An information technology and engineering professional with 20 years of experience in executive management roles, Phil Monkress manages All Points Logistics with a focus on customer satisfaction. Outside his operative duties as the company’s CEO, Phil Monkress maintains interests in other areas associated with engineering; one of these is Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, resident Bill Harley designed the first blueprint of a Harley engine in 1901, although he and his partner Arthur Davidson consider their startup date as the year they revealed their first completed project. Revealed to the public in 1903, that first project consisted of a motorized racing bike with the words “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” written on it. A year later, they opened the first Harley-Davidson dealership and sold three bikes.
In the years that followed, the Harley-Davidson brand continued to produce success stories; in 1905 a Harley-Davidson model won a 15-mile Chicago race and in 1906, the company produced the world’s first motorcycle catalog. After developing several new models and patenting its Bar and Shield logo, Harley-Davidson began exporting bikes into Japan and extended its network to include 200 branches. A contract with the U.S. Army also contributed to the company’s rising success: by 1917, one third of its bikes went to the Army, and during World War II the company temporarily ceased civilian production to focus efforts on military vehicles.
After nearly 20 years in business, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company earned the position of largest motorcycle factory worldwide with models available in 67 countries. Today the company, which continued to hold this title for several years, still ranks among the leading motorcycle producers worldwide in terms of strategy, performance, and competitive analysis. In addition, Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson’s first bike ranks number three in a top 100 analysis of the world’s most collectible motorcycle marques.
In July 2008, the company opened the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Spanning across a 20-acre campus, the multistory museum features over 450 motorcycles and artifacts spanning past to present.
Based in Merritt Island, Florida, Phil Monkress serves as chief executive officer of All Points Logistics, LLC. When not at his office, Phil Monkress devotes time to riding and learning about the newest vehicles from Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
Throughout 2013, Harley-Davidson unveiled its latest touring bikes. Presented under the name Project Rushmore, these vehicles represent the latest in motorcycle technology, with improvements made to brakes, ergonomics, and power. Some models feature voice recognition software and cast aluminum wheels. Eight Harley-Davidson lines benefited from Project Rushmore, including the Road King, the Electra Glide Ultra Limited, and the CVO Road King.
One of the most remarkable achievements to come out of Project Rushmore is the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103. This V-Twin engine is cooled by air and liquid and handles difficult situations with ease. Its liquid coolant is routed through the cylinder heads’ exhaust areas by an electric pump prior to reaching ducted heat exchangers. With 10.7 percent greater peak torque than the traditional Twin Cam engine, it allows the driver to feel more comfortable in stop-and-go traffic. Moreover, Harley-Davidson introduced a new hydraulic clutch system with stronger clutch springs that will remain constant throughout the bike’s life.