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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by sfarson, Nov 13, 2004.
A couple of months ago I went from a KLR to this! Lovin it!!
Callin' BS! Where's the milk crate?
Wow, I can't believe it, but I get to play! Never thought I'd own a Harley, but it's funny how our tastes can change over time.
Just got this one as a surprise gift from my fiance this past Monday!
I need to get some better pics if the sun will ever come out!
65pan jockey shift and yes if you can't kick it over you are not going. Did a nice ride to cooks corner today
Enjoy the ride.
Congrats big time, Randy.
It's a great scooter.
Enjoy it big time.
Yeah, me too! Funny thing is, I never had any interest in Harley's at all before.
Then, I took three weeks vacation to visit my GF in Houston. One evening while there we went through a Luby's drive-thru to get some tea and there just happened to be a H-D dealership in the adjoining parking lot and for some reason I decided to drive by. I saw a red 48 sitting out front (customers bike) and it caught me eye, so I stopped to look at it. Then I decided to park and get a closer look. We got out and looked it over, and I asked if she wanted to go in. She said, "sure". We walked in and I felt like a complete foreigner as I walked past rows of bikes that had no appeal to me. Then I saw a gold 48 just like the one above, and it was ON! :eek1 I just fell in love with that bike. We were engaged by a rather nice salesman, and my excitement grew as we looked and talked about the bikes. Over the next little while my ideas about H-D just changed. The salesman told me that with a m/c endorsement on my DL and proof of m/c insurance I could take a test ride. Over the next couple of days I couldn't get the 48 out of my head so I went back a few days later and took a ride. Due to my preconceptions I fully expected to hate it. But, after a few minutes on the road I had to admit that, while different from what I was used to, I was actually enjoying it!
I wanted a new Harley!! :eek1
Long story short, with our upcoming wedding, and all of the associated expenses I knew that there was no way I could swing a new bike. So, I just put it on the back burner, thinking that one day, after the wedding, and my finances recovered, that maybe this would be my new bike. But, I did spend a lot of time online looking at 'em and researching. The 48 had became my knew bike obsession and T knew it.
I've been selling off some of my other bikes to help pay for the wedding and she knew that too. So, what does she do? A few weeks after I returned to GA, she contacted my local H-D dealership, had them locate a gold 48, and then arranged to have it delivered to me as a surprise! WOW! What a woman!
I've had it less than a week, but a funny thing has happened... I'm really starting to view Harleys differently and can definitely see myself getting another as a project bike in the future. But, yeah, there's just something about the 48 that pushed all the right buttons for me from a styling perspective.
Thanks to everyone for the compliment. I think it's a BEAUTIFUL machine too! And it's all the more beautiful because of the beautiful lady that gave it to me. I may sell other bikes, but this one has a permanent spot in my garage!
Terrific story, Randy.
You got a keeper of a lady. That is one heck of a surprise.
Yeah, there's something funny about Harleys. By all past experience I should have a big Kawa or Honda sport touring bike in my garage, but I have a Road Glide. It's more fun. Hard to quantify it, harder to explain it, but I just want to ride it more. Weird. And the sportsters have a very cool appeal. Fun to be able to change them into whatever style bike you want. Okay, except a trials bike.
No kidding what a woman and a very nice bike.
Yeah, well I do still have my R1150GS as my "sport" tourer, and while I like it for what it is, it was really lacking the character or "soul" that the H-D engine has in spades. That led me to buying a '96 Buell S1 last spring, and that in turn led me to begin to appreciate the H-D engines. One thing led to another and here I am, a new Harley owner!
And I won't pollute this thread with anymore of my story, even though it is much more special than I alluded to above. If anyone is interested in a true fairytale of a love story, more details can be found HERE. And yeah, it does contain motorcycles!
Nice story Randy, congrats on the bike and the wife!
Congrats, Randy! What a great story. Here's to happy days ahead.
Excellent story, thanks for sharing with us!
Nice! What's the plant behind you? I work at a refinery.
Nice clean little FXR. Still my all time favorite bike...
If we're posting up our 48s
That IS a great story! Congrats and thanks for sharing. Also took me a while to want a Harley.
Finally got my first one a year ago and loving it! Ride on, Mark H.
That's the Lorain, OH steel plant.