1989 Harley Davidson

XL883 Sportster

 

 

This is the first motorcycle that I ever had.  It was a 1989 Harley Davidson Sportster XL883.  I bought this motorcycle in dead of winter in 1991.  At that time I was a soldier in the U.S. Army and I was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  While in the Army I learned quickly that when a soldier needed money, he would sell anything he could.  I picked up this bike for $3000.  Back then used Harleys sold for just about what they did new, so I got a heck of a deal on it.  The problem I had was the fact that I had to wait six months for summer to come so I could ride it.  At any rate, I had my first bike, and it was a Harley.  I was fortunate that I was able to buy this bike and live and ride in Alaska.  Most riders only dream of being able to ride in Alaska.  My only regret is not taking more pictures.  There were no digital cameras to be had by common people back in the early 90s so all the photos I've got were 35mm and were expensive to take and develop.  These days, thanks to digital cameras, tons of photos can be taken and stored for virtually nothing.

 

         

These two picture of the bike was taken in front of my barracks building.  The parking lot it was parked in was designated for command level officers and NCOs only.  I parked it on the edge in an area of left over asphalt that was about two feet wide, so I wasn't taking up a real parking space.  They were pretty strict about the parking area but no one ever said anything to me for parking there.  It was only there about three months out of the year, anyway.  My room was on this side of the building so I could look out the window and keep an eye on it.  

 

 

 

         

These two pictures were taken in front of the Harley dealership in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Its hard to make out, but it says Harley's Farthest North Outpost on the front of the building.  This dealership has since moved and they have built a larger, fancier dealership.   Although this place as tiny, it definitely had "atmosphere".  These photos were taken in 1991, so I was about 20 years old in the photo. These are some of my favorite photos from the past.  Thanks goodness for scanners...

 

 

 

 

This photo is also one of my favorites from the past.  I took this photo of the bike in front of the post office in North Pole, Alaska.  Its hard to make it out in the scanned photo, but it said United States Post Office North Pole, AK 99705. 

 

 

 

 

In this photo, I parked my bike underneath a raised section of the Great Alaska Pipeline operated by Alyeska Pipeline.  The 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world. It stretches from Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope, through rugged and beautiful terrain, to Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in North America. Since pipeline startup in 1977, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the operator of TAPS, has successfully transported over 15 billion barrels of oil.