Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Modern Day Easy Riders

I found this amazing video while checking out the blog Kemosabe and The Lodge.  These modern day Easy Riders live lives that most of us just dream about.  While we are working our 40, 50, 60 hour work weeks, this band of gypsies are living out the dream.  Check out Marching to the Sea.  It will make you want to ditch your 8 - 5 gig and take off on the open road to wherever your two wheels lead you.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It All Started When They Said The Motorcyclist Was Not Wearing A Helmet

A few weeks ago a young man died because he may have made some bad choices on his motorcycle but one thing that really irritated me, besides how uncaring people are about others, was the fact that they kept harping on motorcycle helmets.  This rider was not wearing a motorcycle helmet.  The media made sure to point that out numerous times, on social media and on the news reports.  Individuals from around Iowa continuously pointed that out over and over again on social media.  I think this irritates me because Iowa DOES NOT have a helmet law.  It's the individual riders choice.  I think that is how it should be throughout the country.  People don't want me to tread on their rights to be, do, and say anything that they want to, so why is it any different when it comes to the choice of wearing or not wearing a motorcycle helmet.  I do wear one religiously, but that is my choice.

The thing that makes me laugh is how so many non riders believe they are experts on how much a helmet will save our lives.  Really?  I can maybe see it saving my life if I accidentally drop my bike at a low speed and fall off, but if I'm going 70 mph and a cage decides to hit me, not sure that helmet is going to make the difference or not.  Hopefully I never have to find that out.  

Another thing that really made me mad is how so many of the people commenting on social media about this accident kept saying that motorcyclists are really most of the problem because we go too fast and swerve in and out of traffic.  I guess it's like anything, a few doorknobs ruin everyone else's reputation.  I admit that sometimes I go about 5 mph over the speed limit, but that's only to stay away from all of the cage drivers that are talking on their cellphones or texting.  Instead of gunning for us to have a helmet law, why don't we work on laws against talking and texting when you should be driving.  I'm riding along and instead of enjoying my ride I'm looking for the cagers that really aren't giving two shits about anyone else but their life because they are so in need of being in touch with everyone all the time.  How about ya put the phone down and pay attention to the road!  Maybe roll your windows down and experience life a little!!

I would have to say though that the thing that irritated me the most about the social media comments. about this sad accident. were all of the people that said this young man got what he should have for his actions.  It's sad how social media has made it so easy to hide behind a screen name and has enabled people to just say the meanest things possible about other human beings.  It's very sad.  It made me think, I sure hope I'm never the one that the news is reporting on because I'd hate for my family to read such horrible comments saying that it was my fault and I deserved what I got.  Compassion is something that more people need to work into their day to day lives when interacting with others.  

Rest in Peace, Shawn Sabin.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blackberry Smoke - Come to Des Moines PLEASE!!!

Yes folks I'm pathetically pleading with Blackberry Smoke to come back to Des Moines, IA and play at the Venue or Wooly's or somewhere in town!!!  Please, Please, Please!  Des Moines needs you to visit again!



Oh and a perfect opening act for them would be Old Southern Moonshine Revival!


That is all!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jasmine Cain Needs Your Votes To Win The Big Sturgis Gig

The 74th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is only months away.  The Buffalo Chip has started naming the acts that will appear on the main stage during the rally.  Jasmine Cain wants to play that main stage and she needs your votes.  Please go to her Big Sturgis Gig page every day through June 30th, 2014 and vote for Jasmine up to 5 times per day.









You know that you want to see Jasmine Cain LIVE on the Main Stage at the Buffalo Chip!  GO VOTE FOR HER NOW!!!  

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2014 - Ladies Only


Hurry Up, send in your submissions to win The Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover, brought to you by GEICO Powersports.


How would you like to score a HUGE list of parts and accessories for you and your bike? You can if you enter the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover.  Deadline is July 18th 2014.


Contestants (ladies only this year) must submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo to bikermakeover@garage-girls.com by July 18th 2014. Submissions will be narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges will decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and will take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, a cool kit cleaning kit from Wizards, Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket AND Gloves by J&P Cycles and Roland Sands Designs, clothing by Hinjinx Apparel and MUCH MORE!!  Winner Announced online at www.garage-girls.com on August 29th 2014.

