It was meant to be?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sometimes the wind blows us in strange directions. Take all this into account:
  • Stu had never been to North Dakota
  • Stu needed a Harley-Davidson t-shirt from North Dakota
  • We were already in South Dakota, ready to head east to Milwaukee
  • We bought land in Jamestown, TN
  • I bought my first Harley in Jamestown, NY
  • Jamestown, ND was due north of where we were in North Dakota
  • We had several days leeway in our time table for getting to Elkhart, IN
See? Everything was conspiring to get us to the Harley dealer in Jamestown. So we routed a slight detour (ended up adding 435 miles to our trip) and headed north. We made it to the Harley dealer about 5:15 (they closed at 6:00).

As soon as I walked in the door I saw it....I heard it calling my name....I was entranced. Ever since I read the review in our H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) magazine about the new, improved Sportster...the SuperLow...I was hoping to get a look at one.

Not only was it a SuperLow, the color combination drew my attention immediately. The colors on the Harley website just hadn't done justice to the two-tone orange and white bike. I had to sit on it. I had to touch it. I had to drool over it.

After Stu dragged me away from the bike, we picked up our t-shirts and asked if we could stay there for the night. They have a huge gravel parking area where we had parked, perfect for an overnight. They said sure and we told them we might be back in the morning.

We talked a lot last night, checked out the HD accessory book, talked some more and left it that we would see what they might do for a trade-in on my bike.

Fast forward to 4 pm today....and Stu loading my brand new 2011 Birch White & Sedona Orange Harley-Davidson SuperLow motorcycle. I got a fair trade-in and a discount on all the accessories I wanted...unfortunately they didn't have any of the bigger accessories in stock so those will come later.

So why a new bike? I'd only had my Nightster for a year (7000 miles worth). Well, we want to ride Route 66 next spring. My old bike had a 3.2 gallon gas tank, the new bike has a 4.5 gallon. That means we can ride close to 200 miles before stopping for gas instead of the current 100 or so miles. (Some of the difference is the new bike has a smaller engine.) The other is a completely redesigned motorcycle...all lowered bikes have rougher rides. Harley made some major improvements in this area and from all the reviews, I think my back is really going to appreciate the softer ride. Add in a better seat and a brand new 24 month, unlimited mile warranty...just makes sense.

I'm looking forward to many miles on my new ride....

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu


  1. Victoria "MsChief"August 21, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Wow! What a great story! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wooohoooo!!

  2. That is a really pretty bike. I know you are going to enjoy!

  3. Its gorgeous!!! You are one lucky girl!!!

    Now you gotta go break it in. Maybe you can ride it to Indiana!!!! LOL

    Stu can drive the truck by himself!!

    Go Go Go.....

  4. Absolutely meant to be! Congratulations!!!!

  5. What a beautiful bike. I can see why you fell for it. I'm going to have to keep my hubby from checking it out when we get to Elkhart. We just did some Rte 66 in Springfield, IL. So much fun.

  6. Nice! Sometimes you need to follow your spirit. It often knows what you need. I'm happy for you!

  7. Wow! Congratulations she's a beauty!! Here's to many many miles of happy, fun and safe riding!! :-)

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  8. hey! good looking bike... if you ever get/go through Indy, my phone # still the same.. would love to see you again. You might consider staying for a few.. there's a campground on the IN. State Fair grounds that's open 365. The beauty of this CG is that it's in the middle of the city, close to everything,me included..
    luv ya Sandy


  10. This is fantastic! Great looking bike and I am sure you will love it and put lots of miles on it very soon!

  11. Its that Depression mindset that makes us feel we have to justify our toys. You wanted it - you could afford it - you bought it. That's good enough for me.

  12. What a great looking bike. Have fun breaking it in.


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