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Maxim.com Goes to Harley Fantasy Camp Pt. 1

Like die-hard baseball fans, Harley Davidson riders just can't get enough of their favorite bikes. So taking a cue from the sports world, HD held its first ever Fantasy Camp in Milwaukee for a five day hog heaven. Twenty loyal riders got the opportunity to get an all-access look at everything from engine manufacturing and production, all the while getting a chance to enjoy their very own private bike tour around the Milwaukee countryside.

Surprise visits from CEO Keith Wandell, President Matt Levatich, and the Bike King himself Willie G. (the grandson of the original founder of Harley Davidson) only added to the best experience a biker could have.

Even with limited spots available, Maxim was lucky enough to get an invite to this highly exclusive event, and lived through the high-revved action to tell you about it.

Monday, June 21: Ushered into the Harley Davidson Museum, we were introduced to the staff that would have the challenge of taking care of this motley crew for the week.

Following a meet-and-greet lunch, we were rushed over to HD-U (Harley Davidson University), where we were thrown back to our college days, and walked out able to grasp the terms and technicalities of the work that goes into assembling such complex machines.

Tuesday, June 22: An early wake-up call had us out the door and ready for a city tour of Milwaukee. Our tour guides pointed out historic Milwaukee landmarks, with the highlight being an ice-cold brew from the former headquarters of Pabst Brewery…at 10am.
 
We were quickly turned around and shuttled off to H-D's Pilgrim Road manufacturing plant, where we got an over-the-top tour of the actual assembling of a Harley engine.

After a quick nap, it was off to dinner and the casino. Taking full advantage of the VIP passes in the Potawatomi Casino gaming room, (which included a free $25 gambling card), the majority of us walked out with some dough. This particular editor pocketed 180 bucks.

Wednesday, June 23: The Harley Museum. Not only did we get an all-access tour of the museum itself, highlighting all aspects of Harley Davidson over the years, but after a lunch with H-D President Matt Levatich, we returned for the all-exclusive archives tour.
 
 
How exclusive are the archives, restored bikes, equipment, and other riding gear in the museum? Let's put it this way—there are employees at the museum who will never get a chance to sniff the air in those rooms.
 
 
With the Evil Knievel exhibit being launched the following week, we got the opportunity to see some of his stunt bikes, clothing and rare memorabilia, while seeing one-of-a-kind Harley motorcycles.
 
 
Getting our bearings straight, the group split between staying at the museum and going on a tour of a local brewery, Lake Front Brewery. Our tour guide, Katie Brokovich, had all the energy of a first grader on the playground. She explained the process of suds-making, and why Lakefront's beer seemed to always taste a little bit better than the bigger guys. As an expert in brew drinking, I'd say she hit on all cylinders, and left all of us with a hangover from the experience…in a good way.

Never wanting to leave us with a dull night, we were shuttled out to Miller Park to see the Brewers take on the Minnesota Twins. Hooked-up in the Harley Davidson section of the park in left center field, we got all the sites of the stadium. With free food, a couple rounds of drinks, and baseball, it turned into a great night.

For more information on the Harley Davidson Fantasy Camp, check out their Official Site.