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Prince Harry couldn’t resist the opportunity to experience the American highway via motorcycle last weekend, when he had a break from his intense Apache helicopter training course in Gila Bend, AZ.
Always up for a bit of fun and a new experience, he rented a Harley in Scottsdale, AZ., for a reported six-hour ride to Las Vegas.
The prince completed a test drive on a 1600cc bike at the dealership in Scottsdale, before hitting the open road with some friends, on Harley-Davidson Softail Classic.
The Daily Mail reports that the garage, Hacienda Harley-Davidson, hires out this bike for $150 (£95) a day.
Photo Credit: Nick Stern via the Daily Mail
An onlooker told the Daily Mail that the prince arrived at the dealership midday on Friday, in a silver Dodge SUV accompanied by a Suburban 4×4:”Harry was in the Dodge with a driver,” said the witness.”The backup car had his bodyguards in it – two big male bodyguards and a tiny girl who looked out of place but who was packing a gun.”
“They drove across the desert, 95 miles, from Gila Bend to Scottsdale, which is where the Harley-Davidson dealership is As they arrived at the Harley shop, a dark-grey metallic SUV turned up which had two more burly guys in it. One of the guys was clearly an experienced motorbike rider as he got on a Harley next to Harry and took off with him.”
In addition, Dan Dvorak of Hacienda Harley-Davidson talked of his experience with the prince to the the Associated Press.
Harry appeared at the dealership on Friday in jeans and a baseball cap to rent a bike:”He’s just a regular 27-year-old guy,” Dvorak told AP
. “Mild-mannered. Excited to be on a Harley. He definitely knew what he was doing,”
Harry might be on foreign soil, but the motorcycle is not a foreign form of transportation to him; he has a motorcycle license in the U.K. and his brother, William, is also a huge motorcycle enthusiast.
A friend of Harry’s told the Daily Mail in 2010: “Harry loves his motorbikes and has absolutely no fear – which may, or may not, be a good thing!”
“Both William and Harry enjoy the anonymity that putting on their leathers and taking to the road,” he added.
“No-one knows who they are and in the biking world people just treat them as one of the lads, which they love.”
According to VisorDown, Harry owns a Ducati 848 superbike and William owns owns a bigger version of the 848 Ducati – the 1198 superbike.
William and Harry jointly took part in a 1,ooo mile motorbike charity trek across South Africa in 2008.
Photo Credit: Michael Dunlea via the Daily Mail 2008
Photo of Prince Harry and William on Motorcycle charity trek via motorcyclenews.com