Eddie’s Undressed 1969 Solo Rider
NACO, AZ – With word of Eddie Lewis’s latest version of his Rambling Rose just finished, Tiny and I headed to Naco in hopes of being able to share in the joy only a freshly built motorcycle can provide. Eddie was kind enough to oblige, giving us a little backstory on the bike and letting me take a few pictures to share with you all.
On the hunt for a scoot for a friend, Eddie came across the fully dressed FLH in a shed sometime around 1976. She had been purchased new from Hartmans HD Dealership in Douglas, AZ by a Bisbbe miner, but when work dried up he moved to Safford and had to leave her behind. Needless to say, the friend never got a chance at the bike and Eddie soon became the proud second owner. Since then they’ve had their up’s and down’s and both have gone through many changes. Eddie boasts, “no matter what, she always looks good!”
The version of Rambling Rose you see today Eddie calls an “undressed solo rider” and when it comes to thanking those who came together to help bring her back to life, Eddie simply says, “motorcycle people…the best!”
Being so green myself, I am honored and amazed at the patience and understanding most of the old-timers have given to me. Telling tales of the old days, sharing their wealth of knowledge, experience and generally just putting up with me drooling over their old bikes, parts n’ pictures. Eddie is no exception! Patiently reciting stories of the old days and dishing out tidbits and tricks he’s picked up along the way every and any time Tiny and I are around. When we asked his thoughts on the resurgence in popularity of choppers and vintage bikes he humbly said, “let those who ride decide.”
Ride on Ed. Ride On!