Current ride: Badass IV
Pimped 2008 Street Glide
Loaded on Sturgis Trip
I have also turned into a fair weather rider in the past few years. Now I like to avoid the extremes of Mother Nature...extremes like rain and hot weather, especially hot weather as it seems we are getting more and more of it in the Sacramento area.
Nonetheless, I still get a kick out of punching that starter and hearing those badass loud Freedom Performance pipes on the Harley Street Glide. Plus, let's not forget I have written two editions of a book, "Badass - The Harley Davidson Experience" and posted more than 50 blog stories about my times on a Harley. That's the kind of love (read-fanaticism) most riders recognize.
My "prettiest" Badass III,
2003 Road King Classic
Another, just as compelling reason to not buy a new one is that I have dialed my Street Glide in and it fits me damn near perfect. I have changed the seat twice and sent the latest one away to get custom fitted with more gel for comfort. I have lowered the front end to match the back and let me stand flat footed while the bike is stationery. This limits my cornering ability and I scrape the floorboards more often but I am much more comfortable at stoplights now. I have changed the handlebars to give me a little more height and a more comfortable reach. I have added small aftermarket wings to the front fairing and below the seat for more temperature control. I have changed the mirrors to give me better, wider rear vision. I have more and brighter lights to make it easier for cage riders to see me. And to top it off, I have done a ton of cosmetic stuff. I have received a lot of compliments about the looks and in response I like to say "Yeah thanks, I have pimped it to the max". But....but I really love the looks and technology on the 2017/18 Road King Special so look out folks, the Fat Lady hasn't sang yet!
|Badass II - 2000 Road King Classic|
at Mark Twain's cabin
on Jackass Hill Road in Calaveras County.
I got her in Sturgis
and put a ton of great miles on her.
I am also grateful to have had the best riding pal, Al "Coyote" Mungia along for my significant rides. Al and I are world's apart politically but when we are on a ride we are handlebar-to-handlebar partners with complete trust in one another. It's a rare thing I believe and I appreciate it.
To those who may stumble across this entry and fancy riding Harley's, or any motorcycle for that matter, I have three suggestions:
- Learn how to ride a dirt bike, in the dirt if possible - there you can learn instinctive moves such as getting away from the bike when you inevitably crash and how to counter steer...things that will keep you safer on the street.
- Take a motorcycle safety course, mandatory in many states.
- Go for it!