When Harry Howard bought a 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide people at the dealership at D&S Harley-Davidson in Medford, Oregon, had to take a second look.
You see, Howard is a 94-year-old southern California native who has been riding since 1949. The 1,868cc touring motorcycle is now the third Harley in his collection, which also features a 1991 Fat Boy and 2004 Dyna Wide Glide.
“Just so I can get to ride, that’s the most important thing. It doesn’t matter where, just so I can go and twist that throttle,” he told KOBI-TV NBC5. “Being out in the wind, just to have that power at the twist of a wrist, hear the sound of that thing, feel the surge when it takes off—all those things put together is just a great experience.”
A World War 2 and Korean War veteran, Howard was a part of the merchant marines for two years and enlisted in the army until 1954. He sold printing presses for four decades after his service, before settling in Oregon.
According to D&S Harley-Davidson owner Terrie Martin, she noticed that the nonagenarian was checking out bikes earlier this week. Martin shared, “He looked at me and said, ‘I think when you’re 94 years old, you should ride whatever you want,’ and I said, ‘Yes, you should, Harry, you should ride whatever you want.’”
In a separate interview with Patch, Howard explained how he is able to handle the 800-pound machine: “I feel very fortunate that I’m still able to do this at this point in my life. I’m very conscious of my health and strength. I pumped iron way into my 50s and was a gymnast. I never smoked, and I don’t care much for alcohol. I’m still doing pretty well.”
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