Happy Harleyday! For Real This Time!

Finally, it happened! We got to the dealership today and everything went perfectly. I finally got it.

Here it is. This was my first look at the finished bike. It looks even better now than it did as a basic model sitting on the showroom.

This is the sales guy officially handing the keys over to me. I’m glad Chris was there with her camera to record this historic moment. Of course, now that I have it…I have to ride it.

Here I am taking it out from the parking lot on the first ride.

I ran it in and out of the parking lot, and up and down the little industrial park street to get used to it.

Once I had gotten used to it a bit, and felt comfortable, it was off to the house. I still don’t have my full M1 permit, so instead of going up the I-15, we drove home via Pomerado Road. It was a great drive. Not too many lights, light traffic. Other bikers waving as they passed. It was great. Then, when Pomerado Road ended, we took off through Bandy Canyon and the San Pasqual Valley. It was just a great ride, and perfect, with even a few mild twisties to get used to the bike on.

Once we got her home, though, I had to get into the truck to drive to the Camp Pendleton Motorcycle Training office, to get the little yellow card that allows me to ride a motorcycle on base. Once I did that, I raced back home. I had a little less than an hour to make the 45-minute ride up to the Naval Weapons Station in Fallbrook to register the bike. I made it to the pass & ID office with less than five minutes to spare.

But the bike got registered, so i can drive it to work on Thursday. I did, I admit, go by my office to let the guys look at it. Then it was a 45-minute ride back to the house.

I hated to put the bike up, but, unfortunately, I have other things I have to do. So, I’ll have to be satisfied with 2 1/2 hours on the bike today.

Still, today was a good day.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

3 thoughts on “Happy Harleyday! For Real This Time!”

  1. Remember to keep it at or under I think 50 for the first 500 hundred miles, to break in the engine…

  2. Actually, the deal isn’t so much the speed, it is to keep it under 4500 rpm. So, you can go 60MPH, as long as you do it in 5th.

  3. That vibration you talk about in your next post might suggest otherwise. I think the “well, under 4500 RPM” came from people who were annoyed at not being able to hit highway speeds…

    But in the end, it is whatever you’re comfortable with.

    Just remember… If you muck up the engine, you have to deal with their customer service department again…

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