Thursday July 19, 2012 | 11:32 AM

Angus King is about to roll out the heavy artillery – his Harley.

The 68-year-old former governor and a “gang” of his supporters will begin a 600-mile motorcycle tour of the state Monday. King will start in Fort Kent and end the ride in Kittery on Thursday.

Maine voters are familiar with the biker King, who rode in public charity events and showed off his wheels at the Blaine House as governor in the 1990s.

Spokeswoman Crystal Canney said it’s a good way to get out, away from the cell phones and meet voters in small towns. The Harley also is a heck of a campaign prop, especially judging by how often King's bike gets mentioned in the national media these days.

Here is a photo of King and his Harley in August 2002, published with a Lewiston Sun Journal story about a small-town encounter with the outgoing biker-governor.

Check out King's prophetic pull quote asking 'Who would want to leave Maine and work in Washington?' A constant question at the time was whether King would seek higher office, perhaps even the presidency. This was a common King response. It took 10 years, but he answered his own question.


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