I have been a huge Harley fan from an early age but the opportunity to pass my test and legally learn has only come recently. Sitting and having responsibility for the happy experience you get in the dealership gives me a real buzz each day. I am a big fan of the V-rod range and especially the new anniversary model but my favourite is the Road King. 1690cc of magnificent power and a real easy ride for a big bike really do it for me. If you haven’t, you must ride this bike!
I have been riding motorcycles since 1975 of all types, size and style but did not get to experience a Harley-Davidson until January 2009. After 34 years of riding Japanese and British motorcycles, along with 21 friends, I hired an Electraglide Classic and rode for 3 weeks around California, Arizona and Nevada. I Loved it. This was the best three weeks of motorcycling I had ever experienced. It was relaxing, exciting, therapeutic and the most enjoyable biking holiday I had ever had. Within 3 weeks of returning to the UK. I had purchased my own 1995 Harley-Davidson Electraglide Classic and even though there are 5 other bikes in my garage, including a 2011 Streetglide, the big tourer is still my favourite. 1 fully converted Harley-Davidson fan.
Although only passing my full bike test in my late 30's, I have been huge Harley-Davidson fan since a young boy. Having the opportunity to work with like minded people and getting to know and ride the product is a great feeling. It's nice to look forward to going to work each morning. I do like all the bikes in the range but tend to find the Sportsters the most exciting, with the new models of "48, CA and 72" being my favourites.
I’ve been riding bikes for 25 years. I passed my test when I was 17 and there hasn’t been a time when I haven’t had a bike in my garage. Being a big fan of the modified bike scene I’ve had 2 bikes featured in streetfighters magazine the first in 1996 and the second more recently in 2009.
I’m especially drawn to the XR1200X and watching them racing over the last couple of years following BSB I couldn’t believe the angles of lean the riders were achieving and I love the stratstone customz ‘48’. Come and have a look at it, I’m sure you’d love it too!!!
I have grown up with a family of bikers. My mum,dad, grandad and uncle all had motorcycles and I used to love going out with them as a pillion on rallies and rideouts. I have always thought of riding myself but have not yet plucked up the courage or found a bike small enough for me.
As the Stoke Harley merchandiser, I get to work alongside the bikes doing a job that I really enjoy. Caring for customers and picking out clothes.
I have been riding bikes since the age of 14. Been riding on the road for the past 28 years. My earliest recollection of my first bike was one I built in my bedroom, once downstairs and up and running found myself answering to PC Plod. 9 points later I decided to do it properly going from an AR125LC-RD250LC all the way through to a wopping 30 bikes plus!
My favourite Harley-Davidson is the Fat Boy because of its bad ass looks!
My most memorable experience on a Harley was on a softail with the wife, no helmets, riding from Littleton Colorado to Red Rocks USA with the sun shinning on my face. Great crack.
Steph Cochran - Motorcycle Technician
I have only been riding (Legaly) for the last 3 years, first on a GS500 and now I have a CBR600 called "Bumblebee" but I have been around bikes for much longer as my dad is a biker. I have been interested in motorcycles since I was a teenager and started working on bikes at 15 yrs old. At 18 I moved away from home in Shropshire to Bristol to complete my Motorcycle Mechanics training. Now, I am lucky enough to have been given the chance to work at Stoke Harley-Davidson and although I still have a passion for Sportsbikes I am gradually being converted to the Harley way of life. My favourite ride so far is the Sportster Forty Eight. Loads of fun. I am now looking forward to further technical training at the Harley-Davidson University.
Lee Vernon - Technician
Lee Vernon is sadly no longer with us. Lee was taking part in the Dundrod 150 Road Races in Northern Ireland on Thursday 9th August 2012 when he crashed during the final race of the day, The Superbike event. Lee didn’t recover from the injuries he sustained in the accident and passed away the following day. Lee was a popular character here at Stoke Harley-Davidson and his cheerful smile and sense of humour will be sorely missed by us all and never forgotten.
Racing was Lee’s passion. In 2002 he started racing Minimoto’s and progressed to full sized bikes getting his first race win on a Honda RS125 at Three Sisters in 2004. In 2006 he won his first club championship and tried road racing for the first time at the Ulster GP finishing 4th as a newcomer and just missing the podium. From then Lee went from strength to strength competing every year in many of the famous road races including the Isle of Man TT, the Southern 100, the Ulster GP to name but a few. He also took part in the Triumph Triple Challenge that ran alongside BSB in 2010 where he finished 10th in the championship despite missing 3 rounds through injury.
Lee Vernon – “The Flying Oatcake” – R.I.P.
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