V-Twin Forum banner

1 - 20 of 159 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
679 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hi everyone,

BTW, I like all motorcycles. I like the rockets, cruisers, whatever. All said, I plan on getting a Harley. Not because I'm rich, because I'm not. (Ex took care of that LoL). I'm not a ******* as I was born and raised in Philly. Forget about which bike is better for now. That argument is tiresome.

First let me start out by saying that I have wanted a Harley since I was a kid of 8 years old visiting family in South Dakota. I'm 9 now, but...seriously, I'm 33 but have been in love with the bikes for quite a many years.

Back to my original point, some bikes have soul. Sort of like a nice mechanical watch in a world of quartz. Ever listen to one? For some of the older members, can you even remember the last time you listened to a wind up watch? That, my friends, is soul. I was a collector of mechanical and auto winds for many years. Have had more than I can remember. There is an allure about a ticking watch. Something special. Mechanical watches do not keep time as accurate as quartz. That's not the point. Mechanicals have life. Wind one up and it fires into life. They breathe, they require your input. It needs you on a daily basis. Mechanical watches give in return. Listen to one, you'll get the idea quickly. If you've ever seen a watch's movement at work, it's a work of art. Beauty in motion.

A quartz watch just can't return the same feedback as on old windup can. It is sort of sterile.

Harleys, like it or not, have soul. They require more out of the rider, but give back in spirit. A Harley gives you instant feedback when it's brought to life. It requires more from the rider, but then again, you get to know it better. It speaks to you. It tells you what it needs and rewards back when given. A Harley is also beauty in motion. All may try as they might, but a Harley still looks only like a Harley.

To me, some of the bikes that try to emulate the Harley look are sort of like a quartz watch. Some might ride better, others might require less visits to the shop. This, however, misses the point, to me at least.

I am not a biker type. I don't hang out at bars, I probably wouldn't ride with groups. I don't like black T-shirts. OK, I don't like to shave, but I always hated shaving. I like Harleys for the same reason I collected watches with gears and springs, because I can feel the soul.

There are some beauties out there that do not carry a Harley badge. I admit it. I also don't care what two wheels you have between your legs. Since I didn't buy your bike, I have no say as to what you should get. I know what I like, and that's all that really counts.

Peace,

Ross
 

·
BFFB
Joined
·
833 Posts
cool ,,,proud owner of 1- elgin stamped case rr watch with lever set,,,,,,,,,,,1- sessions kitchen clock with LOUD tick and 1- mantle clock with beautiful westminster chimes ,,oh yea 1 loud assed,, tickin rockers ,,,vibrating,, harley
 

·
BFFB
Joined
·
833 Posts
if your bored sometime get a magnifying glass and look at the back and you can see in tiny little letters where jewelers have signed when they regulated it
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
679 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
woodwalkertc88 said:
if your bored sometime get a magnifying glass and look at the back and you can see in tiny little letters where jewelers have signed when they regulated it
Yes, I have done that many times.

I have also wound up all of my watches and sat there in the dark listening to them sing to me.

I know, I'm strange.

Watch movements really are an incredible marvel.

Peace,

Ross
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,089 Posts

Man, I know where head is at 'at' I think...........
CHILL................
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
432 Posts
I have a 1955 Bulluva self winding with a really cool radial carved silver face, that my Dad bought his Dad when he visited Korea for our favorite Uncle. When my Grandad past I got the watch, in the original box and bill of sell. Love that watch even more now that Dad is gone too. It ticks, but not as loud as the Harley.
Dan
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
679 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Buzz said:
Is that the age of the watch or your grandfather's b-date?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
679 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Hello again

BTW, there are tons of mechanical watches being made today, and not just from Rolex.

Omega, JLC, Brietling, Panerai, Epos, Hamilton, IWC, UN, Patek Philippe, just to name a few, are all making modern mechanical wristwatches today.

When I was collecting, I had watches from all ages. Early 1900s, 20s, 30s 50s, even the blocky 70s watches. I also had a bunch of the new stuff.

It's addicting.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
679 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Buzz said:
Its the oldest legible signed jewlers date on the inside of the case. There was another that might have been older just wasn't legible 1920 or 1928, more likely 1928.
Hey Buzz,

Do you have a pic you could send me offline? I would be very intrested in seeing it.

Thanks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
679 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 · (Edited)
Buzz said:
You'll have to bear with me and this camera The flash doesn't want to work. It is a Waltham 10K goldfilled with 23848931 stamped inside by the gears. and 9374925 stamped on the back cover
It's hard to tell by the picture, but all it looks like it needs is a good cleaning from a competent watchmaker. It should be good to go. I would also probably try to look for an original dial that was a little cleaner.

It's a nice ol' pocket. I like it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
679 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
JetBlueman said:
Ross: Nice prose. You got the soul thing right. But whatsamattayou!...you don't like black t-shirts!? ;)
JetBlueman,

I live in South Florida, and we only have two kinds of hot here. Really hot and God awful, momma please help me,send me to hell hot.

Black don't do well with hot. I also forgot to mention it's as humid as a virgin on prom night here too.

:)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,552 Posts
I dig where you're comin' from Ross! Machines are my obsession... Okay next to womens asses! I've made the comparison of air cooled engines to jewelery more times than I can remember. V-Twins to radial air craft engines. They are a true thing of beauty!

I too have a watch fetish of sorts. I collect Seiko autos and kinetics. I just don't feel right with a battery powered timepiece on my wrist.
 

·
Road Captain
Joined
·
6,628 Posts
:cool: That's a great post Ross, really enjoyed.
 
1 - 20 of 159 Posts
Top