Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New photographic tool: my Harley Sportster

This motorcycle was purchased from a retiree in the Melbourne area who had been storing - rarely riding - it in his garage, so it's in good shape.

Some readers wanted to see better photos of my new toy, a 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom. A friend and I took a golden hour ride Monday night, with the sun now setting just after 5:30 p.m. - way too early.

We stopped for a quick shoot along the Indian River on southern Merritt Island. Still without bags on my motorcycle, it's difficult to carry photographic equipment. But with a few bungee cords, I've been able to strap a backpack to the passenger backrest, or "sissy bar," to haul along one camera, a spare lens and a small tripod.

There will be plenty of photos of motorcycles and photos from motorcycles in the future. Taking my Harley on a trip such as the one to Key West in September certainly could provide a new angle on Florida.

I'm glad I went with the larger of the Sportie models, the 1200 opposed to the 883. The added power helps when trying to avoid the maniacal drivers on Florida roads.

Some errant wax found its way onto the front tire when I was cleaning the bike, and I keep forgetting to rub it off. The streak kind of ruins this photo.

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