Deward Brake is happy with his 2002 Twin Cam 88 Harley Davidson, but says he will probably sell it after winning a 2003 Honda Goldwing from Honda of American Inc., recently at a Honda homecoming event in Ohio.
Brake, retired from the U.S. Army National Guard, currently develops software for the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs but has found time to ride more than 100,000 miles since buying his first motorcycle, a Harley Davidson Hummer, at age 14. Brake has owned two Harleys and three Hondas.
Traveling alone or with his wife Suzanne, Brake has ridden to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to the northwest, ridden through northern California, circled Lake Michigan, and camped at the Sturgis (South Dakota) Rally five times since 1997.
Brake advises anyone thinking of riding motorcycles to attend a rider's safety class at Eastern Kentucky University. Beginners are provided a small engine Honda to learn on. Advanced riders bring their own bikes.
One of the benefits of taking the course is lower insurance rates. Brake is planning to take the advanced course just to brush up. "I'm not a fast rider," he said. "I just love to ride."
"There are old riders. There are bold riders. But, there are no old bold riders," Brake quoted.