May 27, 2003
Donâ€™t know if â€˜Yuppieâ€™ is the same as what we oldies here call â€˜New-Age Harley ridersâ€™ (guys who now get Harleys cos theyâ€™re now reliable but wouldnâ€™t when HD was under AMF)
Anyway, hereâ€™s my observations of the New-Age Harley riders, Asian and ex-pats, here in Thailand.
Youâ€™re a New-Age Harley riderâ€¦â€¦â€¦.
When you have to keep stopping to re-apply suntan cream.
When you have more Harley logos on you than miles on the clock.
When youâ€™re wearing the Harley logo on everything you wear and own but still ainâ€™t got a toolkit.
When you think that your battery is charging when the bike is idling in the driveway.
When youâ€™re looking at pedestrians to see if theyâ€™re looking at you, rather than the road.
When you proudly tell people that youâ€™ve just bought a brand new David Harleyson.
When you use train timetables when route planning your long trip.
When you blip the throttle everytime you see a pedestrian.
When you think that Harley own a refinery because they sell Harley oil.
When you feel pity for the butterfly that you killed with your windscreen.
When you seek advice about a mech problem with a rice farming buffalo herder.
When you pull off the road to put on waterproofs because your wrist barometer predicts rain.
When you cancel a trip because the pick-up truck that normally follows you has broken down.
When, strangely, you never really seem to have time to ride during rainy seasons.
When youâ€™re wearing more rally badges than youâ€™ve actually attended.
When you wear out your Harley boots before your rear tyre.
When you change into your Harley clothes just to drive your car to the HD shop for plugs.
When you still try to look cool when youâ€™re stuck at the roadside without a toolkit.
When you pay peasant rice farmers to fix your flat whilst you drink Pepsi in the shade.
When youâ€™re planning to attend a major rally and it includes return air tickets.
When you complain about the Laffite Rothschild Bordeaux not being sufficiently chilled enough to compliment the fois gras during a trip rest-stop.
When an old biker tells stories of falls and plunges it reminds you to phone your stock broker.
When you show more interest in the Harley clothes catalogue than the parts catalogue.
When you keep your friends waiting because you canâ€™t decide which Harley T-shirt goes best with your new leather vest.
When a conversation turns to technical issues, you suddenly feel sleepy.