I met with Sergio Morales while in Cuba recently and he was still roaring around on an old Harley Davidson Servi-car.
"Our parents and our grandparents rode these machines," Morales once told me. "They're part of the family. And it's our duty to keep them alive."I'm amazed at what Morales, shown above opening a Bucanero beer, and other Harley aficionados have to go through to keep their Harleys going. They make spare parts by hand. They restore and repair their old Panheads and Flatheads without any fancy tools or well-equipped shops. They are inventive, talented and largely self-taught mechanics.
"Maintaining a Harley is infinitely more difficult in Cuba than in the United States," Morales told me for a story I wrote for the Dallas Morning News. "We go through hell."
Adolfo Prieto, at left in the middle photograph, is another leader of Harley fans in Cuba. More more information, see his web site (in Spanish).