6 October, 2022
Dream ride for little Harley Lane
IT is not often a seven-year-old can save over $1000 to buy his dream toy, but Harley Lane from Dimbulah has done it, purchasing his own Yamaha TTR110 motorbike with his own money.
Since Harley’s parents Trevor and Nellie Lane could remember, he had always wanted his own motorbike and has spent “pretty much his whole life” saving his pocket money to buy one.
Originally, Harley wanted a TTR50, but at seven years old, he needs one he won’t grow out of too quickly.
To make the money he needed, he spent most of his spare time mowing his mum and Oma’s lawn with a zero turn mower, picking and packing limes, lemons and tomatoes on the family farm, helping his father with odd jobs, whipper snipping and helping out with the garden beds.
Harley’s determination to buy his bike was so strong, he only spent his pocket money once on a small $20 holiday toy.
He decided he wanted to show the team at Mareeba Yamaha the bike he wanted by drawing them a picture and writing them a letter.
Staff at the local outlet were so impressed by the drawing and Harley’s determination to get his own bike, they posted his letter and picture to Facebook – which motivated him even more to work hard and save up.
“Mareeba Yamaha took a photo and posted it on Facebook. Harley of course had no idea what Facebook was and the best I could do to explain was tell him it was ‘news’ and that lots of people saw his drawing,” Nellie said.
“He was very proud.”
And now, just months off his eighth birthday, Harley has purchased his very own Yamaha motorbike.
The staff immediately recognised Harley when he went to pick up his bike recently, very proud of his efforts in saving up.
“We are so proud of him for saving his money and not wasting it on toys and lollies and instant gratification,” Nellie said.
“We place a lot of emphasis on good work ethic and believe it’s very important to instil in our children.
“He has saved up half of the purchase price, and we are paying the other half for his eighth birthday (in November).”