RAPID CITY S.D. (KEVN) - A one-of-a-kind 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle was revealed Saturday afternoon, reflecting the special connection between South Dakota's outstanding bike culture and military influence.
The motorcycle was donated by the Harley Davidson Motor Company and customized by South Dakota airbrush artist Mickey Harris alongside J&L Harley Davidson. As for symbolism, the motorcycle has been given a paint job that reflects a commemoration of the BB 57, the battleship that sailed during WWII and for a representation of the future, the creation of the USS South Dakota nuclear submarine, both significantly carrying the state's name.
This project is a group effort between the Submarine South Dakota Commissioning Committee and Harley Davidson and both sides say it is a match made in heaven.
<"Were really excited about it because this is going to continue Harley Davidson's longstanding support of the United States Military and also South Dakota's great motorcycling heritage," said Leah Whaley, district manager for the Harley Davidson Motor Company,
" It represents just the relationship between Harley Davidson and the commissioning committee for the submarine SD. My understanding is that there's no other relationship like this at all, this is kind of the one and only, and we're so proud to be associated with Harley Davidson," said Wiley Cress, retired Navy Commander and member of the South Dakota Submarine Commissioning Committee.
The 2018 Street Glide will be on display at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and available to any USS South Dakota crew member to check out and ride for the next three decades.