Bored with my 98 Hornet. Does what it does and does it well, the odd hack here and there, getting into London and all the rest of it but I'm piss bored with it. I wanted something with bit more character, not an out and out rice rocket, not a tourer or anything else that falls in between and a mate happened to mention Harleys. I scoffed at first as I'd never really bought into the Harley thing and always viewed them as luxury items for those that can afford them and not 'true' bikes but niche machines if you know what I mean. Anyway, I was walking along Albert Embankment last week and the unmistakable throb of a short-piped Harley came up the road and hoved into view. First off, what a noise, I mean really unbelievable, sent tingles down my spine. Secondly, what a visual feast. This thing was all black, stripped, LED indicators (sounds naff but worked, oddly) and those pipes. Turned out it was one of these, an 883 Iron Sportster: I must admit, I was quite taken with this beast so nipped down to my local Harley dealer this weekend and had a skeg. Then I saw one of these, a V-Rod Nightrod Special: I'll admit that I practically wet myself when I saw that, in the flesh it's just unbelievable. I got chatting with the manager about these beasties and he couldn't have been more helpful if he tried and he's booked me in next weekend to take them both out for a ride. He also told me to take my time, ride anything I wanted when I wanted and as often as I wanted until I was happy. I mentioned that I might be bringing a mate and he said no problem, we'll find something for him to ride as well. Had a coffee, got chatting to some of the other Harley owners, (I normally keep myself to myself in bike shops but these blokes came over and started chatting to me. WTF?) and even the Doris got all excited about some of the bikes (she won't get on the Hornet, hates it) and the clothes and all the rest of it, the whole feel of it. Last time I went into a Honda dealership, I got well and truly rodded off when i asked about a test ride. Is this a fundamental shift in biking attitude that I'm experiencing? Am I going to ride one of these beast next week and join a Harley Owners Club, grow a goatee on leave? Am I having a mid-life crisis? ****! Any Harley owners out there in ARRSELand?