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Why do I ride a motorcycle?

When I was young, small, and innocent, my father almost gleamed. His smile sparkled, like the silver conchoes on the saddlebags of the ‘51 Panhead Harley-Davidson he rode against my mother’s wishes, a small satin cap with a white plastic bill perched on the back on his glossy head, his breath aromatic with whiskey.

He didn’t have much time for me, a child insignificant and shy, but every so often, just once in awhile, he’d smile down on me and then scoop me into his arms, setting me in front of him on that great, pure white gas tank of his Harley. Together, like ancient heros in a book, we’d go thundering across a desert landscape burnished bronze by a setting sun.

What joy! What undiluted joy! For awhile, we raced the sun on an untiring horse – and time stood still.


Later, much, much later, when he was small and angry and shot through with cancer, I could forgive him because of those glorious, never- forgotten rides.

Why do I ride a motorcycle? How could I not?[/align]

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Sounds like a Harley ad.

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If that is how it was for you, I am not surprised you like to ride.



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Dadgumit...bring tears to my eyes at 6:49 AM in the morning....geez..

Your wife sounds like mine... blessed, aren't we?

Life is Good......Early retirement is better.....

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Sniff sniff, touching story Cousin Jack!

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Cousin Jack,

You have a wonderful talent with words. Please do keep it up. I really enjoy reading your literary work.


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You have a wonderful talent with words. Please do keep it up. I really enjoy reading your literary work.



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I hope my son can remember those sacramental we had together when he was a kid.

Touching

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Why do I ride a motorcycle?

When I was young, small, and innocent, my father almost gleamed. His smile sparkled, like the silver conchoes on the saddlebags of the ‘51 Panhead Harley-Davidson he rode against my mother’s wishes, a small satin cap with a white plastic bill perched on the back on his glossy head, his breath aromatic with whiskey.

He didn’t have much time for me, a child insignificant and shy, but every so often, just once in awhile, he’d smile down on me and then scoop me into his arms, setting me in front of him on that great, pure white gas tank of his Harley. Together, like ancient heros in a book, we’d go thundering across a desert landscape burnished bronze by a setting sun.

What joy! What undiluted joy! For awhile, we raced the sun on an untiring horse – and time stood still.


Later, much, much later, when he was small and angry and shot through with cancer, I could forgive him because of those glorious, never- forgotten rides.

Why do I ride a motorcycle? How could I not?[/align]
My wife has allowed me to give each of my 3 kiddies, a small ride just through the neighborhood. (With helmets on of course.) Top out at about 15mph.

I love it and they seem to.

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Woooooaaah Cousin Jack, man that was heavy stuff.

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