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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Biker Feature: Pam S.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature | Pam S.

 

Meet: Pam

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1. How long have you been riding?

A total of 8 years.  I started riding when I was 16, but only for a couple years. I started riding again 6 years ago.

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2. What do you ride?

Yamaha V-Star Silverado 1100

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

I’ve owned two bikes.  The first bike I learned to ride was my Mom’s.

I chose my current bike because it fits me well.

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

After raising my kids it was time to get back to riding. When I want to go for a ride I don’t have to wait or rely on anyone.

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

My dad is my inspiration.

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He always gave me encouragement to try new things. When he knew I was going for a ride he would say;Watch out for the cars because they aren’t watching for you.

My dad was on the Omaha Fire Department for 33 years and has seen a lot of Motorcycle accidents. He knew first hand. When I went to College for the first time last year he was so proud of me. You see, I’ve been out of school for 37 years. It was hard to go back.  I graduated in May of 2014 with my Book Keeping Certificate.

I’m so glad he was still here to see it.

Dad passed in July and I know he is watching over me now.

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

I love making new friends and meeting new people.

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I love that if a biker sees another bike broke down on the road they stop to see if they need help.

I ride because I love freedom, independence, and the movement of the ground beneath me.

 

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

All of my 2 wheel stories are special. Can’t just choose one.

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

Take a riders course. Don’t get a bike that is too big for you to handle.

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

I will not show disrespect to other bikers less experienced or knowledgeable than I am.

It’s all about Respect.

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11. Final words?

Live for today like there’s no tomorrow.

Do what you enjoy doing and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.

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Women of Harley: Elizabeth S.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #8 | Elizabeth S.

 

Meet: Liz

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1. How long have you been riding?

I have been a back rest for about 5 years, but riding my own for about a year and a half.

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2. What do you ride?

I have a Black 2006 FXSTSI Softail Springer

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

This is my one and only, so far.  To be honest, it was actually a bike my boyfriend had always really liked and so when I saw this one, I honestly believe it helped persuade him that I should be riding my own.  I do really really really love this bike, though.  It had big ole’ 12 inch apes with about 3 inch chrome risers and it just looked so amazing!  I sat on it and it just felt like it was meant to be.

Like, this was the bike for me.

I have since done some upgrades and have many more ideas that I will eventually get to, but we all know that takes money!  My lil work in progress.  🙂

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4. Does your bike have a name?

Not yet… I am totally stumped on a name!   I think a name will jump out at me once I get all the upgrades completed.

 

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

My dad always had his motorcycle endorsement but he didn’t have a bike when us kids were growing up. Occasionally he would borrow a buddy’s bike and take us for a spin, but that was about it.

Later in life, I met my man, Andy, who had grown up riding motorcycles.  It was in his blood.

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Naturally, I started riding on the back of his Road King.  It was about 3 years ago that I decided I wanted to take the motorcycle training class through ABATE of Iowa.  I took it, passed it, loved it, but still didn’t have the bike.  I would dream and search endlessly for bikes online. About a year and a half ago I ran across my dream bike and emailed it to my boyfriend and said:

I think I’m in love!

He thought it was a pretty sweet ride as well, so I started checking into it and the rest is history!  I was SO excited the day we went out to pick her up!   It was a Friday and my boyfriend had just landed at Eppley Airfield after two weeks of business travel and he headed straight for Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson.   He took it for a test ride, looked it over thoroughly, I signed all the papers, we loaded it up in his truck and took her home!   Sadly, I had to work at the bar that night AND had a ton of stuff going on the day after, so it wasn’t until 2 days later that I was able to ride her for the first time.

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

I don’t know that I have one particular person in mind, but I can name a few!  For starters, before I was riding my own, every woman rider that I would see got me thinking “I could do that”.

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Secondly, my new girls: the “Biker Bi!ches”.   Those gals are so freaking awesome and inspire me to get out, be me and ride! We are all such awesome chicks and so glad that I have met each and every one of them!

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And of course, my best friend and boyfriend Andy.  He knows so much about bikes and can tell you the exact year, make & model of a bike that is 300 yards away.  I just wish I knew half the stuff he does.  He has stood by my side and pushed me to get on my own bike.  I am so happy that he did!  We have made so many memories already and can’t wait to make many more!

