Harley-Davidson Violates Your Privacy!

A few weeks ago I got a phone call at my house.  This is how the beginning of the conversation went:

Me: Hello

Rep: Oh this is Jamie, How are you today?

Me:  Ummm… Ok

Rep:  I was just calling to inquire about how your recent visit to Harley-Davidson of Baltimore with sales associate Heidi Harris was?

Me: What?

Rep:  Well you it says here you visited the dealership and spoke with Heidi Harris recently!

Me:  ….NO!

I went on to tell the operator about how I had never set foot in Harley-Davidson of Baltimore.  I actually have no idea where it is located, who she was talking about… and how annoyed and disturbed I was that she was calling me.  I said I had some dealings with another Harley-Davidson (H-D) dealership regarding my blog, but they should not have my personal info except my email.  I asked, “How did you even get my phone number?”  The operator clearly was at a bit of a loss for words, sensing my angry.  She paused then said, “Well… mmm… I really don't know.  Did you go to any motorcycle events recently?  The answer was a a big, “NO!”  After awhile it came out that my they must have gotten my phone number from when I visited the Harley-Davidson plant in York, PA years ago.  I told the rep, “I am really annoyed I am getting this phone call.”  It turned out the rep was from an independent company and was not directly from Harley-Davidson.  Still this reflects poorly on Harley-Davidson and she claimed she was representing them.  I requested to be removed off the list and assumed that would be end of that.

Not quite!  I got an email on October 28th from Harley-Davidson of Baltimore… from Heidi Harris.  She saw I had mentioned I didn't want additional information, but she still would be happy for me to stop by and and see what they are all about.  Since I am a licensed rider, I am entitled to demo rides on any Harley product.

I mean really?  WTF?  I don't really want phone calls at my house about visits to dealerships that never took place.  I specifically request to be taken off the list from future contact and they send me a friggin email!  I guess motorcycle sales must be really down because of the economy.  This email was sent to my Yahoo email address that is checked infrequently since I use Gmail.  This tells you how long Harley-Davidson has been holding onto my info in desperate hopes I will go into a dealership to buy a bike.

Now I never intend to buy a Harley-Davidson!  Especially knowing how much they violate peoples privacy, including my own.  Until they have a change in privacy standards and practices, I would recommend to all my readers to not buy one either.

Hogs & Heroes Fundraiser at Old Glory Harley-Davidson raises $2,000

Cool Bikes!

Old Glory Harley Davidson, in Laurel, raised $2,000 hosting the 2011 Hogs & Heros Poker Run and Bike/Car Show that took place on July 30th, 2011.  The money was evenly split between MD Concerns of Police Survivors (MD COPS) and HEROES Inc.  These organizations raise money for fallen police, military, and firefighters children and families.  These service men and women have given their lives for serving others, and it's wonderful to see Old Glory hosting an event like this to support these wonderful organizations.

It was a great event with all sorts of cool bikes, and cars.  Next year's Hogs & Heroes at Old Glory should raise even more money.  Check out additional pictures from my Flickr image gallery.

Gypsy Jack Racing

On Sunday I went to visit my friend Jack's house or as I like to call him Gypsy Jack.  I showed him some of my blogging skills since he wants to start a blog.  He showed me some of his awesome motorcycles.  He's got a Yamaha R1 that has 175 Horsepower  Does it go fast?… Jack's gotten it up to 192mph!  If someone lighter rode it he said it could go over 200mph.  Also in the stable is a Aprilla Mille R with carbon fiber bodywork and a Yamaha R6.  Each bike has a lot of special details and features.  Like the handmade windscreen on the R1 and all the graphics on the bikes.  You can really tell the time and effort Jack puts into building them.  He's put thousands of dollars into each and it shows.  For a small sum he will even build you one, if you are game.  He won't build a bike for posers, idiots, or douches though.  Of course if you are one with tons of money… maybe that will make a difference.  🙂

Including his motorcycle collection Jack also has an impressive toy collection in his basement.  My favorite part of the collection is his RC cars, which he used to race competitively.  Some of the cars have immense detail, just like the motorcycles, and are tuned to perfection.  He used to lap most people in races and usually won in every racing class that he participated in.  Also in his collection is a Patton Replica, Star Wars Legos, and a Valentino Rossi replica made by hand.  That isn't all as you can see from the photos.

