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Managed to go riding with Steve West from Silver Piston while he was in town from Atlanta today- from Ventura to Santa Paula via the 150. 

It was a fun collection of bikes- two Ducati Monsters, a Norton with a Vincent engine, and a Honda CB750. We stopped for some photos in front of Lake Casitas, and had lunch at an Italian joint on Hwy 150. Totally forgot the name of it, though. 

Hell on Wheels St Patricks Day Pogue Mahone Desert Ride!
Break out your desert sleds- time for a Hell on Wheels MC scavenger hunt/race. Starts at 9a, March 15th at the Slash X Ranch Cafe in Barstow, CA. 
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Hell on Wheels St Patricks Day Pogue Mahone Desert Ride!

Break out your desert sleds- time for a Hell on Wheels MC scavenger hunt/race. Starts at 9a, March 15th at the Slash X Ranch Cafe in Barstow, CA. 

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Jeannette Mekdara and Ana Llorente of East Side Moto Babes at MotoMelee 2013.
MotoMelee is a particularly cool event in that it’s three days and about 850 miles of backroads adventure riding for people on pre 1971 motorcycles. Based in San Francisco and started in 1988, it’s basically an iron butt off road rally for classic motorcycles. Pretty amazing if you ask me. 
MotoMelee XVII will be taking place June 21-23rd, 2014.

Jeannette Mekdara and Ana Llorente of East Side Moto Babes at MotoMelee 2013.

MotoMelee is a particularly cool event in that it’s three days and about 850 miles of backroads adventure riding for people on pre 1971 motorcycles. Based in San Francisco and started in 1988, it’s basically an iron butt off road rally for classic motorcycles. Pretty amazing if you ask me. 

MotoMelee XVII will be taking place June 21-23rd, 2014.

One more shot of Cristi and I on our Saturday ride from San Diego up to Campo. First time I’ve set eyes on Mexico, we got within a few hundred yards of it on Hwy 94, pretty cool. 

One more shot of Cristi and I on our Saturday ride from San Diego up to Campo. First time I’ve set eyes on Mexico, we got within a few hundred yards of it on Hwy 94, pretty cool. 

Cristi Farrell (of Moterrific) and I took off from Cerberus yesterday in San Diego and rode Hwy 94 to Campo and back. She was on her 2009 BMW f650GS and I was on the lil 1982 Honda FT500 Ascot thumper.

It’s a good jaunt with lots of sweepers and fun twisties that switch back rather quickly- those are my favorite, when you get into the groove and can flick the bike back and forth through the corners. Ah, it was a good day. 

[Semi-NSFW warning] Lanakila MacNaughton, photographer extraordinaire, had her gallery premier of the Women’s Motorcycle Exhibit in Portland at See See Motor Coffee on July 12th, 2013. 

Lana photographs real women who ride, stripped down (sometimes literally, always figuratively) and embracing the freedom of riding, being a woman, and having the ability to do what they damn well please. Well, at least that’s the vibe I get from it. 

Asked to photograph the ride to the show, I called up my friend Tony (who has a nice sissy bar on his bike, great for photography) and asked him if he’d let me hang off the back with my camera. No passenger pegs and a very high and small seat, it was definitely an experience. One that was totally worth it, these ladies had a blast and got all sorts of looks across town. And a few honks and hollers, of course. All in good fun. 

Make sure to check out the Womens Moto Exhibit website to read about Lana’s shows and adventures. You can see the other photo installments from the ride by clicking here

Photographs by Alicia Mariah Elfving, copyright themotolady.com 2013.

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East Side Moto Babes Mixing It Up ride in Los Angeles, CA… photo highlights from the Mighty Motor (themightymotor.com).

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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!

Took a 2003 Suzuki GSXR 600 out on a 165mi run today with Chris on his Ducati 848evo- went to the Berry Patch in Westport off Highway 30. They have delicious pie, and their food wasn’t half bad either. I can say first hand the cod is very fresh! 

This run is usually called the Clatskanie ride- we went a little further, and took a fun detour on Apiary on the way back, too. The roads are mostly great, with perfect camber and good sight distance… just a few rough spots toward the beginning of the route. If you visit Portland, or live in this area… check out the google map (Clatskanie/Apiary to Berry Patch) for full details!


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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.

Hey remember the End of the World Ride and Last Party on Earth? Yeah, the one I threw for the Mayan “apocalypse” on December 21st. Well I met Johnny at the Alley Sweeper yesterday who actually made a video of it. Thanks man!

Wheelies abound!

Tomorrow, Sunday April 14th… the fifth annual SFRC Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro! Pancake feed starts at 8:30a, kickstands up at 10a at 633 N. Tillamook St.
Most people ride little BRRAAAAP bikes, but you can ride whatever you want. PREPARE TO GET MUDDY! Check out the 2012 Alley Sweeper youtube video if you want to know what you’re getting yourself into.
I’ll be there. Gettin’ dirty like a good motolady would.  

Tomorrow, Sunday April 14th… the fifth annual SFRC Alley Sweeper Urban EnduroPancake feed starts at 8:30a, kickstands up at 10a at 633 N. Tillamook St.

Most people ride little BRRAAAAP bikes, but you can ride whatever you want. PREPARE TO GET MUDDY! Check out the 2012 Alley Sweeper youtube video if you want to know what you’re getting yourself into.

I’ll be there. Gettin’ dirty like a good motolady would.  

Come to Chrome PDX this Friday and ride to the One Motorcycle Show with me! 
Meet at 6:30p for some food and beverages, get some chat time in with other riders, and then take off at 7:30p for the fourth year of the world famous One Show!
Be sure to check out the Chrome + MotoLady One Moto Show Ride facebook event page for locations/maps, and more information on the REALLY cool things show sponsor Chrome is doing at the event. [jedi mind wave]
[ check out my past One Moto Show coverage here ]

Come to Chrome PDX this Friday and ride to the One Motorcycle Show with me! 

Meet at 6:30p for some food and beverages, get some chat time in with other riders, and then take off at 7:30p for the fourth year of the world famous One Show!

Be sure to check out the Chrome + MotoLady One Moto Show Ride facebook event page for locations/maps, and more information on the REALLY cool things show sponsor Chrome is doing at the event. [jedi mind wave]

[ check out my past One Moto Show coverage here ]

Jörgen Hansson (from Sweden) sent me this-

This image is of a historical moment. The first time ever my daughter ride a motorcycle. She has just started to practice driving, for a driver’s license. You can not miss out on how happy she is inside the helmet. Feels good with a small contribution to the regeneration of bikers.

Congratulations of having an awesome daughter, Jörgen! And thanks for helping continue the love of motorcycling.

Jörgen Hansson (from Sweden) sent me this-

This image is of a historical moment. The first time ever my daughter ride a motorcycle. She has just started to practice driving, for a driver’s license. You can not miss out on how happy she is inside the helmet. Feels good with a small contribution to the regeneration of bikers.

Congratulations of having an awesome daughter, Jörgen! And thanks for helping continue the love of motorcycling.

Karen Allen with her Harley packed to the brim in front of Douglas General Store on Highway 2 during the Conga for the Cause ride. 

Karen Allen with her Harley packed to the brim in front of Douglas General Store on Highway 2 during the Conga for the Cause ride