Residents should not fear Harley-Davidson store, riders or noise |

Residents should not fear Harley-Davidson store, riders or noise

I am a little confused as to why people fear a Harley-Davidson dealership locating in the town of Silverthorne. I am hearing a lot of talk about noise, safety and security.

What do the people near that spot on Tanglewood Lane think? That there will be motorcycles coming and going at all hours of the day and night? That undesirables are going to be driving up and down their streets in an unsafe and crazy manner? What exactly are you afraid of?

Speaking from experience, and having ridden with motorcycle enthusiasts including Harley riders, I can honestly say they are the safest for (the most part) drivers out there.

Very few motorcycle riders will ride drunk – as opposed to those who stop at the local hotel bar in their cars. A Harley dealership is open during regular business hours, i.e. between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Despite poplar folklore, Harley riders are not the “Wild Ones” nor “Easy Rider.” They are respectful homeowners, business owners and taxpayers. Most have families, and from what I have seen, they are also the most generous of people when it comes to charities, especially those that involve children. Having a Harley dealership in Summit County would be a great asset to our community.

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