The custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle unveiled by defense contractor Lockheed Martin at the November 2015 commissioning of the USS Milwaukee is up for auction with proceeds slated to benefit military families.
Last year, Harley-Davidson customized a 2016 Softail Slim S to honor the U.S. Navy and the City of Milwaukee, drawing design inspiration from their WWII-era motorcycles as well as the Marinette, Wisconsin, shipyard where a Lockheed Martin-led team builds the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship. The USS Milwaukee was the fifth such ship commissioned by the Navy.
The bike spent a year touring the U.S. with Lockheed Martin, being displayed at various trade shows and family events and helping bring awareness to the issues faced by the nation’s military families. Now, the contractor has donated the motorcycle to the National Military Families Association, an Alexandria, Va., non-profit organization.
The organization will auction the bike as part of the Ball Park After Dark: Mission Military Families event to be held December 10th at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
“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,” Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the organization, told the Milwaukee Business Journal. “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.”
For those who can’t make the trek to D.C., bids are currently being accepted online.
You can take a look at the motorcycle, as well as the ship which it was customized to honor, in the video below.