Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Honoring USS Milwaukee To Be Auctioned For Military Charity

Last year, we posted about an amazing Custom USS Milwaukee-themed bike to be auctioned off to benefit military families. This bad-ass custom is finally going to auction for a great cause.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson customized a Softail Slim S model from its 2016 model year lineup in naval white and blue colors indicative of WWII-era Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The motorcycle was built a year ago for Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), the Bethesda, Md., defense contractor leading one of the teams building the littoral combat ships for the U.S. Navy.

(Read more about the motorcycle HERE)

After being displayed during the November 2015 commissioning ceremony for the USS Milwaukee on the city’s lakefront, the motorcycle spent a year touring the nation with Lockheed Martin visiting different trade shows, family events and helping bring awareness to the issues the nation’s military families face, the National Military Families Association said Monday.

We commissioned this motorcycle in honor of the USS Milwaukee and the men and women of the U.S. Navy, so it is appropriate that this custom Harley-Davidson will contribute to various efforts that support military families, because about a quarter of Lockheed Martin’s employees are themselves veterans, NMFA’s mission strongly resonates with me and our company, and we are naturally proud to support such a worthy organization.” said Stephanie Hill, Lockheed Martin vice president of Cyber, Ships and Advanced Technologies (via Biz Journals)

Lockheed Martin donated the motorcycle to the Alexandria, Va., nonprofit organization, which will auction it off to raise money for its military family programs, including camps for military kids and families, and military spouse scholarships and professional support.

“The lucky high-bidder of this bike will not only receive a one-of-a-kind Harley, but will also be helping to make a difference for military families across the country,” said Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the organization. “Lockheed Martin and Harley-Davidson are tremendous supporters of the military and their families, and we are so honored to be working with them on this exciting project.”

The live auction is scheduled for Dec. 10 at a special event, Ball Park After Dark: Mission Military Families, being held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Bidders unable to attend the event in person may bid online now.

(Source: BizJournals)