It’s the Harley

It’s the Harley

4Editor’s Note: Joan Krenning purchased her first motorcycle, a brand new Harley-Davidson Softail Custom in 1986. In February of this year she launched on a 36-month motorcycle tour of America that she calls, the Glory US-A Freedom Ride. Riding a 2013 Street Glide wrapped in graphics of the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence and quotes from Abraham Lincoln about equality, her purpose is three-fold: to promote the purchase of all made in American products, to passionately defend our Bill of Rights and the rights of all Americans and to inspire hope.

Joan is the founder and CEO of DesignWraps Brands, a product line and brand she has built with partner, Elizabeth Woltemath. She says had it not been for the love affair she had with her Harley, DesignWraps would not have taken place. She describes herself as a woman of courage, sourced by faith. When she’s not riding (which isn’t very often), she enjoys watching NFL football, reading, gardening, her family and playing pool.

You can read more about Joan’s journey on her blog, Lady Road Dog and she will be guest blogging for J&P Cycles along the way. 

Can a simple motorcycle evoke incredible emotion in the average man or women?

Are we, as a people, so attached to our machines, especially the Harley-Davidson, that we are drawn in from all directions as one appears on the horizon?

I have found the answer to be yes.

My sweet Freedom Glide opens EVERY conversation for me. Every one!

She is the magnet, the homing device, and the catalyst that brings me together with Americans from all walks of life who walk around her slowly, taking in every facet, and as each one slowly looks up, smiles, and says, “Nice Bike,” I can see the respect in their eyes and hear it in the sound of their voice.

“That she is,” I reply. “She is my trusty steed, my steel horse. She carries me throughout my daily travels, with a joy I can sense as I kick her into gear and ease out onto the road.

It is the motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson, that brings us together for the conversation.

It is the conversations with the people, which makes every day of the Freedom Ride, the awesome experience and the adventure it has become.

Last Friday I pulled out of Kansas City to make my way across our country to participate in Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC.

As I travel, my hope is to meet up with you. To sit down, have a cup of tea, and listen to YOUR story.

Until then,

Be happy…believe…and ride safe on this highway of life!

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  1. dimc-yang June 10, 2013 at 7:20 am

    As a 19 year old kid on a Sportster I was shocked the first time a stranger walked up and told me how much they envied me. While it is no longer a shock it still amazes me at the sheer number of times it has happened over the last 35 years. I always tell them not to envy me but to join me.

    There is a lot of truth to it being all about the Hawg. I do a lot of solo riding and it’s hard to get anywhere because every time I stop someone comes up and wants to talk about the bike, where I’m from, where I’m headed. It’s cool though because I love the conversation.

  2. Tom S. June 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Yes, I’ve a customnized 2012 Super Glide Custom. Just had a real nice conversation with a gentleman, in the grocery store parking lot. He was awed and struck by my bikes appearance. Others have complimented me also over the past year.

    • Joan Krenning June 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

      It’s a great feeling when a total stranger notice something that you have poured your heart into. But then, I have noticed in America is, there are very few total strangers. Just future friends, on their way to meet us.

  3. Hog Jockey June 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    You don’t notice the detrimental effect on your life until you don’t have a Hog any more.

    • lady Road Dog June 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Hey Hog Jockey,
      That is so true. You can’t pay for the kind of therapy you get from “wind therapy.”

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