A Requiem or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead or Mass of the dead, is a Mass celebrated for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons (or motorcycles), using a particular form of the Roman Missal.
Requiem for a heavy weight was a 1962 movie starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris and Jack Dempsey and an appearance by Cassius Clay.
From the reviews-
“Quinn plays Mountain Rivera, a proud but washed-up boxer who doesn’t know how to do anything else”.
Why do I mention this? Because the mighty 2002 Road King is a “Heavyweight” and is also washed up, a Harley that doesn’t know how to do anything else but burn down the highway. Unfortunately, just like Mountain Rivera, my beloved Harley is washed up. She has seen her last ride with The Hawk and is headed for the auction block. We pumped her up with new push rods, new lifters, hydraulic cam shaft tensioners, new tires, new battery, new Regulator, new Stator and other life saving items and kept her going for 90,000 miles, but she finally went on the equivalent of a morphine drip as she sprang oil leaks and wore out her drive belt. She took me all over the U.S. and always got me home safely. The final blow came 2 days ago when the Harley doctors said it would take all they could do to keep her going and even then they could make no promises she would ever be the same.
Sadly, I stripped off my Dream Catchers, Fox Tails and other decorations and turned her over to the undertakers. She was still running as they took her away and leaking oil out of her major arteries. I said my final goodbyes and walked away. I hoped she would not see me eyeing and caressing my new love, the Crimson Red Sun 2008 Road King waiting for me on the showroom floor of the San Diego Harley Dealership. As I caressed her sleek flanks I couldn’t help feeling sad for my old friend and guilty about my new love. But I soon recovered as I started her up and listened to the throaty roar and saw the showroom lights reflecting off her chrome.
Goodby old friend and rest in peace.