My first thought was go get yourself a Harley Davidson!
After I bought it, the salesman threw me the keys, my wife wished me luck getting it home and I was off. I admit I was very shaky as it had been over 15 years since I had ridden a street bike and did not even have a motorcycle driver license, nor did I know I had to have one at that time…breaking the law…breaking the law!!! Ha-ha.
Ok, all that said now getting back to my questions, I’ve had my bike around 6 months now. I ride it almost every day back and forth to work ,each day to rally’s, long weekend rides and almost anytime I get the chance, hot or cold days (not much into the rainy day riding but have done it too) I consider myself a fair rider (and no I don’t think I’m Evel Knievel
Here are some of the reasons I came up with;
One; it’s like the great Ford and Chevy debate, Ford guys love Ford cars and Chevy guys love Chevy…hmm, I am a Chevy guy, by the way, but drive a Ford truck…go figure.
Two; I think a lot of my non-bike riding buddies see and hear me talking about wearing leather jackets and even leather chaps (that always gets a laugh). They think that it is someone trying to pose as a tough Harley rider on a metric bike, (Too much of the Fonz).
Three; people tend to stare when I’m dressed in khaki pants and an AT&T shirt (required work uniform for management) on my way to work and back. I’m way to lazy to wear biker gear and change once I get to work and change again once I get ready to go home. I swear even if I wore a suit and tie everyday, I would still ride with my tie flapping in the wind. I think sometimes people would rather you not ride if you can’t dress the part (biker gear) not me buddy…I’m going to ride.
Four; why would you ride a bike that is not made in America? Let me just say you don’t get more American than me (I’m all about hot apple pie and baseball)
When I go back and review this, it looks like I picking on Harley guys and girls. This is not true at all. I hear these kinds of remarks mainly from non-riders. To me there is nothing better than the sound of a Harley with aftermarket pipes; it’s a sound once you hear it you will never forget it. It reminds me of a race car with un-capped headers.
As I mentioned above, I bought the bike I have now partly because I was not sure if I would ride it enough…well I have proved to myself I have bike riding in my blood and am now dreaming of a bigger bike. And yes, most likely it will be a very large Harley as I would love to ride one all across the USA.
Ok, I’m sure some of you are asking yourself…after all that, why would I buy a Harley…first I have nothing against Harley or Harley riders…second, I love the sound…third, now that I know I love riding, I don’t mind the extra expense of owning one…fourth, I love the aftermarket products…fifth, it is an American made product and as Americans we should try and support American made products as much as we can, just don’t get caught up in the hype that buying a Harley will save America's economy.
Hmmm, I wrote this post (above) about a month ago but just never got around to posting it, other things kept coming up. Well the other day at work something happen that might change my mind on what kind of bike I might want to buy now. Stay tuned….