On the 4th July this year, American Independence Day, I celebrated my birthday over a quiet lunch in town with SWMBO and, as you can imagine, our conversations traversed our yesterdays and what the future offered us.
Over the last few years SWMBO and I have, with our advancing years, faced a few significant health challenges and these ups and downs had impacted heavily on SWMBO’s golf and my motorcycling .
Fortunately, in my case, radical robot surgery completely removed my cancer and I am now totally free of the big C. During the same difficult time, SWMBO emerged from a series of brain scans to be greeted with the wonderful news that no nasties had been discovered.
Over my birthday lunch we decided that the past was the past and realised we had plenty to look forward to.
That was when SWMBO presented me with my birthday present, a T-shirt with this fantastic message emblazoned across the chest:
I couldn’t help myself, I put it on and swanned around the restaurant like a kid with a new toy. Some of the patrons in the place were quite amused whilst others obviously weren’t. I couldn’t give a hoot. I could see a whole new chapter opening for SWMBO and myself.
Now for the past three years my beloved 2014 Harley Heritage Softail Classic has hardly been out of the shed. My new T-shirt convinced me that had to change.
Accordingly SWMBO and I prowled motorcycle dealers, kicked a lot of tyres and became more convinced than ever that I’m a rusted on Harley Davidson rider.
We visited a couple of Harley dealers within a 200 klm radius of home and a few weeks back as we entered one dealership, SWMBO’s eyes lit up and she indicated an Olive Gold softail that had caught her eye.
Sure enough, it fitted me like a glove, was a little lighter than my Heritage and most importantly, SWMBO told me I looked good on it. Plus I liked the colour and loved the logo.
For the past twenty five years I’ve always dealt with the same Harley dealer and with one phone call, our deal was done.
A week ago today, my brand new 2017 Harley Davidson softail FLSS was was delivered to our door. What a ripper of a motorcycle.
Now, am I a happy little vegemite? Am I ever! The bike’s colour is Olive Gold Denim. I understand it’s a little complicated to maintain but it’s well worth any extra effort.
I was sorry to see my Heritage Softail taken away, it was my 5th black Heritage and I was really attached to that model Harley but, as my new T-shirt says, ‘never underestimate an old man with a motorcycle who was born in July.’
Just for the record though, one last image of my beloved 2014 Heritage Softail Classic. I hope it goes to a good home.
Hoo roo for now
PS. Don’t ask me what it’s like to ride. Everyone knows that you don’t take your Harley out when the weather is crook. Therefore it is still standing, unridden, in the exact spot where the scarcely ridden Heritage stood.