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit www.Garage-Girls.com
If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at sara@saraliberte.com




Wednesday, April 30, 2014

An Interview with Chops from The Leathernecks MC - Heartland Chapter


I recently had a chance to sit down and have a chat with a personal friend  who just happens to be part of a MC.  “Chops” is a member of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club here in Iowa. The Leathernecks MC is a national organization aimed at raising funds in support of veterans.  The Heartland Chapter is a registered non-profit with the state of Iowa.  The Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown is their primary benefactor.  The Iowa Veterans Home is the third largest state owned facility in the nation, housing over 600 veteran residents.  The Leathernecks also support the English River Outfitters (disabled veteran hunting organization) and the national Semper Fi Fund (disabled veteran financial support organization). 

IHG:  So Chops, tell us a little about yourself.
Chops:  I guess I’m your average American.  40 something, married with children, full time job, a mortgage and a hobby that I live for.

IHG:  What type of motorcycle do you ride?
Chops: A 2011 Honda Fury with a few personalized modifications.

IHG:  How long have you been riding?
Chops:  Off and on since I was 15 when I climbed onto my first dirt bike. 

IHG:  The MC world is often foreign to the general motorcycling community. What can you tell us about the Leathernecks MC?
Chops:  The Leathernecks Motorcycle Club is an organization dedicated to supporting Veterans, Marine Corps related functions, charitable organizations and to keeping POW/MIA awareness alive. We are a civilian organization with no affiliation with the United States Marine Corps or any other Club or Group. We are simply Marine Corps and Fleet Marine Force Navy Veterans, Active Duty Marines and FMF Corpsman.  We are a family oriented Club that understands the priorities of life...Family, Work, Club. The purpose of our Club is to foster a brotherhood committed to continued service outside of the military and within the world of motorcycling. Our members come from all ranks, billets and walks of life. Some served in combat and others during times of peace. It's not about the brand of motorcycle you ride, but rather that we ARE all United States Marines / FMF Corpsman and we all LIVE the motorcycle lifestyle.
Outside of our mission statement, we are a Motorcycle Club, therefore fall under specific protocols, separate from other riding groups or organizations.  We take our club very seriously, but have as much fun as humanly possible in the process, all while maintaining a level of respectability, both in the public eye and with other clubs. 

IHG:  What made you decide to join the Leathernecks MC?
Chops:  Well, the simple answer?  I missed the brotherhood from the Corps.  The Leathernecks have definitely filled that void.  Just knowing if you needed anything, they would ALL be there to help.  That is such a comfort.  I feel the same about all of my brothers…if they needed anything, I’d be there.  That’s what the MC community is all about, brotherhood, respect and living free!  It’s difficult to describe if a person has never had it.  Think of it as an extended family.  All family members are encouraged to participate in club functions.  Club functions are not always about raising funds for charity.  We have holiday parties, fun runs, bbq’s, attend concerts, even just getting together for a couple of beers, etc.  We all try to spend as much time with each other as we can, because we want to.  We all share the joys and sadness of each other’s lives as any family does.

IHG:  If someone was interested, what does it take to become a member and how can they get in touch with your club?
Chops:  We are always working to build brotherhood with other Marines and grow the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club.  The basic requirements are, 1. Active Duty or Honorably discharged Marine/FMF Corpsman.  2. Own and ride a lawfully registered and insured motorcycle. (being physically unable to ride doesn't necessarily disqualify you from becoming a member).  There are other requirements which are less tangible.  An interested party would make contact with us, and start a ‘hang-around’ period.  During this time, the person would decide if they’d like to become a member.  If the person is deemed to be a good fit and shows dedication to attend functions and be involved, they then become ‘prospects’.  As a prospect, they are taught the MC protocol, what is expected of members and become more involved in the inner workings of the club.  Once the prospect has fulfilled all of the requirements, they then, have the opportunity to become full ‘patched’ members.
Those inquiring about membership or if others want to follow along with our activities, they can visit our Heartland Chapter website at ‘heartlandlmci.org’ for more information.  If someone is looking for a chapter outside of Iowa, they can go to ‘leathernecksmc.org’, which is our national site that allows them to choose a state and provides them a contact in their area.

IHG:  What activities or where could someone find the Leathernecks during the upcoming riding season?
Chops:  We are currently working to finalize our official event schedule for 2014.  However, we get out and ride as much as our lives will allow (and then some).  We try to hit as many bike nights, poker runs and parties as possible.  Or, we’ll just get together and ride where ever the next turn takes us.  For those planned events, they can check our chapter website in the events section for a full list of where we plan to be.