If you have any questions pertaining to riding, sportbikes, motorcycling racing, building a bike, RC cars, or toys Jack is the man to ask.

Check out website:  http://www.gypsyjackracing.com/

 

R&H Car Show raises $2,100 for Children’s Guild

The 1st Annual R&H Car Show that took place on July 16th, 2011 to benefit The Children's Guild was a great success.  The staff and coordinators raised $2,100 for the worthy organization.

Over 100 vehicles of all types came out to R&H Toyota's brand new service center in support of the Children's Guild.  Including motorcycles, hot-rods, muscle cars, and imports.  There were 87 participants in the judging portion.  I am sure was quite difficult to judge since they were some amazing vehicles there.  Such as Trevor Boone's '01 Honda Accord with a polk audio system, lambo doors, and playstation.  A beautiful purple Kawasaki ZX1400 owned by Markus with every imaginable upgrade possible.  Some of my personal favorites at the show were a beautiful red Jaguar E-Type, Ford GT, and even a Ferrari.  A certain writer would love to own these!

There were also some great activities at the show.  Both Mobil1 and Shell had racing simulators setup for attendees to try out.  Trying out the simulators was quite fun and more difficult than I thought… just like real racing!  When I exited the Mobil1 simulator the guy exclaimed “Harder then it looks, huh?”  Sure was.  Shell and Mobil1 also had their race cars on display at the show along with the simulators.  It was great to see the vehicles up close.

“This was entirely a employee concept and they worked very hard to put this together.” said David Russell, General Manager for R&H Toyota.  “Everyone knew different people to bring to the show.  Vendors really stepped up to support this as well.”

The Children's guild is definitely an organization that needs people to step up to support it.  It serves the needs of children with trauma disorders, autism, or disabilities in the Maryland and Washington DC area.  Currently they are working on opening up several new schools in the area.  Any added support is much appreciated.

For more information about The Children's Guild please visit:  http://www.childrensguild.org/

Next year should be even better with more cars, meaning a higher fund raising goal.  Mark your calendars!

*Special Thanks to Jan Braverman, coordinator for the R&H Car Show

 

 

2011 Hogs & heroes Poker run & Car/bike show, July 30

Old Glory Harley Davidson is hosting the 2011 Hogs and Heroes Fundraiser.  This includes a Poker Run (bike ride), and Car/Bike Show.

All sorts of vehicles are welcome to the Car/Bike show.  There are many classes of cars and bikes to win a Trophy.  The show will have a raffle, music, give-aways, freebies, and food and refreshments.  The first 50 people to register will receive a Free T-Shirt.  The best in show car will get a $100 Old Glory gift card and the best in show bike will receive a $100 gift card as well.  T-shirts for the event car be bought for $20.

The Poker run is not just for motorcycles, all vehicles are welcome.  Even if it has 4-wheels, bring it down to participate.  The grand prize winner of the Poker Run will win $250.  By the way, don't worry about breakfast because Old Glory will be serving a continental breakfast.  Extra poker hands can be bought for $15.

It should be a great time and it's all for supporting a great cause.  The Hogs and Heroes Foundation supports fallen police officers, firefighters children.  As well as supporting military families.  So if you are looking to have some fun and feel good about doing it, go to the 2011 Hogs and Heroes Fundraiser.

What: 2011 Hogs and Heroes Poker Run & Car/Bike Show Fundraiser

When: Registration for the Poker Run start at 9am, first bike leaves at 10:30am.  Registration for Car/Bike show begins at 11:30am.

Cost: For partcipating in the Poker Run $30, Car/Bike Show $30

Where:  Old Glory Harley Davidson, 11800 Laurel Bowie Rd, Laurel MD, 20708