A few weeks ago, we asked for your “motorcycle love stories” and were happy to receive these two great entries from Jim and Don.
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Denise and I were destined to be together, in fact our coming together had to be by the hand of God and you will agree after reading our story. We were both born in Maine but grew up in Massachusetts. By the end of our teen years we had both developed a love for motorcycles but one night riding on the back of her boyfriend’s bike changed that for Denise. He lost control and crashed going in excess of 70 mph. Denise slid about 50 yards on pavement and then up onto a lawn narrowly missing several trees. That ended her love of motorcycles – at least for a while. Like I said we were both born in Maine and raised in Massachusetts but fate brought us together in NC. I was a young Soldier at Ft Bragg who saw her across the room at a local country dance club. I walked up and asked her to dance, she was about to say no but her girlfriend gave her a little nudge and the rest is history.
I had grown up on motorcycles, buying my first one when I was 16 and hiding it from my mother (she was an ER nurse and had a rule against them). When Denise and I met I was bike poor at the time. On top of her fear from the crash Denise was also a paramedic who saw too many crashes throughout her career. I sadly let my desire to own another bike fade away.
In 2009, after a break in military service we returned back to the Army and was stationed in Hawaii. Denise was now retired from EMS due to a bad back. Our kids were mostly grown, only our youngest remained. In 2013 after a deployment we just happened to be at the local Harley dealer on Oahu to get some BMX gear for our son. Of course I had to wander around and look at the bikes. I could tell she was thinking about something. As we left she offhandedly made the comment that maybe I should get one.
Well that was all it took, the next day I was back down there buying a brand new Fat Boy. It took her about two weeks to get on the back and that was all she wrote. We have been riding together ever since. After 26 years of marriage, four kids, multiple deployments and heartaches – all it takes is to get on that bike and have it all melt away. I feel like a teenager again when she holds onto me and we just ride – two people in love with each other and with the open road.
Hi! My Fox Creek Classic II is my favorite riding jacket. I met my girlfriend, Lisa at a gym where we both worked out. What started as my friendship and admiration for her dedication to working out, turned into my total love and admiration of her a little over 3 years ago.
We have two completely different backgrounds. I am basically a handyman and Lisa is a chemist/biologist doing cancer research at the University Hospital. A perfect example of opposites attracting!
I’ve been riding almost my entire life, starting out with a pull start 5 hp mini bike, thru dirt bikes and finally to Harley’s.
Lisa is very strong for her size, 5′ 2 and about 120 lbs. She also has professional standing as a woman’s body builder. She immediately took to riding with me like she’d been doing it her whole life. She is the best partner I’ve ever had on my bike!
Her first trip to Sturgis , when arriving in Deadwood after our 500 plus mile ride…she didn’t want to rest! She wanted to get downtown and see what the rally was all about.
Being able to ride so close with someone you love has got to be one of the best experiences on earth! A two person adventure with the freedom to change our minds at any time to take whatever detour we run into!
Thanks for making great leather products to protect us on our rides!
Don Halsey and Lisa Humphrey