Gets a Harley
years of driving a Honda motorcycle, which Herman tells
me he bought new 20 years ago, he’s finally broken
down and gone for a Harley-Davidson. We’re still keeping
the bike with the sidecar so I can go. In fact, I recently
did a fall foliage tour with Herman in the Ural, a Russian
made BMW look-a-like with a side car. But he got that used.
The Harley’s the first new vehicle he’s bought
since the Honda in 1983.
tells me that he’s been on the Harley-Davidson Website
after I go to bed in the evening. So the thought’s
been brewing for several weeks. Add to this Harley’s
100th anniversary edition for 2003 and the year end specials
as the 2004 bikes came out and he had all the excuses lined
up to justify his purchase.
not a bike person, but even I have to admit that it’s
a beautiful machine. I’ve even got used to the sound
of the machine so I can hear Herman as he’s coming
up the road. My aide Terry, swears each Harley has it’s
own distinctive sound. And I would always ask Herman as
bikes were going by our house, "Is that a Harley going
his mind was completely made up, off to Van’s Harley-Davidson
he went. There was one machine on the showroom floor that
Herman fell in love with. That is the machine he has today.
I even got into the spirit of things and bought a brand
new Harley-Davidson sweatshirt (in fashion conscious gray
on gray muted tones, of course.)
broke way down and even went back a week or two later to
purchase some leather chaps which he wears on cool days
over his jeans. He even got caught in a rainstorm one day
last week, but he had his sturdy Harley and he was dressed
in leather, so he didn’t fare too badly.
noticed that bikers are in a group all their own. They love
to ride no matter what the temperature and generally wave
at each other as they pass each other on the road. Our next
door neighbor, Joe Hilton, was so excited that Herman got
a Harley that he called all the way from Albany to see if
it was true. Herman had emailed him at work telling him
about the bike and Joe wanted to know all the details. So
first thing he said when I answered the phone was, "Is
it true? Did he really do it?" My response was swift.
"Yes, Joe, he did it. In fact, he’s on the bike
right now." As far as I can tell, every day is a bike
day as long as it’s not raining.
going to get what’s called a "sissy bar"
for the back of the seat, so if he does have a passenger,
they won’t fall off the back when he accelerates.
Herman tells me that when he’s on the bike, it feels
like it just wants to go. For now I’ll stay in the
sidecar and enjoy the view from there.