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W e’re reaching the end of winter, which means the weather is finally starting to get better. Spring is right around the corner, and I look forward to getting back on my motorcycle. Arkansas has some of the most beautiful routes to ride on. Yes, I really do have a motorcycle. I’ve been riding since I was 12 years old. I started out on dirt bikes and eventually got my first street bike as a teenager. In high school, I had two or three street bikes, each a little bigger than the last. Finally, I graduated to a full-fledged Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. My current bike is a Street Glide, which is my second Harley, and I really like it. There’s something about being out on the road that I’ve always loved. It’s hard to describe, but I guess it’s the exhilaration and freedom of being out in the elements that really gets my blood pumping … My wife and I often ride together, which is a little surprising considering how risk-averse she is. But my wife enjoys it as much as I do, and that’s something we can share together. I have all the accessories for the Street Glide so that when my wife rides with me, she’s as comfortable as possible on the back. Of course, when I ride alone, all of that stuff comes off. The bike just looks better that way, and you have to look cool while riding a motorcycle by yourself. I’ve met a lot of people who’ve wanted to ride a motorcycle but, for one reason or another, just never have. I suppose a lot of hesitation is due to its inherent danger. This is reasonable. While I’ve been riding long enough to know how to be safe, there was a period in my life when I stopped riding because it was dangerous. When I was a single dad, I knew I couldn’t be taking unnecessary risks because I needed to be there for my kids. Once my kids were grown and relatively self-sufficient, I got back on the road. That was about 10 years ago now, and it’s still just as fun as the first time I rode again. If the danger is keeping you away from realizing that dream of riding, know that almost every Harley-Davidson dealership has access to a safety course. These courses are generally taught by experienced, certified instructors who want to help people ride properly and safely. Learning how to ride safely

does a lot to manage the risk and reduce the danger. These safety courses can also be valuable to experienced riders. To get my motorcycle license in Texas, I had to take a safety course. Even though I’d been riding dirt bikes and street bikes for years, I was amazed by how much I didn’t know about the safety aspects of proper riding when I took that course! To anyone who’s been wanting to try riding a motorcycle, I say go for it. Riding is one of the best experiences, and as I mentioned before, Arkansas is a beautiful place to ride. The landscape all up around Fayetteville and Eureka Springs is amazing, and nothing beats Scenic Byway 7 from Hot Springs to Harrison. That ride is spectacular. With the weather warming up, I look forward to getting back on those roads again very soon. I hope to see you out there!

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