IHG:  Thank you for taking the time to talk with me and providing more insight to the MC world.  I hope to get to spend some miles with your chapter this riding season.
Chops:  You're welcome.  We are always glad to get to know more folks, those that share our passion.  

As Motorcycle Clubs have been dramatized on recent reality television shows, the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club is the real deal.  They enjoy the brother/sister hood of sharing in something that bonds them together more than most of society could understand.  If you see them, stop, say hello, they are a great group of people.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Harley-Forum.com

If you are a Harley lover like me you will want to check out this exciting new forum called Harley-Forum.com.  It's easy to join in, all you need to do is register and create a profile.  Once you have that completed you can begin replying to the threads that have already been created or start a thread of your own.  A forum is a great way to get ideas from other Harley riders and lovers on ways to customize your ride or even figure out how to solve a mechanical issue you may be experiencing with your bike.  This forum is also a great way to meet other Harley loving bikers.  I know with blogging I have met so many wonderful individuals that I call friends.

I joined and I hope you do too!  Harley-Forum.com


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring...Finally!!!

You really couldn't tell it's spring because of today's cold and rainy weather but thankfully it is!  That was one cold and snowy winter.  I definitely had PMS aka Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.  Sadie was a little temperamental again this year and didn't want to start.  I guess I need to invest in that trickle charger since Zippy Pickle can't share.  I finally did get her started though and have taken her on a couple rides around town.  What a great feeling!  A girl and her motorcycle, such a beautiful sight!

Last fall I lost one of my riding gloves.  I don't know how but it vanished.  Maybe there is a glove gremlin like there is a sock gremlin.  Hopefully it will show back up eventually since one could always use a back up pair.  Well on my way to visit my sister I stopped at my favorite Harley Dealer in Waterloo, Silver Eagle, and purchased a very awesome new pair of riding gloves.  It kind of freaked me out that I really liked them because they have a pink bar and shield and pink stitching.  Let me tell you they are awesome.  They just pull on and I don't have to fight with the Velcro strap like I did my other pair.  They will take a little breaking in but so far I'm really liking how they fit and feel.  Plus I love the smell of new leather!  At $55.00 for the pair I better take better care of these.

Check out this cool tank that Harley Davidson has come out with for the 2014 Sportster.  It's great to see that Harley Davidson is making a few more tanks with the female rider in mind.  I like how they took the paisleys and created skulls with them to add a little more of an edgy look.  A guy I know that works for the Harley Dealer in Iowa City posted this photo one day a few months back and asked people what they thought of it.  Of course some guy had to say something extremely derogatory and negative about it.  It really got under my skin. (Can't ya tell?)  I applaud Harley Davidson for realizing that 1 in 4 motorcycle riders are female.  Having options that aren't 100% geared to males is refreshing.  Mr. Derogatory and Negative is just going to have to get a grip and accept that we are here to stay and we may want a kick ass tank that sets us apart.      

With it being spring, cages have forgotten that we are out on the road.  We've already had a few motorcycle versus cage accidents this riding season, here in Des Moines.  There was also one death caused by a drunk driver.  The rider will be buried tomorrow in Des Moines.  He was injured about a month ago, coming back from a memorial ride for a young man that lost his life to cancer.   He passed the beginning of last week. Prayers to his family and friends.   

Please be careful out there my rider friends!  Have a safe and adventurous riding season!  


Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Devil's Ride - I Just Can't Look Away

Here I go again.  I just can't stay away from watching this show.  Real or not, it's entertaining.  Plus I dig Grizz from Sin Mob.  I think that Sin Mob seems more believable as a MC than the Laffing Devil's.

So, 22 minutes in and both Ps get their cuts taken??  The fights weren't even believable.  And on the 2nd show they break into a garage to steal a car on camera?  OK Discovery Channel, funny stuff!  I'm going to watch this for what it is, a fake reality show, totally for entertainment only.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Iowa Harley Girl LIVES!

Yes folks, I'm still kicking.  The winter got away from me and frankly I didn't have anything motorcycle related to blog about.  After my 1/2 disappointing Sturgis trip my urge to post and ride really kind of went right out the window.  I'm over it now and ready for the 2014 riding season.  We just have to stop getting snow here in central Iowa.  This has been quite the winter for I think most of the country.  That is with the exception of Arizona since I continuously see posts on Facebook from Boston Ann about how amazing the temperature is there during the winter.  Yes you are lucky with that but for the most part I think I'd rather endure our winter then the temps they have there in the summer.  But I guess I can't judge because I've never been to AZ in the summer. 

