All his Christmases came at once, on a new Harley
FOR his 55th birthday, which was also Christmas Day, Chris Struik treated himself to a Harley-Davidson Fatboy.
In doing so, Mr Struik added to a huge number of Harley-Davidson riders in Gladstone.
It's the most popular bike in the region and Mr Struik is not surprised.
"No, not at all. Now I have one I pass 100 a day," he joked.
"It is quite amazing. We all wink or nod when we pass."
Mr Struik would have joined the Harley-Davidson tribe much sooner, had his 30-year-old bike riding skills not been so rusty.
Two years ago he bought a dirt bike to regain the balance and trust.
"I had dirt bikes as a teen and had not been on a bike since," he said.
"The ultimate was to ride this, but I bought a dirt bike to learn again."
He is glad he waited and said the bike was everything he had ever imagined.
"Around town it is spectacular, we have had runs to Agnes Water and Miriam Vale," he said.
"They are very comfortable. The ease, the freedom; they are so easy to ride.
"Everything our age group thinks is there; it is giving me everything I thought it would."
There is now only one thing left for Mr Struik to achieve with his 2015 Fatboy.
"I have not been able to get my wife on the back yet. That might happen one day."