'round, lads.... gather 'round"...
Do you remember when you first realized that you were a motorcyclist? I do. I remember the EXACT moment. It was a sunny day in 1965. I, a skinny 10 year old, came home from school, threw down my books, packed a snack, and headed out to the garage to get my bicycle for my daily "adventure" exploring the back roads of Nashville.
When I got to the garage...beside my bike, there was my father leaning over and polishing a shiny new Yamaha. I don't remember what size or model it was, but in my eyes.. it was magnificent. I can recall his first words as if it was yesterday.. "Wanna go for a ride?" I remember him smiling then cooly getting on..kicking it to life.. me climbing up behind him and wrapping my little fingers around his thick waist. He grasped my hands, leaned around and said ..."hang on". The very minute we pulled out of the driveway I remember thinking... I hope this ride NEVER ends. At that EXACT moment...I knew.
That was over 45 years ago and with the exception of a year that I lived in Central America, I have always owned, ridden, and more importantly, loved motorcycles. ALL motorcycles. With the exception of going to movies, scuba diving, and traveling... nothing brings me more pleasure.
As for now.. I'm having fun designing products that "I" want/need/desire and meeting riders from all around the country. Not many people are fortunate enough to build a successful business around what they love... I happen to be one of the lucky few, I guess.. and I never forget it.
My plan for the foreseeable future is to continue specializing in exclusive BMW motorcycle goodies, knowing full well that somewhere down the road I'll have to branch out to "lessor" bikes. As with everything else in life... this website and our business will evolve. Change is a constant. Hopefully, with the thoughtful help and advice of my wife and fellow riders ...Pirates' Lair can and will grow.
Lastly, while the personal verbiage is flowing like the Yangtze on a rainy day, I'd like to acknowledge two special people for their inestimable contributions to this project. To my long time friend and "personal" web-guru Wayne.. "Thanks, my brother for your advice, long hours, and tireless dedication to making this site a visual reality. Your HTML skills are extraordinary.. your fight with the guards.. magnificent." (Inside joke)
And to my lovely and talented significant other, Amber... "You'll never know how much your guidance, patience, understanding, and of course, your encouragement means to me. Couldn't have done it without you."