Harley-Davidson opens museum in Milwaukee

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A banker held beloved motorcycle-maker Harley-Davidson's fate in 1984.

He could agree to refinance the $90 million loan that executives took out a few years before to buy the company back from American Machine and Foundry Co., or make them declare bankruptcy.

The banker allowed the company to refinance — at the last minute — preserving Harley's folklore for decades to come.


No one knows for sure, but company officials say he owned a Harley.

That story and many others about the company are featured at Milwaukee's new Harley-Davidson Museum, which opens Saturday.

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