Story last updated at 4:54 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002

Harley rumbles into Kotzebue
A magazine ad, a call to a motorcyle shop in Florida and a $1,700 airfreight bill was all that stood between Kotzebue's Tom Howard and his dream of owning a Harley-Davidson and truly enjoying the freedom of the road -- all 26 miles of it.

"It started with 'Easy Rider'." said Howard of his ordeal. The EMS instructor in Maniilaq saw a magazine ad in an airplane seat and decided to give the Florida dealer a call.

The dealer found Howard a 1999 1200 Custom Sportster with Screaming Eagle pipes and a flame-on- black paint job.

He bought the bike over the phone, flew it to Kotzebue, and now rides it around the 26 miles of roads in and around the town.

"I'm into touring," he said. "I want to see the countryside. That's what motorcycling is all about -- getting out and feeling the wind in your face."

Kotzebue's location above the Arctic Circle limits the riding season to three or four months according to Howard. But that doesn't limit his enthusiasm for his purchase, or for the bikes themselves.

"If you talk to anyone who knows bikes, they either want a Harley or they've got a Harley."

--Arctic Sounder