when he asked me if i knew how to ride "this thing". that was in 71. he was the police mechanic and i wanted to ride. i thought if i told him the truth he wouldn't sell me the bike. never rode a motorcycle and had no license either. now i have a 76 shovel rat bike that got washed 2 times in 13 years ,once when i bought it and once a few years later when someone thought they were doing me a favor,and an 85 flhtc that i bought new for $500 below list price. the 85 stays clean. i do all my own work on both rides.