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March 18, 2006

Afternoon visit to the Harley Davidson Store

I've wanted to do this for a long time. The Boston Harley Davidson store (big, with lots of motorcycles) is on a road I frequent not far from where we live. This afternoon I got a chance to spend some time there looking at the bikes. I was waiting for a new tire to be put on our car and was told it would take at least an hour. The tire store was a 5-minute walk from the Harley store.

It's been many years now that I've been saying I will someday go and make an impulse purchase at that store (and not for a t-shirt). Most people that know me find it hard to believe. I don't have a history of riding motorcycles, but there have been points over the years where I've had access to various types and sizes of motorcycles and can never pass up the chance to go riding if the opportunity comes up.

Do I need a motorcycle now? Most definitely not. Am I looking for reasons why it would make sense to have one? Yes. The truth is that I think being able to go for a ride on a spring or summer day is reason enough to have one, but I'm waiting for a more practical application. Perhaps my next job will require non-public transportation travel to the office and have great parking for folks on bikes.

As far as the experience in the Harley Davidson store . . . it was very comfortable. I suspected I would walk in to a group of serious, bearded, leather-wearing bikers that would be unwelcoming. At the front door there was a person greeting customers and was very friendly. Some of the employees had the typical biker look but everyone was very friendly and welcoming. I must have been the most un-biker looking person in the store, but there was definitely a range of folks. A man looking at the same class of Harleys I'm most interested in looked like a business executive.

The Harley that I like the most is the Sportster 883. It's the simplest bike currently coming off the line, and is just about as big as I'd like to go. I'm not looking for something to ride across the country or race, just to cruise around town, run errands, and possibly get to work and various meetings.

I'm not 100% sure that a Harley is the right bike for me, but it seems like if I'm going to do it (get a bike) I should at least entertain the idea of getting a bike that has so much history. I also went over to the Honda bike shop (across the street), not nearly as impressive and much less friendly folks. I have seen some nice Honda Shadow motorcycles.

Of course, before I do anything I'll have to get licensed. This course looks like a good thing to take, and successful completion exempts me from taking the RMV test. Something to put on the list.

Posted by mike at March 18, 2006 9:17 PM