This afternoon I'm meeting a potential buyer (if he shows up, but that's another topic) to play Let's Make a Deal with our beloved '03 Ultra Classic 100th Anniversary and its matching cargo trailer. We've ridden it from here (Omaha) to the east coast, up through SD and WY, down through Breckenridge and Pueblo, all over the place. Over the past 14 years since we bought it, things have gone from "watch out for drivers not paying attention", to "Holy crap, EVERYONE is actively trying to kill us, and they're coordinating by text message!" It's time to let someone else enjoy it.
We started out avoiding the dress-up stuff. Along the way we figured out that if you ride long distances, all that leather and "biker stuff" actually has a purpose. The chaps are nice when a grouse crosses your path at 80 and slams into your leg. The vest keeps your T-shirt from beating the living crap out of your neck. The gloves keep your hands from turning your grips into rubbery goo with sweat and oil. The do-rag helps with getting the helmet on and off without looking like something out of a horror movie. The leather jacket is nice when it gets cooler, and of course if you have the misfortune of laying the bike down it might save some skin. The T-shirts from Harley dealers can be a nice little reminder of an enjoyable trip. So, yeah, we have a little bit of "biker wear". never went for the skulls and fake 1%-er crap. We were really glad of that when we ended up at the same hotel as the national convention of the Bandidos in Pueblo a few years back. We had no idea before we rolled in there. Nice enough people if you don't piss 'em off, I guess.
Along the way we heard a lot of Harley hate from people who had no clue whatsoever what they were talking about. Yeah, the Ultra shakes like a wet dog at idle... but once it's rolling, it's a silky smooth touring "road sofa". I had to give my Gold Wing riding buddy a ride after he dropped his Wing off to have the frame re-welded as part of a recall... he said the back of the Ultra was far more comfortable than the Honda. Go figure.
We've had our fun... yes, there is a fair amount of douchebaggery among Harley owners, just as there is among owners of crotch rockets or Mustangs or Camaros or anything else. You are what you are.
Last edited by DaleB; 04-05-2019 at 03:20 PM.