There is a great Harley Davidson T Shirt that carries the words,’ If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand’.
Those eight simple words epitomise the meaning of owning and riding an Harley Davidson motorcycle and also being a member of The Harley Owners Group, put more simply, HOG.
It’s not just the ride, it’s pride of ownership, it’s a feeling of belonging to a responsible group of like minded motorcyclists and, dare I say it, being the envy of non Harley riders.
Non Harley riders might have mechanical marvels but they all have a major missing ingredient and that is, wait for it, Pose Value.
For example, there is absolutely nothing on this earth that gives you the same ego boost than when you see,i n a shop window, the reflection of you and your Harley as you glide effortlessly past.
As I said typed in the heading, Harleys aren’t just for riding,
There’s the buzz you get when you emerge from your Harley dealer armed with boxes of bling to add to your ride as soon as your get home.
Add the Screaming Eagle go fast bits, white wall tyres, forward controls and different shaped handle bars and your pride and joy takes on new look and meaning.
Then, in the privacy of your own home you can browse through your 888 page Harley Davidson Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories catalogue. Of course, there is also the motor clothes catalogue. It’s easier to read and study in bed because it is not as heavy. Both lead to pleasing dreams and a lengthy wish list.
Back to reflections of yourself and your Harley, even when stationary they are a wondrous vehicle for reflections.
Now the beauty of selfies with your Harley is they show off, not only yourself, but the technical excellence, design, quality and visual beauty of your Harley.
It’s not only blokes who admire and ride Harleys, sheilas do too. The female Harley riders are a privileged lot. Not only are they full members of the Harley Owners Group where we are all equals, but they have their own special group too, Ladies of Harley.
She who must be obeyed, reflected here with her back to the camera, after years with Hondas and BMW’s finally saw the light and bought a 100th Anniversary 1200cc Sportster Custom. Goes like a cut cat I can tell you.
So there we are, reflections, and not just in a ‘golden eye’.