In 1916, the United States got into a conflict with the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. At one point during this conflict, US Army troops were chasing Villa and his men along the border. Among their means of transportation were Harley-Davidson motorcycles with machine guns mounted in the sidecars.


Soon after this, Harley-Davidson received an order to produce a dozen motorcycles for the Army with the bonus of a partnership. It is widely believed that the first American to enter Germany on the day following the signing of the armistice was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. By the end of World War I, around half of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles had gone to the U.S. military.

During these times there was a school for military motor mechanics, Harley-Davidson University and by the end of the war around 20,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles had been used by the military.

In the years during and around World War II, Harley-Davidson started producing the Harley-Davidson WLA; a motorcycle produced for the US Army following specifications and accessories for active members. Around one-third of those bikes were sold to the Russian army, the rest went almost entirely to the U.S. military. Other motorcycles produced in much lower quantities were the XA, a shaft driven motorcycle for desert warfare, the UA model, as well as military G model Servi-Cars.

Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA in small numbers in 1940, as part of a general military expansion. The entry of the US in World War II increased the production (over 90,000). Curiously, all the WLAs produced after Pearl Harbor, regardless of the actual year, had serial numbers indicating 1942 production. This resulted in war-time machines becoming known as 42WLAs. Production of the WLA would cease after the war but would be revived for the Korean War during the years 1949–1952.

Most WLAs were then sold and became more “civilian”. With so many motorcycles available, and cheaper prices, subgroups and subcultures started to arise such as the biker culture and the chopper. Young veterans will come back home hoping to get their hands on a Harley-Davidson like the one they used to ride or envy during service, which led to a post-war popularity of both the motorcycle and the company in general.


I have owned many Harley Davidson motorcycles and have loved all of them. The unique sound and the feel of riding one is unlike any other bike. The picture with this article was my riding buddies form Hawaii Rolling Thunder. Many people have an image of "hell raisers" on thier Harleys. Not true at all. Most clubs are just like ours was. We were a goup of friends, almost all Veterans, that just loved to ride. Most clubs are actually really engaged in charities and community events.


My buddy Robert Patrick came on our podcast this week to talk about his new ownership in Harley Davidson of Santa Clarita. (https://santaclaritaharley.com)

Some of you may know him as the liquid metal shape-shifter T-1000 from Terminator 2, The Walking Dead, The Unit, Spy Kids , and so many other great movies and shows. He talked about his love for this country, our Veterans, and of course Harley Davidson Motorcycles.


Something about Veterans and Harley Davidson motorcycles just seems to go together and now we know it started a long time ago in a country far far away.


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3 Ways to Approach a Contact About Job on Social Media

Often times, a job posting on your Linkedin or Facebook feed is from a close contact.. Here are three ways to reach out to a close contact that will help you stand out.

  • Send a personable direct message. Begin with a brief inquiry as to why you’re contacting them. People are pressed for time, though. Avoid lengthy introductions or descriptions of your latest adventures. Tell them how you would be a good match or solve a pain point. Then, close with a sincere thank you and provide a few ways you can be reached.

  • Give them a phone call. Yes! Leave a voice recording in either voicemail or an audio text. Chances are your close contact would like to hear from you if you haven’t spoken for awhile. Same as above, tell why you're reaching out.

  • Send a short video. This is a fairly new approach but if you’re comfortable in front of the camera, give it a try! Make yourself business presentable, position yourself in front of a good light source (window, halo light, etc) and record a quick message inquiring about the position and how you're a good match. Make it brief and review it before you send it out.

Also, be personable and professional. It’s always a good idea to be sincere without getting too personal or pushy.


A house move is full of many critical decisions, so we put together a list of things to keep in mind when making this change in your life. Just because my moves where full of chaos and stress doesn't mean yours needs to be. If your organized then read on. If your not then skip this article, call a moving company, and strap in for a "fun" move.

Let’s start for what you should be doing:


· Start the move preparations as early as you can to give yourself a good head-start and a better chance to finish on time.

