Military Vet Trades Harley Leather Vests for Corvette Leather Seats

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Both are great weekend toys, but which is more fun, the Harley or the Corvette?

The Corvette is the best all-American car you can own, no matter which era and model you choose. Harley-Davidson makes the best all-American motorcycles you can ride, no matter which era and model you choose. But which all-American ride is best all-American ride? For one owner, both are best all-American ride.

VINwiki sat down with Corvette owner and military vet Alex Moranz to talk about his experiences among the most American of vehicles. Growing up, his father bought a 1967 Corvette coupe for his mother, and has a 1956 ‘Vette as his retirement project. For Moranz, though, Corvettes “were just always out of [his] reach.”


Meanwhile, the motorcycle bug left a couple of bites on his spirit, having ridden once upon a dirt bike when he was a kid (he landed in the pool with a bike on that first—and until then, only—ride). After his military buddies formed a motorcycle club, Moranz wanted to give riding another go. His tattoo artist happened to have a purple Harley-Davidson Sportster available, and offered to let him ride around the cul-de-sac a bit to get a feel for it.


The next day, though, Moranz received a baptism by fire by embarking with his friend on a 100-bike poker run. Through the wind amongst the big-n-burly set “feelin’ like Jim Carrey on Dumb and Dumber” on the little purple Sportster, he earned enough cred to upgrade to a “big-boy bike,” a Wide Glide with a 103 cubic-inch Twin Cam under the tank.


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The Harley fun lasted until he and his wife decided to have children of their own, both making the decision “that maybe a motorcycle isn’t the safest thing” to have around. After selling the Harley and shopping for a replacement thrill ride for a couple of months, Moranz found a 2008 C6 Corvette with a modded, 500-horsepower V8 mated to a manual transmission.


As with the Harley, Moranz underwent a trial-by-fire with the Texas-bred Corvette, having never shifted his own gears before. He adds that the Corvette is nice with the targa top off to “get that open-air fun factor” he once had with the Harley. As he puts it, this all-American ride is “a good substitute” for the two wheels of American freedom.

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