Biker Feature {Liz}

Three Christmases ago, Clint bought me a really nice Canon Rebel.   I was stoked!   Took it out of the box, attempted to figure out the manual settings, and then put it back in the box and let it sit.   Thanks for the Christmas present, babe!

This summer I am making a concentrated effort to start learning the ropes, with the end goal of being able to use my camera in the manual settings to produce quality photos of my biker friends that they will enjoy.  Fortunately, I have some pretty great friends who are willing and eager to serve as my guinea pigs and Liz raised her hand to be my first experiment.

Holy crap, I was nervous!  What if I was unable to translate what I saw in my head to my camera?  What if I botched it, completely?  And what about putting it out there for others?   What about the judgement?

All of that aside, we scheduled a date, I chugged a few beers and we went to work.   200+ photos later, I am pleased with what was captured and am excited to share with you a few of the highlights.   Now, to continue to learn and grow.

Thanks, Liz for being the PERFECT “first” for me.   It was a ton of fun.

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Cheers!

Women of Harley: Marcy L.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #7 | Marcy L.

 

Meet: Marcy

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1. How long have you been riding?

Been riding my own for about 6 yrs now!

 

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2. What do you ride?

I ride a 2003 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail

 

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

This the 3rd bike I’ve owned.

And for the record:  

I didn’t choose it, he chose me.

 

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4. Does your bike have a name?

 

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5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

Quite honestly, I got tired of waiting for jerks to come take me for rides.

 

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

Many of my “sista’s of the wind” are my inspiration.

 

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But, my daddy?  

He’s my hero.

 

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And my grand-kids?

My heart.

 

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7. What are some of your favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

I love all the awesome people I have met while riding.

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I also love all of the rallies I’ve attended and all the different places I’ve traveled.

Can’t wait to see where the road will take Jared and I next.  

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

One of my most favorite bike trips was a 6 hour ride to Soldier, IA with my girl Chris Yager.   The trip should have only taken maybe a little over an hour.   Let’s just say, we showed some of those country boyz how to greet a biker bitch.

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I also can’t forget the Algona Freedom Rally Trip.   

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

While riding, NEVER let anybody take you out of your OWN comfort zone!

 

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10.There are many “Biker Codes” out there. If you had a favorite what would it be? Or, if you were to add your own code, what would you say?

What NOT to wear while riding is a biker code I like!  Some people just don’t get that flip-flops & shorts are not safe to ride in!

 

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11. Final words?

Marcy didn’t leave you with any final words – but I will.

I met Marcy a few years ago and I can tell you… I have NEVER met anyone like her.

This is one chick that lives life to the utmost fullest and one we could all take lessons from.  

Marcy is full of life, lives in the now, is a true free spirit, never follows the norm, lives the life she wants to live, is loyal to her family and friends, doesn’t know a stranger, lives EACH and EVERY day with such passion and does it all with ZEST, enthusiasm, charisma, passion and a whole heart.

 

If we could all learn anything from Marcy – it would be to not take yourself so seriously and experience everything you possibly can.

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Thank You, Marcy for being you!

You are a true gift to the Biker Community and our little crew known as the Biker B!tches.

 

 

Cheers!

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Biker Feature: DeAnn P.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature | DeAnn P.

 

Meet: DeAnn 

 

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1. How long have you been riding?

I’ve had my license for 4 years but my hubby bought me an Enduro 14 years ago.

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2. What do you ride?

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT

 

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

Two!  My Enduro and Vulcan. I chose the Vulcan as it is the same size as a Heritage Softail but was more budget friendly.  I am PROUD to say I worked a second job for 3 years to pay cash for it.

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4. Does your bike have a name?

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5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

When I went on a trip with my mom.  She’s also a rider.

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

Can’t name just one!  My mom, my dad and my friend Lora.  My dad used to do hill climbs!

 

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DeAnn and her parents

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7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

Total 100% acceptance.

No judgement.

I feel beautiful when I ride. 

It is the only time I feel accepted.  

 

 

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

The long trips I take with the girls!    Each year I get together with a group of women and we ride to a new destination.   So far I’ve ridden to Arkansas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells,  Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming.   Next year I’m going to the 75th Anniversary of Sturgis!

I am also glad to have met all the Biker B!tches this last summer!

 

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

Try it. I guarantee you’ll like it.

 

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10.There are many “Biker Codes” out there. If you had a favorite what would it be?

Never leave a biker behind.

 

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11. Final words?

Riding was the best decision I’ve ever made. It calms me in an otherwise restless mind.

 

Riding makes me feel empowered.

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Women of Harley: Lora J.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #4 | Lora J.

 

Meet: Lora J.

 

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1. How long have you been riding?

I grew up on mini bikes, but I was always just a little scared of riding back then.  When I was 18, my husband would let me give him rides on his dirt bike.  On Mother’s Day, seven years ago, I got my first bike and have been riding my own ever since.

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Lora’s First Bike

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2. What do you currently ride?

