Lane Bradley – Why I Ride
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The reason I started riding is probably the same as other people: I had friends and family who owned Harley Davidson’s and I saw how much fun they had on their rides. Mom and Dad used to ride back in the 60’s but stopped once family life took over.
Then, in the 90’s when everyone moved out, they got the bug to ride again. Dad bought an all black Road King and he and mom would be off on weekends or on long trips to Sturgis and Daytona with friends seeing the country. The rumble of the pipes, sparkle of the chrome and black leather looked pretty cool and I started to envision myself one day on my own Harley rumbling out to Sturgis.
In 2000, when I finally had the money I bought my first used Harley, a 1996 Dyna Convertible from Deans HD at their original dealership. The Dyna and I did some good riding while living in the mountains of Northeast PA as a member of Lehigh Valley HOG as well as a trip to the Nashville HOG Rally in 2001 and the Memphis HOG Rally in 2002. There is nothing like cruising down the interstate with several other bikes on a road trip.
During those three years of riding I really started to take a liking to the Road King and with another trip planned to the 2003 Nashville HOG Rally and a 10 day trip around Lake Ontario and up into the Ontario Province, I thought it was a good time to upgrade and bought a 2003 Road King. The Road King was like driving a Cadillac compared to the Dyna and road trips became even more fun.
By 2004 I was living in the area and now a member of Indian Valley HOG. That same year a buddy and I packed our bikes up into a trailer and left for a 3 week trip to Daytona to see the Daytona 500, Key West and Daytona Bike Week. What a blast we had riding up and down Route 1, the 7 Mile Bridge to Key West and hanging out during Bike Week. The people you meet while living in a camp-ground for three weeks is better than any show on HBO.
In 2008 it was time for another trip led by our past director, Jule Maurer. On this trip our bikes were hauled out to Jackson Hole Wyoming for a week long trip through Yellowstone, Cody Wyoming, Red Lodge and Cooke City Montana while riding The Chief Joseph Highway and Bear Tooth Highway which are two of the top scenic highways in the country. The fun times we had and the sites we saw is why we all buy a Harley and ride.
Finally in 2009 “I rode Mine” to Sturgis and got to see the sites of Main Street, the awesomeness of Crazy Horse, the awe of Mount Rushmore, the magnificence of Devils Tower and the breath-taking beauty of South Dakota.
When I bought my Dyna in 2000 I had no idea what riding had in store for me. Riding has allowed me to meet new friends, see our country and get involved. I never would have guessed that I would be Treasurer of 4 PA State HOG Rally’s, Safety Officer and Web Master of I.V. HOG and a member of Blue Comet M.C.
The biggest surprise occurred October 16th 2011 in the parking lot of the Souderton WAWA. While waiting for everyone to gather for the Fall Foliage Ride a beautiful blonde (now brunette) in brown leather came as a passenger on her father’s Ultra. For those of you that were there you know the story but, for those of you who were not, it took me all day but I got Tammy’s phone number and life has been great ever since. Tammy has since joined IV HOG, got her license, rides her own Sporty and in just 1 year has become a very good rider. We have matching flame boots, sun glasses and jackets and on more than one occasion we have been told to get a room. Riding has become a great joy for Tammy and me and we have experienced a lot of good times due to riding.
It’s funny when you look back on your life and ask why do you ride? I started riding because other people did and it looked cool and fun. I ride today because it is who I am and what I do. After 13 years I can’t imagine life with-out Tammy and I enduring the heat of the engine during a hot summer, the warmth of heated gear during the cold of winter, the smell of new life sprouting in spring and seeing the change of colors during the fall and I plan on continuing this life for as long as I can.
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