This is Our Family: Josh’s Story

I don’t really know what to write and I’m not one to do this sort of thing usually, so bear with me while I try and tell my story.

My name is Josh, born on the 3rd of January 1992, making me just 22 and I’m a qualified cabinetmaker.

My Harley is a 2013 103″ Softail Standard, I’ve fitted a set of Harley Street Slammer handlebars, heat wrapped Vance and Hines 2 into 1 indy comp pipe, Screaming Eagle Super Tuner, high flow air cleaner, Harley Badlander 2 up seat as well as LePera Bare Bones solo seat and a Harley tri-bar LED tail light.

I got my motorbike licence as soon as I could at the age of 18, my first bike was a Yamaha XVS 650 V-Star, I kept that while on my restricted licence and soon traded it in on a 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail custom with 1500kms. The bike was beautiful, black with a silver pinstripe and the red “Harley-Davidson” and wings on the tank. It was my pride and joy and in my opinion it is the best looking bike that Harley have ever produced. At the time I just started the 2rd year in my apprenticeship and I had to work my ass off to pay for it.

I owned that Harley for a total of 4 months, in that time I quickly racked up over 8000kms. Sadly I was hit by a car and the bike was written off. It was a fairly big crash where I was thrown down the road and ended up hitting a telephone pole because some douchebag driver didn’t see or hear me. My only concern was my bike and how it was. I was devastated that it was destroyed and I still miss it haha. I was off work for 4 and a half months with a smashed wrist and gravel rash along both arms, both hips and across my lower back (cue where was your jacket jokes). I still cringe thinking about getting the gravel scrubbed out of my arms in hospital. I had to go to my local GP every 2 days to get the dressings changed until my arms were better a few weeks down the road, it sucked!

Being stuck at home for so long and not being able to do anything I filled my days researching Harley’s and planning my next one.

2 weeks after I could go back to work I bought my first bike after the crash, it was a 2008 Suzuki DRZ 400E and everyone said I was crazy for getting on another bike after everything that happened, but I have been hooked since that first ride. I really loved the DRZ and getting to go riding off road and still cruise to work during the week but it never filled the spot like a Harley would. I kept on dreaming until my girlfriend Bec got the shits and told me “just buy another one already!” she was very frustrated watching me spend every spare second looking at Harley’s for sale.

Bec: “When the first bike was written off I was petrified of even the thought of him on another bike, seeing him so hurt and in so much pain for so long I couldn’t handle something happening to him but he bought the dirt bike and he had a lot of fun on it. Nothing at all could fill the void of his Harley except for another Harley. Let me say I have honestly never seen someone so lost and incomplete. So basically I did the only thing I could and swallow my fears and encourage him to pursue his dreams again and since then I can see he’s complete once more. I have to admit, as much as it still scares the crap out of me having something happen to him, I have the time of my life on that bike and I want my own Harley one day. “

I ended up trading the DRZ and bought a 2013 Softail Standard which is the bike in the photos and man do I love it! I wouldn’t be able to own anything but a Harley, honestly they are the coolest looking and feeling bikes that you can buy.

The Harley is great because I can take my partner on the back of it and go off for a ride somewhere or I can throw the solo seat on and go off with the boys for a blast around town!  The way they sound is like nothing else and the way they make you feel is something you won’t understand until you’ve ridden one.

Only being 22 a lot of people think I shouldn’t own a harley and that it’s strange for such a young bloke to be on one but they can all eat shit. I’d rather own a Harley while I’m young and truly enjoy it than be in my 50s and have a bike I only ride on weekends and when it’s not raining.

The main thing I love about my harley is that it’s MY harley, and I can do whatever I want to it.