Inspiration: Big Trip

Man’s best friend and his long-haired companion

A clergyman and his perfect friend embark on a voyage of discovery

Rev1Dear FTR,

I wanted to share my memories of a magical trip I took on my Thunderbird Storm 1700cc with my best friend.

We left Denver for Wichita, a long, boring 200-mile ride made bearable by people who took countless pictures of us on the road and at every gas station.

Car passengers with their phones tried to line up a shot, so we would parallel them long enough to help.

Rest stops were our favourite as we got to walk around, talking to people and answering questions.

After four days and four motel stays we stopped at my son’s apartment just south of Baltimore, before hitting the road again.

Then it was through Virginia wine country to Leesburg to stay with an old colleague, where my friend loved the backyard full of birds and squirrels, before jumping back on the bike for a two-day adventure to Miami, Florida.

We blew past many Harleys. Most were very impressed with my bike, especially because one of my cylinders was as big as both of theirs put together.

Rev Frank Czap

You may have guessed by now that my friend, Tuppy, who joined me on the trip of a lifetime is my long-haired miniature dachshund.

We toured Miami for several days and then started the journey back to Denver, both tired and ready for home.Rev2

We blew past many Harleys. Most were very impressed with my bike, especially because one of my cylinders was as big as both of theirs put together.

My stock Storm can blow any Harley away. It has so much torque that if you hit the throttle, you will be in the passenger seat trying to hold on to the handgrips.

After 5,158 miles and five days on the road we were finally home, both of us elated.
I used a Pup-Ryder harness attached to sissy bar assembly, capable of carrying a 25lb dog. I’d definitely recommend taking man’s best friend on a trip. Tuppy loved it as much as me.

Rev Frank Czap
Denver, Colorado