(WMC) - "You know the name. Now hear the story." That's the tag line of the new trailer for the Discovery Channel's upcoming mini-series "Harley and the Davidsons." The three part epic promises to tell the story of how America's best-selling, and second oldest motorcycle company was birthed.
The series premieres Monday, September 5 at 9 p.m. on Discovery. The raucous, modern-rock laden trailer splashes speed, energy, and violent crashes across the screen.
"A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana, built from the ground up by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley," a Discovery press release reads. "But the road to success was not exactly smooth – filled with innumerable obstacles, ruthless competitors and extraordinary risks. Together these three young men, the sons of blue-collar immigrants, gave everything they had to ensure the survival of the company they founded. But just how far would they go to reach the ultimate American dream?"
Each episode runs two hours over a three day span. The famous partners are played by Michiel Huisman ("Game of Thrones") as Walter Davidson, Robert Aramayo ("Game of Thrones") as William (Bill) Harley and Bug Hall ("The Little Rascals") playing the role of Arthur Davidson.
Discovery posted the trailer to their Facebook page Monday. You can watch it here:
"This is the type of compelling and honest storytelling that fits perfectly for Discovery Channel," said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. "It is a story about brotherhood, an ironclad will to succeed and going against the conventional wisdom of that time. The founders of Harley-Davidson created more than just a motorcycle. They created modern entrepreneurism."
According to Discovery, the film will chronicle the company's struggles against fierce rivals, risky races, even the Great Depression. It promises to show the foundation of a company largely responsible for the biker culture that still exists today, often outside the confines of society.
"Walter, Arthur and Bill cemented Harley-Davidson's reputation as a builder of bikes that goes anywhere, could ride hard and ignored all the rules. It's a legacy that has endured over 100 years – and at the heart of the brand and its loyal riders," says the Discovery release.
Don't know about you, but I can't wait to see how the story unfolds on the screen. After all it's a still living story that all of us who ride Harley Davidsons are part of.
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.