Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Portland, OR, USA
I've met two types of Harley riders while touring. One type is likely an accountant or attorney, all dressed up in fancy leathers and shades, and scowling (why do they have to scowl? I guess real pirates scowl), with a pristine bike, and not talking to anybody except for maybe the pillion. The other are the guys who just get on their bikes and ride them ridiculous distances in punishing weather with no gear, fix them themselves if they break down, and are happy to talk about riding or places they've been to or are hoping to get to. I have a lot of respect for the latter, much more than the guy on the $30k BMW GS with the full Touratech/Aerostich/Gerbing/tech gadget thing going on. When the weather is crappy here, hot or cold, I see way more Harley guys riding than all others combined.
Nother case in point: my wife and I decided to ride the coast road from Astoria Oregon to San Diego. We were down in LA gassing up, and a bunch of squids pulled in, the guys extolling their manly riding to the girls. One of the young ladies shyly asked us if we had really ridden all the way from Oregon, and we all chatted for a while. Just regular folks having fun.
2014 Multistrada GT
Past: BMW 1150 GS, Moto Guzzi Norge 8v GT, some sort of Honda