BANORA Point man Keith Davies went on the ride of his life yesterday without ever leaving the driveway.
Mr Davies, 80, completed his life-long love affair with motorcycles when he got on the back of a Harley Davidson Fatboy as part of both his dying wish and birthday present.
Organised by his daughter Sandy Davies with the help of the Gold Coast Ulysses, Mr Davies was surprised by his family and friends with a trip down memory lane.
“I've always threatened to go buy a Harley myself if I ever won the lotto and park it in the garage and just sit on it,” Mr Davies said.
“I just love the sound they make. You can always tell when a Harley is coming because of the tremendous noise they make. I just dig it.”
Sitting on the bike in an authentic Harley Davidson shirt and leather vest, Mr Davies said he was too afraid to put on a show for the neighbours and rev the engine.
“Knowing me I will put the bike into gear somehow and take off,” he said.
Mr Davies spent his earlier years around motorcycles because cars were too expensive.
“My first mode of transport was a motorbike. I always had one growing up, and all my friends had one,” he said.
“I've always enjoyed them.
Yesterday's surprise topped off a week of excitement for Mr Davies, who was visited over the weekend by old friends he had not seen in nearly 20 years.
“I have loved every minute of it,” he said.
“I love my family more than ever now.”
Sandy Davies said she was determined to help fulfil her father's wish.
“I first started organising it about three months ago,” Ms Davies said.
“It turned out to be a great day for him, with some lovely weather.”
Gold Coast Ulysses secretary Greg Miller said he had been ringing friends for two weeks trying to fulfil Mr Davies' request.
“There are only three Fatboys on the coast,” Mr Miller said.
He said the decision to help fulfil Mr Davies' request was an honour.
“We did it because we could,” Mr Miller said.
Kelly Ison, who works for Harley Davidson on the Gold Coast, bought down her own bike for Mr Davies' surprise.
“It was well worth it to see the look on his face,” Ms Ison said.
Even when the bike was outside on his driveway Mr Davies said it was the last thing he expected.
“Someone said it was an aeroplane flying overhead.”
“This has been just a fantastic birthday and I love how my family worked so hard to make it that way.”