I read a great book this winter called 1000 Biker Tattoos.  Great stories about bikers and their tattoos and great photos as well.  The author is Sara Liberte who is known for Garage Girls and Rally TV as well as her fine arts collections: Builder and Machine, Woman and Machine, and Sturgis. 


My fellow Chrome Diva and Motorcycle Blogger Janet "Corn Dog" Green is celebrating her 10th year of blogging.  Her blog Biker Chick News is a great blog for female riders. I know that the men also follow Janet because she is such a wonderful writer.  She shares a lot of her riding journeys and gives great ideas of where to ride in Iowa.  Stop by her blog and wish her a big congratulations.  

Speaking of women motorcycle bloggers, I found a totally cool chick named Sash who writes the blog Sash Mouth.  Her and her motorcycle man Highway also write a motorcycle blog called Road Pickle Motorcycle Bohemia.  I'm kicking myself because a few of my Diva sisters met Sash and Highway last summer.  Check out this video with a great Biker Chick Tip on Sunglasses. 

I really can't wait to ride again.  I walk by Sadie every day and tell her I miss her.  I can't wait for SPRING!!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rest In Peace Tommy Fryed

 
Very sad to hear that Tommy Fryed of the Fryed Brothers Band passed away from heart failure on Wednesday, October 30th.  My prayers go out to all of Tommy's family and friends.  Ride Tommy Ride!
 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

GET ON - A Guide To Riding Motorcycles For Women Who Think Too Much by Janet H. Green

If you have been rolling the thought of riding your own motorcycle around in your head and still haven't decided if you should or not, you need to buy this e-book.  As a woman I totally over think everything.  Well most everything.  When I was trying to make the decision if I was going to ride my own or continue to ride two-up I wish I would have had this book as my guide.

Get On - A Guide to Riding Motorcycles For Women Who Think Too Much by Janet H Green is truly wonderful.  Janet sprinkles in a bit of humor and a lot of truth in her e-book.  This veteran rider of over 10 years, covers pretty much everything that rolls through a woman's mind when she is trying to make this important decision.  A decision that ultimately will change her life forever if she decides to go for it and ride her own.

So many people try to talk you out of riding because it's oh so dangerous.  Janet says it best in the "What Will (Insert Name Here) Think?" chapter, "Motorcycles are not dangerous.  In fact, in this whole entire book there is only one guarantee I can make, and that is this:  You can approach a motorcycle, walk all around it, run your hand over it's leather seat, even check your teeth for lipstick in the reflection of its chrome air cleaner - and it will not harm you.  No, motorcycles are not dangerous.  Bad riding habits are dangerous.  The motorcycle is merely a machine.  The danger comes when you are uneducated in and unprepared for its proper and safe usage."  

This book will totally empower any woman that has been giving riding a second, third, and maybe fourth thought.  It will guide her to decide that maybe riding her own just isn't for her because there is oh so much involved.  I have a feeling though that the women who buy and read this book, especially the "Why, Indeed?" chapter, will get the push they need to at least take the MSF motorcycle class to see if it's really a dream that is worth pursuing further. 

Janet covers it all in this book, from the must haves to finally learning to ride.  The section about which motorcycle to purchase, when you are just getting started, offers great tips on what to look for and think of when you are trying to decide.    

I think the best part of this book is the truthful nature of it.  Janet tells you exactly what you need to hear about riding your own.  She shares great knowledge from her years of riding.  She gives the reader great thoughts to ponder on the reader's journey to riding her own.  This is definitely a must read for all women that are thinking about learning to ride a motorcycle, even if they don't think too much! 

For your copy of Get On - A Guide to Riding Motorcycles For Women Who Think Too Much by Janet H Green click on this link - GET ON!!   or go to www.janetgreenbooks.com. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Thoughts on Sturgis 2013

It's been almost a month since the Sturgis Rally.  It wasn't the best Sturgis trip I've had to date but it had it's fun moments.  One thing I learned on this trip is trust your gut because it is pretty spot on most of the time.  I'm not going to go into any detail about that comment but l will say, if you think someone you are going on a trip with may not play well with others, go with your gut!  Looking back now I should have realized that following the truckload of kybos through the scenic view in Chamberlain was a sign of things to come. 

