Today is not about the show. Or is it? Captain Cruise gives us a picture that we would not have had as pedestrians.
We were just riding in superlatives. Our Sportster and GP models could not be extreme enough. It makes sense to shift down a gear, take a breath and remember the classic Harley way of riding.
The Road King was always the best way to do that. Harley built it for that: A relaxed riding position, footpegs instead of footrests, a pannier for quick stuff, and an attachable windshield so you can still sit comfortably at over 120 mph.
We call him "Captain Cruise
Optionally you can still mount the disc from the Road-King program. But the “Flip 2” handlebars come to the fore without it.
- Harley-Davidson Detachable Sissy Bar Upright Short gloss black
- Thunderbike Flip 2 Handlebar 32cm
- Harley-Davidson Fuel Tank Nameplate
- Thunderbike Turn Signals Stripe LED with Housing
- Thunderbike Mirror Joker
Lightness comes through.
This kind of nonchalance signals social security, and that always goes over well. But a little Alpha-Tier is even better. The “Flip 2” handlebars, with their 32 centimeters of height, give us a commanding position during the ride.
The “Joker” mirrors mounted below the handlebars prevent us from looking into each other’s faces during the ride. This can be very useful in the case of a sudden braking maneuver, when our facial expressions become unrecognizable. This must not happen to Captain Cruise in front of the lady, of course. Keep your dignity!
We need not say a word about the “Stripe” turn signals. They are hidden under the dashboard, out of sight, and the captain’s line is right from the front.
The 94 hp of the 114er Milwaukee-Eight are no longer the issue. More important are the 158 Newton meters of torque that are available at 3250 rpm. When we let it off the line for the first time and the lady hears the masculine sound of the Big Shots from Jekill & Hyde, she should finally hug us a little tighter.
Captain Cruise Remains Our Friend
And years later, when we like to drive alone on Sunday, we relax again. We let go of everything, cruise through the countryside and laugh about how we did it. Captain Cruise helped us, he made us boss, and he will always be our buddy.