Harley-Davidson Goes on a ‘Power Trip’

No matter what bike a Harley-Davidson owner rides, he or she can now enter the Power Trip Sweepstakes.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

If you can’t ride a motorcycle, Harley-Davidson is serving up a good excuse to learn – a chance to win a once in a lifetime riding tour at several possible spots around the globe, while sharing it with a non-Harley riding friend.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker is now accepting entrants for the Harley-Davidson Power Trip Sweepstakes – running now through July 31, 2012. If you own a Harley-Davidson, you get a chance to invite a non-Harley riding friend along with you to enjoy one of six Harley-Davidson’s Authorized Tours.

According to the entry instructions, would-be winners must include one Harley-Davidson owner and one friend of the owner who rides a non-Harley-Davidson motorcycle. There’s no other qualifications. Any Harley model qualifies for that owner, and any rival brand will work for the guest. Also, there’s no conditions for the type of motorcycle entered. The rival owner can ride a touring bike, a metric sports machine, a cruiser, a dirt bike, etc. (Of course, the prospects of a long tour on a metric or dirt bike makes my tailbone ache just thinking about it.)

In separate random drawings, two winners and their friends will be selected. One winner will come out of a Harley Owners Group (HOG), while the other will be a random owner not in group. There are no other qualifications for specific rider clubs or other motorcycle-centric organizations.

Each winner and friend will select as a prize one of six riding adventures hosted by Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours. If you’re lucky enough to have your name pulled, you can pick from these six prize rides: Faaker See and European Bike Week, Best of the Alps, Wild West (USA), Down Under (Australia – and my personal choice, if a reporter could enter), National Parks (USA) and New England. The tours are six to 14 days long depending on which is selected by the winner.

According to the official contest announcement, the global Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours program offers Harley-Davidson riders an opportunity “to experience riding adventures worldwide.” In partnership with 11 independent, multi-national tour operators, the Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours program encompasses more than 150 distinct tour experiences conducted across the world in 10 languages. The possible destinations are all contained in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia.

Participants can book tours as an individual or as a group, and can select from five different types of tours, including “guided, semi-guided, and self-guided tours, with riding itineraries for beginning or experienced riders.”
For more information about Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours or to book a tour, visit www.harley-davidson.com/AuthorizedTours.

The prize includes all travel expenses, including the use of two Harley-Davidson motorcycles on the tour. Obviously, an extra bonus for HArley would be to get the competitor owner to break down and admit they love their WIsconsin-made touring machine and forgo any loyalty to their former bike. Maybe the guest rider will want to leave his or her family and move to the Juneau Avenue HD HQ. We’ll see.