The 2004 Build-A-Bike contest is over. Congratulations to the winner!
Bill Cooper of Oxford, North Carolina wasn’t home when Jeff Carstensen, Director of the National Motorcycle Museum, called to tell him he had just won a 2004 Harley-Davidson® XL-1200 Roadster, but he didn’t hesitate returning the call when he got home.
At approximately 3:30pm on Friday, December 31st, 2004, Matt Behrends, Vice President of Citizens Bank, Anamosa, Iowa, drew the winning ticket and handed it to Robert Shimanek, Attourney at Law, Monticello, Iowa. Shimanek read the name, “Bill Cooper, Oxford, North Carolina.”
It seems that Bill had been exploring the J&P Cycles® website when he came across a link to the National Motorcycle Museum. “Out of curiosity I went to the site and was very impressed with what I saw. So I ordered six raffle tickets for the Roadster, mainly to support the museum. I never dreamed I’d win the bike. I never win anything,” said Bill.
After the initial shock wore off and he realized that the phone call wasn’t a prank, Bill and wift, Melissa, made plans to visit the Museum and pick up the bike. Eighteen hours after leaving home, they arrived at the Museum on Saturday afternoon (January 8, 2005) to see the gold Roadster waiting for them.
Bill acquired his first Harley-Davidson® about 5 years ago. In April of 2004, he purchased a new, blue, Roadster XL-1200 and has spent months customizing it with parts and accessories, many of which were purchased from J&P Cycles. He’s trying to persuade his fiance to keep the Roadster they won and learn to ride. Congratulations, Bill! And, thanks for the donation.
The National Motorcycle Museum staff and board of directors would like to thank all of you who purchased raffle tickets in 2004. Proceeds form the raffle are being used to expand and enhance exhibits at the Museum. A special thanks to F&S Harley-Davidson® of Dayton, Ohio for their assistance in this promotion.
2005 raffle information will be posted on our website around the end of April. Watch for the details.
The National Motorcycle Museum is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. For more information, contact the National Motorcycle Museum at 319-462-3925.