Senior VR Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North Bend, WA
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My first motorcycle was a '47 FL Knucklehead. I was 15. I liked it only because of the competition with my best friend who had a '52 Panhead. You know the story, anything he could do, I could do better. If you think that was good, hold my beer and watch this!
But real love came at 16, '61 XLH. This was a true teenager testosterone machine.
I've owned a mess of motorcycles, a few because it was all I could afford, a few because late in life (post divorce), I restored older bikes.
My first new bike, bought at a dealership was the C50. The second, the Road King.
But memorable bikes are these:
1961 Harley XLH Sportster. Teenage Testosterone on two
1961 BMW R61/2 the XK-120 of motorcycles. A grand mistress if you ever needed one.
The marriage, 20 years, the divorce.
2005 Suzuki C50 live after divorce and met some of the finest people
1996 XL883 when I rode it, the only thing that mattered was my 16 year old brain. It was a time machine for an old man.
2010 Harley FLHR Maureen and I travel together for weeks. This is a two up touring machine. In three weeks, Maureen and I are headed out for more than a month, East coast from Maine to Tennessee, parts of Canada, Oklahoma, then off to the Southwest, etc.
Mhac nan con, a Wescalero Rider
My path through life - Two roads diverged in a wood, I took the dead end by mistake. Then I got lost, but I had a great time.
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of Supporting it."
"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." Thomas Paine