Ed Church bought his first motorcycle, a 1958 Harley-Davidson, when he was a sophomore in high school. He rode it and learned to dearly love it over the next 13 years, and then sold it when his daughter was born. Like many of us who've been in the same position, Church regretted the decision he made to sell the bike, practical though it may have been, and spent many years wondering what he'd do if he could only find it again.

This eBay video (part of its new eBay Thanks You series) may be just a tiny bit over-the-top in its tenderly scored and sepia-toned scenes, but it still tells a pretty great story. Motoring enthusiasts and romantics alike, be warned, the video below may jerk a tear or two.



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      Say Hey Ray
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a GREAT story !! I too just 6 weeks ago "reunited" with my old friend, out of my possesion for 23 years, my 1955 Plymouth Belvedere 2 door post. I bought it in 1982, dated my wife with that car, cruised all over in that car, but I had to sell the car in 1989 to come up with more down money to buy my 1st house as my wife & I were newlyweds just starting out. I hated to sell that car, but had to do what I had to do. Through the years, I wondered & hoped my old friend was being cared for and enjoyed. Late August 2012, I receive a phone call from the son of the gentleman who purchased the '55 Plymouth from me in 1989. It seems that he passed away 9 years ago and the car had been sitting undisturbed, dirty & dusty, for all these years in owners garage...it was now time to sell his house and the car had to go. He found me because all of the registrations from when I had owned it were STILL in the glovebox !! He asked me if I would be interested in buying it back. #&LL YES !! I nearly cried when I saw it again (WHAT A BABY !!), but now it sits alongside my my very 1st car (1968 Charger R/T) in my shop. How many times have you ever heard a gearhead say...." I should have NEVER sold that...."...."wish I could find my old......"....or..."I wish I knew where it was, I try to buy it back........!!" This Harley story made me think of my own good fortune, we both are VERY fortunate !! I hope any of you seeking your old ride the best of luck...DON'T GIVE UP....KEEP TRYING !!
      fakerocstar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure wish I had a chance to buy back my 1998 Custom 1200 Sportster. I had to sell it for a lousy #3,000.00 to a "friend" of a "friend" 7 years after a real Blessing of a divorce from my con-artist 2nd wife who essentially married me for my Disabled Vet comspensation check and to ride on the back of that bike. When I originally bought it I picked it from one of those overseas shipping containers that they lift with a crane to hook up to a trailer for an 18 wheeler to pull down the road to its destination from the seaport to the Harley dealer. Ft. Lauderdale Harley Davidson was the place. They had a whole container of used bikes they were unloading out back and for some reason it caught my eye and even though it was used and all dirty and all I bought it and financed it and paid it off and had it 10 years. It was all a special light blue and chrome and black and an absolute work of art and a joy to ride and had straight pipes and re-jetted carbs and was almost scarey fast or cruised down the beach and purred like a ***** cat. The lying ex is older and uglier now and un fortunately still in the same city as me. The bike, well I'm sure its sitting or rolling somewhere and gleaming like a crown jewel and will be around a hundred years from now to make some young man very pleased, (and easily able to pick up chicks for a ride on and "a ride" later on ;) ) ha ha But isn't it funny we get old and die and "all we are in dust in the wind", but our "stuff" lives on almost forever. Old Harley's never die, they just end up in the next generation's garage's.
      lthrnck68
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bit over the top? More like way over the top. Given the opportunity, I'd love to have my first ride back, but this goes way too far. Sounds more like an obsession than a love.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice story for this guy but it ain't all about Harleys and the American way. Some of us just a bit younger have the same feelings for other brands and equipment. Our first will always be our first and will not be forgotten, doesn't have to be a Harley.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      fivespeeed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way to go, Ed. Great bike.
      jkstray
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best car I ever owned and I have had Mercedes, Caddy, Q 45"s, Vettes. and 20 or 25 others. In 1960 I saw a ugly bright green 1952 Plymouth in a Chrysler Dealer's lot. I was riding the bus and I went home and got 90 dollars and rode the bus back. that was all I had in the world. The total price was 94 and it didn't have any gas. The salesman gave me 50 cents for gas to get home.I sent them 4.50 a week later. The spedo said 64,000 miles but I am sure it was 164,000 miles. I drove it two years and sold it for 75$. A month later I accelerated and the front seat ripped out from the floor. I got a 1953 Chevy seat and put in a stainless steel floor in and propped the seat up on 2x4's. All in all I put $100 into repairs and used tires in 2 years. I drove it about 65,000 miles . Something like 12 cents a day.The mercedes cost about 1,000 a month as opposed to 35 $ a month for the Plymouth. Loved that Plymouth. George
      Lois Cardaro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Norman Cardaro, In 1983 I sold a 1979 Superglide to buy a 1970 Electra Glide with metal sidecar. I bought the 1970 for $4000 so my wife and young son could ride with me. The bike was in bad shape so over the years we took it to the frame and redid every part of it. So many times I almost sold it but today i still have it. The guy i bought it from called and wanted to know if he could stop by and see it. He told me he was still kicking himself in the butt for selling it. Since then he passed away and his daughter ask if she could have a picture of it so i made some 8 by 10 for her. So many know the bike seeing it on the highway. Going on thirty years i have owned this Harly and she is part of the famly.
      firealan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great video. It's more than just getting back a motorcycle, he got back his youth.
      RICH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Been there, done that
      skates89us
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dont worry after this article I wont sell my Jeep. i have thoought about it a few times but seriously cant do it. I sold my vette and every other car so far but not my Jeep. Something about my Jeep I just love. It is a 1998 sport XJ 5 speed and i absolutely love it. I hope I never make that mistakle. Hmm great story
      jenniferhagar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome! I have two bikes that actually found me! They have a way of ending up with their rightful owners! And this solidifies that I should not sell my motorcycle (2005 pearl white wide glide) because I had a baby 2 years ago. This is the 2nd one that i have owned this color/year/model and its the best motorcycle in the world to me. There's no other motorcycle that makes my heart beat like this one. Really, the money saved wouldn't help out enough to make it worth it. Ride safe on that beautiful motorcycle!!
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