My Stepson’s Harley
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Well, the stepson FINALLY listened to wisdom and is buyin’ a Harley Davidson!! Just when I thought he’d go the “cheap” route, and buy Jap! Not that ANY road bike is cheap, nowadays! But no, he held out and actually bought a bike to love for many years. A Sportster 1200 Custom! BRANDY SPANKIN NEW! There IS hope for the boy, after all. At least he’s got his priorities straight, who needs food or rent as long as the payments are made for the bike, In a boys life His 1st Harley is a milestone! That makes it time for a little nostalgia moment, now I remember my first Harley. It was a 1947-48 Knucklehead, and boy I loved that machine! I paid a little over $500 for it and had it for 5 or 6 years. We(my Knuck n me) went all over the place, nothin’ better than Upstate NY in the summer for scenery, crystal clear, mountain cold lakes, and fall foliage rides- wish I’d taken more pictures back then. But as the first thrill of new bike (for me)ownership wore off, and I started to discover the almost full time job of keepin’ a 20 year old(I bought it in the late ’60’s)bike running,so I sold the Knuck for $1100! I had now made a profit!(shoulda kept it, coulda got $11,000 for it now) So I started lookin for something a little newer. Something manufactured in the same decade I was livin’ in. Next came my first sporty! A jaunty little bike that could do wheelstands in any of the first 3 gears.(only had 4 back then), a ’72 xlch and I also had a bad habit of collectin’ speeding tickets with this one It also had a bad habit of launchin’ me over the bars when starting! They were kick only back then, and after a couple years of that I started looking for my first Electric start Harley, by then Harley had introduced the Shovelhead an a newfound freedom was mine- no more 100 pound tool bag to haul around with me!(i thought!) goodbye part time mechanic, hello care free motorcycling! well not quite, but a big step up for me! Yeah! Lemme hear “maintenance free”! Even the battery was no maintenance! had that bike a while, till the eary ’80s! then I bought another sportster, an ’81 of 1000cc’s. I loved that one too. But now, I’m a 100 pounds heavier, and my backside likes a little more comfort, so I got my last Harley. A mid 90’s Electra Glide Ultra Classic! An FLHTCU, sure have more letter designations nowadays! A “Road Sofa”, A “Geezer Glide” Old mans bike which is only fitting as I ani’t gettin’ no younger! I do love this one too, and as it’s probably my last( due to fund availabilty and mortality) but it IS the best one yet. Well Chris, I wish ya the best, pay attention here I might learn ya sumthin”, I am truly glad ya decided to buy NEW. Full warranty is the tits! Truly no maintenance with the harley sound and feel of a heavyweight! Great choice, if I do say so myself!
Now ya gotta learn respect for the machine, the road and the cagers. And don’t do as I do, do like I tell ya. Keep the rubber side down and mind the morons! and Son, I really hope ya have as much fun with yer first Harly( and I know ya will, what with the extended warranty, all electronic fuel injection and,and,andGrumble,grumble)a , all ya gotta get used to is pickin bugs outa yer teeth and at least yer not ridin’ yer “Huffy-Davidson” all over Asbury Park anymore! ,Hey, maybe ya could join a club! Like “Heavens Devils” (the opposite of Hells Angels, get it?)or “The Slave Pilots” or maybe “Silly Yuppie Riders”, maybe.
next blog almost complete” Survivalism for dummies Part 3 and The ESP” sometime next week, Njoy.
The Febuary pic giveaway is still on! Just comment below and request “Damn Duck” Or “Tractor” N I’ll send ya a Genuine Dig-it-tal Pic of ME Suitable for framing and hangin’ in yer kitchen, outhouse, henhouse or treehouse! How 21st century is that?