The Zen of a Harley

Regarding the Home Forum essay ``Touchstones, Time, and Travels,'' Sept. 9, Thomas Wolfe would understand why we turn our Harley-Davidsons into personal touchstones. An amazing thing happens when one makes such a personal investment: You find yourself moving beyond the mere expression of identity. The labor becomes one of personal discovery. One explores the limits of imagination and pushes the edge of what some call ``gumption'' to bring an artistic statement to life. To customize a Harley, one must know the bike inside and out. David D. Brown, Natick, Mass.

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