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

My favorite thing would be the camaraderie and the sense of friends/family that comes with it.  I have met some of the best people through riding motorcycles.  I think about 90% of my friends ride.   Riding creates an instant bond and no one cares about your social or financial status. The point is you ride and you like to ride. Everyone is so accepting of every walk of life and that makes for one heck of a party!

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

I’ll give a funny one.   Last year, after I got my bike, I was riding with my boyfriend and all of the sudden a giant bug went up my nose and down the back of my throat.  Nothing about going 70mph down the highway that involves bugs is a good experience. Trust me when I say, it was horrible.  I ended up slowing way down, trying to spit it out and trying not to throw up at the same time ALL while keeping the two wheels moving forward.  Meanwhile, my man had pulled over to the side of the road, so by the time I reached him, I looked mighty fine with watery eyes and slobber all over my cheek and shoulder. all thanks to trying to spit a bug out.   I got off my bike, regained my composure and then off we went again.

Oh, the life of a biker; those bugs never stand a chance, but they sure try!

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His and Hers

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

Just do it! If you have ever even thought about riding your own, then I highly suggest the ABATE of Iowa learning course. It teaches you so much and the teachers are great.  Just get out there, don’t be scared.

It is very empowering… not to mention bad ass.

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

I’m not really sure if this is a “biker code” but I absolutely love the saying;

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

I think it fits with us bikers. Yeah, we can be serious and get things done, take care of our families, hold down good jobs but we know that there is still so much more!  The experiences and the views are what we miss when we are so wrapped up in making a living. We have to be able to relax and for us, that’s riding!

We might not know where we are heading but we are out there enjoying the ride…

wherever it may take us!

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND, LIZ!!!

 

 

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Women of Harley: Jen M.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #2 | Jen M.

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I met Jen a few years ago at a bar outside of Glenwood, IA.  A small group of us were meeting up to go riding for the day and Jen just happened to also be at the same bar with one of her friends.  We chatted for a little while, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2014 that I was able to spend some time with her and truly get to know her.   She is bubbly, vivacious, has a gorgeous smile and a sweet as can be personality.  This chick knows what loyalty means and is a girlfriend that you can definitely always count on.

Without further ado ~ Ladies and Gents:

Meet:  Jen

 

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1. How long have you been riding? 

7 Years

 

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2. Why do you ride? 

For my SANITY! I also love the beauty of the back roads, I meet amazing new forever friends, since I have no family here, the biker community has somewhat adopted me… pretty much riding my own Harley is one of the coolest things I’ve ever learned how to do.

 

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

My first bike was a METRO Scooter! It wouldn’t even go 30mph so I upgraded to a Ruckus.  I was actually in the Omaha Scooter club! HAHA! I have had four other bikes since… V-Star, Vulcan and now I’m on my second V-rod (my current model, MUSCLE, is my fave by far!)  She’s sexy and mean!

 

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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?

My ex-husband had a plan. He wanted a motorcycle so he started himself on a scooter, I felt left out so he bought me one.(here’s where his plan starts) The Scooter wouldn’t even get up to 30mph.. Giant FAIL! So, he bought himself a V-star.  I then purchased a faster scooter but felt like a nerd riding alongside his motorcycle.  So, 1 month later he upgraded to the Volcan and I took over the V-Star.   Of course my V star was a slow pig and I needed some speed..  I mean, the 950 was cool for a little bit, but it wasn’t a Harley.   The ol’ ex took me to Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson one afternoon and said, “BABE you have to ride this V-Rod”.   I’m looking at it like… Nah.  

He begged, I caved, got on and well…

clearly the rest is history.  

 

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

I actually used to ride behind my dad a bit.. he’s a cool dude! He rides horses now.. but loves and swears he’s going to buy another Harley one day.. he LOVES that I ride, and thinks my bike is pretty bad ass! That’s cool!

 

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Jen and her dad

 

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

I love how once someone see’s your a biker they pretty much accept you into their family.. It’s amazing how welcoming people are.. I’ve met some of my best and most loyal friends riding. It’s also just so much fun! I love hopping around to the little towns and having a beer and a laugh with some super cool people I would of never had a chance to meet. I just recently met a double recipient of the Purple Heart on my last bike trip! That was amazing!