· Follow a moving checklist to organize your time in the best possible way. Prioritize all tasks in your moving timeline.

· Decide if you are hiring movers or moving yourself. Factor in the move distance, and your previous relocation experience to make an informed decision.

· Request in-home cost estimates from several top-rated moving companies, don’t settle with the first one you find, do a bit of research. Learn the moving price in advance to set your budget accordingly.

· Select a good mover by comparing the quotes you get. Make sure you are checking their licensing information and reading online reviews about their services.

· Book your mover as soon as you’ve made your choice. Remember that reputable, experienced, and affordable movers get reserved fast.

· Do an inventory of your entire home to know the type and quantity of all the household items you have for moving. Some people will do a comprehensive video for their records and some just the valuable items.

· Declutter your home and get rid of any items you won’t ever need again. Sell, give away or donate all unwanted things.

· Maybe it’s time for a fun garage sale! Organize a profitable garage sale to earn some fresh cash from all the items you won’t be moving to the new home.

· Save money by acquiring cardboard boxes without paying for them. Get free moving boxes from friends or local retail stores.

· Prepare a few essentials boxes filled with super-important things to help you survive until you have your “normal” household items delivered.

· Secure the right type and quantity of packing materials in advance so that you don’t interrupt the packing process later on.

· Label all moving boxes for easier identification after the move. Mark down their content, destination room, and special handling instructions, if any.

· Change your postal address with the USPS to keep receiving your mail. You can do this online, in person, by phone or by mail.

· Transfer or change your household utilities: power, water, gas, phone, cable TV, etc. Arrange for their reconnection at the new home.

· If you have furry family members, take your pets to the vet for a medical checkup before the relocation trip and discuss the need for anti-anxiety medications, especially if you’re flying to your destination. Talk to your veterinarian to see what permissions or vaccinations your pet may need for the travel and for the new home (some States require different vaccinations).

· Wear appropriate clothes and fitting shoes that will give you the comfort and safety you need on the day of the move.

· Find time to say goodbye to your dear friends. Maybe now is the time to throw a farewell party.

· Have a final check around the home to make sure all windows and doors are secure and that nothing important is left behind.

Ok you did your checklist and feel ready for the big day, but always keep in mind the don’ts of moving:

· Don’t lose precious time by doing things without a clear plan of action. Organize a perfect move by following a good moving timeline.

· If moving yourself packing all day then getting on the road can be dangerous, have planned stops to minimize being that tired driver! Have a trusted friend, bring them along.

· Don’t accept cost estimates from movers over the phone or via e-mail. The only way to get accurate quotes is after on-site surveys.

· Don’t accept a quote that is way cheaper than the rest because it may happen to be a fraudulent estimate from dishonest movers. Beware of scams!!

· Don’t postpone the beginning of the packing task. “I’ll start packing tomorrow” can get you in all sorts of troubles come Moving day.

· Don’t pack and move all of your belongings without sorting them out first. The shipment weight will determine how much you pay in the end.

· Don’t skimp on padding materials (packing paper, bubble wrap, etc.) when packing extra-fragile items such as dishes.

· Don’t pack items that are forbidden for transport. Moving companies won’t move hazardous items that are flammable, explosive, corrosive or perishable.

· Don’t hire professional packers unless you own specialty items, or you don’t have enough time. Packing by yourself can save you money.

· Don’t sign any paperwork you don’t fully understand or blank documents and ask your mover for clarification.

· Don’t entrust any valuable items to your movers, no matter how trustworthy those movers seem. Keep your valuables with you at all times.

· Don’t move your large and heavy furniture unless it is antique or has sentimental value. Often, it’ll be cheaper to buy new furniture.

· Don’t lift and carry heavy items without using proper moving equipment. Safety first!

· Don’t move valuable or expensive items without purchasing extra moving insurance. Speak with your moving company about your insurance options.

·Don’t move out without obtaining the medical records from your family physician, as well as the documents for registering with a new doctor.