If you’re riding down the state Thruway and see a motorcyclist whose bike is decked out with the state flag, it might be Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo, a motorcycle enthusiast, asked “American Chopper” reality star Paul Teutul, Jr., to make over his Harley Davidson Electra Glide as part of a tourism exhibit. The flag, painted on the front of the bike, is actually different from the New York flag. With four stars, one in each corner, the symbol is the little-known “governor’s flag,” Cuomo said Wednesday after unveiling the bike at a news conference.
The exhibit, in the South Concourse under Empire State Plaza, also includes Teutul’s national award winner, a bike that bears a sign: “Made in New York.”
Cuomo said he rides his motorcycle when he’s not working—so, not very often.
“The motorcycle is about being a little incognito,” he told reporters after the news conference. “You put that helmet on, you put the glasses on—I thought there were a few minutes there where I wasn’t the governor.”
Cuomo described the specs of his bike:
“That bike is a relatively new bike; I’ve had it a couple of years,” he said. “It’s a cruising bike. It’s very comfortable for the passenger. And that’s what probably distinguishes it—and it’s very nice for a long ride. If you’re riding for several hours, normally, the vibrations and the wind get very fatiguing. That bike, it’s a heavy bike, it’s a cushioned bike, it has a windshield. So for a long ride, there’s nothing like it. So up and down the Thruway, that bike is much more comfortable—up and down the Taconic, that bike is much more comfortable.”
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