The 1954 Harley Davidson FL was originally purchased new by the police department in Madrid, Spain. The bike was in service until it was retired with the police officer who rode it. A member of the U.S. Air Force purchased the bike and brought it back to the U.S. in 1986, where he and an Air Force buddy restored the bike.
Russ purchased the bike two years ago to promote a product he developed, an electronic start conversion for old Harleys. The product was developed to help people who have trouble kick-starting their bikes, which might prevent them from being able to ride.
The bike was recently damaged when a woman ran a stop sign and Russ was unable to avoid hitting her. Fortunately, he was OK and the bike is repairable, although Russ is concerned with finding parts. He dearly loves this bike and stated, “It hurt more to see the bike damaged than my own injuries hurt me!”
I attended MSU. After retiring from the school system I came to work for Hagerty. I live with my husband and two dogs and have two grown children. I have lived in Traverse City my entire life. I enjoy travel, movies, dining out, crossword puzzles, watercolor painting, the beach in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.