This is day 2
Near my house is a beautiful Harley Davidson store that I had never been in before Day 2. Walked in and saw the most beautiful motorcycles I had ever seen. Brand new … huge bikes. First bike I got close to was the HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic … this thing was massive! There wasn’t a speck of dust on this beast. Next, I stood next to the HD Softail Deluxe … again, a beautiful machine (no wind screen …).
I was in the store for about 10 minutes imagining riding one of these wonderful machines and Mark came up to me and asked if I had any questions. Mark wore a bandanna, a sleeveless shirt, vest and sported an 8 inch beard. I said that I was just looking. “Do you ride?” he asked. “No, but I think I’m going to ride, just need a bike,” I replied.
We were near the Electra Glide when he asked if I’d like to sit on it. I really wanted to, but it was a huge bike … I wasn’t even sure how to get on it. Would I need a step later (I’m six foot, 190lbs) … Mark saw my reluctance and encouraged me to start from the right side, hold on to the brake and swing a leg over the seat. So, I grabbed the brake handle and swung my leg over … then on my second try … success! I was straddling this beautiful motorcycle. Mark in his wisdom and knowing that I knew little to nothing about motorcycles was straddling the front tire so I wouldn’t tip over (I guess). I brought the bike so that is was straight up and I was balancing this gigantic bike while sitting on the seat. Super comfortable, BUT the weight was huge! This Harley weighed about 950lbs! I then asked Mark how I should exit the bike (I was serious). Off I went.
Now, you should know that 25 years earlier my Dad had a Honda Gold Wing and a huge Yamaha touring bike … I think it was a Yamaha Venture. I rode a total of probably 10 hours 25 years ago.
Then I asked the question:
“WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS HD ELECTRIC GLIDE AND HONDA GOLD WING?”
Day 2 continues next …