As usual, lot’s been going on here in NZ! We have had a perfect riding summer, lots of Km’s on the Road Kings® and we have now achieved our goal that I was prattling on about in our last News Letter (Dec/Jan) we have been welcomed into the global network of the Harley-Davidson® Authorized Tours program.
Big deal we hear you say, well to us it is very big. To be one of only a very small hand picked select group of tour companies to be able to carry the H-D® Authorized Tours ‘banner’ is a huge delight and opens up for us limitless opportunity, whilst incorporating our long time most favoured ‘rides’, Yes Sir, bring on the future! (F.Y.I the approx number of active motorcycle tour companies throughout the world is 800-1000, the number of H-D® Authorized Tour companies, as of now! just 13 in total) and we managed to be the very 1st in NZ, Australia, Asia & the Pacific regions,Yep! we are darned pleased as punch! And a ‘wee tad’ excited about our future H-D® touring plans. https://authorizedtours.harley-davidson.com/default/page/view/about
This does not mean we are disbanding the use of BMW’s in Europe, just adding more wonderful fun machines to the line-up. With the incredible advance in technology the last few years Harley-Davidson's® are taking Europe and ‘The Alps’ by storm and when in the hands of the locals and experienced riders the Harley’s® can crank along those little European twisty roads real nice and smooth.
Feb/March we ventured around the South Island again with another fine bunch of Yankee-Doodles whom were mainly here to celebrate wee Simone B’s birthday bash (heaps of you will know her person I am sure) can’t tell you her age, but I can tell you she sure ain’t a young ‘Gal’ any more, just kidding folks, I will promise to take on some counselling for that un-P-C, hurtful remark. A really great time had by all, and with no International incidents reported, things went very well with lots of bike trouble free km’s (we just pity the dismal wine stocks they left behind for the Kiwi’s that are left here in winter time)
The Smiles for Hope Foundation visits this country three times a year in cooperation with their partners at Esperanza International and perform all sorts of Dental care to various villages over an 8 to 10 day period, I may have put my foot in it when I told Roy “I should have been a Dentist, they get it easy” it was after he picked himself up off the floor after a real long laughing ‘fit’ he offered Donna a ‘one-time’ opportunity to join and help the 51 strong group from the USA & Canada so we could see with our own eyes for the first time in our 36 years of travelling, real poverty and how the much admired local population handle their daily challenges, he guarantees us we would never have had and will never have another experience like this, after our Google research and all the inoculation needles we think he may be right! (one more thing: they have Harley’s® there, in fact one of the 13 H-D® Authorized Tour Operators is from The Dominican Republic, so guess where I will be trying to sneak off to for a chat and a nose around?) The other great thing is we know some of the people that are volunteering their skills, at the same time. So we have others to ‘cling to’ when required (haven’t told them yet). We have only heard wonderful stories from those that have ‘Given their time’ in the past and they have nothing but the highest admiration for the peoples of The D.R.
We will keep you posted on our trip and will do our best to help out the team (I will especially try and stop Donna wondering off to some random shops/markets looking for new shoes or such like).
Then followed by the fantastic “Great Kiwi Alps 2015 Tour”.
After that we are USA bound for the 75Th Sturgis Bike week Tour, this is a 30 day wonder ride! Starting & finishing in lovely Seattle Washington. Riding on? Yes you guessed right! Harley-Davidson's®
Please Note: If you are of the type that doesn’t really want to enjoy one’s self beyond all expectation known to man/woman-kind then it may be possible to get other makes of ride but when in the USA why would you not give ‘em’ a go? On their home turf they are simply the best bike for the job.
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