Motorcycle Love Stories

February 14, 2017 by

A few weeks ago, we asked for your “motorcycle love stories” and were happy to receive these two great entries from Jim and Don.

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jimmitchem

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. 

 

-Jim Mitchem

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donhalsey3

 

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

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A Story of a Fallen Hero

May 30, 2016 by

Below is the story of a Fox Creek Leather customer and his family. His mother, Suzanne, shared some words with us about his life, and the ultimate sacrifice he made to our country to share with you all on this Memorial Day.

 

“Matthew Gabriel Wagstaff 1976 ~ 2010 A son, a husband, a brother, an uncle, and our HERO. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Gabriel Wagstaff was taken from us on September 21st 2010 while serving his country in Afghanistan. His awards and decorations included (more pending): Bronze Star Medal; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal and Army Aviator Badge.”

 

“This story begins on February 8, 1976, when Matthew came into this world as a bright shiny star.  He was born on a Sunday, which seemed appropriate as his name means “gift of God” (Gabriel means “man of God; my strength is God”) and Matthew truly was our gift from God.  The labor was long and hard, but he was worth every bit of it.  You see Matthew captured my heart from the moment I heard his heartbeat for the very first time and felt him move within me… it’s a love that will continue until the day I leave this earth and am once again reunited with my wonderful son.  This is the day that the memories began.  This is the day that I became a mom for the very first time and my life changed into something wonderful.

1 - Matt at 1 month

Matthew at 1 month

Matthew was a very loving child, which continued into his adult years.  He excelled in school, which is where his dream of flying started.  Matt won the Reflections contest in elementary school with his submission of a drawing he did of the NASA space shuttled.  He was fascinated about space and couldn’t read enough it.  His dream since the age of 5 was to pilot the space shuttle and he really wanted to go to NASA’s Space Camp.

4 - Matt's HS Graduation

High School Graduation

Matt had a photographic memory, which drove his friends in college crazy.  They talked about cramming for days prior to an exam and that Matt would wait till the day of the exam, scan through his text book and notes and would ace the exam and they would barely pass.  He had an amazing brain, but what I loved most was his willingness to help others to excel.  No matter what he was doing if his brother or sister needed help with school work he would step in and help out.

 

Matt LOVED football… he started playing football in the 4th grade and because of his size and weight the coach had him play Center.  He continued playing Center and Nose Guard through high school.  I loved watching how much the team would look to Matt for inspiration… he would get everyone pumped up and if team members on the sideline weren’t getting into the game he would pump them up every time he came in while the defense team was on the field.  Matt was also a “walk on” for the Utah State Football Team.

3 - Matt OHS Football

Matthew playing football at Utah State

Matt attended Utah State University where he was originally accepted into their Aerospace Engineering program, but later changed over to Aerospace Technologies.  He decided that he wasn’t near as interested in designing an aircraft as he was with putting one together and actually flying it.  It was through his lifetime dream of flight that lead him to the military.  He met with several branches of the military, but ultimately decided on the Army after finding out that he could be an officer and still maintain his flight status.  In addition, his 6’4″ / 250 lb frame wouldn’t restrict him from flying the aircraft that he wanted.

 

When Matt took the Army pre-flight exam, he obtained the highest test score in the region that the Army had seen at that time, especially from an applicant that had never flown before.  They were so impressed that they actually had some Army brass that flew in from other states to meet him when he was sworn in.  Matt excelled in the Army just as he did in all the years leading up to joining… I know, big shock.  LOL!  He was promoted during boot camp (Fort Knox, KY) for a Private First Class, received the sharp shooter award during the graduation ceremony, and upon graduation was immediately promoted to Sargent.  He went from boot camp directly to WOC (Warrant Officer Candidate) School (Fort Rutgers, AL) where he graduated top in his class as a CW1 or CWO1 (Chief Warrant Officer 1).  He then started his pilot training, also at Fort Rutgers, and excelled there as well… so much so that he was able to select which aircraft he wanted to train on.  Matt selected the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter for several reasons:  1) it allowed him greater flexibility to transition to commercial fixed winged aircrafts when he retired from the military; and 2) there were a lot more “duty stations” (locations) to choose from while serving.  Since Matt graduated top of his class on the UH-60 Blackhawk he was rewarded with the opportunity to get first pick of the various duty stations available.  There was one position available at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin (CA), which is usually only open for CW2’s or higher, but they accepted Matt as a CW1 and off he went.

 

 

I still remember the day that Matt called home and could hardly wait to share the news about being in the first Transformers movie.  Whenever Hollywood does a film that requires military equipment they have to work with the local military to rent the equipment, but also employ military personnel authorized to operate the equipment.  Matt was the lead Blackhawk that you see in the Transformer movie and it is Matt that is flying the aircraft that attempts to rescue the “cube” at the top of the building with Shia LeBeouf.  Our family watches this movie often, because it makes us feel like Matt is still with us… it brings smiles and tears.

5 - Matt Flying in  Transformers Movie

Matt flying in Transformers

Matthew was the first member of our family to purchase from Fox Creek Leather.  I still remember when he shared the results of his research when he found Fox Creek online.  He was thrilled when he received his riding jacket.  He also purchased his favorite riding gloves from Fox Creek.  My husband loved Matt’s riding jacket so much that he decided to order the same jacket for himself and has been wearing it for about 8 years now.  I purchased a set of chaps and a belt as well.  At some point I’ll purchase a riding jacket for myself as well.”

9 - Matt Harley Full

Matthew in his Fox Creek Leather jacket, ready to ride!

 

— Suzanne Wagstaff

 

8 - Wagstaff Familly 2009 - Americana

Wagstaff Family, 2009

 

Cyber Monday — the sales keep rolling! 

November 29, 2015 by

  
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