Posts tagged life

Ladies Leading the Pack

I see this photo (or it’s similar counterpart) at least weekly while I’m looking through my favorite blogs, checking instagram feeds, etc… and the first time I posted this to the motolady site, I didn’t have a backstory. So here we are, with some history. 

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German motorcyclist circa 1954 with his BMW (probably an R67/2 or R51/3) in full leathers, sporting a very fascinating face shield. 

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"Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence." -Unknown 

Motorcycle wisdom for your monday evening, featuring a photo I took of Stormie Ray during the ladies only Dirt N Dip camping trip this year. 

"Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence." -Unknown 

Motorcycle wisdom for your monday evening, featuring a photo I took of Stormie Ray during the ladies only Dirt N Dip camping trip this year. 

Some motorcycle wisdom for your Monday, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
It’s nice to lose traction sometimes, kind of let’s you regain perspective on where the limit is, you know?
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Some motorcycle wisdom for your Monday, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

It’s nice to lose traction sometimes, kind of let’s you regain perspective on where the limit is, you know?

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To Protect and Swerve? Police Officers & Motorcycle Accidents

Protecting yourself isn’t just about a helmet, gear with proper armor, or real rider training… I witness us two wheeled travelers arguing about helmet laws, lane splitting, and so many other 

I saw a video on youtube yesterday that really made me sick to my stomach- it was footage from a rider’s helmet cam that showed him slowing in traffic to allow a car to merge followed by him being rear ended by a police officer. The shocking part? The officer then ripped him a new one, yelling about how he was riding unsafely, when in all reality the motorcyclist was giving ample space and keeping himself in a good line of sight for cars!

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Then today, I see the horrific footage on NBC’s website of a police officer just ramming straight into the back of a rider and passenger at high speed on the freeway.

Dear World: There’s a Human Under the Helmet!

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A letter to those road raging automobile drivers who neglect to consider the lives at stake.

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Motorcyclists are not strangers to danger- not only do we hear constant frantic warnings from those who’ve not yet discovered the wonders of riding two wheels, but we are literally putting our lives on the line every time we ride. Whether you like thinking about it or not, that’s a fact. There is a reason I take the neglectful, ignorant, unsafe and sometimes just plain rude actions of drivers very personally. Why? Because not every motorcyclist is able to avoid bad situations- we do not all ride equally. While one rider is apt at quick braking, another might have better luck with slow maneuvering. What’s the point? A motor vehicle tapping/hitting the brakes (aka “brake checking”) a motorcyclist, swerving at them, riding their tail, and a number of other forms of reckless driving can leave a person DEAD. Yeah, a person… not just a robot riding a motorcycle.

(FYI, some NSFW language behind the cut.)

Check out the trailer for 100min long movie ‘Girl Meets Bike’ coming soon!

A high school shop teacher buys her first motorcycle with her wedding dress money, leading her away from her controlling fiancé into a new circle of motorcycle friends who are attracted but threatened by her new found freedom. As she learns to ride, she must interpret their offers of riding advice: are they subtle forms of control? Or crucial knowledge, without which she might get herself killed?

The quote “Now you’re on your own just like you wanted. No rules, no advice, no one to drag you down.” certainly struck me, rang home to some past experiences in my own life. 

[ Links: girlmeetsbikemovie.com | Girl Meets Bike trailer on youtube ]

Check out the trailer for 100min long movie ‘Girl Meets Bike’ coming soon!

A high school shop teacher buys her first motorcycle with her wedding dress money, leading her away from her controlling fiancé into a new circle of motorcycle friends who are attracted but threatened by her new found freedom. As she learns to ride, she must interpret their offers of riding advice: are they subtle forms of control? Or crucial knowledge, without which she might get herself killed?

The quote “Now you’re on your own just like you wanted. No rules, no advice, no one to drag you down.” certainly struck me, rang home to some past experiences in my own life. 

[ Links: girlmeetsbikemovie.com | Girl Meets Bike trailer on youtube ]

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Jean de La Fontaine, circa 1600’s

Darius Glover: Paralyzed MotoCross Racer

We’ve all been told or experienced ourselves just how dangeous it is to ride a motorcycle. If you were in a major accident, would you ride again? What if you couldn’t use your legs?

At 15 years old, Darius Glover heard the doctors tell him, “you’ll never walk again and you’ll never ride again.” Regardless of losing the use of his legs from a motorcycle accident, he rides motocross again. He looked at that doctor and said, “you’re wrong.” If that doc doubted him, wow how wrong he was. 

Darius went on to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Championships in Florida- he traveled hundreds of miles and was turned down because of his “disability”. 

Awww! Look at those “mean biker types” bein’ all lovey. Warms my little heart.
I’m serious though, I really adore this photo. What does it mean to be a motorcyclist? It means you’ve always got people looking out for you… and so much more.

Awww! Look at those “mean biker types” bein’ all lovey. Warms my little heart.

I’m serious though, I really adore this photo. What does it mean to be a motorcyclist? It means you’ve always got people looking out for you… and so much more.

The association of motorcycles with LSD is no accident of publicity. They are both a means to an end, to the place of definitions.
The most amazing message I have ever received… wow. I got goosebumps.
Thank you for sharing your story, anonymous. Can any of you say “motorcycles saved my life” too?

There was a time in my life when I didn’t think I’d ever fit in or love anything. I decided to kill myself. But while deciding how to, I walked past a motorcycle training centre. I’d always liked the look of motorcycles but never thought I’d be able to afford to ride them. The guy took me in and talked to me, gave me my first lesson for free. He saved my life. I live, because I know tomorrow, I’ll ride.

The most amazing message I have ever received… wow. I got goosebumps.

Thank you for sharing your story, anonymous. Can any of you say “motorcycles saved my life” too?

There was a time in my life when I didn’t think I’d ever fit in or love anything. I decided to kill myself. But while deciding how to, I walked past a motorcycle training centre. I’d always liked the look of motorcycles but never thought I’d be able to afford to ride them. The guy took me in and talked to me, gave me my first lesson for free. He saved my life. I live, because I know tomorrow, I’ll ride.

Bikes Saved my Life by Kym Liebig. His story of trial, tribulation, and triumph when a blood vessel explodes in his brain. He attributes his recovery to motorcycles. 
Anyone else have a story of how motorcycles helped them improve or recover in some way? Share in the comments.

Bikes Saved my Life by Kym Liebig. His story of trial, tribulation, and triumph when a blood vessel explodes in his brain. He attributes his recovery to motorcycles. 

Anyone else have a story of how motorcycles helped them improve or recover in some way? Share in the comments.

Motorcycle wisdom for today. 

Every man dies, not every man truly lives. 

Motorcycle wisdom for today. 

Every man dies, not every man truly lives. 

Anything is possible- it’s a frickin’ motorcycle!
Justin Sullivan, 2012