Wide open road

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When the open road beckons, Dr Kate Forster of Harradine & Associates Veterinary Surgeons in Bunbury, WA, goes for a spin on her Harley

“My partner Steve and I own a 1600cc Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic. It’s a beautiful touring bike and living in Bunbury, we have some fantastic places to ride such as Albany, the Tuart Forests, the vineyards of Margaret River, Ferguson Valley and the wheat belt to the east.

“We have a group of like-minded friends who have formed a biker gang called the ‘Fother Muckers’. We often go away for weekends to places such as Denmark, Bremier Bay and Albany. Two years ago, we spent a couple of weeks riding to Broome and back. That was a fantastic trip, and visiting Karijini National Park was a highlight.

“One day I would love to do an extended bike tour along Route 66 in the USA. Steve and I have also talked about riding the bike around Tasmania.

“I had been riding pillion behind Steve for a couple of years and recently I decided to get my motorbike licence. For the first year on your licence, you can’t ride a bike bigger than 650cc so I bought a Yamaha V-Star Classic Cruiser. It’s a beautiful little touring bike that you ride in a relaxed position with your feet forward. It’s as comfortable as an armchair and looks a bit like a Harley.

“I’ve really been enjoying learning to ride and love the freedom of owning my own bike. Unfortunately I’ve had to put my quest for a bike licence on hold for a while. Not too long ago, I was riding my Yamaha and put my foot down as I came to an emergency stop. Somehow I managed to lock up the wheels and my right leg took the entire weight of the bike—all 220 kilos of it. I ruptured my anterior cruciate, fractured the top of my tibia and tore my meniscus. But the Yamaha was all right!

“So I’ve been demoted back to pillion rider but once my leg is completely better, I’ll take the test and get my licence. Then I want to upgrade to a bigger bike—probably another Harley.

“They’re trustworthy, look great and sound amazing. To be honest, the vibrations can be kind of rough when you’re just sitting there at idle but when you kick it into gear and accelerate away, the engine is as smooth as silk. The Harley just eats up the road and, of course, you can wear your leathers and boots and look like a real bad ass!”

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