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Memories made on rivets at Harley-Davidson wall

Jaclyn Brandt

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Memories made on rivets at Harley-Davidson wall

CREATED Sep. 2, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Most of the bikers in Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary will soon leave town.

But many have made a small investment to forever be a part of the Harley story, and Milwaukee.

At for $250, Harley-Davidson offers you a permanent place near the H-D museum. Behind every one of these rivets is story.

"We've been through a lot," said Kerry Peterson, who bought a rivet.

Dave Cusimano and Peterson, from West Allis, have each other, and soon they will have rivet on this wall. Cusimano is careful not to get too sentimental about what this means.

"Strength in relationships,” he said. “I don't want sound too corny or sappy. So, we thought we'd immortalize here on the wall."

Some are memorials to Harley-Davidson lovers that rode off into life's sunset. Some mark anniversaries.

"A rivet is one of the strongest things in the world,” said Tami Greene with the Harley-Davidson museum. “It holds together blue jeans and giant steel buildings."

Cusimano and Peterson saw a preview of their rivet on the computer. The actual rivet with their pet names for each other goes up in six to eight weeks.

While the motor company has already sold hundreds of rivets, you can see there is still a lot of space for more stories.

A museum spokesperson said they've sold about 6,000 rivets. Messages can have up to 54 characters.

Tom Murray contributed to this story.