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Sunday, December 11, 2011

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

My t-shirt saga in the last blog entry struck a note with a few readers who began to worry that soon I'd be riding naked from the waist up and just the thought of that left them horrified.  BobScoot said he'd be on the look out for another Bultaco shirt for me (thank you Bob) and my old VW engineering colleague and fellow blogger, Jac B. actually came through with a new shirt.  Thanks, Jac!

Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth, Jac and I worked together at VW.  He moved on to other adventures while I continued to toil for das Vaterland.  We've kept in touch, more or less, over the years, especially since he started his own blog, Lehman Hill.  

Jac's work for Chrysler Corporation had him traveling through Phoenix so he called me last week and suggested we grab a burger together as he passed through.  Cool.  We'd not actually seen each other in person in about fifteen years so this would be a great chance to catch up on motorcycle stories that don't fit into e-mails or blog entries.  We met up at an Irish pub/restaurant in Tempe that was the favorite hang out of our late colleague and friend, Bob Wilson.  Bob lost his life early this year while riding his Moto Guzzi.  I think Bob would be pleased at our small remembrance.

Jac rides a pair of Kawasakis, a ZRX and a KLR650 but his work with Chrysler brings him into contact with the Harley-Davidson factory test guys just as my work did long ago.  Being a great guy Jac acquired a Harley Proving Grounds t-shirt for me.  He knew I need to re-fill my wardrobe and a hard to find H-D shirt would be just the ticket to start.

When we met up Jac presented me with this fine specimen of t-shirt-dom:

Fairly tasteful and subdued for an H-D shirt.  Jac knows my flair for style or lack thereof.  To a conservative rider like me, a '40s style pin up with most of her clothes on is preferrable to the usual flaming skeleton riding a chopper through the Gates of Hell.  I like to think that fellow riders could imagine me with a pretty girl, it's less likely that they could imagine me on a chopper.

On the back of the shirt is the nice artwork that makes the shirt more special than most H-D shirts:

When I got home I walked through the garage and casually hung the shirt by my Suzuki V-Strom.  The next morning I found what one might have expected from an H-D product:


D. Brent Miller said...

I am seriously laughing my ass off. That is one of the funniest posts you have ever made, Doug. No disrespect to your friend Jac, who spent good hard earned money on you. But, when Harley-Davidson t-shirt leaks oil. That's funny! :-)


Learning to Golf said...

Now that is funny!

Reminds me of the second service I had done at the Stealership. Went to pick it up and they brought it around. I paid up, walked out to find about half a quart of oil under it, went back in to complain, and was told, "All Harleys leak." I expressed my extreme displeasure in their attidude, went out and finding the drain plug not tightened, unscrewed it all the way and took it back inside to show them what they missed.

Yep, it made a terrible mess in their drive and they were less than happy with me. Seems their sense of humor didn't extend to me reminding them that all Harleys leak.

mq01 said...

:( what?!? lol. he gave you an OLD shirt? ;)

Trobairitz said...

hahahaha, nice photo in the end.

Great shirt though, I agree it is rather tasteful for Harley.

SonjaM said...

Darn, you got one of those shirts, eh? Make sure it doesn't mingle with other clothing. It might be contagious ;-)

Unknown said...


Jac's a great friend to think of you after all these years. Now all you need is the matching bike

Riding the Wet Coast

Doug Klassen said...

Bobscoot, I was touched that Bob bought me the t-shirt but I don't think he likes me well enough to buy me a Harley.

Alice Scradcza said...

That is a very funny photo! I worked as a welder at a big car company and we always said our company T's came pre-holed! As the old Lithuanian proverb says, "The blacksmith's work is stronger than his shirt"!

Gear Up Mag said...

A H-D leaking never!!! lol

Anonymous said...

It's just marking it's spot!

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