Dave on his bike wearing an orange sweatshirt riding motorcycle with trees in teh background

Two-wheeled Tales: Back on a Bike After 30 years!

I started when I was a kid, maybe 12 years old, riding on dirt bikes. By the time I got my license I got my first street bike. I rode all the time, everywhere. But I stepped away from it for a while when my kids were born. I was too heavy on the gas. I was fast everywhere I went. I had a thing for speed, and I recognized that which is why I stepped away from it. I stepped away for 30 years. But during that time, I managed to grow up a little. Fast forward about 30 years or so, my kids were all grown up, and I was like, ‘You know what, I want a motorcycle again.” I got my first Harley and had fun with it. This time instead of going around everywhere really fast, I found myself instead just enjoying the ride, more just enjoying the experience as opposed to the speed.

Crash Can't Deter Harley Devotion

I got hit two years ago, and I don’t remember it. I don’t remember anything. Apparently I cracked my head on the ground pretty hard. I scuffed up my helmet really bad and I got a concussion from it, my neck is all screwed up, but when I was laid up in the hospital, I couldn’t wait to get back on the bike. I was just chomping at the bit waiting for the guys at the repair shop to get it done. I was on the phone, ‘Are you done yet?’ I couldn’t wait to get back on. Being on my Harley is where my heart belongs, you know? It’s exhilarating. It’s mind clearing. It’s peaceful and relaxing. Even with the crazy drivers around here, I mean your heads on a swivel at all times, but it doesn’t bother me as bad as when I’m behind the wheel of a car.

Harley Fun with Grandkids

Now I am taking my grandkids to different concerts on my bike. They love riding with me. They’ve been on my bike since they could straddle the seat. It’s fun. I bought them helmets and they have those leather jackets and stuff and we go out and have fun. They love going to the shows with me.

I am pushing 60 years old now. You watch me walk around, and you’ll see I got a little bit of a limp. I’m sore. I’m old. But it’s like I get back on the bike and the aches and pains go away. I sit back and enjoy myself and go for the ride, and there’s a synergy between me and the bike. There’s nothing else in the world like it.

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