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Sorry for your loss Huzo. Lucky to have taken many a trip with my dad. I remember him strapping me on with his belt so I didn’t fall off sleeping. Also seeing Mnt Rushmore at 35 mph, he hit my knee and pointed up to his right. Yelled “you see it” and took off. My dad passed 18 years ago when I was 29. This is the only pic I have on my phone. No idea why we look so gloomy. Ha ha. host image
Yes I did! Somewhere there is a pic of me on the tank, in front of my Dad on a Honda 305. He was at that time a Cycle Policeman. Honda had come to Charles Long, who then owned all of Long Lewis Ford, to try to get him to deal Honda’s. My Mom was Mr Longs secretary, so he got her to get my Dad to ride it around for a week and he would decide. Dad thought it was nice, but not a Harley. He rode it down to the local Harley dealer TD Howton, and Mr Howton told him it was a cute sewing machine. Dad reported that to Mr Long, who passed on the opportunity. TD Howton, contacted Honda, got the first Honda dealership around, and made millions. My dad rode all of my life and had the 3 boys on dirt bikes at 7. My last ride was with him on his 1200 S&S Sportster and I was on my K1200 gt Bimmer. He shredded his drive belt, showing me the engines power. My brother came in a pickup and we carried the bike home to repair. After he passed a few months later, I took the Sportster out and finished the planned ride. Cried most of the way.pic share
It's nice riding on the West Coast there Guzzler. The Rahu Saddle between Reefton and Springs Junction is one of my favourites. The road from Karamea through to the Haast ain't too shabby either. One of these days I will get to ride through the Haast on a fine day instead of in the middle of a weather bomb!
You're not wrong about the coast there Muzz !Always loved it over there even as a kid .Always felt like it was the land that time had forgotten, at least it did in the 60's and 70's.I managed to get a few bike trips in before I left for the bright lights of the world though.My best mates are over here in Perth whilst I'm in Victoria but the three of us keep harping on about reprising our CHCH Queenstown Haast & Arthurs pass CHCH trip.The Haast was still dirt back then but our two XL 250's and a TS125 handled it all pretty well.Love to do it again on something like a DR650 with the boy's.Hmmm maybe one of these days.Cheers Guzzler.Ps thoughts are with you all as I'm sure Kiwi's the world over unite
My dad was a mean ol mafia guy. I was lucky if he let me ride in the car with him.
Ps thoughts are with you all as I'm sure Kiwi's the world over unite
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