We happened to be in South Dakota the week before the 2012 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. So we stopped by to check things out.
Thousands of bikers were already there, so there were a lot of very cool bikes to see.
All those bikes together in one small area created an incredible amount of noise, though — not so cool.
As you might expect, probably 90% of the clothing/accessories being sold by vendors was branded with the Harley-Davidson logo. (The remaining 10% consisted solely of black leggings with rhinestone angel wings on the butt.)
Speaking of Harley-Davidson…did you know that dozens of babies born in the U.S. in the last few decades have been named “Harley Davidson”?
A handful of others have been named “Harley Rider” and “Harley Ryder.”
And it’s not just a U.S. thing. A Belgian baby was named Harley-Davidson a few years ago, for instance.
The soap opera Guiding Light helped popularize the name Harley (and perhaps the pairing “Harley Davidson”) when it introduced a female character named Harley Davidson Cooper in the mid-1987:
- 1985: 225 baby boys & 16 baby girls named Harley
- 1986: 203 baby boys & 17 baby girls named Harley
- 1987: 189 baby boys & 15 baby girls named Harley
- 1988: 228 baby boys & 35 baby girls named Harley
- 1989: 269 baby boys & 81 baby girls named Harley
- 1990: 292 baby boys & 156 baby girls named Harley
- 1991: 350 baby boys & 316 baby girls named Harley
- 1992: 556 baby boys & 456 baby girls named Harley
- 1993: 723 baby boys & 718 baby girls named Harley
- 1994: 788 baby boys & 858 baby girls named Harley
Last year, 359 baby boys and 710 baby girls were named Harley. (I wonder how many of them got the full “Harley Davidson” combo.)
[What’s this road trip all about?]