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Hark & Push
Remembering An Icon
In all my 14 years of writing motorcycle articles
this is the toughest ever for me. We all lost a
very good friend in early April as John Sr.
Malik who started Gator Harley-Davidson
Over 20 years ago John Sr. came to Lake County
and took a look at Dennison’s Harley-Davidson,
he actually had a few others in mind while visiting
here from Chicago. He bought and renamed
the dealership Gator Harley-Davidson. In no
time his family out grew the small dealership on
441 in Leesburg so construction began on what
we all know as one of the finest Harley-Davidson
Dealerships anywhere in the USA. John Sr. was
always a family man including his children in on
everything he did creating future Harley-
Davidson Dealership owners.
In the early 2000’s John Sr, bought a large piece
of property on Hwy 27 on a hill and built Clermont
Harley-Davidson. The name later changed
to Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson for reasons starting
with the word Stormy. Within the past couple
of years The Villages Harley-Davidson was
opened. Needless to say John Sr. Malik had a
passion for Harley-Davidson’s and those who ride them...
*Download Issue 48 - Page 14 to Read more and to see all photos
6th Annual Sam Swope Charity Ride
The Sam Swope Charity Ride has really become
an amazing event. Put together by the Bahia
Shrine of Orlando and sponsored by Sam Swope,
a Shrine member for over fifty years, this is always
one of the biggest escorted rides of the
year. In five short years this event has raised
over one million dollars for the Shriners Hospital
for Children in Tampa! So what do you do to
make this year even bigger? I don’t know, maybe bring in Foghat as the entertainment
Sunday, March 9th was the day and you couldn’t
have asked for better riding weather. We started
out at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando with a
big pancake breakfast and then it was kickstands
up at 11:00.
Escorted by the FHP and Seminole
County Sheriff’s Department, we headed west
and north up through Apopka and the Rock
Springs area before heading east and over to
Seminole Harley-Davidson. It was a nice scenic
ride, and the escorts did a great job getting everyone
in safe and sound...
*DownloadIssue 47 - Page 26 to Read more and to see all photos
6th Annual Cruisin' for Kids at St Jude's
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and
research facility. Discoveries made here have completely
changed how the world treats children with
cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research
and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where
some of today's most gifted researchers are able to
do science more quickly...
And what a great job was done by all Saturday
November 3, 2012... At the 6th Annual Cruisin' for Kids at
St Jude's. Mike, his wife Wanda (of Mike's Bikes),
organize a really scenic and relaxing ride route. Then
we chowed down on some really good food, supplied
by “The Blue Roof Grill”. Owners, Angie and Chelsie
whipped up some scrambled eggs, sausage, grits,
bread, tea, coffee, soda.... And it was pretty darn
good. Real nice folks. Stop in and say hi to Angie and
Chelsie when you get in the area.
*Download Issue 31 - See page 36 to Read More, page 37 for photos
HOG Thunder In The Hills ~ Howey-In-The-Hills Florida State Rally
October 30th thru November 3rd Thunder will
roar in Lake County as the Florida State HOG
Rally returns to the hills. This years rally is different
than rallies of the past because some of
the rally is open to all riders and the public.
Beginning Tuesday night October 30th Dan and the
gang at the Hideaway are doing up a Free HOG
Roast with all the fixins. The party will begin
around 4 PM and end when it ends.
*Download Issue 30 - See page 8 to read more and see photos
Ridin With Johnnie
Nothing makes me smile more than getting up to
the cooler mornings and riding my bike to the
East coast. Tank put me a new five speed on“Lucille” my shovel and I doing 65+ and still got
me one more gear!
We got up last Saturday and just before dawn
we were on our way to St. Augustine. The first
stop we made was The American Legion on A1A
just before the “Bridge of the Lions”.
Once we all got a morning leveler we were ready
to proceed down the seaside to a fabulous restaurant “Finn’s”.
This place has a second story
were you can have refreshments and look out
over the awesome Atlantic Ocean.
*Download Issue 30 - See page 14 to Read More & see photos
The Beartooth (Montana)
...All American Road! Is heralded as one of the most scenic rides in the United States. The route features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Bearthooth Mountains with high alpine plateaus dotted with countless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife galore.
It provides access to Yellowstone National Park from Red Lodge or Chief Joseph highway which is another great ride in itself. The Beartooth passes through the highest most rugged areas in the lower 48 states. With 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation.
This was a ride of a lifetime for Push and I. We recommend you stay in Red Lodge Montana doing day rides all around the area. This is without a doubt a ride you will never forget.
*Download Issue 3 from our Archived Publications (page 7 to see all photo's.)
New Zealand National Rally
Hi there or Kia Ora from New Zealand, the land of the Long
White Cloud, Aotearoa as it is known by our indigenous people,
this year we were fortunate to hold our National HOG
Rally in Christchurch, the beautiful garden city in the South
island, for those of you who may not be aware New Zealand
is in the pacific ocean, and is two islands, the North Island
and South Island.
Geographically it’s a bit like having the 50 states of the USA
in two small land masses, we have everything from majestic
mountain ranges with fantastic passes to ride, through to
beautiful beaches, and rivers.
Our island, the South is around 600 miles long and 150 miles
across, we have the four seasons and in Winter generally ride
in the middle of the day, depending on ice and sometimes
We have six Harley dealers here with a population of around
4 million. The dealers are located in both Islands, we have
two in the South Island, due to our small population we each
take a turn at putting on the National Rally every six years,
this is a fantastic idea as it means 5 years out of six we get to
travel as a chapter to our brothers and sisters throughout New
Zealand... *Download Issue 4 from our Archived Publications (page 22 to Read All & see photo's.)