About me

This blog is about my journey to and with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and my very personal experience around the Road King Classic, good and hopefully not too many bad ones, from selection through purchase to delivery and the whole fun thereafter.

I know you may not really care, but this is me

Actually, its me on my first Road King, Classic, a vivid black 2010 FLHRC. After 3 seasons and 35.000 miles I changed to… a Road King of course, this time the 2013 Road King 110th Anniversary Edition, in nostalgic bronze and black.


and to complete my modest Harley-Davidson experience, I shall not forget the 883R Sportster I use since 2011 for commuting



My very Japanese / East German bike history is quickly told:

Honda SS50 (1973-1976)

Honda ST1100 Pan European (1995-2001)

MZ 250 ETZ (1998-2002)

Honda GL1800 Goldwing (2001-2010)

complemented by scooters for London City commuting

Yamaha Majesty 250 (2002-2009)

Piaggio MP3 400ie (2009-2011)


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, it has no commercial goals.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and private. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question, as it may be wrong or exaggerated.

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10 Responses to “About me”

  1. Hey man,

    This is Shane, My wife (SunAe) and I met your crew one night at the Magic Bike Rally in Rudesheim and partied with you guys. I see you guys went to the Bernkastel wine fest this past weekend. That is close to me and I was thinking about going, now wish I would have! Wouls have been cool to party with you crazy Brits again!

  2. Rick Watson Says:

    Where did you get your exhausst tips for your Black Road King Classic?
    I have a Two Tone Scarlett Red and Vivid Black 2010 Road King. Would like
    a set of those exhaust tips on your Bike.


  3. I never realized you rode a piaggio – how did you like it? Did it corner exceptionally well? How was acceleration?

  4. Ross Jardine Says:

    Very cool bike! Look forward to reading about your travels around the UK and beyond…


  5. You are most welcome. I forgot to add, the Ace Cafe in west London has a Harley night on the last Thursday in the month. If you are into that sort of thing, it is a good way to meet other H-D owners. If I am there I will look out for a new Road King!


  6. Hi and welcome to the world of Harley-Davidson Road King Classics! I bought mine in July 2006 and have been very happy with it. I have read your blog and I will say two things. 1. Yes, you really are bored waiting for your new ride to be delivered!!! 2. I will try to give you some tips based upon what I have learned since getting my Road King.

    The absolute first tip is you will automatically join as a member of HOG (Harley Owners Group). Some riders stay away from this, some embrace it. I am sort of in-between. You will find that unlike other brands of bike, Harley owners really do form a sort of brotherhood / sisterhood and you will probably enjoy this. Try an event or two, or a ride out with your dealer. Seeing where you live, there is one event you should not miss and that is the SOFER Rally. It is excellent. See http://www.sofer.uk.com but you need to do it quick as tickets run out fast – you may need your HOG membership number to book a ticket though. Ask your dealer to get the ticket for you if needed.

    My second tip is check out Brett Tours http://www.brettours.co.uk/ and get yourself booked early on one of their short tours in Europe. I did this soon after getting my Road King and I went on one of their tours in Northern France. Great fun and I have now done a number of tours with them, including to Austria and Spain. It is a great way to meet fellow H-D riders and to share in a H-D ride. They organise everything, so it is easy and a great way to just enjoy riding your bike!

    More comments to follow in your postings….

    Gary France

  7. MacDuff Says:

    It’s cool you’re into photography too. I’m gonna hound you for the next few weeks until you take delivery, and then I want pics of the new ride! I happen to be a Canon man m’self, but looks like we’ve got the most important bit in common: FHLRC!

    • I was a Canon man myself, until 1999, when Nikon beat Canon with the D1, launching the first somewhat affordable prosumer digital SLR. Had a Canon EF since mid 70s and later a AE1.
      You have nice pics on FLICKR.

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