Posts tagged 2012

Better Late Than Never: Isle of Vashon 2012

When I attended the Isle of Vashon VME vintage motorcycle rally last year (previous mini photo and video review here), I took an insane amount of photos. When I got off the ferry and parked my bike, I ran around like a little kid in a candy store. It took me a long time to get through the photos, no excuses… I finally did it and they’re definitely still worth sharing. 

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There was an amazing collection of motorcycles, as there is every year. 

uh huh...but what was your favorite "ask" of the year? — Asked by motocult

Definitely this one, "Motorcycles Saved my Life."

2012: The Year in Review

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THEMOTOLADY.COM in 2012: just shy of 300,000 visits from 180 of 193 countries. 

In just 13 days the MotoLady website will be celebrating it’s two year anniversary! It’s been quite the journey, and this year has been an exciting one. The Monster Project is taking form (I’ve got the bruises to go with it), I rode on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the End of the World Ride was a success, I was interviewed by Pipeburn, my photography for MotoCorsa made it to news sites around the world, and most of all… I learned a lot about motorcycling, motorcyclists, and the industry. Thank you all.

Here are the ten most popular posts of 2012. 

Bikes, bubble visors, mini moto, mini bonfire, beer, art, give aways… highlights of last night. 

More, more, more photos later. Again, thank you to everyone who attended or helped make this End of the World Ride & Last Party on Earth come to fruition!

Miscellaneous photos from my Bonneville 2012 BUB trip.

You guys sick of these yet? Too bad, because I’ve still yet to find the time to finish my write up of the trip. 

Top Dead Center Motorcycle Show

Sometimes you really have to love social media. Scrolling through facebook I saw this lovely graphic for the Top Dead Center motorcycle show. Motorcycles? Free beer? DJ? Ehem, yes please!

'Twas about 7pm when I arrived, beautiful sunset golden hour in downtown Portland. There was a slight line out the door as we waited to write our names down on the free raffle tickets for a Chrome bag. 

Look! My photography made it to MotoGP!
I had to share this immediately- my friend Justin Kwong in CA sent me this photo from Laguna Seca… a photo from the MotoCorsa 1199 Panigale shoot made it to print for the Make-A-Wish foundation! Kylie Lewallen gives the Panigale a little kiss. Two beauties, for sure!
Happy happy, joy joy! Special thanks to MotoCorsa.

Look! My photography made it to MotoGP!

I had to share this immediately- my friend Justin Kwong in CA sent me this photo from Laguna Seca… a photo from the MotoCorsa 1199 Panigale shoot made it to print for the Make-A-Wish foundation! Kylie Lewallen gives the Panigale a little kiss. Two beauties, for sure!

Happy happy, joy joy! Special thanks to MotoCorsa.

The BORN TO RIDE June contest winner is Lauri McKain!
I started riding two years ago, and up to that point had never changed my own tire or oil in any vehicle. A few months after riding, I broke down with my 2006 Ninja 250. With the help of a friend, I changed out the engine. Then, because we enjoyed working on that project together, we bought a 1975 kz400 which we are restoring. And, I just got a 1990 Zephyr 550 to restore, as well. I got my motorcycle license at age 40, and now, two years later, when I include the parts bikes, I own 7 motorcycles!
Riding brought about some amazing changes in my life, not just stretching my driving skills—it has led me to so many new people and experiences. I truly believe I was not only born to ride, but I was meant to dig into engines and bring new life to vintage machines.

Choosing a winner was really, really, really difficult. But this lady made me smile so big! She went from never having changed a tire to breathing new life into beat up motorcycles. Lauri, you’re amazing. 
And to all the other entrants, you’re absolutely amazing too. Runner up: Jackie LovrinSecond Runner up: Chelsea Zwingle
See all the entries on my flickr page.  

The BORN TO RIDE June contest winner is Lauri McKain!

I started riding two years ago, and up to that point had never changed my own tire or oil in any vehicle. A few months after riding, I broke down with my 2006 Ninja 250. With the help of a friend, I changed out the engine. Then, because we enjoyed working on that project together, we bought a 1975 kz400 which we are restoring. And, I just got a 1990 Zephyr 550 to restore, as well. I got my motorcycle license at age 40, and now, two years later, when I include the parts bikes, I own 7 motorcycles!

Riding brought about some amazing changes in my life, not just stretching my driving skills—it has led me to so many new people and experiences. I truly believe I was not only born to ride, but I was meant to dig into engines and bring new life to vintage machines.

Choosing a winner was really, really, really difficult. But this lady made me smile so big! She went from never having changed a tire to breathing new life into beat up motorcycles. Lauri, you’re amazing. 

And to all the other entrants, you’re absolutely amazing too. 
Runner up: Jackie Lovrin
Second Runner up: Chelsea Zwingle

See all the entries on my flickr page.  

Tridays from Plan B Motorcycles. Lady on a Triumph in a cute rockabilly dress.

Tridays from Plan B Motorcycles. Lady on a Triumph in a cute rockabilly dress.

Some June contest entries! It’s nice to see them all rolling in, ladies! You’ve got some great answers!

You still have until the 30th if you want to enter the June BORN TO RIDE contest!

Morgan: “because it’s in my genes!”
Courtney: “because two wheels move the soul”
An: “because there are corners to conquer.” 

Betsy Davis (Queen of Plastics) on a 2012 BMW 650GS, on the Ojai Canyon ride in California, Highway 33.
(Thanks for the submission, Betsy!)

Betsy Davis (Queen of Plastics) on a 2012 BMW 650GS, on the Ojai Canyon ride in California, Highway 33.

(Thanks for the submission, Betsy!)

The One Motorcycle Show 2012 photo encore- pinstriped little racer. Photo by yours truly.

The One Motorcycle Show 2012 photo encore- pinstriped little racer. Photo by yours truly.

The One Motorcycle Show 2012

As Plato imagined a table, we imagined a motorcycle. We were thinking a lot about Mr. Plato’s words on the image of a table. The idea is perfect and the product; susceptible to elements and unknown factors, could never be perfect. The idea for us was the One Motorcycle: the stripped down, real deal, simple machine. It was then that we realized we knew a handful of motorcycle builders that in turn knew a handful of builders who all specialize in that ‘ONE’ type of bike. From there, the idea grew. Our theme for the show would be “The One Motorcycle.” (theonemotorcycleshow.com)

When I located NE 9th and Flanders, I had to circle Sandbox Studios a couple times to find parking. Car after car lined the blocks with motorcycles in the spaces between. Throaty purring and shrill screeching of engines echoed down the streets, bouncing off industrial buildings… a tell tale sign that I was in the right place. As I walked around the corner, an exceptionally loud Japanese engine screamed while someone cranked the throttle. A young couple in artsy clothing approached, the woman clinging tightly to the man with a somewhat hesitant smile and nervous laugh, “…Are you sure you want to do this?” They trotted on as if she were only joking. 

Iron & Resin 2012 brand video gives us vintage loving moto-folk warm fuzzy feelings for sure. I for one am very excited for their new line! Video by the ever-talented and amazing Scott Toepfer.

The new 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400… is supposedly the fastest production bike [off the line] in the world. “More torque at all RPM” and “significantly more power in the mid-high RPM range”. This video in Azione is pretty bad ass and definitely gives me the “I want it” feelings.