This short yarn is of SWMBO’s acquisition of her first Harley Davidson not long after her love affair with her 75th Anniversary BMW R1100 lost its lustre.
In May, 2003 SWMBO accompanied me to Frasers Motor Cycles in Sydney where I intended to purchase some chrome knick knacks for my 2003, 100th Anniversary Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic. As any Harley owner will tell you, accessories, particularly of the chrome plated variety are essential purchases. I had to have them.
Immediagtely on entering the showsroom, SWMBO saw a 2003 100th Anniversary Harley-Davidson XL 1200 Custom Sportster hanging on a wall. All thoughts of my knick knacks suddenly evaporated. Next time, I thought.
SWMBO purred at the sign of the two tone silver and black Anniversary paint job.
“I have to have it” SWMBO informed me. I agreed, of course. Then she informed Greg, our favourite salesman. He agreed, of course.
SWMBO bought the Sportster. There and then. No haggling, no dilly dallying. The salesman was impressed. Of course. I was impressed. Of Course.
The Sportster was still on the showroom wall.
Greg pointed out some essential accessoriesd. SWMBO had to have them. They were essential.
By the following afternoon, SWMBO’s Harley was registered and ready to go. The essential new engine guard, removable windscreen and other accessories had all been fitted.
On arrival at the dealership, the Sportster stood gleaming on the showroom floor. It looked magnificent So pert. So cute.So shiny. So sporty.
It was photo time and SWMBO obliged by posing on her new Sporty.
From the saddle, SWMBO said,’My new Harley feels so good!’ I told her she looked good. The salesman told her she looked good. It’s important to look good. It’s a Harley.
Then a another great surprisae occurred. ‘Just by chance,’ our long time riding mate, ‘Russ,’ turned up out of the blue and headed straight for us. ‘I’ve come to see your new Harley,’ he said to SWMBO.
Of course, she immediately hopped off and offered a pose shot to Russ. He obliged. Of course.
RUSS ON SWMBO’S NEW SPORTSTER.
Suddenly the Service Manager rushed up and told SWMBO that the sissy bar and luggage rack hadn’t been fitted. Calm as a cucumber SWMBO handed him the keys and twenty minutes later her bike was back, ready to go, gooides installed.
So, it was finally time to leave. SWMBO was anxious to leave. Russ was ready to leave. I was ready to leave. The new Sportster was ready to leave. We all left.
SWMBO was on her new Harley, I was on my almost new Harley. Russ was in his car. He never owned a Harley.
Sadly Russ has now ridden on.
Now you may wonder why, after almost 14 years have passed, this blog has appeared.
It’s all because the shedding of ‘stuff’ is still ongoing at Casa Creakingbones and I came across these images as part of my studio clean out. They brought back so many great memories of people, places and events.
Please don’t pull the plug on Random Ravings From An Old Bloke Downunder just yet. There’s more to come.
Hoo roo for now.