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 Jen, her friend and the double Purple Heart recipient.

 

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

I have to say my weekend trip to Awesome Biker Nights this year was so cool! It didn’t start off the best as I was super hung over, got pulled over on my way to meet a group of people I didn’t know, was a half an hour hate and it was HOT HOT HOT!  I was not in the mood to hang with (Bling we call her) sparkly butt that day and by the second stop after meeting up with this new crew, Cowboy Hat Sassy Girl was giving me the evil eye and I was just ready to ride out on my own.  Then something happened.  My mood changed, the atmosphere lit up, the cameras came out, the music started playing and it’s all history from there.   20 bikes, 35 people and now some of my best friends, ever!  I haven’t laughed or smiled that big in a long time! They adopted me and gave me the road name McSassy!  HA!  I think it fits!

 

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

Don’t over think it, just get on and ride, it’s such a great experience and it gives you the independence and identity that you need in life. It’s fun to jump on the back sometimes but there is nothing like getting on your own, starting her up and knowing you can go wherever you want!

 

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

Respect! Always respect the road! It’s like the ocean, it’s powerful and can change in a second! Always keep your eyes open! Nobody can see you! NOBODY!

 

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 Jen and Tracy

 

11. Final words?

Ride Fast, Live Hard and LOVE… Love the life that you’ve been granted because it doesn’t last forever!

 

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Women of Harley: Ashley H.

Welcome to the FIRST of many Biker Bitch Features

I am beyond excited to introduce you to some of the most beautiful, confident, bad ass women I have the privilege of sharing the open road with.  I’m always intrigued to learn more about why fellow females choose to ride two-wheels..  Years ago you didn’t see women riding their own bike as often as you do now.   Why is that?  What shifted?  And what are the stories?   I love asking questions and learning more from the females that I meet out on the road.  I figure it’s high time I start sharing their stories with you as well.

 

So, without further ado – I introduce you to our very FIRST Female Feature.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen…

Meet Ashley H.

 

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1. How long have you been riding?   11 years

2. What do you ride?   2002 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200

 

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3. Does your bike have a name?   Bitch – because she’s cold blooded

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

I have had 2 bikes. I have my current bike because it was what my Dad had when he got back into riding and then the bike my mom learned to ride on and rode for a couple years and then they gave me the chance to buy it.  The Bitch actually joined our family the day of my Junior Prom so of course I had to sit on her and ended up getting my dress all dirty!

 

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From the Left: Ashley’s sister Cathy, mom Connie and Ashley

 

5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?  My family got me into riding. I used to ride behind my Dad and my Uncles and one day decided I wanted to try it out. Ended up with 5 guys chasing me down the driveway toward the ditch, but I didn’t let that scare me!

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?  My Dad, he is an awesome person and has taught me so much over the years. He’s one of my favorite people to ride with and even though we don’t get to do it very often, it is definitely one of my favorite Daddy/Daughter activities.  Also, before I even learned to ride, my Dad and I built a Rail Buggy together that was street legal so I could get the idea of shifting before really trying to learn to ride. He’s a pretty amazing guy!

Can I have two? My Mom is also one of my inspirations, she has always been there for me and we actually took our riders test together and got our actual motorcycle licenses at the same time!  How cool is that?  I can’t express how much these two people mean to me!

 

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Ashley and her Dad, Buddy

7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?   I love that the biker lifestyle is like a family! They base everything on respect and with most bikers, you know where you stand.

 

 

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Ashley and I – cheesin’

8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories. If I have to pick just one, I would say the wiener dog biker games.  There were a couple of guys that kept going through the game and decided that my sister and I should do it as well. She got on the back of my bike to be the wiener biter and we completely dumped it in front of everyone. I had a nice bruise on my back from her boot but as we were laying there laughing my buddy and brother-in-law were picking up my bike for us. I so wish someone would have gotten a picture of us laughing on the ground that day!

 

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Ashley competing in the slow ride with her bro-in-law

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?   Do it! It’s so much better than being stuck on the back of the bike!

 

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Ashley and her sister

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

Respect

 

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11. Final words?  Get on your bike and ride!

 

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