Whether you’re an American Idol fan or not, Danny Gokey’s visit to Milwaukee tomorrow (Friday, May 8 ) will rev some engines. For us riders, most importantly, his entourage is heading to the Harley-Davidson Museum since he wants to see the Elvis bike. And he’s planning a mini-concert at the Summerfest grounds which will be at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse.

Motorcycles from the movie “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” are coming to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee for the month of April.

The two Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycles that Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf rode in the movie will be showcased along with a temporary exhibit with snakes. Get details about this Harley-Davidson Museum exhibit >>

Need even more reasons to visit our hometown of Milwaukee with your motorcycle?  Check out this article >>


The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Are you one of the 350,000 bike-loving visitors expected each year at the new Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee? Now you can now pull into the museum parking lot with your own bike. The new Iron Horse Hotel, conveniently located in downtown Milwaukee across the river from the museum is geared toward motorcycle enthusiasts like you.

The Iron Horse Hotel offers covered motorcycle parking, rag bins and check-in carts – perfect for transporting saddle bag contents to and from your room. There’s an on-site bike wash and arrangements can be made for on-call bike servicing. They’ll even pack a lunch for your saddle bag, provide Milwaukee ride routes and suggest bike-friendly spots throughout the area.

A tile entrance to each of the 100 oversized loft-style guestrooms features custom hooks for hanging heavy leathers and boot benches made from reclaimed wood from the original building. A comfy pillow-top bed, an all-tile walk-in shower and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs greet road-weary travelers.

Room at The Iron Horse Hotel

While not a themed hotel, the décor of The Iron Horse hotel features subtle references to motorcycle culture, including leather accented by nail head trim, evocative of steel rivets and patterns in the fabric inspired by tattoo art. The entire lobby, a stunning display of American Industrial era architecture, is designed to greet guests whether in high heels or dirty boots. Enjoy a beer or cocktail, grab a bite to eat or check out the views of downtown and the Harley-Davidson Museum. The Yard, the huge outdoor patio offers the perfect gathering place to exchange stories from the day. And there are even rejuvenation spa services to beat tired muscles from a long day on the road.

Adjoining rooms offer even more space for groups and the top-floor Iron Horse Hotel suites, complete with rooftop views of the city, offer an unforgettable stay.

From its location to the jaw-dropping array of amenities, The Iron Horse Hotel offers a truly authentic and memorable experience.

Recently, HaulBikes partnered with The Iron Horse Hotel to make it even easier to get your bike to Milwaukee – the motorcycle hot spot.

Visit The Iron Horse Hotel site to book your vacation to Milwaukee.


15 Jan / 2009

Too Cold to Ride

It hasn’t been this cold here in the Milwaukee area for almost 20 years. With wind chills of -30 degrees, it’s hard to think riding motorcycles. The good news – it’s not this cold everywhere. This is the time to think about going down south. The Daytona and Arizona Bike Weeks are right around the corner.

You and your bike can stay warm when you try a fly and ride. Make the airline arrangements for yourself and then call  HaulBikes to ship your bike. Being there on your own bike is so much better. Call today if you’re planning a rally. With our rally discounts, spots book up fast. Hope to see you at the next rally.

Nothing says welcome back to Wisconsin like -10 degree wind chills. Just got back from a 16-day stay in sunny Vegas for the MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction. The highest bid in Vegas went to a 1912 American Package for $80,000. That still doesn’t beat MidAmerica’s world record sale at a public auction last year. A 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer OHC went for $520,000 in Monterrey.

Planning to head to an auction? Stop by and say hi at our booth. HaulBikes is the official motorcycle transporter for the MidAmerica Auctions and we always have a display there. Would be great to meet you.

Other big things that happened in Vegas were the New Year’s Eve motorcycle jumps – Robbie Knievel ‘s jump over the volcano at the Mirage and the Australian Robbie Maddison’s record breaking longest motorcycle jump of almost 100 meters (that’s 322 feet to you and me here in the US).

Stay warm.

If Santa left you a shiny new bike under the tree this year, or if you’re taking advantage of some of the great sales going on right now, you may want to think about the benefits of donating your old motorcycle to charity. 

Benefits of donating your cycle:

  • Your donation can be tax deductible if you itemize your deductions. There’s still time to include the deduction on your 2008 taxes if you complete the paperwork by December 31!
  • No need to invest time and money advertising the sale of your cycle.
  • Quick and simple way to get the cycle out of the garage. Often, the charity even picks it up.
  • Great way to sell a cycle that needs mechanical work. Some charitable organizations can sell the cycle for parts or repair it for a higher resale value.
  • An opportunity to give back to a good cause – especially during the holiday season.

But donation may not be right for everyone. If your primary reason for wanting to donate your bike is to get the most money you can, donation may not be your answer. Tax laws changed in 2007, so you must deduct the “fair market value” as opposed to the “retail suggested price.” Fair market value, according to the IRS, is the price which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts.” Good resources to determine the fair market value are Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds.

Maximize your tax benefit

To receive the maximum tax benefit, make sure you choose a charitable organization where the cycle will be used “in direct furtherance of the organization’s charitable purpose.” The organization should use the vehicle for its business itself or donate it to those in need. That way you can deduct the full market value of your vehicle.

You also need to make sure the charitable organization is one that the IRS qualifies to receive tax deductible contributions, such as churches, government agencies, nonprofit schools and hospitals, as well as organizations such as the Salvation Army or Red Cross.

Where to donate your motorcycle

Some organizations that we found accepted motorcycles for donation include: Rawhide, Motorcycle Donation Charities (Teddy Bear Cops), Habitat For Humanity and Cars 4 Kids. It’s worth checking to see if these organizations qualify for that “maximum tax benefit.” Cars 4 Kids even offers a free vacation voucher with your donation. Approximately 2-4 weeks after you donate your cycle, you will receive a voucher for a 2-night, 3-day hotel stay at one of over 80 resort areas across North America.

Before you choose an organization, make sure they service your area. Most of them will pick up your vehicle right at your house – whether it’s running or not. Check to see if there is a cost to tow it or if that will be deducted from your value; most of the time it’s free. Need someone to ship your cycle? Contact us at HaulBikes.

Check with your local tax professional for details and which tax forms the government requires. The charitable organization that you are donating to can oftentimes answer a lot of your tax questions too.

Preparing your cycle for donation

Clean your motorcycle and put it in the best working condition you can. Have the title readily accessible as you will need that signed before transferring it to the charity. Have all sets of keys together and remove the license plate. Make sure you have the correct paperwork completed that the organization requests.

If you want to take advantage of the tax benefits in 2008, donate your motorcycle by December 31. The motorcycle does not need to be picked up by December 31, you just need to have the charity’s forms completed by then. And don’t forget, if you need a professional appraisal to follow those deadlines.

Not enough time to claim the donation in 2008? Start the process now and reap the tax benefits in 2009!

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