For Heather and Graham Steer it’s only natural to be near an engine.

Riding bikes and driving fast cars comes naturally to this couple who also have a grown-up family who pretty much follow in their parents’ footsteps.

Riding for over 50 years, Graham and Heather not only own an American supercar each and a Chevy Corvette, they also own and ride Harley Davidsons; A Fatboy and a Heritage Springer.

Now they can also add a Harley Davidson 500cc Street Harley. This was a New Zealand-wide prize offered as part of the “shiny side up” motorcycle rider safety programme also incorporating the Ride Forever component.

The key focus was educating and growing rider awareness and safer riding techniques.

It was also included on the programme information and training regarding education on riding gear and some great tips from those who know ,like roadracer Andrew Stroud and American Brittany Morrow.

Partnered in the course was Tasman District Council and ACC, along with Harley Davidson New Zealand.

Feedback from those who participated in the course has been great and both Heather and Graham really recommend it.
“Even after 50 years of careful riding”, Graham said, “I was genuinely surprised at just what I was able to pick up and incorporate into my motorcycling.

‘Things I thought I knew and things I had no idea about.

‘I couldn’t recommend it enough and its certainly will add to the enjoyment that both of us get when we are out on the highway.
“You never stop learning”, he says.

Dealer principle of Filco Harley Davidson, Dave Filer, said he was over the moon that locals had won the New Zealand-wide prize.

“And knowing the whole history regarding this Brightwater couple, the Harley Davidson Street 500 couldn’t have gone to a better home” he said.

“ Harley Davidson New Zealand and Filco clearly understand that our commitment to our industry also includes the ongoing focus on safety and enjoyment. This is what this is all about.”

And for the record, Heather said the bike will be staying with the family.

The Shiny Side Up course commences again early next year probably, in early February, and people are asked to contact Filco for details.

All information about the Shiny Side Up course and also about ‘The Shine Side up Bike Fest’ can be found at Filco’s Website:

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