Bob’s Firefighter Tribute Harley

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

Arkansas has beautiful roads to ride. Doesn’t seem to matter what direction one goes: right or left, all roads lead to something wonderful with wide, tree-lined sweeping turns, fabulous scenic views and very little traffic. We had a Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide when we first moved from South Carolina to Arkansas. It was a great bike, but over long distances it wasn’t that comfortable for me and it did not have much storage.

Took delivery in February at the nearby market parking lot....snowed an hour after we got it home!

Took delivery in February at the nearby market parking lot….snowed an hour after we got it home!

We wanted to have a unique custom bike so Bob started looking for a Road Glide that he could personalize and make it a one of kind. He looked on the internet and found a 2009 Road Glide that had been totaled by the insurance company. The bike had approximately 600 miles on it, lots of extras and little damage. Because it had been totaled by the insurance company, we were able to purchase it for about 1/3 of the cost of a new one.

The bike was in Reno, Nevada. We paid a trucker $500 to deliver the bike to Arkansas. Bob repaired and replaced the damaged parts, put extended saddle bags on it and custom fenders, all of which we found either at motorcycle swap meets or on EBay. We had the bike custom painted by a local man in Hot Springs. Bob drew out the design and did most of the prep work. The whole project took about 6 months. We are extremely happy with the bike. It is definitely unique and gets a lot of attention wherever we go. Best of all, it honors the firefighters. (Bob is a retired Los Angeles City Firefighter). On one side of the tour pack it has the 9/11 Flag Raising; the other side has a picture of a horse-drawn steamer (original fire engine) engulfed in fire; on both saddle bags is a fire rescue helicopter (Bob worked helicopter); along with some Harley graphics. The painter was incredible. He surprised us and added the Fireman’s Prayer to the top of the tour pack. He was worried that we might not like it, but when he saw the tears in both of our eyes when we read it, as have many since, he knew he had made the right decision. It is beautiful.

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling,
to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor,
and protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I must answer death’s call,
bless with Your protecting hand,
my family one and all.

Amen.