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The longest running Harley blog post!

It is amazing some of the things that you will come across while surfing the web. In fact, I have started a collection of pages that I have found and would like to share with my readers.

Today’s link is to a very large and popular blog site with many contributors called Blog Critics Magazine. I mean this site is huge! However, today we will be exploring the culture section where Frank Giovinazzi of Car Buyer’s notebook made a post entitled Harley Davidson – How Do I Hate Thee. Its a rather small post in itself where Frank gives out 11 reasons  why he hates Harley Davidson and the dweebs (as he refers to them) who ride them. The post was made in may of 2003 and only contains 243 words, but to this day the Post still gets traffic and has currently 1745 comments with the last comment being made as of this post at 16:36 on January 12th. That was yesterday in case nobody is paying attention…. this post has been read and commented on for going on 5 years now.

I have to hand it to Frank for making this post. Fact may even be that the man owns a Harley. But whether he does or not is not what it is all about. It is about the controversy that was created by him making the post. The post about hating Harley Davidson that has almost created a meeting hole on the web where people get together on a semi-regular basis to kick sand at each other on everything motorcycle related from helmet laws to owning American vs metric motorcycles.  How ingenious of Mr. Giovinazzi.

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  • 5 Responses to “The longest running Harley blog post!”

    1. Frank Giovinazzi Says:

      Hey Mike, thanks for the hat tip! That post truly has become a beast of its own. I’m not a Harley rider, but that post actually came out of my experience working in bars where I came to know some old school Harley riders — they were the ones who schooled me on RUBs, and how the modern Harley phenomenon had taken some of the mystique away from them.

      These were the guys who explained to me how in the old days, road trips meant having either a chase vehicle with parts and/or a mechanic riding with you, or, in most cases, every guy knowing how to take his bike apart out of necessity. They are also the guys who told me that guys who trailer their bikes to show-off events kind of don’t get it.

      So basically I transferred what I learned from a bunch of guys I respected and just wrote what I had heard them saying over the years.

      The post was really kind of a joke, the only regret I have is that at the time I wasn’t aware that Rolling Thunder was started as a way to honor the POW/MIA movement. A couple people have written me to take me to task on that, and rightfully so.

      Ride safe.

    2. Mike Odom Says:

      Thanks for visiting and commenting Frank. Odd thing, I just happened to check my Askimet (which I hardly ever do) and found your comment in there. Glad I did!

    3. Bill Brotherton Says:

      Frank,
      I ride a Harley. So does my wife. I am a Viet Nam vet. I have several nice
      Gibson guitars, a Jeep, a Corvette and many other toys that are proof that
      I have busted my ass to own them. I don’t have a fat ass. My wife doesn’t
      have one either. Neither of us have GI problems. We are probably the only
      husband and wife who own Harleys without having a single tattoo. Well, I
      could go on but I’ll offer some wisdom and close. I wear jeans, a polo shirt and a baseball cap when I ride. So does my wife. When we pass other riders, we wave. They are usually dressed like us. They wave back. When we pass most ‘old school’ bikers, they seldom wave back. The fact is… you
      wrote a mean spirited piece. The only thing I got from it… Fuck you!

      Bill

    4. TOM Says:

      I HAVE A 2002 ROAD KING WITH 40K+ MILES. I WAS TOLD TO EXPECT “CAM OR CAM GUIDE PROBLEMS” SOON. WITH RIDING SEASON COMING SOON AND A LONG TRIP PLANNED I’D LIKE TO GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM SOMEONE OTHER THAN A HD DEALER. THANKS TOM PS THE BIKE SOUNDS AND FEELS FINE.

    5. Lawrence Nemeth Says:

      I read about H – D employees taking pay cuts, it’s happening everywhere with other job’s & still even leaving the States going to where ever. I’m almost 63 & I’m on my 9th Harley & I’ve had 6 Jap bikes also, sure had prob’s with both kinds, the H – D’s are easier to work on. I’ve had an 93 evo that I bought from an bond-slave minister & had it about 2 yr’s., it was a waste of my $10,000.00. The ole knuckle, pan, iron & shovel heads have The True Authentic H – D Sound, the evo’s have an hallow imitation sound. Only 3 things I do like about the evo’s, the 5 & 6 speed tranny, rubber mounted motor,
      & the way that the header pipes fits into the cyl – heads. It’s still good to get out & ride.

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