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Harley-Davidson talking point for Forest of Dean vicar

Rev Mike Barnsley
Image caption Rev Mike Barnsley has ridden over 100,000 miles on Harley-Davidsons

A customised Harley-Davidson is proving to be a great conversation starter for a new vicar in the Forest of Dean.

Reverend Mike Barnsley, who is working for the church in Cinderford and Littledean, said his motorbike is an "exciting" way to connect with people.

"People at the church are starting to call me Mike the Bike and I guess I've got to live with that," he joked.

"I suppose it's a little bit out of the ordinary for a Vicar to have a Harley but not unique I'm sure."

'Fell in love'

Previously Rev Barnsley spent 25 years as an IT consultant and spent five years working in the States where his passion for Harley-Davidson motorbikes started.

"It just seemed the right thing to do, working in the States, to own a Harley for a while," he said.

"I was almost doing it just for fun - to say I'd owned a Harley - but having bought one I just fell in love with it."

He has since owned four different Harleys and his current Road King bike was bought in America and shipped over when he returned to the UK.

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