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Dressed to the Nines

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Did a fun little shoot today for a photo project for an Australian friend today. I’ll let what it’s for and whatnot be a surprise, but I wanted to share something not often witnessed… me dressed to the nines. 

The lovely Pandora and I went for an evening ride on this overcast and warm Ventura day. Soft clouds make for great photos, it’s a giant softbox in the sky dampening and washing all the sun around. (For those that don’t know, a soft box is used in professional lighting for video and photo shoots to make light more even and spread out.)

These shots were taken at Serra Cross Park above Downtown Ventura, CA. To the right of the images there’s a giant cross overlooking the ocean. I can see this spot from my house, which is pretty cool. 

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Smartphone Tools for Smart Road Trippin’

Since I don’t run any gauges on my Monster, I’ve been asked quite a few times about my phone speedometer and GPS set up- and it’s not as impressive as you’d assume.

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Read on to find out more about my ghetto approach to phone GPS/speedo use, and other much nicer looking options for you to use in conjunction with Google/Apple Maps, speedometer apps, and more. 

Pandora’s Box in Sportbikes Inc Mag

The June issue of Sportbikes Inc. Magazine has arrived, and within you can find some exclusive photos of my Monster, “Pandora’s Box” for your viewing pleasure. 

I am flattered and honored to have been included in the publication featuring the lovely Red Spade on the cover. 

Oh don’t mind me, just climbing around on my Monster to get the right perspective for some photos.
When I’m not riding, writing, and designing… I’m taking photos of cool stuff. Yeah, that includes my own bike.

Oh don’t mind me, just climbing around on my Monster to get the right perspective for some photos.

When I’m not riding, writing, and designing… I’m taking photos of cool stuff. Yeah, that includes my own bike.

Throwback Thursday (Jan. 24th, 2013) - The Monster when it was still a pile of parts, just before reassembly with the help of Sage Wilkinson and Nobi Iso. 
We’ve come so far. 
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Throwback Thursday (Jan. 24th, 2013) - The Monster when it was still a pile of parts, just before reassembly with the help of Sage Wilkinson and Nobi Iso

We’ve come so far. 

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So if you missed the short 15 sec video of me on the Monster via the motolady instagram, here’s the uncropped version.

Oh and before you ask, the van is Jeff Wolf's 1962 Ford Econoline with bags in the back. Yup, it's a tail dragger. 

Gear: Icon Airmada Stack, Rev’It Jerez Gloves, Dainese 400GT D-Dry jacket, UglyBROS-usa Twiggy riding jeans (with armor!), Icon Sacred Tall boots.  

Took the Monster out in my new home base town of Ventura for the first time today to run some errands, made a pit stop at Surfer’s Point to check out the ocean. Why? Because I can!
Wolf helped me out and grabbed a quick 15 second video of me taking off from the compound on Pandora, if you want to check it out click here and pop over to the motolady instagram.
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Took the Monster out in my new home base town of Ventura for the first time today to run some errands, made a pit stop at Surfer’s Point to check out the ocean. Why? Because I can!

Wolf helped me out and grabbed a quick 15 second video of me taking off from the compound on Pandora, if you want to check it out click here and pop over to the motolady instagram.

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Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.
Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.

Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Had the pleasure of shooting with Shaik Ridzwan of the Mighty Motor this weekend in downtown Los Angeles with Pandora.

The location under third street not only looked rad but kept me out of the super hot sun. It was some 82°F in LA on Sunday even by 11a. It also allowed for a super cool aerial photo of the Monster. 

Topmost photo by Shaik Ridzwan. 

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MotoLady Three Year Party Review

The MotoLady Three Year Anniversary was actually back on January 12th, as that was the day I started the website officially. However, the celebration took place on January 25th at Deus ex Machina USA in Venice Beach, CA at 7p. 

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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…

Snowy as hell in Portland but the turn out for the first night of the One Show was amazing. I’m so stoked to have been able to bring Pandora even though the going was a little tough.

I do love Portland, look at those crazy folks who rode to the show in the ~5 inches of snow.

Road trip to the One Motorcycle Show 2014 (Part One?) - "We’re Not In SoCal Anymore!"

Loaded the Monster into my (super ridiculously tall) Tacoma yesterday morning and headed out to San Francisco to meet Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber for the next leg of the trip. 

Before you even start- no, hell no I’m not riding it there. There needs to be no other reason besides the safety of it- I have no want to drive through snow and sleet for the tail end of 1300 miles. I’d prefer Pandora and I get there in one piece. 

Anyway, I managed to miss all the LA traffic and blasted from San Diego to SF in about 7 hours. Crashed out a few hours later, got myself going around 9. We unloaded Pandora from my truck (always a feat) and put her up in Jensen’s trailer. Multiple messages from friends and instagrammers warning me about the weather in Portland which has turned from blah to pretty terrible.

The weather through Grant’s Pass is always sketchy for this trip, and dead of winter is not the choice time to go. There’s a winter storm warning there now, snow in Corvallis, Eugene, and now Portland. It’s 23 degrees there today, heavy winds and snowfall. 

Oh joy. I wonder why I moved to SoCal? The Monster is getting gross from road grime, which will happen eventually but still hurts to see. 

Anyway, here goes nothing. Driving through Oregon is going to be sketchy. (Drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t known for their snow driving skills.)

Pandora’s Out of the Box: First Real Monster Ride

Over two long years, with help from so many amazing people, I’ve finally got the Monster on the road. As I mentioned in my previous announcement, "Pandora’s Box" rides well but needs tweaking. In the past few days, with some helping hands, I’ve tweaked the carbs a bit and undone some damage from the previous owner(s). While my test riding the other day way nice, it was limited to a 20 mile radius of my place for obvious reasons. Can’t go braaping off into the sunset until you’ve got the gremlins hammered out. 

Today, rather than watching the Super Bowl, my friend Jess and I hit the road toward Campo on Hwy 94 from San Diego. A ride I’d already done twice, it was a good choice for stretching Pandora’s legs… or tires. 

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I have to say… the Monster does well in the twisties.