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The Apol Story: Despite doubts, Harley found a home in Raymond

RAYMOND - Joe Apol fixed motorcycles at his dad's gas station in Raymond and soon opened a dealership for BSA, Honda and Yamaha. He got a chance to sell Harley-Davidson exclusively in 1972 in his home town, though the Milwaukee company doubted th...

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Joe and Carolyn Apol greet visitors at the store entrance on Saturday.

RAYMOND - Joe Apol fixed motorcycles at his dad's gas station in Raymond and soon opened a dealership for BSA, Honda and Yamaha.

He got a chance to sell Harley-Davidson exclusively in 1972 in his home town, though the Milwaukee company doubted that it would fly in so small a community.

But Joe proved them wrong and the store on State Highway 23 has been roaring ever since - never loader than at the annual spring Hog Roast.

On Saturday, the Apol gang served  a crowd anticipated at 2,500 to 3,000, many in black-leather. 

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The early May trip to Raymond is considered by many the launch to the cycling season in the Upper Midwest.

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