All treats – and no tricks

All treats – and no tricks – at the Harley-Davidson Museum in October
This month brings live music with partners Rock the Green, live art and more to 6th & Canal.

MILWAUKEE, USA (Oct. 6, 2020) – This month, in addition to the unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum, guests can explore Milwaukee’s creative community with a pairing of musicians or artists bringing their talents to campus.

First up, Rock the Green, brings Rock the Stream to campus for a three-show lineup that sees Milwaukee’s own De La BuenaLex Allen and Trapper Schoepp grace the stage. Get your live-music fix with tix for these shows kicking off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11. Tickets are just $10 and proceeds benefit local non-profits and Milwaukee stalwarts Jazz Gallery Center for the ArtsDanceworks and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

Plus, as a part of Gallery Night and Day, on Friday, Oct. 16, artists of all skill levels are invited to “Drawing in the H-D Museum” where Wisconsin artist Philip Salamone will guide participants through the creative process.

And if you’re a fan of “Long Way Up,” the Apple TV+ series chronicling the adventures of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman astride the LiveWire® motorcycle, be sure to mark Oct. 17 and 18 on your calendars. A fleet of the all-new, all-electric LiveWire motorcycles will be available for free demo rides and every rider will receive a limited-edition LiveWire poster.

As always, the safety of our guests is a top priority for the Harley-Davidson Museum. Guests may notice changes since their most recent visit. Visit the H-D Museum website to find out more about our safety measures or to purchase tickets in advance.

Taming the Road in Style
Closes Nov. 8
The earliest Harley-Davidson® motorcycles had the same suspensions as bicycles of the time: none at all. The roads were a hodgepodge of dirt, stone, and other materials. Bumps were everywhere; suspension was needed. Comfort became a never-ending challenge for Harley-Davidson engineers. It was redefined by each new generation of rider and changing environments: over the decades, roads were paved, engine power and speed increased, and motorcyclists traveled faster over longer distances and craved smoother rides. In response, Harley improved the seats, redesigned many frames, or added new suspension systems. Sometimes these changes were small, sometimes dramatic. These tweaks and additions added up over the years. The first Harley-Davidson vehicles resembled bicycles. Years later, bicycles and motorcycles looked nothing alike. The pursuit of comfort had transformed motorcycles. Taming the Road in Style examines this history, from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of the new Harley-Davidson Softail® models. Stay tuned to the H-D Museum social channels for a behind-the-scenes look at this exhibit before it hits the road Nov. 8.

Stevan Dohanos painting, “Tex’s Motorcycle”
Dohanos, a frequent contributor to the “Saturday Evening Post,” enjoyed capturing his subjects as they were in real life. For this piece, Dohanos found his muse on a street in Georgetown, Conn. “Tex” Keller had decorated his saddle bags with nickel spots and covered his saddle with fur, putting his own flair on the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Though Dohanos probably didn’t title the work, many motorcyclists now refer to it as “Tex’s Motorcycle” and prints of it can be found in shops across the country. The original has found a home at the H-D Museum.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (open now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.” Stay tuned to the H-D Museum social channels for a behind-the-scenes look at this exhibit.

Rock the Stream presented by Rock the Green and the H-D Museum
Sunday, Oct. 11 (performances at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.)
Rock the Stream, a benefit for Milwaukee musicians & nonprofits, is coming back to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Rock the Stream amplifies Rock the Green’s mission to create a sustainable ecosystem in concert with each other … coming together and collaborating. Rock the Green is stoked to present fans with a socially-distanced-yet-socially-still-kinda-together concert series to share great music with great friends, to raise funds for great local organizations and to create an environmentally sustainable world.   
Rock the Green and the H-D Museum are teaming up to bring exclusive live performances from a few of the area’s top acts. While seats will be available on a limited and socially distant basis, everyone will be able to tune in from home – for free!   
For this (Packers bye week) afternoon of music, De La Buena, Lex Allen and Trapper Schoepp will each headline their own show with ticket proceeds benefiting Jazz Gallery Center for the ArtsDanceworks and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

In-person tickets are $10 per person*, per concert and seated by party at socially distant tables.  All participants must follow the H-D Museum safety rules to ensure a safe experience.

Gallery Night at the H-D Museum
Friday, Oct. 16, 5–9 p.m.
Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, Gallery Night & Day, is the two-day premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced artist and most beginning admirer. This world-class event consistently features 50 venues to explore throughout the downtown Milwaukee area four times a year. Guests can enjoy complimentary H-D Museum admission on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 5–9 p.m. Regular admission applies on Saturday, October 17.

On Friday, October 16, join Wisconsin-born artist and instructor Phillip Salamone for “Drawing Night at the H-D Museum” as he guides artists of all skill levels through the creative process. From 5:30–8 p.m., the H-D Museum will provide art supplies (drawing pad, pencil set and easel) and inspiration with its unrivaled collection of rolling sculptures, historical artifacts and cool clothing. Salamone will visit each artist as they work to help harness those creative juices. No experience necessary.
Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event are $25 and are limited to 20 participants*. Budding artists will receive all-day access to the H-D Museum, roaming instruction from artist Philip Salamone and supplies. Also, receive 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at The Shop at the H-D Museum as well as $10 off a purchase of $30 or more at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant (Valid through 10/31/20). Parking is always FREE. Call 414-287-2778 for reservations or pop in for a drink at the bar.
All participants must follow the below H-D Museum Safety Rules to ensure a safe experience. 

