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Life on the Open Road

Posted December 24, 2014 in Community Featured, Bondurant

Harley-Davidson is a 111 year-old company and has been known for leather, chrome and loud engines/pipes. Jason Pate owns a black 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. It’s a touring bike with a sissy bar and hard saddlebags. “It’s chromed out and has a Rinehart exhaust.” Pate bought the bike last summer from Dillon Brothers in Omaha, Nebraska. The bike weighs around 800-900 pounds.

Jason Pate’s Harley-Davidson Road Glide is the third Harley he’s owned. Photo by Shelby Hagan.

Jason Pate’s Harley-Davidson Road Glide is the third Harley he’s owned.
Photo by Shelby Hagan.

Jason is on his third Harley. He had a Wide Glide prior to the Road Glide, and a Sportster before that. He’s put pipes, new grips on the handlebars, and a detachable rack on his new bike while the rest remains factory.

“It’s my time alone, my getaway,” Pate says. “It’s a peace of mind.” He rides to Table Rock a lot with his friends where they would stay for the weekend. He also likes to hop on and go with his wife, Stacey. “We like to stop at off-the-wall places to eat in small towns. I couldn’t even begin to tell you where we’ve all been.”

Jason is a free-spirited rider. Him and his buddies like to look at a map and go. “A lot of the newer bikes have navigation. I like to look at a map, plan out the ride, and go.”

He told me about a time that he was on a trip with one of his buddies down south. They went wherever the road took them, which happened to take them to a ferry. They had to ride the ferry across the lake to get to the next state. “That was pretty neat experience to ride onto the ferry.”

Jason rides with his buddies a lot. They visit Table Rock and Anamosa every year. “It’s usually a day-trip when we go to Anamosa. We visit J&P Cycles when we go.” He likes the freedom he feels when riding. His dream trip would be to go to Washington and Oregon and ride the coast. But trips call for planning, which includes financials. He chooses his trips wisely each year since they have older kids who are involved and in college. “My youngest likes to ride.”

Pate plans on having this bike for a while. “It’s my pride and joy.”

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