A motorcycle Christmas is a lot of fun.
This year, we’ve reinvented the 12 days of Christmas.
For most people, that’s a seasonal song.
It involves geese laying eggs, a couple of cooing turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
But at our place, Biker Santa has already visited.
And so around here, the 12 days of Christmas have a motorcycle theme.
The hubby’s been breaking out the tinsel and decorating motorcycles left, right and center.
There are Christmas motorcycles in the living room, the hallway, the driveway and in the garage.
Friends visiting on their bikes come in for a coffee, and by the time they look out the window, the tinsel fairy has visited.
Everywhere you look, there’s a motorcycle with red, blue and gold Christmas balls hanging off handlebars, clutch levers and foot pegs.
The 12 days of Christmas are a lot more relevant when they have a motorcycle theme.
When friends visit this time of year, they know their bikes could end up suddenly decorated and photographed along with ours.
It’s a risk they’re willing to take as we all get ready for Biker Santa to arrive.
Let’s see what the 12 days of Christmas look like when you replace the partridge in a pear tree with a whole bunch of Christmas themed motorcycles.
On the 12th Day of Christmas…
The first motorcycle to get the full Christmas treatment was our Ducati.
She’s already nestled in comfortably in the living room and is working as the biker version of a Christmas tree.
On the 11th Day of Christmas…
We headed out to the garage for the next day of Christmas.
The Triumph Tiger was up on the motorcycle lift, where Pat is doing a little fine tuning.
In between getting a little TLC, Biker Santa struck.
She was quickly decked out in a little Christmassy bling.
Goes perfectly with the red of the tank!
On the 10th Day of Christmas…
A couple of days into this new Christmas ritual, and of course the biker cats wanted to get involved.
Snorty is so beautiful she can easily pass as a furry Christmas ornament.
And she’s happy to sit on top of a motorcycle, looking as innocent as an angel.
It’s a pretty convincing act.
On the 9th Day of Christmas…
Even though it’s summer time at Christmas here in New Zealand, that doesn’t mean the sun will always show up.
But it did on the 9th day of Christmas.
So the Green Dragon came roaring out of the shed and into the sunshine.
She’s so green and glittery with tinsel that you could easily mistake her for a traditional Christmas tree.
Except for the noise she makes when you thumb the button.
On the 8th Day of Christmas…
By the 8th day of Christmas, it was time for something a little quirky.
This MZ 1000 is a rare beast.
They were made in Germany for only about 4 years.
We think this is one of two in New Zealand at the moment.
She just happens to be a classic Christmas color, and that bright red looks great with a little festive decoration, doesn’t it?
On the 7th Day of Christmas…
Here we have another Triumph Tiger.
This one is a little classier than the rest: she has part of a poem by William Blake on her side cover.
She’s posing happily in front of next winter’s firewood supply.
We may not actually be on the next season of Alone, but it doesn’t hurt to be ready for winter in New Zealand!
On the 6th Day of Christmas…
Here we have our old faithful Triumph Scrambler taking a turn at Christmas dress-up.
She holds a special place in our hearts, as we lost her for awhile and then found her again.
It was a joyful reunion that brings a tear to your eye (I’ve talked about it here: Our Triumph Scrambler – A Motorcycle Love Story).
On the 5th Day of Christmas…
The Triumph Thruxton is tucked up safe and sound in the hallway for the New Zealand summertime.
She’s already done a lot of work this year, so has earned a little rest.
While she cools her wheels, at least she’ll have plenty to read…
On the 4th Day of Christmas…
The Harris Triumph Tiger is another rare creature.
She likes to hide in the lavender patch, but is OK with being draped in plenty of golden tinsel.
In the meantime, Snorty the biker cat is prowling around, fiercely defending the territory.
She’s standing in for Hector, Head of Motorcycle Security.
He should be on guard, but he’s a little busy napping on the couch.
On the 3rd Day of Christmas…
The Triumph Bonneville is a great working motorcycle.
She’s a classic, but is not too pretty to ride.
She’s a long term member of the family, this bike!
On Christmas Eve…
While waiting for Biker Santa, we may as well make sure the garage is festive, right?
What if he shows up on a motorcycle?
The Guzzi’s doing her part in setting up a Christmas vibe.
Biker Santa should arrive any minute!
He’d be pretty comfortable on the Triumph Thunderbird, our favorite touring motorcycle.
So I think we’re ready for Biker Santa!
And guess what we want for Christmas?
More motorcycles, of course!
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