Posts tagged chris herrin

Birfday Weekend!

My buddy Chris (in Portland) called me on Thursday and told me he wanted to come down to San Diego for my birthday weekend. With the stipulation that we had to ride motorcycles (of course), how could I deny such a request? He loaded his GSXR into his van and drove down, arriving friday around 6. What a haul. 

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Yesterday we went for a ride through Julian, Santa Ysabel, up to Palomar. Chris is a fan of twisties and Palomar is definitely somewhat famous for riding in San Diego, so I figured I should take him there. We totalled probably 160 miles. I don’t have any gauges so I wouldn’t know…

My friend Justin Coffey from Peanut Butter Coast sent me this loving photo of my friend Chris Herrin today. 

Love you too guys. 

If you want the tee, they’ve got ‘em at See See.

My friend Justin Coffey from Peanut Butter Coast sent me this loving photo of my friend Chris Herrin today.

Love you too guys.

If you want the tee, they’ve got ‘em at See See.

Learning the Dirt at the Touratech ADV Moto Rally

When you get a random phone call from the Marketing Manager at Touratech inviting you to attend their 2013 Adventure Motorcycle Rally, you get sort of excited. Then it moves to a sort of horror when you realize you have to tell them you’ve only ridden on a dirt a small amount, and on bikes either unsuited for the terrain, or much smaller than touring and adventure motorcycles. 

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Fortunately for me, one of the reasons they got in touch was because of my enthusiasm for adventure riding but my lack of experience in said environment. The Touratech Adventure Motorcycle Rally is set up for beginners to advanced riders- lessons on cooking with a camp set up, packing your gear as small as possible, and routes mapped and marked by difficulty. 

MotoLady Seven Days of Give-aways… put your hands in the air for day four! There’s three more days of THANK YOUS for being awesome and reading the blog. Best check back, y’hear?

Day 4, Thursday: Protect those palms and sausage fingers with some durable Icon Pursuit leather gloves… complete with knuckle armor! Great for keeping your most important tools protected while riding, and for bouts of frustration against the punching bag. Size large wrist shorties, great for a whole deluge of types of riding!

Alright, PUT YOUR HANDS UP TO WIN! Not in a getting arrested sense, of course… I mean send me a picture of those moto hands! Greasy, bleeding from mishaps (lessons, I mean), working on your motorcycle! Either email it to me (alicia@themotolady.com) or use the handy submit page

Submission deadline: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 11:59pst. Announcing winner: Thursday, September 5th, 2013. Winner is responsible for shipping costs.

Went out and hit Apiary on the GSXR600 again today. Chris rode his 848evo and Matt joined us on his GSXR1000. Riding with two OMRRA racers certainly keeps you on your toes… Chris showed me that I rode all the way to the edge of the rear tire. Booya!

Went out and hit Apiary on the GSXR600 again today. Chris rode his 848evo and Matt joined us on his GSXR1000. Riding with two OMRRA racers certainly keeps you on your toes… Chris showed me that I rode all the way to the edge of the rear tire. Booya!

The story of my lovely adventure yesterday- amazing twisties, the river, crown point, followed by almost plowing into the back of a truck.

Went on a nice long ride with my best homeboy Chris- 78 miles of almost completely twisty roads with some amazing switchbacks and sweepers. Then a truck almost tried to kill me just as a cop showed up.

Sometimes not having a destination is the best way to find good roads. First we stopped at Dodge Park when we saw a nice spot to dip our feet in the river, then ended up on Bull Run which spit us out near Crown Point. It was the perfect day for a beautiful view so we stopped in for a minute, took a picture and enjoyed the sun, then headed back the way we came. 

On the last stretch of road before home, we came up behind a large truck going slow through the twisties. We hung back for a while, knowing well that there was no where to pass or for him to pull off. When we got to the first straight with a legal passing zone, we sped up to initiate the pass when the truck driver decided to floor it up to 55-60 in a 45mph zone so that we couldn’t get by. This went on for another four to five miles, with only three or four opportunities to get by him even presenting themselves.

At the point the passenger started looking back and laughing at us, I became rather enraged and sped up, passed Chris, waved at them and gestured a “GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY WAY” flicking motion. At this point they slowed way down to piss me off, the double yellow became a dashed line and Chris looked at me to let me know he was passing and went by. Just as I was following, I saw a car in the distance approaching in the oncoming lane. Knowing that with 100 yards left in the passing lane, riding the XS400 that needs to be tuned badly, passing would have been dangerous if not impossible. I let off the throttle, slid back into the lane behind the truck, and continued to slow down to safe distance.

