What IS that ?! experiences with other HD riders
Curious to hear about other peoples' experiences with riders of other/ Older Harley Davidsons.
The other night, while out for a short ride after work on one of our first nice spring days, I got stopped at a couple of traffic lights in the same lane with a Sportster rider. This man was middle-aged (55-60) with worn leathers, patched colors, and bandana and wild grey beard. No gloves or helmet in Colorado. I was stopping just a little behind and to his right in his same lane for 2 consecutive stoplights and then we got stopped at a major cross street, so it was going to be a long stop. He turned around on his bike, looked over my bike, clearly noting we both had the same HD teardrop mirrors and seeing the badge on my ride's tank and said,
"Hey, What IS that?" motioning toward my Street 750.
I pushed up my visor and shouted over his rumbling exhaust, "Harley. Street 750. A new model."
He said, "It sure is quiet, I can't even hear it." And so I accelerated so he could hear my stock exhaust sound. This caused a smile and he quickly made his bike thunder with seemingly unimpeded exhaust.
When it got quiet again I explained, "New model this year, I have only 500 miles on it so far."
As our time at the light was getting short he finished the conversation with "Well, its kinda cute and at Least Its A Harley". before the light turned and he roared away.
This certainly was not said as an insult or in belittling manner. It was good to feel the openness to the new model and his quick acceptance of the model.
I recently told about my purchase of a Street 750 to a man at work who rides some big huge Harley. He explained that his 21 year old daughter wants to start riding, but he is not sure she should start with a big bike. He explained she is only willing to ride a Harley and he seemed intrigued about the Street Series.
Would love to hear other stories of explaining our bikes to the "traditional" crowd.
Me, I will always remember the look on that guy's face and the tone of "What IS that?" and "Well, At least its a Harley."
Not all those who wander are lost.
Last edited by CO WanderZest; 03-16-2015 at 05:14 PM.