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Walk the Red Carpet Harley® Style! USS South Dakota Commissioning Reception

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Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson

951 Bank Street

New London, CT 06320

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Commissioning Reception: USS South Dakota honoring submariners who serve and those who built. Featuring the Commemorative H-D FLHX - Jan 31*

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When a submarine is named after the state with some of the best motorcycle riding in America, there's only one thing to do: create a custom Harley-Davidson® to mark the occasion.

This is an exclusive invitation to join us at Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson, New London, CT on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 from 5p to 8p (doors open at 4p). This event highlights the coming together of "Man and Machine." As part of the commissioning of the USS South Dakota, this kickoff event will honor the sailors of the USS South Dakota as well as all active duty military. In addition, we will also be acknowledging those who built the USS South Dakota submarine and all of the employees of Electric Boat that build submarines in the "U.S. submarine capital of the world," Groton, Connecticut.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday January 29th + Wednesday 30th - Preview - Open to the Public 12-7P

Thursday January 31st 5P - 8P Invitation Only

Food is courtesy of South Dakota Navy League and Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson prepared by RD86 of New London.

On view for a limited time only will be the Commemorative H-D Street Glide®. One side of the bike features the state-of-the-art USS South Dakota submarine that is being commissioned now. The other half of the motorcycle pays tribute to the legendary battleship USS South Dakota which served in World War II. The motorcycle was airbrushed by internationally renowned artist Mickey Harris, the very same artist that painted the 1956 Ford Thunderbird Medal of Honor car, on permanent display at Mike's Famous®. This will be the only time these one of a kind vehicles will be on display together for this special occasion. The crew of the USS South Dakota, representatives of the Harley-Davidson® Motor Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, public officials from South Dakota, Connecticut and more, will be some of the VIP guests in attendance. In fact, the artist himself, Mickey Harris, will be here to celebrate this unique event. All we need is YOU to make the evening complete.

The evening will include a food + beverage station, door prizes + more! Guests can also experience the rumble and roar of a Harley® on our JUMPSTART™. No riding experience necessary! This is the event to start off the year right....and not to be missed!

The Commemorative Street Glide® will then be on its way to be displayed at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in South Dakota. A bike ignition key will remain on board the submarine ceremonially and as a reminder that any USS SOUTH DAKOTA licensed sailors can ride the bike when visiting Sturgis, South Dakota! The motorcycle will stand ready as the crew's official motorcycle and help build bonds between the Sailors, South Dakota and Harley-Davidson®.

We are rolling out the red carpet Harley® style for this one of a kind event, and we'd love to have you here! Come from work, come from the road, come as you are! RSVP today as this event has limited availability!

As alcohol is being served at this event, we ask that it be adult only. If coming with a plus one, please select two tickets.

Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson is the largest Harley® dealership in southern New England. We are proud supporters of the United States Military. In 2015, Mike's Famous® received the Military Community Support Award as Business of the year by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Mike's Famous® is the official Toys for Tots headquarters for South Eastern Connecticut. The dealership serves as host for the Gift Run, one of the oldest bike runs in Connecticut. In 2019, the run will be celebrating its 40th year! Mike's Famous® resides in a historic former Coca-Cola® bottling factory, circa 1939. The 55,000 square foot factory projects a museum-like experience of automobilia, collectibles and neon lights. The dealership remains a tribute to Harley-Davidson®, roadside destinations and American's love of the open road. You have to see it to believe it!

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