As we come around the corner probably 75 feet later, the truck slams on it’s brakes coming to a dead stop for the approaching car which now had it’s blinker on. Now, while the truck had a great excuse for needing to stop (the turning car) it really didn’t need to, and the driver knew damned well that he was putting me in serious danger and did it on purpose. In order to avoid slamming into the back of his vehicle, I swung left coming to a complete stop on the double yellow next to his rear wheel. My right hand came off the throttle as I stopped and I slapped his truck screaming, “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU!?” He edged forward and then stopped, egging me on to continue the battle- which I did. I pulled up to his open window and started questioning his douchebaggery, giving him a piece with logical and factual points of his error. At this point Chris, up ahead a few hundred yards, sees the hubbub and pulls a circle burnout to race back in case of… whatever. I asked the driver, in a rather annoyed tone, why he wouldn’t let us pass. I explained that he was going 10-15 miles an hour over the speed limit in the straights, and 10-15 under in the twisties. As him and his teenaged friend started playing dumb, a cop appeared behind me, turned on his lights and screamed at us to pull out of the road. 

I asked the cop why, besides the obvious, we were being stopped. He told me, “because when I came around that corner you were in the wrong lane striking his vehicle with your hand.” I took a deep breath and said, “Sir, while I understand what you witnessed looked very bad. However please understand that I had just avoided colliding with the back of his truck after he brake checked me around the corner and hit his truck out of anger and to let him know I was there.” I explained as calmly as I could the drivers habit of blocking our passes and how I believe he intended to cause me harm. After he took all our ID’s, insurance, etc… he came back and told me, “Look, this ends up being a he said she said kind of scenario. I’m going to let everyone go without issuing any citations, but I really want to say that as a motorcyclist, you have to be the bigger person. You know, you can hang back and wait or scoot off on a side road and avoid situations like this. You’re the one that’s vulnerable.” He asked me if I was okay to ride, and let us go giving us a head start before the truck and passengers. 

Thanks for the wisdom copper, and yes I definitely learned something. Here’s to riding another day.

Today is the nine year anniversary of my best friend Chris Herrin’s motorcycle accident. It was a doozy to say the least… We celebrated by riding around Sauvie Island and kicked back on the beach.

Today is the nine year anniversary of my best friend Chris Herrin’s motorcycle accident. It was a doozy to say the least… We celebrated by riding around Sauvie Island and kicked back on the beach.

It was a rather lovely day- Chris, Joel, Wolf and I were hanging out when it dawned on us that there were dirtbikes for riding outside. Next thing you know…

I did some riding too… but I wanted to get photos of their hooliganism. Get these two together and well- Chris and Joel had a lot of fun helping me get the photos I want. Joel launched his bike pretty close to me after a wicked slide. Luckily he is a great rider and I am light on my feet. 

It was a fun day.

Can you name that motorcycle?
My good friend Chris Herrin beginning his speed sleeve- getting tattooed by Matthew Mattison (Little Tattoo Shoppe, Portland Oregon). 
Matthew is the go-to tattoo artist for most motorcyclists in Portland. At least most of the ones I know! He did both my MotoLady and Faster Faster tattoos. 

Can you name that motorcycle?

My good friend Chris Herrin beginning his speed sleeve- getting tattooed by Matthew Mattison (Little Tattoo Shoppe, Portland Oregon). 

Matthew is the go-to tattoo artist for most motorcyclists in Portland. At least most of the ones I know! He did both my MotoLady and Faster Faster tattoos

Chris came over today to help us wrench on Justin’s bike. New 4 into 1 exhaust meant new header gaskets, cutting/dremmeling out the airbox, installing pod air filters, and re-jetting the carbs. I took photos with my real camera that I’m sure will end up here, but in the mean time here’s some cool instagram shots.

My friend Chris Herrin and the lovely Piper Watson (John Shea is back there too) behind me on moto. A lovely sight to see. 
Piper is taking a photo of me taking a photo of her!

My friend Chris Herrin and the lovely Piper Watson (John Shea is back there too) behind me on moto. A lovely sight to see.

Piper is taking a photo of me taking a photo of her!

Got this photo of my buddy Chris Herrin riding next to me last night. In a dark tinted visor, no less.

Got this photo of my buddy Chris Herrin riding next to me last night. In a dark tinted visor, no less.

Super bad ass mode. Yes, I’m pretending. ;) Gratuitous tattoo photo time!
Photo by my friend Chris Herrin.

Super bad ass mode. Yes, I’m pretending. ;) Gratuitous tattoo photo time!

Photo by my friend Chris Herrin.

OMRRA races today were awesome. chris took second place! A full blog entry soon to come.

OMRRA races today were awesome. chris took second place! A full blog entry soon to come.

Me, first GSXR ride- Chris’ 750. Trojan Chemical Plant (abandoned), Oregon. His brand spankin’ new 848EVO in the background.

Me, first GSXR ride- Chris’ 750. Trojan Chemical Plant (abandoned), Oregon. His brand spankin’ new 848EVO in the background.