The Harley-Davidson Museum, first and foremost, tells the story of one of the most iconic brands on two wheels. While the majority of the artifacts and vehicles on display are motorcycles, a new exhibit brings to light another pastime that places a lot of stock in going fast.

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This has been a big few months for museum upgrades around the city.  The Milwaukee Art Museum unveiled its new wing and revamped space last November, followed soon thereafter by the restored Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

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Locals and national bike enthusiasts know that Milwaukee is the epicenter of the American motorcycle universe. Harley Davidson is based here and draws hundreds of thousands of bikers on pilgrimages each year.  But the annual Harley trek to Milwaukee is in the summer.

The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show aims to remind people that motorcycles are a big deal year-round. Running Friday through Sunday, the event features indoor races and a gallery-style show including hundreds of bikes. 

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India is known around the world for more things – Bollywood, curry, its textile industry, yoga and its growing tech sector. What you might not think of immediately is its automotive industry.

"Currently (Royal Enfield) makes 300,000 (motorcycles), and within two years they want to double that. So they see the U.S. and the European markets as a huge part of that," Milwaukee Business Journal reporter Olivia Barrow says.

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Tens of thousands of motorcycle riders are already in Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebration, and tens of thousands more will be rolling into town by the weekend.