By Writing Caen
the friday august 12 2022, the Acadian Week festival is in full swing at Courseulles on the sea (Calvados). For the “Cape à l’Ouest” thematic day, the organizers organized several activities around the mythical Harley-Davidson. Our correspondent Brigitte Jean lent herself to the baptism game. She tells.
“It was written on the Acadian Week festivities program: baptism in a Harley Davidson. I’m registering. “€5 please”. That was not written, but as it is for a good cause, for the benefit of Cadet Roussel, an association helping children with leukemia or cancerous tumours, no hesitation.
Let’s be honest: motorcycles are not my thing. Carole, biker for over 30 years, takes care of me. A charlotte on the hair for hygiene and the helmet on top, here I am ready. » You follow the movements of the motorcycle, do not try to thwart with a sudden movement. Hold me at the waist if you wish.” I eye the enormous trikes, these three-wheeled motorcycles, in which one is installed as in armchairs, almost disappointed to discover his Softail Slim 1,740 cc two-seater.
A queue of 20 motorcycles
Let’s go for about twenty kilometers around Courseulles, via Reviers. Disappointment: in fact, I don’t see anything in front of me, just Carole’s white and black helmet. I adjust, tilting my head slightly, I see over his shoulder and there is the view to the sides. Shifting: surprise, I don’t anticipate and nearly bump into my driver’s body. Picking up speed: my body goes backwards. I’m a bit apprehensive about the first roundabout. ” How are you ? asks Carole. Boastful, I answer yes. No way to disembark! I have everything to discover.
Enthusiasts come from afar to participate
Philippe comes from Barneville-Carteret (Manche), especially for this Harley Davidson day of Acadian Week. Retired, a motorcycle fan since he was 16, he bought himself a Sport Glide. This is my first Harley. I like them for their mythical side and the fact of being able to ride comfortably”.
In single file, the twenty or so motorbikes offering baptisms stretch in single file along the curves of the Courseulles plain. Confident in Carole, I took the insurance. I am amazed by the noise of the wind, like a continuous whistle, around the helmet when riding faster. I’m starting to feel a few small sensations, very happy in the end with this two-seater machine.
Not bitten enough, I can’t savor the salt of being on a Harley. However, on our arrival, the sparkling gaze of some passengers, themselves bikers, speaks volumes about their satisfaction at riding such a legendary engine. To do again, for sure! »
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