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

I have owned two bikes.  My first one was an 1100 V Star.   I have since purchased my Heritage Softail, which I got for a screaming great deal.   I kept my V Star for my 16 year old son who has now been riding a few years.

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Lora’s son on her V Star


4. Does your bike have a name?

I haven’t gotten around to my new bike.  Any ideas?


5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike.

I love riding my own bike and I feel more safe when I am in charge.   I actually had my first street bike before my husband got his.  I have always felt free riding my own bike. Riding is like Prozac.  It relieves a lot a stress.

Riding is something I had wanted to do for a long time, but I waited until my kids were old enough to watch themselves.  Kids first, riding second.

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Lora with some of her riding sisters.

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

All women riders are my inspiration.  I have found that women tend to ride safer then men, and women always form a bond, no matter the age difference.

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7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

The freedom.

Meeting new people.

Motorcycles are always a great ice breaker.   There is always a story.

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

My favorite two wheeled story was my first women’s trip with about 20 ladies.  The oldest was 66 and the youngest 32. We rode to Wisconsin, got rained on and ended up drying our clothes out at a Casey’s along the way.   We rolled into the Dells in matching shirts and people everywhere wanted to take our pictures with them.   It was my first time to go on a trip on my bike with only women.

Our trip was full of adventure.  We had a couple ladies wreck, we lost stuff along the highway, people left their blinkers on (apparently this makes a few ladies really bitchy).  For the record, it wasn’t my blinker, but it was a lesson!  I now always make sure my blinkers are off and I learned how to ride in formation.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience.

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

My advice would be:

  1. If you lay your bike down get back on.  
  2. Don’t buy a brand new bike to begin with get a nice used one.
  3. Ride alone on less populated back roads so you can get in uninterrupted practice.
  4. Never let your bike get dusty.

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Lora and DeAnn


10.  There are many “Biker Codes” out there. If you had a favorite what would it be? Or, if you were to add your own code, what would you say?

Always ride like a lady.  Keep it classy, girls.

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11. Final words?

Ride every chance you can, you never know when it might be your last.

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Women of Harley: Chris Y

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature | Chris Y.

Meet: Chris

 

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1. How long have you been riding?

45 years

2. What do you ride?

2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider

 

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

3 bikes

4. Does your bike have a name?

No .. I think that’s silly.

 

5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

I was never a girlie girl like my older sister.  Riding dirt bikes was far more appealing and began riding with my dad and brothers at a very young age.   I always rode dirt had a 50, 70 and 125 Honda, then added on Yamaha, Bultacos and Benellis.  I also rode a Yamaha 500 TT.  That thing had a compression release that if you didn’t get the head in the right position to kick start it would throw you clean off.   At the age of 16 I was legal to take the bike out on the streets, however, the first love always took me back to the dirt. 

Fast forward several years after teaching and riding dirt with my son.   It would take me too long to recover from riding and he was getting to be the age where being with your mom was not cool.  So, I decided to get me a street bike and landed with a Harley. They said that once you sit on a certain bike you will feel it.  So, off I went to kick some tires with one of my brothers at Dillon Harley-Davidson.  I must have sat on almost every bike there. I felt the “aha” moment when I sat on my 2003 Dyna Low Rider.  I said in an instant “I’ll take this one”.  Lately I have been looking at Street Glides. Maybe next year?
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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

My Dad and older brothers

7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

  • Biker always have your back.
  • The looks.   What?  A girl riding her own bike? 
  • Freedom and empowerment

 

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

1) I remember being the only girl in Council Bluffs, IA that rode her own bike and the guys would always want to ride. Of course, I always responded with “If you let me ride yours”.   Their response?

“I don’t have one”

2) I have fond memories of riding dirt bikes down by the river with my dad and brothers when I was a kid.   I remember trying for the first time to cross a 2X4 board that was across the stream, and I didn’t make it. Needless to say, I got the bike out but was muddy from head to toe. All you could see were the whites of my teeth and eyes.  

I have many other stories, but those stand out the most to me.

 

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Chris and her son when he first started riding at age 7.  He is now 20.

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

 I say go for it. Do NOT wait for a man to take you riding. But don’t start riding for the wrong reasons.  Believe me when I say that you can tell if a person (man or woman) is comfortable on a bike by the way they ride.  Don’t let anyone stop you if its what you want. But don’t get cocky once you start riding.  You may ride well, but don’t get over confident.

Remember: it’s not IF you go down, its WHEN.

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10.  Final Words?

Ride and ride like you stole it. Don’t wait. Just do it. Before you know it you’re old and standing there saying “I should have or could have”.

Not this chick.  I did it.

I love to see women riding.  When I first starting riding as a kid, there were none.   Now there are many.  I call them my wind sistas. 

 

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 Cheers!

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A Few Words From Jordan:

I have to take a moment to echo Chris’ words.  The biggest piece of wisdom given to me when I first started riding a Harley years ago:

There are two types of bikers: 

Those that have been down and those that are going down.