Cheers for the Harley!

Ipswich resident Wayne Kelly is the proud owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle he won playing Keno.
Ipswich resident Wayne Kelly is the proud owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle he won playing Keno. Rob Williams

HOW many people can go for a drink and a bet down at the local pub and come home the proud owner of a schmick new Harley-Davidson?

Wayne Kelly didn't realise it at first, but a Keno game he played down at the Coronation Hotel one day turned out to be more than worth the ticket price.

The Ipswich boilermaker found out a few days ago that he'd won a $13,500 Harley-Davidson Iron - a sleek, matt black cruiser with 883cc worth of engine under the seat.

"I'm still taking it all in," the 53-year-old said.

"After I found out about it I had to ring them up to make sure it was true.

"I didn't get too excited until I went down the dealer on Tuesday and saw it.

"It was even better than I expected."

Although not a current motorcycle licence holder, Mr Kelly owned a Yamaha FJ 1100 when he was in his 20s, and said it shouldn't take him too long to relearn some old skills and get his licence back.

He plans to save the bike for weekend cruising only.

"I am a mature guy now and I am over those days of getting around like an idiot, so 883cc is plenty big enough for me," he said.

"It is one of those toys that, as a bloke, you always want, but for most people it never comes into fruition.

"The bike only has a solo seat, so I'm going to enjoy the wind in my hair and the peace and quiet," he said.

Mr Kelly was one of two Queenslanders to win the Tattsbet Keno Harley-Davidson competition, which requires entrants to spend a minimum of $10 on a Keno ticket to be eligible for the draw.


Legend on wheels


The Harley-Davidson motorcycle company was established by William S Harley and brothers William, Arthur and Walter Davidson in Milwaukee the early 1900s.

By 1920, it was the largest motorcycle maker in the world.

The unique sound of the Harley-Davidson is due to the V-Twin engine configuration, which features a 45-degree angle between the cylinders.

This causes the cylinders to fire at uneven intervals and produces a choppy sound.

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