I had a couple emotional moments on the trip since this was the first time I road my own to Sturgis.  The first is when we crossed into South Dakota.  I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in myself for arriving there.  The next emotional moment was when I exited into Sturgis and made my journey to Lazalle Street so I could turn right and head on out to the Buffalo Chip.  I had to fight back tears a couple times.   Riding your motorcycle down Main Street is a seriously cool feeling.  I got Goosebumps!

I forgot how loud the Buffalo Chip was and while it was awesome to be there for all of the concerts I believe that the next trip I make will not include a stay at the Chip.  Next time I'd actually like to stay in Sturgis.  Maybe in someone's yard.  I didn't mind tent camping at all but with all the noise at the Chip, a good nights sleep was not possible.  The best concert, hands down, was Halestorm.  Rob Zombie was also amazing but I felt like he could have played much longer.  I finally have a musical respect for ZZ Top.  Billy Gibbons is seriously cool and I bet it would be fun hanging with him and listening to his countless stories.  Old Guys Rule.  Speaking of Old Guys...met this gnarly ODB named Woody and his son Cory before Halestorm.  They were from Davenport, Ia.  Imagine that, we have to go to South Dakota to meet other Iowans.  We hung out with them during the evenings for the length of their stay at the Chip.  I spent about a hour one afternoon talking to Woody and it was one of the best moments of the trip.  I love listening to people talk about their experiences in life.  I truly hope that I run into Woody and Cory again on the road.  It sucks because I didn't get their last name.  Boo! 

Dan's friend Jeff and his woman Meredith were the only non bikers on the trip.  They drove the truck and camper out to the Buffalo Chip for the other folks that were with our group.  It still cracks me up that they were the only people on the trip to get INK.  And the rest of us call ourselves bikers.  HA!  Jeff and Meredith were really fun to hang with and it was cool that we got to use the truck a few days so that we could hang with both of them. 

Sturgis has changed since the last time I was there.  The Broken Spoke Saloon is no longer downtown.  It is now Easyrider Saloon.  Loved the new building they built and the multi levels of outdoor decks was awesome.  Great people watching.  I did notice this trip that there wasn't as much nudity as usual, especially at the Chip.  Maybe it's because it was colder at night.  I think the guys were very disappointed.  Has Gunner's always been on Lazalle?  For some reason I thought it used to be on Main Street??

It's probably weird but I didn't do any riding while I was there.  It was just an accomplishment for me that I got there.  I spent most of my time hanging out at the Chip or going places in the truck so we could hang with Jeff and Meredith and drink.  Yes drink...I needed many cocktails on this trip!  My next Sturgis trip will be so much different.  I look forward to another journey to the motorcycle mecca.  Maybe 2015.  That trip will include more time downtown Sturgis and actually doing some riding in the great state of South Dakota. 

As I waved good bye to the Chip and road through Sturgis to the interstate, I felt sad.  I always feel sad leaving Sturgis.  I love the rally and the people that travel from all over to enjoy the same thing that I enjoy.  On the journey home I reflected a lot on my life and how lucky I am to have been able to take this trip.  How strong I really am as a woman to ride my own motorcycle.  And how much I am thankful for the freedom that I have to ride freely in our great land. 

I love you Sturgis, South Dakota

Monday, August 19, 2013

Toby Keith and the Concerned Biker

One of the concerts I attended at The Chip was Toby Keith.  I've liked a lot of his music and really dig the fact that he's so All American!  He loves our military and I think that's awesome!  Well the last 2 songs he sang were American Soldier and Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue.  Well with my lack of sleep and not so lacking consumption of multiple cocktails I found myself crying when he sang American Soldier.  Out of the blue this nice old dirty biker walked over and asked if I was ok and if I had lost someone in a war?  I told him no, that I just don't take my freedom lightly and that this song always makes me cry.  He gave me a little squeeze and walked away.  I thought that was very cool that he cared enough to ask!  There are some super awesome bikers in this world and it was my honor to hang with them again this year at Sturgis!

God Bless Our Troops, Vets, Military Families, and Our Fallen Heros!  And God Bless Our Great Land!!  

Don't Tread on Me!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Journey to Sturgis

Here is a photo from the beginning of the journey to Sturgis.  I'm the 2nd rider.