You Can’t Knock a New Yorker

911 memorial

December’s featured customer at Road Captain USA is return customer Elton C of Brooklyn, New York. I asked Elton to give us an idea of what it is like to be a Harley rider in the Big Apple and his experience as a customer to my online store. Below are Elton’s own words. As demonstrated by Elton’s spirit, tragedies like 911 and Hurricane Sandy can’t diminish the pride New Yorkers have for their city and their country!

V-Rod before Sandy

Ya see my 2012 Harley V-Rod  was swallowed up by this nasty bitch called Hurricane Sandy. I live about 100 yards from the ocean in Brooklyn and my bike was in the garage of the building where it was totally submerged in ocean water. So as I rebuild I have begun to purchase parts that were damaged by corrosion. I was pleased with your 12 volt power port, that’s why I repurchased it.

V-Rod after Sandy

I work for the city and those who know what I mean will know what I do. I have been riding for about 10 years and had no interest in it at all and then one day it just clicked… freedom! A way to get away from the harsh city and float in the wind. It appealed to me. I got a crap box bike and learned to ride. I now own a 2012 HD V-Rod Night Rod Special. She is beautiful! I work alot so most of my riding is quick blasts to work and back, but sometimes I pick a new road and go explore. I have a couple of different routes that take up just the right amount of time that I might have.

My ride to work is pretty amazing and often taken for granted. I start around Coney Island in Brooklyn. It’s all water front highway. I pass the Parachute jump, ride under the Verrazano Bridge traveling along the water, there is the Statue of Liberty, the tip of Manhattan and the beautiful almost done freedom towers. Those twins were beautiful… take a second… now I’m on the promenade the beautiful view of Manhattan from Brooklyn. You can see the South street sea port, here comes the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge.  Then I reach my destination.

It’s all great as long as there is no traffic. Every once in a while there is open road. It is a great challenge to ride in New York City with all the pot holes, taxi’s and crazy drivers on congested roadways! Thus this product on my bike (a 12 volt power port from www.Shop.RoadCaptainUSA.com). I attach my iPhone charger to it and mounted the phone with the GPS Tom Tom to get far away when I can. The GPS helps on long rides to places I haven’t been. The cable fits nicely behind my bikes cowl. I also love listening to the Blues while I’m riding! The music just connects with me.

The day the 911 Twin Towers memorial opened I rode my bike up to it and parked outside and went in. It was dusk and though sad, beautiful as well. Everyone should see it.

12 Volt Power Port with SAE 2-pin connector

This is the second time I purchased this power port from Jay. My first one was lost in the hurricane. Jay is a pleasant person who takes pride in helping riders and providing a quality product. I was very pleased with the power port and Jay makes you feel like family. Go USA!

Buffalo Rider and Tire Maker!

Ron B from Buffalo, NY has agreed to be our first Featured Customer. We’ll meet motorcyclists from around the country once a month and hear about where they ride and what they do. Thank you Ron for being our first!

Question: Ron, please tell our readers a little about yourself and about riding in upstate New York.

Answer: I’m 55 years old, happily married to the same wonderful girl for the past 29 years. We have a son and a daughter, both who will be finishing their college degrees shortly.  I am an electrician at the Goodyear / Dunlop plant here in Buffalo where we make among other things, Harley motorcycle tires.
The Buffalo area is great for riding, for one it’s not severely congested like the bigger cities.  We have some great destinations and many active clubs and cruise nights almost every night of the week during the summer. One of my favorite rides is to cross the bridge into Canada and follow the Niagara River to Niagara Falls, very scenic route and rarely ever busy (until you get to the Falls.) Another ride I enjoy is to head up to Rochester for lunch at the Dinosaur restaurant. We are a nice day trip away from the Finger Lakes, some great state parks and best of all Port Dover Canada.  If you have never heard of Dover, it’s a lake side town that hosts a great biker event every Friday the 13th.  It’s Canada’s version of Sturgis.
I like to ride my bike any chance I can.  It’s my daily commute to work, about 40 miles round trip.

Question: How and when did you get into motorcycling?

Answer: I got the biker bug when I was about 20 years old.  I remember seeing an ad for a Suzuki that I liked, wound up in the dealer showroom and before you knew it, I was bringing home a brand new 1978 Suzuki 550E in my friend’s horse trailer. I didn’t have a license, and never rode anything much bigger than a mini bike till then.

Question: How many motrocycles do you own?

Answer: I only have the Road king myself, but my wife and son also ride. She is on a Yamaha Virago and my so owns a Kawasaki 600 sport bike. My daughter also has her motorcycle license but no bike yet.  Next season I’m hoping to move up to a bike with a fairing and radio, leaning toward a Road glide. I have some test rides in my future! My wife is ready for something with a bit more power and road worthiness.

Question: Who does the maintenance on your Road King?

Answer: I do most repairs and upgrades myself.  I like to tinker on the bikes as well as our cars.  The only time I had the dealer do work for me was when I knew my cam chain tensioner was on its’ way out. I was nervous tearing into the bike that far. Not having any experience with any local bike mechanics I went o the Harley dealer, knowing it wasn’t going to be cheap, but at least it would be done right. Several of the guys at work are bikers and are always willing to share what they know when someone has a problem with a bike or wants to do an upgrade. I bought the service manual for the bike and have found the internet invaluable as a resource.  Also vendors like you are a great resource when it comes to questions regarding their products.

Question: Have you taken any motorcycle riding courses?

Answer: I rode for several years when younger, got married, had kids and sold my bike.  Many years went by where I was too busy being a dad to even miss it. Then one warm summer day I said to my wife “wouldn’t it be nice to have a bike again to take out for a nice ride like we used to?”  She agreed without hesitating and a month later I found the Road King.  My previous bike was almost half the weight, didn’t have floor boards, and had turn signals on only one handle bar and no heel and toe shifter.  With those differences and the fact that I hadn’t ridden in roughly 15 years, I thought a biker refresher course was a great idea.  I found Ride with Pride in my area and since I already had a license, signed up for their advanced course. Best thing I could have done. They really helped me with the low speed handling of the bike. 
I was impressed enough that I had my wife take the course a couple of years later to get her license.  I also insisted my kids go through the course before they ever got on a bike which they both have done.