My friend David and I went out on an epic ride yesterday with the intention of hitting at least two of the ‘famous’ San Diego roads I keep hearing about. Well, we ended up hitting more than just two.
(Photo by Rick Clemson)
Our ride was a great one indeed, over 200 miles (I lost track) and countless amazing views. Ramona -> Old Julian Hwy to Santa Ysabel -> Mesa Grande to Lake Henshaw -> 76 -> South Grade to Palomar -> lunch -> Palomar State Park -> East Grade -> 79 to Santa Ysabel -> 78 to Julian -> 79 to Sunrise up Mt. Laguna -> Hwy 8 all the way back to San Diego.
This summer BMW released their Concept Ninety, a retro modern motorcycle roughly based on the 40 year old R90 design. This month, Suzuki followed up with a retro modern styled sport bike called the Recursion Concept. The bike has beautiful classic lines with modern angles, a 588cc water-cooled two-cylinder engine… and turbo.
It’s easy to take things for granted in life, and Thanksgiving is the North American Holiday to give thanks and realize what you’ve got in life.
These last few months have been sort of a whirlwind for me, and while I’ve been busier than ever I’ve been able to finally do some of the things that really make me happy. Riding in another country (hopefully many others soon to come), road tripping through the West Coast up the 101, moving to SoCal and riding in the sunshine. In other words, today I’m really really thankful.
As a woman, riding a motorcycle can be a daunting task in and of itself. Whether it’s the anxiety of walking into a motorcycle shop full of guys, or the frustration of finding someone to help you learn about the mechanical workings of your bike without talking to you like you’re an idiot because you weren’t born with a wrench in your hand… some ladies are more fortunate than others in that realm. Even riding around, you’ll sometimes hear comments so stupid you can barely believe they were said like, “Hey, need me to show you how to ride that thing?” or “Oh, cool bike. Who’s is it?” Ladies and gentlemen, these are things my friends have heard on just the West Coast.
Lois Pryce ventured into a country that the Foreign Office strongly suggests against visiting with only herself, essentials packed in her luggage, and her motorbike. Prospective tourists of Iran are told, “British nationals could be detained in Iran despite their complete innocence”.
So now that I’m at Cerberus, a real shop with real tools, I’m learning the in’s and out’s of each machine’s purpose, building techniques etc. the best way I know how… by making stuff! When I was a kid, I did crafts constantly. Between my early affinity for MacGyver and my family all being proponents of art projects and encouraging general creativity, I’d always be making something out of something. Whether is be mud pies, drawing horses underneath my mom’s kitchen table (it took her years to notice), or building paper mâché penguins… I really liked creating stuff.
Coincidentally, I still do.
Over a year ago, while working at MotoCorsa, I wanted to get into creating beautiful Ducati content to share on the web, rather than regurgitating the same things everyone else posted. That’s where the seDUCATIve photoshoot with Kylie Shea Lewellen came from- Arun Sharma (General Manager) and I decided that we should hit the internet with 1199 Panigale desktop wallpaper photos of a beautiful woman on a bike- but do it first and do it better. After the shots made their rounds they had rather positive response, but of course there were some who couldn’t see the fact that we classed up the regular girl on bike photos a little bit. So, as we’re talking about it, Arun says, “Wouldn’t it be hilarious to do a parody with the guys?”