It was mid-March when Harley-Davidson reached out to me about a top-secret bike release shoot in California. They said my vintage vibe, Prism brand, and dad's legacy made me the perfect fit. Trusting my H-D friends, I committed to the shoot without even seeing the bike.
When I finally saw an image of the bike, I knew I made the right choice. Drawing inspiration from a 1968 magenta generator Shovelhead, I couldn't believe I'd be one of the first to ride this 2023 Electra Glide named The Highway King.
After a day of LA adventures, I woke up early for the shoot. Arriving in Palmdale, CA, I discovered I was the first "talent" on set. My excitement must've been contagious as everyone on set welcomed me warmly. Unable to resist finger foods, my ultimate weakness, I kept sneaking treats from the never-ending food supply and guzzling coffee throughout the day.
Once on set, I studied the bike's details, itching to ride. We shot various stills, and I even used a Super 8 camera for the first time to capture the Highway King's features.
My first ride came after a scene where I looked at a photo of my grandfather. Yes, that's actually my grandfather. Nervous and anxious, I navigated the gravel turn under the motel sign, trying to ignore the 40ish onlookers. I nailed it, much to my relief!
The highlight was a sunset shoot with an Audi camera car on a blocked-off street. I cruised back and forth, clocking 25 miles, as the sun dipped behind snow-capped mountains. That little ride will forever hold a special place in my heart as it helped remind me to carry on my family's riding history and the simple reasons why I ride motorcycles: freedom, adventure, and self-expression.
The Highway King brought me an unforgettable day and one that I will always remember. I have no doubt that this remarkable motorcycle will create powerful and memorable experiences for countless others, creating a legacy of unforgettable adventures.
Thank you Harley-Davidson for the opportunity, always believing in Prism, and for creating the best motorcycle company of all time.
If you want to learn more about the 2023 Electra Glide Highway King, click here.