Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Feelin' sorry for a Harley

Near my home resides a Harley. I walk by the home of this bike every other day or so when I'm walking the dog (and the cat).

I feel sorry for this bike. It is a very nice yellow in color. I'm sorry that I don't know more about Harleys to even know the exact model. It's big (to me), but not as big as many Harleys. And its a really nice looking bike! Sort of a basic cruiser, but a very nice looking bike.

But Here's the thing.

The bike has been parked right up next to the garage in this driveway for about 4 months now and hasn't been moved. Not even an inch.

Some thoughts.

Why doesn't the owner move it into the garage?  No clue here.

It has been exposed to the elements including rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures this winter.

If I were that Harley, you can bet I'd be pissed!

Even just a little bit of TLC would be nice. In this case there has been none.

Absolutely None!

So, my response to this is that I'm going to remember to give a little love to Max, my friend on the road. After all, if you don't take care of your bike, how can you expect it to take care of you?

Just Sayin'!

Ride On and Carpe Diem, my good friends.


  1. I see a lot of that here too. Poor bikes sitting out in the rain, never moved for months on end. I wonder if the owner ever starts them to circulate the system so to speak. Even when Scarlet is parked I go out, polish, fiddle, start her up, and make sure she has stable in her tank. I think some people don't get the whole idea of what it takes to look after a bike and then when they hop on at the beginning of the season wonder why in the heck it won't start. Poor little Harley.

    1. I suppose if we lived in a worse neighborhood, it would have been stolen by now. It is literally less than two feet from the garage door. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if the garage door has even been opened or closed. The dude parks his car in the driveway just behind the bike. The car at least comes and goes. If it were me. I'd clean out some space and put both the bike and the car in the garage.

  2. This is heartbreaking. I wanna come by and pick up the poor thing. I treated my Harley to a spot in a heated (!) garage, and talk to it every once in a while...

    1. Sonja, I agree. It just needs a little attention once in a while. I'm sure it would feel a whole lot better. Right now it seems so utterly lonely.

  3. Jimbo:

    No camera with you today ? are you going to make an offer for it ?

    Maybe it's abandoned. I saw a M/C in our lane and wondered why it was parked where it was, beside a garage. Turns out it was stolen and abandoned. If I had turned it in, and it wasn't claimed within a certain time period, then ownership would have been transferred to me

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. Pretty sure it is not abandoned, but it sure would be easy to steal even if the front wheel is locked. The guy doesn't seem to be home a lot, and if he is, he's pretty quiet. Seems a shame.

  4. There seems to be a number of bikes that are not only next to buildings but stuffed in the back of storage sheds and garages. People start riding then stop? I too wonder what the stories are...

  5. I do really wonder what the story is here. I don't think the bike is very old and it really is a nice bike. Makes you wonder....

  6. Like a lot of motorcycles, scooters, bicycles...bought on impulse, ridden once (if that), then the fear or disenchantment or lack of motivation or whatever sets in and..bam!

    Poor machine then sits and rots.

    Make the dude an offer!