Some people find it hard to hold onto a bike for more than a couple of years. It doesn’t take long before an itch sets in, and they find themselves window-shopping for the next set of wheels.
Canadian Ben Boyd is not like that. He’s owned this 1989 Harley-Davidson Sportster for a solid 23 years, since 1994, and not once has he considered shifting it. That’s because he inherited it from his late grandfather, Fred Boyd.
“Fred was a pretty big name in the post-war racing scene here in Vancouver, BC,” Ben tells us, “and was team mate to Trev Deeley—the guy who established Harley-Davidson in Canada.”
“Fred died when I was seven and I inherited this little Sporty. I’d been riding and racing MX since I was five, and used to sneak Granddad’s bike out well before I had a license.…