Hi all. From previous posts, many of you may well be aware of my love of Harleys. Now, now, don’t rush off just yet…
Well, I love all bikes really, anything on two wheels, but as my age has increased, so my penchant for sports bikes has slowly decreased, and cruisers seem to have taken over my life of late.
A lot depends on what press fleet bikes come my way for road testing, and as the cold, dark months of winter have progressed, so the flurry of new bikes has declined as the manufacturers gear up for 2022, so not a lot will come my way until spring explodes with daffodils.
I had a clearout of my own sportsbikes last year. Well, four actually, including my rather splendid Honda Firestorm and Triumph Sprint RS, and I recently sold my 2001 Suzuki CBR600 F1 to Mikko, Editor of Motorcycle Sport and Leisure, one of four magazines of which I am Production Editor. Anyway, these bikes have been slowly replaced.
I purchased a Harley ElectraGlide Ultra which had been imported from the States. That lasted about a month because I found it stupidly heavy. I then went to the other extreme and bought a Sportster 883. Immaculate, it was, from Maidstone Harley-Davidson. Although I enjoyed it, it was rather small for my frame (I had planned to put forwards on it but never got round to it). Then one day I had a bimble to Robin Hood Harley Davidson, spotted a gloriously chromed Heritage Softail Classic, 2012 model with 9,000 miles on the clock, and a trade-in was arranged. More outlay!
Not long afterwards, I spotted on Facebook a beautiful Harley Superlow 1200T with 13-inch apes. The owner had done a fab job of pimping it up with Stage 1, short shots, forwards, etcetera, and I simply couldn’t resist. You know how it is! I only rode it the once before the really cold weather set in before Christmas, so it is currently on trickle charge and under a blanket. So, too, was the Heritage…
Just before Christmas, I was at a café when I guy rolled in on a Suzuki Intruder Ooh. I had never seen one before, and really liked the unusual styling. Apparently when introduced, the cruisers sold really well in the States, but are a bit of a rarity over here. Do correct me if I’m wrong. Anyway, a few weeks ago I spotted one for sale with Lincolnshire Motorcycles (www.lincolnshiremotorcycles.co.uk – 01652 628435) so I popped across to check it out. It was in lovely condition for a 2015, with low mileage. So… yep, I bought it.
Sounds like I have tons of cash to throw around, but I really don’t. I’m like a frog on a lily pond, leaping from one bike to the other. Anyway, last week I received a press release regarding the launch of the Indian Motorcycle Scout Rogue, and it really took my eye. I have never considered owning an Indian before, I don’t know why, but I just found myself steering more towards Harleys. Perhaps it’s because the dealership network in the UK is so much larger. I am looking forward to a Rogue press fleet ride soon, along with the FTR Carbon R (the latter will be for a write-up here as well as in Café Racer International, which I edit, a second issue of which will be published late April.
Back to Indians. Krazy Horse has four showrooms around the country, the closest to me being in Bury St Edmunds (www.krazyhorse.co.uk – Motorcycle Sales – 01284 749645). I spoke with Sue Sawyer, one of the sales personnel who was really helpful and enthusiastic, and we chatted through some of the Indian Scouts currently for sale. I will be popping down in the next week to enjoy some test rides, and am very much looking forward to that. Whether or not I purchase one will probably be dependant on whether I sell on the Heritage Softail… and, of course, whether I like riding the Indian! Yep, the Harley Heritage is presently with Lincolnshire Motorcycles, all lovely and pristine, awaiting a buyer! I don’t think it will take long.
I would love to hear your stories about your bike(s)… what you ride… why you ride a particular model… how they can take over our lives… and our wallets, and whether you keep them under wraps in the garage, just so our partners don’t realise how many bikes we have… Do get in touch.
Main image | My H-D Heritage Softail Classic, currently for sale with Lincolnshire Motorcycles