It’s been a strange year for sure but some things don’t change, some things are never going to be the same, & some things change for the better. We’re all much more aware of what it takes to stay healthy & more appreciative of a lot of things we took for granted about our health like going to the gym, seeing dentists, having normal doctor appointments & lots of other healthy practices that I hope we can get back to. The precautions that were taken when this pandemic hit us were appropriate but we’ve got to get back to living quality lives, staying healthy but not living in fear. San Diego Harley has been open throughout, although the showroom was closed. We’re now fully open & in compliance with state guidelines. There are many businesses that will never be back & we are very grateful that we have been able to meet the challenge & adapt to make our operations better in ways we hadn’t thought of, focusing on service & parts & restructuring our motorcycle sales & training.
The closing of dealerships nationwide & the closing of the Harley-Davidson factories in Milwaukee, WI & York PA have also created changes we think are for the better. This includes the fact that the 2020 model year will actually extend to the end of the 2020! This change will be permanent in that from now on the ‘model year’ will begin in January or February, the annual dealer show will be in January or February as well. We think this is a good & long overdue change & we’re thankful to the Motor Company for this & for doing what it can to reopen the factories & start building these great motorcycles again. In that regard we don’t know when new Harleys will be made again because the governor of Wisconsin recently tried to keep the state closed down until August but he was struck down by the court. We wait to see what happens in both those states. Meanwhile as we (all dealers!) sell new bikes they are not being replaced & new Harleys will become difficult to find until this situation is resolved.
Memorial Day is coming in a few weeks & I am riding to Washington DC, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. I ride to The Wall every Memorial Day, have been since The Wall was dedicated in 1982, & although lots of things have changed with Washington DC being closed down & Rolling Thunder cancelled (West Coast Thunder as well) I’m still riding to The Wall. I’m also grateful that my friend Robert Patrick is riding with me again. Robert is a true patriot & when he returned from a USO Tour of Afghanistan after he starred in the TV series The Unit he asked to ride with me to Rolling Thunder. He’s ridden with me every year since (about 13 years now) & he has played an important role (not a movie role, a real life role!) at The Wall by his participating in the rituals of RollingThunder, making speeches, visiting Walter Reed Hospital & more! Robert also owns Santa Clarita Harley-Davidson & we both share a passion for riding & now, more than ever, want to demonstrate the importance of getting on your Harley & riding, following your dreams, doing those things that are important to you in spite of this ‘invisible enemy’, this Virus. People ask where we’re staying, where are we eating & our answer has been “we’ll figure it out”! Now it seems like most of the country is opening up so its back to mundane concerns like the weather, snow in the Rockies & tornadoes everywhere else, stuff like that, lol!
I hope for the best for each of you, hope you haven’t lost a job or a businesses, hope children can get back to school & things get back to normal, that you & your friends & family have been healthy & stay healthy & that you’re strong enough to see what’s been going on & judge for yourself how much you want this ‘lockdown’ to effect you, & whether the cure is better or worse than the problem it’s supposed to solve. I also hope you’ll spend time this
Memorial Day giving thanks & being appreciative of those who serve & especially those who have sacrificed. Remember their sacrifice was for our freedom & the best way to honor what they gave up for us, what their families & loved ones gave up for us, is to live the best lives we can. To me that’s always meant that I read & honor the Constitution of this great country & live up to the principles America was founded on, that “all men are created equal & endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those rights are the rights of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness”!
Those are words worth fighting for! Thank you Veterans, all those currently serving & your families, & all you patriots who make it all worth while!
All of us at San Diego Harley-Davidson appreciate your business & your trust in us for all your Harley-Davidson motorcycle needs! I look forward to seeing you all when I get back in June, until then I know two words that says what we all have in common & that expresses how I feel about what’s going on & how I’m living my life...LET’S RIDE!