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Ultra AL
11-30-2013, 09:37 AM
One year ago, I rode a motorcycle for the first time. My wife and I had been discussing me getting a Harley, and we decided to take a trip down to Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson in Maryville TN. We rented a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains, loaded up our grandson, Nicky, and drove down for one of the best vacations we've had. The class started on Friday, and we were on the bikes on Saturday and Sunday. While I was at class for 3 days at the HD dealership, Nicky & Debbie explored the mountain our cabin was on. We stayed a few extra days and enjoyed the spectacular scenery there.

On December 8th, 2012, I bought my first Harley, a 2003 SuperGlide. Now a year has gone by. I've ridden nearly 10,000 miles since then, taken 2 more (advanced) rider classes, and am now riding my 2nd Harley Davidson, the 2010 Ultra Classic. I ride in almost all weather conditions (except ice or heavy snow), and I have to say, I don't know why it took me so long to get a bike. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It reduces stress (ok, as long as the weather lets you ride, sometimes it increases stress, lol), and it just feels awesome.

If you have someone you know that is waffling on whether or not to get a bike, tell them to take the class and see where it leads.

Another advantage to riding, I found the TWM forum. Met some great guys, made good friends, and have learned a lot from you guys. I'm looking forward to riding with you all again soon. I know Klimo, Kosher, and a couple others that are cold weather riders, and for those who store their rides in the bad months, I hope to ride with you all in the spring.

Rock on TWM. :rockwoot:

Moesride
11-30-2013, 10:40 AM
Outstanding Al !! What a great story and great way to start on 2 wheels. 10k and two bikes in one year. good on you man! Soon as I heal up you can count me in on your Sat. morning and cold weather rides. Love the cold rides. Enjoy your 2 wheel therapy Al and yes, some of these nut jobs on TWM are fun to be around!

Gas Man
11-30-2013, 11:37 AM
Congrats Al on your anniversary.

I agree that this past year TWM has grown right along with you.

Thruxtonbill
11-30-2013, 11:41 AM
Very cool Al, as Moe said, great story. I know all of us get it and what it means to us, good on ya.
It's funny how some of my non riding friends think I have a death wish and the puzzled look on their faces when I tell them it keeps me alive.
One thing I will say is I never try to talk someone into riding, even if they're waffling. It must be something they REALLY want to do, JMO.

Ultra AL
11-30-2013, 12:24 PM
One thing I will say is I never try to talk someone into riding, even if they're waffling. It must be something they REALLY want to do, JMO.

Yep, that's why I say, get it to take the class, and when they're done, they can make a more informed decision. They may discover that it just isn't for them, or they may be all in. Either way, it's an educated choice - not a fear based one.

Ultra AL
11-30-2013, 12:33 PM
Outstanding Al !! What a great story and great way to start on 2 wheels. 10k and two bikes in one year. good on you man! Soon as I heal up you can count me in on your Sat. morning and cold weather rides. Love the cold rides. Enjoy your 2 wheel therapy Al and yes, some of these nut jobs on TWM are fun to be around!

Sounds good Moe! You heal up soon and we'll hit the pavement!

leebo
11-30-2013, 03:15 PM
Nice story al..see u this summer!!

Klimoman
12-01-2013, 06:28 PM
That is a great story Al!

Kosher
12-01-2013, 07:06 PM
Here's to many more years, Al!

:beers:

GP-FLHR
12-01-2013, 09:46 PM
Very nice read, thanks.

Ultra AL
12-01-2013, 10:52 PM
Thanks guys. I look forward to puttin down miles with you all soon.

Bagger Dave
12-02-2013, 05:58 AM
Cool Al!! Congrats man :beers:

Caveman
12-08-2013, 05:24 PM
well, its nice to have you Al. I know that since you started riding motorcycles I have been more interested in my Bicycles. need to get out on that one a bit more, get some more exercise. Perhaps I'll get Gas out there too.

Ultra AL
12-08-2013, 05:54 PM
well, its nice to have you Al. I know that since you started riding motorcycles I have been more interested in my Bicycles. need to get out on that one a bit more, get some more exercise. Perhaps I'll get Gas out there too.

Thanks Cave. Yep - the bicycle can help keep you healthy so you'll be around a long time to ride the motor bikes!

Gas Man
12-08-2013, 07:08 PM
well, its nice to have you Al. I know that since you started riding motorcycles I have been more interested in my Bicycles. need to get out on that one a bit more, get some more exercise. Perhaps I'll get Gas out there too.
That's funny. I rode my bicycle more in a couple months than you did in a couple years.

Mudpuppy
12-12-2013, 10:57 AM
Thanks Cave. Yep - the bicycle can help keep you healthy so you'll be around a long time to ride the motor bikes!

No thanks. I am not around for a long time - just a good time.

Ultra AL
12-12-2013, 11:27 AM
No thanks. I am not around for a long time - just a good time.

Then I guess you shouldn't let anyone else be your fun governor and you shoulda bought that hot tub. :lmao:

Mudpuppy
12-12-2013, 02:38 PM
Then I guess you shouldn't let anyone else be your fun governor and you shoulda bought that hot tub. :lmao:

mother..................lol.. this is true. Damnit Jim. I'm a proctologist not an Acoustic Intelligence Specialist.

Hawgrider
12-18-2013, 08:22 AM
Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson are the lowest form of scumbags in dealerships Ive ever dealt with. They could give a fuck about a traveling rider on Harley who is broken down. I sat in the fucken dealership for 8 plus hours and still left broken. I rode my freakin scoot all the way back to Michigan with out a clutch. Yes that is correct with out a clutch! Fuck them and the high horse they sit on. The fucking bastards tried to sell me a new bike fuck them never will darken that door step again I'll push my bike to Knoxville before I stop in there for so much as a dew rag!!!!!!

Kosher
12-18-2013, 09:09 AM
Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson are the lowest form of scumbags in dealerships Ive ever dealt with. They could give a fuck about a traveling rider on Harley who is broken down. I sat in the fucken dealership for 8 plus hours and still left broken. I rode my freakin scoot all the way back to Michigan with out a clutch. Yes that is correct with out a clutch! Fuck them and the high horse they sit on. The fucking bastards tried to sell me a new bike fuck them never will darken that door step again I'll push my bike to Knoxville before I stop in there for so much as a dew rag!!!!!!

I bet they are kick ass if your Smoky Mountain HD t-shirt needs repair.

Hawgrider
12-18-2013, 09:48 AM
I bet they are kick ass if your Smoky Mountain HD t-shirt needs repair.

Not so sure they could deal with that either.


Sorry for the outburst but every time I hear that stealerships name I go ballistic:fu2: