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CUBAN HARLEYS, MI AMOR
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Although these bikes were built in America, long they have a Cuban soul”
Welcome to the February 2016 Issue of La Habana magazine, which has taken over where What’s On La Habana—the definitive cultural and travel guide to Havana—left off. This month we suggest you get on your bike and ride, literally with the rest of the Harley crew for the 5th International Harley Davidson Rally, which will take place from February 5-7 in Varadero.
Cuban Harleys, mi Amor, is the title of a fabulous new photography book of Cuba’s Harlistas by Conner Gorry, Max Cucchi and Jens Fuge. Thanks to all three for letting us borrow generously for this month’s issue, which features several extracts from the book as well as Conner’s first ride with her ‘Big New Dysfunctional Harley Family’ and other photos from Max Cucchi who has spent years capturing some of the contradictions [of Cuba] through the Cubans who, despite ongoing scarcity of parts, have managed to keep their bikes on the road.
Keeping to the Biking theme we swap the Harley for a BMW F650s with Christopher Baker as he covers considerably more distance on a high-end tour around the Eastern part of the island from Bayamo to Santiago de Cuba. Truth be told Chris still has a soft spot for Harleys and four of the bikes on the first Yankee motorcycle groups since the Revolution tour around Cuba end up being Harley’s – what can you do?
Just in case we forget to remind you, the Habanos Cigar Festival kicks off, somewhat inconveniently [for our publishing deadlines], on February 29th this year, so by the time of our next issue the star-studded event will be in full sway. If you have the cash do what you can to get a ticket to the gala dinner – it promises to be a lavish affair (as it should be 700 dollars!). Lets see who beats Paris and Naomi in the glamour stakes this year.
Elsewhere spare a thought for the poor Caribbean sun seekers and snowbirds who came to Cuba during the wettest January on record. Cuba has managed the impossible and made Britain seem hospitable this time of year (well almost). Definitely time for El Nino to pack his bags back over to the over side of the Pacific.
And finally we wish you a Very Happy Valentines Day, 2016. Share the love but don’t get caught!
Abrazos! The LaHabana.com Team
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In January we introduced our new logo, look and feel. If you look closely, you’ll see it’s not a huge departure from the original Cuba Absolutely logo. Rather we’re staying close to our roots, whilst we position ourselves for an expansion into the digital realm with LaHabana.com. We will continue to expand our monthly themes while maintaining the popular ‘What’s On’ section as an integral part of the Magazine. In the coming months we will bring online weekly updates on what to see and do in…La Habana. Please send us your feedback and comments.
In this Issue
Cuban Harleys, mi Amor
Harley-Davidson in Cuba: Then, Now, Forever
Meeting some famous Harlistas
My big, new dysfunctional Harley family
A New Edition of the Cuban Harley Davidson Biker “Convention” in Varadero
The Rise, Fall and Survival of Harley Davidsons
Motorcycling through Cuba
On the road from Bayamo to Santiago de Cuba
Chasing Che: Motorcycling through Cuba
2016 Habanos Cigar Festival Preview
With Sir Terence Conran at the Festival del Habano
Cuban cigar bands: another expression of fantasy
Che: a face and its language
Valentine’s Day in Cuba
Havana Events Listing