Meet Ryan and MeghanRyan and Meghan, couple and newer riders, took a leap last month and purchased bikes for one another. Ryan decided to gift Meghan with an Iron 1200 one random Wednesday when she was getting her nails done! Meghan then purchased a 2020 Street Glide Special for Ryan for his birthday. They are both new to the Harley-Davidson brand, but Ryan has some background with motorcycles. He was introduced to riding motorcycles by his roommate six years ago, and Meghan, on the other hand, is embracing this new journey head-on!
Their unknowing motorcycle journey started years ago when Ryan sold his first motorcycle to Meghan's dad to buy an engagement ring for her. After they got married, Ryan owned a Honda Gold Wing. He felt unsettled leaving his new bride at home 90% of the time. This started their dream of becoming riders together and possibly owning Harley-Davidson bikes one day!
Customizing their RidesFast forward to February 2021, and nothing compared to the comfort Ryan experienced when he took his 2020 Street Glide Special for the first ride. Ryan was so thankful for Chris, Open Road Harley-Davidson General Manager, for helping him find the 1st bike that he genuinely never wanted to stop riding! Ryan always says, "if you ride motorcycles, you’ve either laid one down, or you’re going to lay one down, so you better gear up and make it as safe as possible."
Both he and Meghan chose to accessorize their new toys with LED lights and a louder exhaust. The saying "loud pipes save lives" is very true in their mind. They also went with more comfortable seats, handlebars with heated grips, and Stage kits for performance to add excitement for all the trips yet to come. Ryan and Meghan are also thankful for ORHD Part's Consultant, Alex, for helping them bring their dream to life.
Ryan's Street Glide Special
Meghan's Iron 1200
Ryan and Meghan want to have their first ride on their new bikes up to Sturgeon Bay, Door County, and then to the Apostle Islands. They want to make this journey their own and break the stereotype of the badass biker rebel. They do not want to hit any major biker rallies. They hope to travel instead to possibly the Appalachians, Yellow Stone National Park, and any road that has natural beauty.
Straying Away from the Traditional Biker ImageWhen Meghan sat on her Iron 1200 for the first time, it fit perfectly. Her feet were on the ground, and she felt confident being flat-footed. Meghan grew up driving everything recreational with a throttle except for a motorcycle. Meghan's father passed on his spirit and passion for on-road and off-road activities to her.
Both Ryan and Meghan want to create a new biker image and stray away from the traditional biker look. Meghan styles her hair with a “halo” bun and butterfly wing eyeliner to soften her biker chick look. Ryan got full-face helmet pinstriping done by Barber Graphix in Fond du Lac to match his motorcycle pinstriping to make his biker dude look like one of a kind.
Both of them love that they turn heads when they are out riding. They both look forward to visiting Open Road Harley-Davidson in the future with their puppy Ava because it's convenient and so close to home.
Meghan faces some uncertainty, but she is going to go in confident and be prepared. Being only 5’4” in height, she loves having a chunky heel on her riding boot and plans to take the all-ladies riding course at Road America. She has many fond memories there growing up with her dad Rick as a race car enthusiast. Although Meghan's father was not an avid fan of Harley-Davidson, she and Ryan still will grow their passion for recreational riding and break the mold of a stereotypical biker.