91-year-old man still enjoys riding his Harley

Bob Miller on his Harley-Davidson Tri Glide, in front, with his sons, from left Mark, Mike and Matt on their Tri Glides at Parkersburg City Park. (Photo by Paul LaPann)

PARKERSBURG — “Whenever the spirit moves you, get up and go.”

That philosophy fuels Bob Miller’s passion for riding a motorcycle at 91 years old.

On weekends, Miller, of Parkersburg, regularly goes on motorcycle rides with his three sons — Mark, Mike and Matt.

But at other times, Bob might just go by himself for a ride on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide on the backroads of West Virginia and Ohio.

His three sons also own a Harley-Davidson Tri Glide, a three-wheel motorcycle often called a trike. Bob has the Tri Glide model from the first year Harley-Davidson manufactured it. Mike has a 2014 Tri Glide, Matt a 2016 model and Mark a 2018 model.

Bob Miller shows some of the storage space on his Harley-Davidson Tri Glide. (Photo by Paul LaPann)

Bob, who turns 92 years old in December, purchased his Tri Glide from a man in Chicago. Bob’s three sons delivered the motorcycle to him, taking turns riding the Tri Glide from the Midwest to Parkersburg.

Bob said he rode his first Harley-Davidson in 1941 and bought his first Harley in 1947 for $50. He also owned two Indian Motorcycles before switching back to Harleys. Bob figures he has owned four or five Harleys after owning Indian Motorcycles.

Mike Miller has a photograph of his father sitting on a 45 Harley-Davidson in 1955.

On weekends, Bob and his three sons tour together on their Tri Glides through Ohio and West Virginia, traveling 100 or more miles in a day.

The Millers ride together during the Memorial Day Run for motorcycles in Pomeroy, Ohio.

A Harley-Davidson emblem on Bob Miller’s motorcycle. (Photo by Paul LaPann)

On Aug. 3, the Millers were among the 137 motorcyclists in a parade from Williamstown to Parkersburg in support of We Have Your Six to build a veterans homeless transitional barracks in the area. Eighty-three of the motorcyclists were members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

A memorial ceremony was held that Saturday at the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument and the Nicholas Null Memorial in City Park, where wreaths were placed at the two memorials.

The Millers said they escorted a veterans memorial wall to Caldwell, Ohio.

Bob served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman during World War II, stationed in Italy and at an outpost along the Italy and Yugoslavia border. He is a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He proudly flies a U.S. Flag on the back of his Harley.

Bob was a truck driver and a welder. His wife, Jean, who passed away 10 years ago, used to ride with him on his motorcycle. They were married for 58 years.

Bob has two daughters: Tina Miller Howard and Teresa Cunningham. Tina sometimes rides with her father on his motorcycle on the family tours.

Bob rode for many years with a motorcycle club.

When asked why he enjoys riding motorcycles so much, Bob replied, “It is more fun than walking. You get out; it’s a thrill.”

Bob compared the turns and drops in the roads while riding a motorcycle to being on a roller coaster.

He enjoys the Tri Glide because it has plenty of storage space for rain suits and other gear, foot pegs so you can relax on long drives, a stereo speaker system, air vents and other amenities.

“It’s like a well-built car,” Bob said.

Bob rides his Tri Glide year round, saying “you dress for the weather.” He has leather chaps and a cycle jacket for colder weather riding.

Bob also enjoys square and line dancing.

One of his favorite places to dance is American Legion Post 15 in Parkersburg.