Ride it, you’ll like it
I am sending this in response to Steve Smith’s letter on April 5.
Hello there Steve. As a Harley owner/biker wanna-be for 20 years and now a proud-to-be-an-American Harley owner for 12 years, I felt compelled to respond. While reading your letter I was just once again humorously and sadly reminded of people who speak before they think and walk through life with blinders on voicing opinions when they’ve probably never tried or experienced what it is their griping about. Oh, wait, they have a cousin whose husband’s girlfriend had an uncle who dropped his Harley and half his leg was road rash … yaddah yaddah yaddah.
One of the many “sayings” Harley owners know and say well is “If I have to explain you wouldn’t understand.” Many would LOVE to explain. I could go on and on telling you with great enthusiasm how wonderful it is to own and ride this beautiful bike. I would tell you that there is no better way to see this country than on this American Iron Horse Legend.
I would tell you of the billions of dollars raised and contributed to charities of all kinds yearly by millions of Harley owners and riders. I would tell you about the thousands of Vietnam vets who are Harley owners. I would tell you of the millions of children who would not have had a toy for Christmas if it wasn’t for the fact that the Harley owner/rider (and many other motorcycle owners/riders) gave that toy; the thousands of pints of clean blood donated to the Red Cross each year.
The positive list goes on and on.
You wrote of patriotism being destroyed. Honey, there ain’t nothin’ much more patriotic than celebrating the independence of the United States of America on your Harley, flying the American flag, waving and smiling at all the kids. And yes, many Harleys are loud, loud as the rider makes them. Did you know loud pipes save lives? Yet another “If I have to explain you wouldn’t understand” moment.
I think it’s great that this event is scheduled for Glenwood Springs. I commend the person who approved the use of the Community Center. You should join us! Maybe you’ll recognize a doctor, lawyer, policeman, firefighter or the gal from next door. I COULD tell you to get out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat, but instead I will say grab your earplugs baby, we’re goin’ for a RIDE!
Anne H. Hunter
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