The Harley-Davidson® legacy and tradition is unmatched by any other brand in the industry. The same legacy and tradition is resonated by the Brandt name. Established in 1949, Waldo Brandt instilled an exceptional level of customer service and attention to detail, that stands apart from any other dealership in the nation. Waldo was tried and true American-made, serving in the Air Force in World War II. He had an immense passion for the Harley-Davidson® brand and was also a skilled and talented mechanic. He knew motorcycles from the inside out, and there wasn't a day that you didn't find him wrenching alongside his techs in the Service Department. He loved to work, day and day out. Waldo passed away in 1988, but his memory is far from forgotten. Following closely in his father's footsteps, Harley Dealer in Indiana, Mike Brandt is the sole owner of both Brandt's Harley-Davidson® and Brandt's I-69 Harley-Davidson®, and carries on the Brandt traditions to this day.
Although the Harley-Davidson® brand has come a long, long way since 1949, the Brandt family holds on to the legacies left from both Waldo, and his late son, Steve Brandt. Steve was the eldest of the three sons of Waldo & Dorothy Brandt, and was a part of the business from the early days of his childhood, right up until his unfortunate death in July of 2010. Steve had a personality and generosity, unlike anyone you've ever met. Whether you were a perfect stranger or an old friend, Steve enjoyed a great conversation, and of course, a great cigar. He was an incredibly charitable man, was actively involved in many community projects, and was more than willing to go the extra mile to help people out in any way he could. Steve had a great passion for life and an absolute love for Harley-Davidson®, and that radiated in everything he did. From free customer appreciation concerts, to charity golf outings, Steve was always looking to give back, and share his enthusiasm with everyone that crossed his path.
Both Waldo and Steve have left behind countless achievements and memories over the years at Brandt's Harley Davidson in Wabash, and we are fortunate to have them as a celebrated part of our history.