From the Pillion

When I met Keith my husband, neither one of us dreamt that we would ever be talking bikes, or looking at choppers or even attending bike rallies.

In our mid fifties, our kids had left home and we were facing a life of travel but by car, planes or boat, and that’s when I thought it was time to look at biking. I scoured the internet and over the space of 6 months I learned about Harley Davidson and what was a leisure bike and a superbike.

“I knew he would want a Harley as he was always admiring them so I focussed on the different styles of bike and what would be suitable for our pocket.”

I looked at a number of bikes on the internet and enquired about a few, with some scammers and wanting the money up front and I could fetch the bike at the storage unit! I wasn’t born yesterday but I eventually settled on a small bike shop in Woodmead. It was Christmas 2014 and Keith just bought a new car.

Dave and Head of Moto Mate had a bike shop in Woodmead at that time (they have since moved to bigger premises in Rivonia) and Hearn was great about showing me the bike and taught me a few more things about Harleys and why that particular 1200 was a good buy. He laughed when I asked him for a ribbon and asked was Keith a man or a mouse. He settled on helium balloons and we agreed that I would be back the next day with Keith in tow but they would pretend not to know me as it was a surprise.

We returned the next day and Keith was anxious to show off his new car. However, I ushered him into the shop under the pretext to buy a helmet for my stepson. He wasn’t keen only anxious to check out the new car. When we finally entered the store it was difficult to get him to the front where the bike was standing with Balloons etc. Eventually Dave convinced him that I had bought him the bike and it really was his! He was so surprised he was shaking too much to take it for a drive in the car park.

I have enjoyed the ride at the back of the bike and use the time to photograph beautiful surroundings and video mass rides. Its been a real experience to enjoy bike rallies and I am the proud owner of a trophy which declared me the winner of the beer drinking competition. I also designed our patch for our jackets and we proudly wear it wherever we go.

Our dream is to ride across Europe and the USA attending Sturgis, the biggest bike rally in the world, and just enjoy the ride. I have now bought my own bike and learning (without training wheels but Keith runs behind me holding my seat upright) and it’s a Crosby which suits me just fine. I look forward to riding with our friends and seeing the world from in front of the pillion and no longer behind it!


About the author

Geniene Preston

I have travelled the world – almost 82 countries and has been in publishing since 2003. Before that I was an IT Project manager for over 20 years and woke up one day to the realisation that actually all I wanted to do was write. So I started my first magazine Style in IT which was, in essence, a newsletter. But I loved it and I started my own mouthpiece SA Commuter. I re-invented myself once Smart phones became popular and learnt Social Media so that I could be a pro at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Now I could have fun instantly! My world has grown and includes reviews and with over 49000 followers on Trip Advisor I am in the top 1% of reviewers in South Africa. I am a true South African and a love of Johannesburg has kept me here since 1981. My stories are real and I love people and history! Now I publish Anytime Magazine in print and online as well as my blog,

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