Bill: Harley-Davidson as official Wis. motorcycle

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 12:45 PM

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson would become the official Wisconsin motorcycle under a bill proposed in the Legislature.

Milwaukee Democratic Rep. Leon Young says the idea came from a family member of Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman, who was killed last year while serving in Iraq.

Young argues in a letter to his colleagues that the long and storied history of Harley-Davidson in Wisconsin makes it appropriate to honor it with the distinction of being the official state motorcycle.

William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson built the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 1903 in Milwaukee. The company was incorporated four years later and remains based in Milwaukee.

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