10 Year Harley-versary

This fall marked 10 years since I bought my first Harley-Davidson.

10 Years

Harley-Davidson has been in my blood since I was little.   The loyalty to Harley bloomed early on, thanks to my dad.

Live To Ride

Ride To Live

Those words signed every letter written between my dad and I.   Harley-Davidson was the only connecting piece for a period of time.

In some ways, it still is.

Harley’s; the lifestyle, the dream, the freedom.  It goes much deeper for me.  It isn’t about being a woman and “hearing me roar”.   It isn’t about making a statement.

Harley-Davidson is me.

Harley-Davidson is us.

I made a promise to myself that I would buy my first Harley as soon as I graduated with my Bachelors degree.   And I held to that promise.

October, 2004, my first beautiful blue baby came into my world.



And my world forever changed.

In that first year of riding, I met some INCREDIBLE people.  Several of these folks remain a very large part of my life to this day, one even a best friend.  My Best Biker B!tch. ❤

I learned a lot about myself that first Harley year.   That open road… I’m telling ya.

It does magical things.




I also learned that I looked like a dude with short hair and a do-rag.  Buying my first Harley also meant it was time to grow back out the hair.   No dude, here.

I kept my Sporty until 2008, when I traded her in for a bigger, meaner, faster bike.  Why?  Because my Sporty was becoming uncomfortable.   And, because my boyfriend, now husband, had bought a new Chopper and I was immensely jealous of the newness and the attention his bike got.  I wanted a head turner too, darnit.

Enter Harley #2: The Rocker C.



She was a beauty.   She was fun to ride in the city.  And she got a lot of head turns with her “floating” back fender.  People were intrigued.  This was a new venture for Harley-Davidson.  It was a risk.   They were following the Chopper trend and attempted to make one of their own.

Just look at the big back tire.   Be still my heart.



I loved riding that thing.  It was fun riding around the city.  It hugged the corners on the back roads.  It had some get-up-and-go.   People asked me a lot of questions.

And then we went to Sturgis.



And Clint proposed.

This has nothing to do with the Rocker C itself, but, I can’t start a post about my love of Harley-Davidson and not include this incredibly precious and important moment in my life.

Clint and I bonded over bikes.  Our friendship began thanks to the two-wheeled lifestyle.  He and I never would have established a relationship, or even met for that matter, if it hadn’t been for two-wheels.   Remember when I said my love of Harley goes so much deeper?

Well, it just keeps getting deeper.


Let’s go back to that Rocker now.    After Sturgis?


Dude.   That ride sucked.  That seat sucked.  That suspension could take a hike.


Sorry, baby #2, but you’ve gots-ta-go!

Time to make room for my beautiful, sexy, old-school Baby #3.

My Softail Deluxe.


My Precious.

My love.

My Shining Star.

My Most Prized Possession.

The reason for my heart beat



Ok, ya.  Too far.

But, you get the idea.   I am in love with Baby #3.  She and I are going to have a long relationship.




I mean, she married me off, after-all.

I love my two-wheeled babies.  I love the life it has given me.  I love the people I’ve met.  I love everything that is Harley-Davidson.

It isn’t the brand to me.

It IS me.







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?



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

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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DeAnn and Elizabeth


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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