Both Marks and myself have a passion for our Harley Davidson motorcycles. Up until my birthday we rode together on his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic ~ a “geezer” glide, a recliner on two wheels. Ultra comfortable to coin a phrase. For my birthday this year he surprised me with a Harley Davidson of my own a loud and raucous Harley Davidson Sportster XL883C. She is sometimes referred to as “little hog” or “half a hog” but I can honestly say that the power and torque of this small bike are amazing. Throughout my life I’ve always had a “need for speed” and my “Pegasus” Sportster provides all that and then some.
Learning to operate a motorcycle was a whole new learning curve for me. One four hour night class consisting of theory and one and a half days of learning to operate a motorcycle about half the size, weight and power of mine. The conditions you encounter during this short training in a parking lot does not equip you for real life road riding. The training gave me the endorsement I needed to actually learn to operate a motorcycle on the roads.
I have to admit that the first time on my own motorcycle I experienced a surge of adreneline touched with a little sense of fear and awe. Nothing really prepared me for the power nor the torque. Pegasus felt like a thoroughbred horse straining at the bit. I put my trust in Marks. His experience over many years of riding was priceless to me. I was a sponge soaking up all the new information and trying to put it all together. The first rides were anything but pretty but Marks’ constant encouragement and lack of criticism were exactly what I needed. I also have a strong will to learn and master but soon found out that mastering can only be learned with “seat time”. Seat time is what I’ve been building over the past 7 months. Weather permitting we ride three or four times a week. We started out slowly with rides through the woods where there’s little traffic to deal with building up to busier roads with more traffic. I soon found out that I have to watch everything and everybody as well as pay attention to road conditions. Car drivers do not pay attention to motorcyclist so I have to be prepared for evasive action.
So I’m still here and obviously Marks is a great teacher. Now that I’m riding my own Harley Marks felt it was time to customize his Ultra Classic to something a little less “geezer” like and a lot more stylish. He started by removing the rear seat (that was the recliner I always used to lounge in). A new solo seat was added and the bike took on a whole new look.
Marks’ bike is beginning to shape up without all that bulky stuff on the back. There are still times that I will need to ride on the back (like when my bike goes in for service at the dealership and they do good work but “good” takes time). The stock driver’s seat that the bike came with needed to be replaced but we did need a passenger that would enable him to carry me or a passenger if the need arose. He wanted something different but as he sometimes carries the grand kids he also needed a sissy bar (back support) for security. This is what the new seats and sissy bar look like. Both can be removed quickly when not required converting this back to a solo seat ride.
From personal experience I can tell you that the rear seat is not “cushy on the tushy”. Marks told me that it will need to be worn as his new single seat was very hard to begin with. Hopefully I won’t be the one to wear it in. I’m not sure my mature tushy can take that. Both of us do love the look of the new sissy bar. It has a Gothic type of style and is totally different to any other we’ve seen adding that personalized custom look to the bike. I’m sure there will be more custom items added over time. Both of us have our own “wish lists” of what we want for the bikes.
See you in the wind. Have a great weekend.