Motorbikes

Taking a BMW tourer with side panniers up into the Scottish Highlands 
 riding along roads with rocky crags at your side,
enjoying a sunlit summer’s day with dry roads and light wind, smooth 
winding roads making for a perfect ride,
the chrome V shaped twin carburettor and distinctive musical sound 
of a Harley Davison Fat Boy motorbike,
wearing a black leather jacket and jeans, an open face bell helmet and
wrap around sunglasses on a customised trike.

The skill of speedway riders drifting the rear wheel of their bikes 
around the curves of the oval dirt track,
the roar of the crowd as on the final straight the home team take
the lead, wearing racesuits of red and black,
at a vintage rally a pristine restored Norton and sidecar with a 
 polished silver teardrop shaped petrol tank,
competing in the first TT on the Isle of Mann watched by 
spectators standing on a grass roadside bank.

Triumph have built off roaders, tourers and racers, some models 
 with the mouth organ fuel tank logo,
the Bonneville named after world speed record attempts at the 
 salt flats reflecting a white shimmering heat glow,
 a kaleidoscope of racing leather colours as Honda, Ducati and
Kawasaki tensely line up on a race’s starting grid,
celebrating on the winner’s lap with a power wheelie after coming 
first in a successful championship bid.

Whether tucked behind a low windscreen on a sport’s model or 
relaxed on a cruiser or chopper in casual mode,
 a motorbike evokes a unique sensation of speed and freedom riding 
  the challenging twists and turns of the road, 
competing in motocross,  a summer ride to the coast or enjoying 
the ride to work throughout the year,
whenever I hear or see riders enjoying riding a motorbike,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

Beloved Dad  James Farthing 1929 – 2017
© Poppyland Poet


A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.
My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s joy of riding motorbikes.
My poems have been very well received at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

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