Friday, February 12, 2010

B&D Rahway NJ

Guy at Greasy Kulture recently put up a couple of posts about B&D Harley-Davidson in Rahway NJ. The place was right down Route 1 from Rahway Prison where I attended the Scared Straight (didn't work ...just ask my mom) Program.
I still think it's weird that someone in England knows about one of my old time local HD dealers in NJ but hell they don't call it the World Wide Web for nothin'.
I spent a lot of time there from when I was about 16 until it shut down. I went back just before they demolished the place and still found a pile of rusty 45 brake pedals in the dirt!

Anyway one of the stories I have about the place was when I was about 19. I was looking for parts for the 47 Knuckle I was building and a friend Mike told me that he scored an NOS set of fender trim there one time.
Well I needed a set and headed down to the shop. Now there were two counter guys working for Bill at the time... Wayne and Hubs. Both were cool guys and great to deal with. When I went down there, to see about the trim set, only Wayne was working that day. I asked about the trim and he said "Yeah I have them...But only one set to a customer". I said "OK" and paid some nominal price. I was happy to get it. The set was complete with clips and all! I would have liked to have bought an extra set but Wayne was insistent. Oh well.
Later that same week I went down there for something else (I can't remember what now) but Hubs was working there by himself that day...hhmmm... the little HD devil jumped up on my shoulder like a monkey on my back. "Hey got a set of fender trim for my 47 Knuckle?", "Yeah" he said..."BUT only one to a customer"...

The picture above (which I took tonight) shows the two packages of fender trim I bought that day. The top one is empty and the trim is on my knuckle (still got it). The bottom one is still full with the clips and all...I haven't got to that one yet...or maybe I just feel too guilty to use it!

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