fbpx

Legendary Motorcycle Designer Willie G. Davidson Shares Stories of Motorcycles, Racing and Art in ‘Ride Free’

The memoir will contain original artwork from Davidson.

Motorcycle enthusiasts and fans of the legendary Willie G. Davidson have something to look forward to this August with the release of his new memoir, “Ride Free.” The book is a must-read for anyone who loves motorcycles or admires Davidson’s incredible contributions to motorcycle culture.

“Ride Free” is a passionate commentary about some of Harley-Davidson’s (H-D) most popular motorcycles and the changes in the motorcycle industry, from the post-WWII resurgence of riders to the growing number of competitors from around the world in the ’60s and ’70s. But at the heart of the book is Davidson’s personal story, from his childhood growing up in the shadow of the Harley-Davidson factory to his decades-long career designing some of the most iconic motorcycles in history.

As a third-generation H-D employee, a part of the group that resurrected the company from the AMF-years and an avid supporter of non-profits, especially the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Davidson has been at the heart of motorcycling culture for decades. In “Ride Free,” he shares an intimate look into his life and work and shares his passion for motorcycle racing and art.

Willie G. Davidson
Willie G. Davidson

“I started competing in enduros during high school, and Nancy would cheer me on,” Davidson shared. “I was just extending the family tradition: Both my father and my great-uncle Walter had been endurance-run champions. I competed in local events, never in a national, but I won a few trophies. When I traded up to a 165cc bike my senior year, I became more of a threat in those competitions.”

What sets the book apart from other memoirs is the fact that it will also feature Davidson’s own artwork, including drawings and watercolor paintings. “I wanted to share my story with fans of Harley-Davidson and anyone who loves motorcycles,” Davidson explains. “But I also wanted to share my artwork, which has always been a big part of my life.”

“I always describe my relation to the Motor Company as a love affair,” said Davidson. “And that’s really what it was, a lifetime love affair with [wife] Nancy by my side.”

Harley-Davidson fans can pre-order “Ride Free” on Davidson’s website and be among the first to receive their copy when the book launches on Aug. 1. Pre-orders also come with a bonus: a free download of one of the chapters in the book that can be read immediately.

“Ride Free” is a book that is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves motorcycles or is fascinated by the life and work of Willie G. Davidson.

“Ride Free” is published in partnership with Forefront Books and distributed globally by Simon & Schuster. For more information about or to order “Ride Free,” visit www.williegdavidson.com.

You May Also Like

Cardo Releases 2nd Helmet Kit

Cardo Systems announced a new PACKTALK Second Helmet Kit featuring 40-millimeter speakers with crystal-clear sound by JBL.

Cardo Systems, PACKTALK, helmet kit, speakers

Cardo Systems announced a new PACKTALK Second Helmet Kit featuring 40-millimeter speakers with crystal-clear sound by JBL. Designed specifically as an accessory for PACKTALK, PACKTALK BOLD and PACKTALK BLACK models, Cardo’s new Second Helmet Kit allows riders to fully outfit an additional helmet without sacrificing the premium sound by JBL that comes standard when purchasing the PACKTALK BOLD or PACKTALK BLACK. The new Second Helmet Kit is also great for non-JBL PACKTALK, systems allowing owners of these older units to join the premium sound revolution.     The PACKTALK Second Helmet Kit with Sound by JBL joins Cardo’s lineup of accessories that also includes a regular Second Helmet Kit, Refreshment Kit, Half Helmet Kit, 45-millimeter sound by JBL Audio Set and more. With Cardo’s full line of accessories, riders can maximize the use of their Cardo communicator no matter which helmet they’re wearing, while also ensuring comfort and proper install with all needed parts and components.

The 2022 Vmax Calendar from CIRCUS VMAXIMUS

The CIRCUS VMAXIMUS 2022 calendar presents the many various facets of the Vmax.

Yamaha Vmax, calendar
50 Years of the Kawasaki Z1 Calendar

This calendar shows some of the most beautiful Kawasaki motorcycles from around the world.

Kawasaki z1, calendar, Z900.us
Giant Loop Introduces Armadillo Bag Liquid Power Reservoirs

Flexible, collapsible, lightweight, expedition-ready utility bladders for the safe transport and storage of liquid hydrocarbon products and other powersports and automotive fluids, available in 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-gallon sizes.

Brands That Shine Has Partnered with INNOVV Dash/Action Cameras

Both the K5 and K3 dash/action cameras connect to the rider’s smartphone through the INNOVV App that is available for Android or iPhone.

Other Posts

S&S Cycle Releases New Finish for MK45 Slip-On Mufflers

Elevate your ride with S&S Cycles’ renowned MK45 slip-on mufflers, now available in a striking Lava Chrome finish.

s&s-chrome-muffler-feature
S&S Cycle MK136 Crate Engine

A new generation of performance: the MK136.

MK136 engine
Introducing Rekluse’s All-New Manual APEX Clutch System for Harley Models

This clutch system is the result of Rekluse’s commitment to filling a void in the V-twin clutch market.

Rekluse APEX clutch system
2024 Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival Kicks Off in 100 Days

Tickets are on sale for Veterans Park headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jelly Roll and HARDY.

Nitro Circus, Harley-Davidson Homecoming