So what does a reasonable men do in his midlife crisis? Of course, he buys a motorbike, or a sportscar. So did I too. I didn’t want to violate common sense. In my case it had to be a motorbike. And there are several reasons for that.

First I used to ride a bike in my youth. Actually everybody did. Drivers license was cheap and motorbikes affordable. Well, there wasn’t much choice, but it was okay. In my case it had been an used MZ ETZ 125. The cool thing was, it was blue metallic, unusual color, ideal to stick out of the crowd. On the downside, I was slightly slower then all others. 125 ccm have been for export only, very rare inside the country. All others had 150ccm. But that didn’t matter much. I had lots of fun with my bike and actually it is a surprise that I am still alive, and I am kind of happy about that. I used to ride this bike for many years and I still have it, even if it is dusting for decades now.

Second I had been thinking for so many years now to start riding again. But you know how it is. Family, kids, other responsibilities other ways to spend your money and time. So the new bike never materialized and I kept dreaming.

Third, I am not too much a fan of sportscars. In my opinion they are just a way to compensate other flaws. And they are not really practical. Ever tried to transport your skis in a Porsche? And if it’s just about fun and speed, a motorcycle does the job even better. Exposed to the elements, feeling the wind in your face, and all the insects too 😉

So, it had to be a bike, and more importantly, it had to be a Harley. I am well aware that you pay a lot for the name and other motorbikes are less expensive and have newer technology. Of course you get more bike for the money if it’s not a Harley. But as stupid as it sounds, the Harley comes with a feeling of freedom and independence. Yeah, it’s nonsense, but it works. And there is a second reason for the Harley, the sound. No other motorcycle has such an amazing sound. Already that sound is worth it. Incredible.

And it became a Harley Davidson, a Roadster XL1200CX. I enjoyed every single kilometer so far. It’s simply amazing, it is pure fun and I am regretting that I didn’t do this step earlier.

The bike won’t bring more days into my life, but it definitely brings more life into my days.