want the city to be looked upon as blah, blah, blah. Oh wait, this isn't about Fonzie? Nevermind, carry on.

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