Vintage Respect


The next time you are out riding and there is a large group of motorcycles, notice which one’s get the most attention and have the most amount people gathered around them.  It won’t be the newest fat tire chopper, it won’t be the new Victory, and it might not even be the new 2015 Roadglide. Not that there is anything wrong with these bikes and I’m sure their owners love them, but most likely the crowd will be standing around the older bikes. Harley riders have an inherent fascination with old bikes, for them there is something special about a vintage motorcycle. Maybe it’s the tank emblems on the 1961 Panhead, maybe it’s the frame design on the Vincent Black Shadow, or maybe you just remember a picture of your grandfather sitting on his 1946 Knucklehead. When I was a kid I can remember spending hours looking at a picture of my uncle Lou on his 1932 Indian Chief wondering ifone day that could be me.vintage

But for most of us it’s all of the above and so much more. When you’re up close to a vintage motorcycle you can’t help thinking about what the bike has seen and experienced, did it travel across country, did it log a hundred thousand miles, did it see the dark side of motorcycling, and how many owners called this ride his own – was it 12 owners or just one.

Today, many motorcycles are designed to resemble vintage and that’s ok. Personally, I own a Heritage Softail, a rigid chopper and a Royal Enfield, which are all designed to resemble old school. There is something to be said about riding an old design with no or very little suspension and drum brakes that once was state of the art engineering…and that something to be said is respect, it certainly has been earned.

Trivia Question of the Month:

Question:  The first Heritage Softail in 1986 was not the first Harley to be named Heritage, what Harley claimed the name Heritage before 1986?

Answer to last month’s trivia question:

QUESTION: What motorcycle company used a front end that they called the “Girdraulic” front fork?

Answer:  “Girdraulic” front fork – which were girder forks with hydraulic damping on a Vincent Black Shadow

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

A bend in the road is not the end of the road … unless you fail to make the turn.

“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe”

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