On Harley Davidson, Strikes and Wind Chill

One of last night’s news stories had to do with a strike in York, PA where Harley Davidson motorcycles are assembled, and its likely effect on Milwaukee-area plants where the engines are manufactured. The Milwaukee plant that feeds engines to that factory will stay in production next week after a paid day-off on Monday, but may shut down production the week after.

“We don’t want to be in ten years where Detroit is right now” said one of the HD executives. I made a mental note. This will be interesting; Milwaukee has some very loyal employees, and unions are also strong in these parts.

This morning, driving to work, I saw something unusual coming up behind me in my rear view mirror, at least for this time of year. A moment or two later I heard a familiar but out-of-place sound. It was a Harley with a side-car. On the expressway. In the winter. Two days before temperatures are slated to drop to a ten-year low in these parts.

I looked at my dashboard.

4 degrees outside!

I looked at my speed.


And he’s coming past me, let’s call it 75.

I wondered what KIND of wind-chill is he dealing with? (Had to be a guy – no woman would ever) What’s his wife going to say when she starts moving around this morning, getting the kids ready for school and sees his truck is still the garage but his Hog is gone?! (HOG is short for Harley Owners Group, in case you wondered)

Is he THAT loyal? Can loyalty soak up THAT much common sense?

When I got to work I looked up NASA’s wind-chill calculator. I just had to know; and the web is a great place to explore the world.

4 degrees.

75 mph. “Calculate”.

Wow.. -31 wind chill! (actually I thought it would be more) and then in tiny little print I saw that once the winds reach 40 mph they have little additional chilling affect.

I guess a guy can only get so loyal. Or once a person crosses over a certain stupidity threshold Mother Nature begins to have mercy. Or something.

Maybe she just looks the other way.

6 Replies to “On Harley Davidson, Strikes and Wind Chill”

  1. Phil

    Hi Danny, Nice to see you!

    (Danny is one of Rindy’s sons, y’all, say “hi”)

    I don’t know. You’ll have to talk about that, I guess. I’ve owned two motorcycles, but had to wait until I was on my own to do that (my folks always said “No-way” before I could even finish my question)

    Once our daughter was born I sold my last one, Just too hard to get an infant seat to stay put behind, me, ya know what I mean? 😆

    Whatever you do, don’t ride the thing when it’s almost zero outside. That’s just nonsense.

    Glad to meet you – stop by ANYtime.

    (PS – I like your blog!)


  2. rindy

    At least Dan didn’t comment about the speed…and how Mom got pulled over for speeding the other day…with him in the car. Honest mistake 😉 and no ticket!! thanks for the positive feedback for him!!

  3. Phil

    SURE ~!

    I wish my camera hadn’t been in my briefcase on the floor behind my seat, I’ve had snapped his picture. My cell phone has a camera too, but I couldn’t get to it. I was wearing my winter coat – INside my car, heat going full blast!

    That’s just wrong. 😆

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