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By Mary Toothman, The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 4--LAKELAND -- When the crowd of 1,170 people gathered Thursday night at the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, it was all about Harleys.
The theme for the event was "Where the Rubber Meets the Road," and many guests took organizers up on the invitation to wear leather. The new, 2005 model motorcycles were on display, and the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. logo was all around.
The keynote speaker was Ed Schmitt, manager of development planning for the quality and service organization of Harley-Davidson. Schmitt talked about the history of the …