LiveWire® Motorcycle Demos at the H-D Museum
Saturday, Oct. 17 & Sunday, Oct. 18 // 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Are you watching the epic adventures of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on the Apple TV+ series “Long Way Up” and itching to feel the twist-and-go thrill that only the Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle can deliver? Then make plans to make tracks to the H-D Museum on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18 where a fleet of LiveWire motorcycles will stand at the ready for a demo ride unlike any other. For riders seeking a new riding experience that combines instant acceleration with sophisticated technology. Don’t miss your chance to experience this bolt of lightning that electrifies the urban grid. Every rider will receive a complimentary limited-edition LiveWire poster. The poster is only available to those who test ride LiveWire while supplies last.
Visitors with their motorcycle endorsement will be able to demo the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson. A pre-determined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the H-D Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods and enjoy the brilliant fall colors.

* Demo Rides will run 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., weather dependent.
* Sign-up is on a first-come, first-service basis.
* Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age.
* Riders must hold a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement.
* All riders and passengers MUST wear a helmet, eye protection, shirt, long pants that cover your ankle and close toe shoes with heel strap.
* All riders and passengers MUST bring their own riding gear as outlined above.

Engines 101
Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.
What is a powertrain? What makes the Milwaukee-Eight® engine different? The Engines 101 class takes you inside the Milwaukee Eight engine and transmission. In a classroom setting, we break down the components and their functions while describing the performance of a 4-stroke engine. Engines 101 shows how an engine and transmission come together to make a powertrain. Advance tickets and more information can be found here.

H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour
Explore the campus of the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and enjoy the great outdoors. This 20-acre site is the place to see and experience Harley-Davidson history and culture. Download the PDF to your phone or mobile device and follow the path around the H-D Museum campus.

“Off-Road Harley-Davidson”
Opening Nov. 21, 2020; Media Preview: Friday, Nov. 20
In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared.

 *Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previously purchased Harley-Davidson Museum® tickets. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, or promotion. Offer can be changed at any time without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Have Fun! 

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant rolls out new specials sure to get your mouth watering
Small plates = big flavor for your midday lunches.

MILWAUKEE, U.S.A. (Oct. 6, 2020) – MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant brings creativity and flair to the table for dining inside or on one of our two waterfront patios while Milwaukeeans soak up the last bits of sun. Delivery and carry-out are available for order with pick-up inside the MOTOR Can Room.

In addition to a hearty menu of monthly specials, MOTOR embraces the flavors of the season with a new small-plate lunch menu. A stop at MOTOR is the perfect pairing for your visit to the H-D Museum this fall.

Wisconsin Sausage Platter: Bratwurst, kielbasa, and spicy Italian sausages served with potato pancakes, apple sauce and sautéed onions ($19.95)
Hot Brown Sandwich: Open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon, tomato and white cheese gravy. Served with french fries and a pickle spear ($15.95)
German Chocolate Cake: Chocolate cake topped with coconut-pecan frosting ($7.95)
Blood Orange Old Fashioned: MOTOR’s twist on a Wisconsin classic. Jim Beam bourbon, simple syrup and orange bitters topped with Blood Orange San Pellegrino ($8)

Chicken Biscuit Sliders: Two buttermilk biscuits with house-breaded fried chicken, topped with mayo and pickles; served with fries ($7.95)
Nashville Chicken Sliders: Two Nashville hot chicken sliders topped with pickles, coleslaw, and mayo on a brioche mini bun; served with fries ($8.95)
Quesadilla: Tortillas with shredded cheese, black bean-corn salsa with choice of BBQ chicken, shredded pork or brisket; served with chipotle ranch ($7.95)
Butternut Squash Ravioli: Brown butter sage with toasted walnuts, Parmesan cheese ($7.95)
Asian Rice Bowl: Grilled chicken, peppers, celery, carrots, green onions, edamame with sesame teriyaki rice ($8.95)
Baked Pasta: Chunky marinara sauce, mozzarella & provolone cheese, onions and mushrooms ($7.95) Add on sausage or chicken for $2

Chili Cheese Fries: House-made chili served on golden French fries topped with sour cream shredded cheese and red onions ($7.95)
Crispy Ravioli: Five cheese-filled breaded raviolis served with homemade tomato sauce ($5.95)

Join us every Tuesday for our weekly Chef’s choice taco special! Add a MOTOR Margarita for only $5.

Visit MOTOR for our Friday AYCE Fish Fry! Every Friday, our All-You-Can-Eat Wisconsin Fish Fry is available all day, served with golden fried cod, crispy french fries, fresh jicama coleslaw, rye bread roll and tartar sauce for only $14.95.

BBQ & Blues
BBQ & Blues – the ultimate pairing of lip-smacking BBQ and blistering live (free) blues music – is back. Take in a live performance from a rotating lineup of blues musicians, plus all-you-can-eat, hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage links for $29.99. All BBQ platters come with french fries, jicama coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and made-from-scratch cornbread. Not up for the AYCE task? Enjoy a special BBQ platter with hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage link with all the sides for $19.99. In addition to the smokin’ BBQ, MOTOR will sizzle with the best in true American blues music from 5 – 8 p.m. – with no cover charge! Due to limited capacity, reservations are strongly encouraged!

HOG Members can enjoy a 16-oz can of Budweiser, Bud Light, or Busch Light for just $3.

And if you’re looking to book your upcoming holiday party, wedding or team gathering, the pros at 1903 Events are ready to execute your vision and ensure a safe and memorable gathering. Winter is a magical time to host a wedding with extra sparkle! And if you want those all-American classics to come to your door, check out MOTOR’s Offsite Catering Menu!

About MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant
The only Harley-Davidson Museum® restaurant, MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant offers guests riverfront dining and Midwest camaraderie with a dose of genuine Harley-Davidson® attitude. MOTOR™ takes diners on a culinary road trip of great American food and drink from its location in downtown Milwaukee. Guests can enjoy burgers, BBQ, seasonal favorites and a whole lot more. For more information and to learn about the latest menu, visit or call 414-287-2778.

Tim McCormick