Small steps to start

In a lot of the articles and books I’ve been reading lately about being more productive, creating and tackling just about anything, starting small is the big deal because those little baby steps add up to giant leaps. One of the questions during my interview for the Global Women Who Ride project was about working on your bike and maintenance, to which my answer was that I do not although I want to. I think you should know how to do even basic maintenance like chain tightening, when to put air in your tires and proper air pressure for your tires.  So today I decided to do that one baby step (and baby step it was!). The battery was out of the bike to charge it and I decided that I would be the one to put it back in. I assumed correctly this was very simple and it was […]

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Signed up for a cool motorcyle project!

My boyfriend forwarded me a link today for a project called ‘Global Women Who Ride‘. It’s an ambitious project for sure and I’m excited to see where it goes! Here’s a little more info about it, if you’re interested in signing up, know someone who would or just want to read the interviews as they’re posted. About the Global Women Who Ride Project Headed up by Rashmi Tambe, [her] aim with this ambitious new project is to highlight women motorcyclists across the globe and provide an insight into what a motorcycle rider in another country looks like, what she loves about riding in her particular part of the planet, and what commonalities and differences there are in her riding experiences vs. those of other riders.

Shiny new bike!

After 2 1/2 years of riding and 8,000 miles, it looks as thought the 2006 BMW F650 GS will become a bike I used to own. I now have a shiny new Husqvarna 650 Terra! The boyfriend has been doing his research and thought this would be a good bike for me. I went to visit my parents over Thanksgiving and while visiting some friends in Pittsburgh, I stopped a local dealer there, Schulz Cycle, to try the bike on for size. It was definitely high though weighted differently than the BMW. We both went down to my parents for Christmas and drove back to that dealer so he could see it and I could sit on it again. It was still high but it has the ability to be lowered. We had lunch at a local dive (really good marinara sauce though!) and talked it over, gave it some […]

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Just for fun – Heather’s bike

Just had a great weekend at the Rhinebeck Wine Festival! I found a dee-licious Gewurtzraminer. I wish I had bought more than two bottles! I met up with my girls after dropping the boyfriend off for his two week adventure in Colorado and Utah. So excited for him. Here is the group before sending them off on a long 30 hour road trip. One of the girls I met up with rides a Honda Shadow and loves pink, clearly marrying the two with gusto! While I might never trick my bike out in pink, it certainly fits my friend Heather. And I won’t fault a girl who rides. 🙂 I can also flat foot on her bike, which is something I cannot do on mine… unless you count tilting to one side and only flat footing one foot! (The pink swirl on the front is a cat decal – she’s […]

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Wishing to Ride

The weather has been so perfect here in WV today. I’ve seen all these motorcycles out, groups of them, just enjoying the twisty roads and the beautiful day. I wish I had my bike down here so I could just get away for a bit. Hopefully when I get back home, I’ll get a few rides in before the weather gets too chilly but I won’t be back until early October. Unless the BF decides to buy me heated gear then maybe I can extend my season! ps – after reading “unless the BF decides to buy me heated gear”, I felt very greedy or something. I don’t want to give the impression that expect it, rather, it would be a generous gesture from him but totally on his own accord. I would love to have some heated gear, but as a fledgling design company of one, it is not […]

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Not Exactly How I Thought it Would Go…

The day started out uneventful though extremely hot. The weather has been brutal this summer! I had my camel pack full of half water and half sports drink, which I probably won’t do again or at least not that flavor! I expected to arrive at the rally early Friday evening, on my bike and set up camp near a woman named Dawn whom I’d ridden with before and I knew would be at the rally. Instead, I arrived early Saturday morning, driving a 10’ Uhaul, bike strapped inside with a flat back tire. I was less than 100 miles out when the bike was shaking in a way I’d never felt before – I couldn’t even read the GPS from the intensity of the vibration. I pulled off at the next exit and got to a gas station and woo hoo! my first flat tire. I called the boyfriend to […]

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Riding my Ride

As always it’s nice to spend time at the parent’s house in West Virginia. It’s fun living in the city but it’s nice to have somewhere a little off the beaten path to go and take it easy. Coffee on the porch with dad in the morning is pretty hard to beat. Unless it’s a cold beer on the porch in the afternoon. 🙂 It’s been good practice having the bike down here, especially since I’ll be riding solo for the first time in a few days! They live off of a nice twisty road so I’ve been taking the bike out every day and just riding. I’ll pick an errand to run simply because it’s efficient but I’m really just practicing those turns. I’ve been taking the same direction every day but am going to have to go the other way before I leave. There is a left hand, […]

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