Harley Davidson Day Out
I have been riding motorcycles for 47 years now and have never had the opportunity to ride one of these American motorcycles that have been made since 1903.
I thought it would be good to try one of the Harleys out
and contacted Greg at Norwich Harley Davidson to ask if I could hire one, and
he was generous enough to say that they could let me have one out on a
I have an old workmate, Ian Bassett, who has also spent
a lot of time in
We decided it would be good to set a day in a couple of weeks and hoped we would have some good weather then. I thanked Keith for his help and said I would contact him soon and left feeling quite excited about the ride.
That is a very smart bike and sitting on this bike with both feet on the floor felt great.
It was now
I had to stay at home as my wife needed the car and I
had to wait for a recorded delivery letter to be delivered. While I was waiting
I texted my mate Ian and told him I could not
organise a bike out today as I was tied up and it would have been hard to get
Ian texted back and said it is a nice day and would be good, so I rang his home number and spoke to him. He said don’t worry I will come and pick you up on the bike if you have not got to wait long-so I agreed.
I then rang Norwich Harley Davidson to see if it was possible for me to get a bike out at such short notice, and when I spoke to Greg, a very helpful person in sales, he said it would be OK. He said come down and sit on one and see what you would like to try. As you can imagine I was very pleased to think I was able to have this happen.
I texted back to Ian and told him it was all OK.
Ian came to pick me up on the above bike. It is a 1340 FXST Soft Tail Standard Harley and he also has an 883 Sportster. I had not seen this one before. I am not used to being a pillion but it did not take long to feel very comfortable on the back and I was quite impressed at how easily it handled sharp corners.
We soon arrived at
These were the 2 bikes offered to me-the white and red one is the 883 Sportster and the yellow one is the 1200 which I chose.
Greg showed me the various things like how the alarm works and all the switches etc.
Then we were ready for the off, so I put the bike in gear and let the clutch out and as I did I thought it was going off without me! It was brilliant-very little slipping of the clutch was needed and then you are away. I could see this being a great day, although we only had about 5 hours out as it was just about and they wanted it back at .
I went off first and Ian followed me. We went through
the city and out on the
These Photo were taken near
The Harley was quite a nice ride but the single seat was becoming quite hard and if it was mine it would have been the first thing that I changed to something more comfortable. I think a real nice dual seat would have made quite a difference to it.
Although the Harley handled all the bends extremely well and the ride was very enjoyable I think I made a mistake on the type of roads to take it on,as it should have been taken on a dual carriage way to just cruise along at 60 or 70 MPH.
We stopped in Sheringham as I was not used to the riding position and for a drink, which was very nice.
It was very nice at Sheringham-the
sea and the sky were blue and
surprisingly enough quite warm for
Ian is good to ride with as he is ‘steady steady’ and that is exactly what you want on a day like this one.
We headed off round the coast to Wells Next The Sea, some 10 or 12 miles away and as we came into Wells we had to come off the main road and down to the front where we stopped in the car park and had a rest and took a couple of photos.
It was now and we realised it was a straight trip back to
I got back to the shop and Greg was busy with a customer, so I had a word with Keith and he booked it back in for me. They are really pleasant people in that showroom and anyone will always be treated well.
I would really like to take that bike out again but on a road such as the A11 where I could cruise down it at 60 or 70 MPH which is what it is really built for and would do that job extremely well I am sure.
There are 3 changes that I personally would make on this bike and that would be a larger fuel tank, a really comfortable seat and slightly different handlebars just so I would not need to stretch out so far, but all in all it is a very impressive bike.
As Ian said to me it is not unusual to change things on a Harley as everyone makes some sort of change or other and they all become different.
I think Ian was spot on as far as going out that day-it
was bright and warm and really a great day for