Harley-Davidson Pays Tribute to the United States Armed Forces with the GI Enthusiast Collection

Harley-Davidson released a limited-edition Pan America 1250 Special and Tri Glide Ultra in honor of our nation’s veterans, and they’re not keeping those bikes a secret. Harley-Davidson is the brand par excellence in knowing and respecting its customers. It would be an understatement to say that Harley riders are die-hard fans of The Motor Company.

Harley-Davidson recognizes the two-way nature of its connection with its riders. Consequently, the firm this week unveiled the Enthusiast Collection, a line of limited-edition bikes that will be released annually in perpetuity. The GI Enthusiast Collection, the first of its kind, features a Pan America 1250 Special and Tri Glide Ultra painted in a special military-themed livery.

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Pan America 1250 Special & Tri Glide Ultra GI Enthusiast Collection

The original 2021 Pan America 1250 will be introduced initially. In its first year on the market, this adventure touring vehicle topped North American sales charts and garnered acclaim from the industry press. Mineral Green Denim Deluxe color, Enthusiast Collection logo on the front fascia, white star with HD design on both sides of the fuel tank and a retail price of $20,799 set the GI edition apart, which is powered by the Max 1250V evolution that saves the -twin brand and loaded with conveniences and technology.


The next model is the Tri Glide Ultra, a touring tricycle fitted with custom Tomahawk wheels, a Boom! Box GTS multimedia system and Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines. In addition to the Daymaker LED headlight and King Tour-Pak luggage rack, there is a trunk. GI specific details. These include Enthusiast Collection and Harley-Davidson decals on the rear of the Tour, Pak is a white star with an HD decal on each side of the tank and a white star on the trunk lid. The bike is painted in a unique Mineral Green Denim Deluxe color. The suggested retail price for this limited-edition model is $38,099.


The GI Enthusiast collection is painted in an all-new shade called Mineral Green Denim Deluxe and decorated with military-themed artwork. The GI Enthusiast Collection is only available for the Pan America 1250 Special and Tri Glide Ultra models and only as a factory install. These versions are produced in small numbers, especially for the American market.

Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design, Brad Richards, says the new Mineral Green Denim Deluxe paint job is a nod to the Olive Drab color originally used on WLA models. Color transitions are more dramatic and surface contours are more easily visible with the pale gold accent of this metallic color.


Richards explains that the classic five-pointed white star was used during World War II on military vehicles and that this design for tanks is a celebration of the symbol. Drawing inspiration from standard labels on government-issued military equipment, the tank’s design features a stenciled “HD” and an abbreviated location of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The home of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the inspiration for the first WLA model is celebrated here. Stencil writing is a common design element on military vehicles, as it was often used for on-the-go lettering. Even though the number of units produced for the GI Enthusiast Collection models is unknown, these items are indeed limited edition.


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Harley has been an old military favorite

Jochen Zeitz, President, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, said, “Harley-Davidson riders and their unique stories ride Enthusiast Collection bikes. To recognize the history of Harley-Davidson riders who have been or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, Harley-Davidson introduces the GI Enthusiast Collection as the first part of this initiative.

At the unveiling, two American veterans who have been loyal Harley-Davidson customers were singled out for special recognition. Vietnam War veteran and activist Gary Wetzel will receive a model from the GI Enthusiast collection. In contrast, US Army and Iraq War veteran Brian Critton, who also assists veteran groups like the Wounded Warrior Project, will receive a model from the same lineage.

The two models that make up the GI Enthusiast 2022 collection are painted in an all-new color for this year. According to Brad Richards, President of Design at Harley-Davidson, “the new Mineral Green Denim Deluxe color pays homage to the Olive Drab paint used on Harley-Davidson WLA models.” Color transitions are more dramatic and surface contours are more easily visible with the pale gold accent of this metallic color.

During World War II, the five-pointed white star was a common sight atop military vehicles, and Richards noted that this design paid homage to that symbol. Drawing inspiration from standard labels on government-issued military equipment, the tank’s design features a stenciled “HD” and an abbreviated location of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stencil writing is a common design element on military vehicles, as it was often used for on-the-go lettering.

The home of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and the inspiration for the first WLA motorcycle are celebrated here.

Source: Harley-Davidson

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