Archive for the ‘Random moto’ Category


I have always been an advocate of starting small and working your way up to a larger displacement motorcycle. It’s how I began riding and usually, for those successful and ongoing riders, starting small was indeed the factor. I can’t stress enough just how much confidence one can get on a machine that can easily be piloted, flat-footed and maneuvere. So, I was more than pleased to discover that a riding friend had written a wonderful guide regarding the best bikes for beginners.

Carla King a successful motorcyclist and adventure travel writer has put together a wonderful little PDF booklet for women who are beginning to ride and would like some guidence on the best motorcycles to choose as a first machine. She has put a lot of detail and thought into this booklet and it’s both visually fun and packed with wonderful into.

You can find your copy for free download here on her website.

One of the bikes Carla loved is the new Honda Grom. It’s really quite the little trooper of a beginner bike and many an experienced rider has been having a fast and fun time testing it out!

Here’s how Cycle World sums up the Grom: “Just like the original Honda Mini Trail, there’s no better trainer. The Grom’s about as intimidating as a puppy, the seat’s lower than the specs indicate, and the whole experience slices decades off your age (if you have any spare decades). A dark faceshield is a good idea if you’re an old guy, so people will chalk up the way you’re riding to youthful exuberance instead of advanced immaturity.”

I don’t know, looks like a whole bunch o’ fun to me! I believe I just have to go and test one out!

Does anyone else have a good beginner bike selection they’d like to share and please tell us why you recommend it!
Cheers and safe riding!! ;)

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Fabulous VINTAGE photographs of female motorcyclists!

Surfing Facebook the other day I found this wonderful article full of historic photos of women on motorcycles. As much as I don’t usually just blog another site, I felt this was truly an article to be seen. I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

32 Badass Vintage Photographs of Women and Motorcycles

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What a long strange trip it’s been…

This morning out of nowhere, the Grateful Dead appeared in my head’s musical archive and I began humming “Truckin” for no good reason. It seems my psyche is torn, between heading for the open road or hanging in the safety of my home studio thinking about all the art I haven’t been doing. “Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me, other times I can barely see, lately it occurs to me, what a long strange trip it’s been”. Well ya, it has and as I approach having less time ahead than behind it’s easy to get introspective, and more or less complacent.

Complacency is the nibble of death. In the garage sit two amazing motorcycles, one, my old bike a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S and the other a 2007 BMW R1200R. Both are ready and roadworthy and in need of a good workout, but then I look into the mirror and realize that they are not the only ones. So, does one need to ride to workout or workout to ride. Nibble nibble. I have many a rider pal who wouldn’t even consider riding her motorcycle without having some sort of physical mastery over the machine. Hmmmm….well, it seems a bit far fetched at this point to think that I have physical mastery over much more than say the gauge that checks my tire air pressure. You know, it gauges how much air is in the tires of the big and powerful moto while it can do nothing more about it. I believe I need to kick complacency’s arse.

Knowing this, I signed up for Liz Janson’s webinar, “Updating your motorcycle skills” and joined other riders from all over the country and Canada. The webinar was fun, stimulating and full of information, but what I took from it was one illuminating fact; skills need MUSCLE memory that is instinctive not impulsive. Yep…how freakin’ true is that?

As the weather gets warmer and dryer, it’s time to consider taking a class to polish up my skills after several months off the bike. Yes, I’ve ridden locally, and done a few hundred miles here and there, but I know that my muscle memory is also a bit complacent if not a bit impulsive. I need to tighten up and fine tune everything. I need paddock practice, turning and braking, U-turns from a stop and getting back to that tight relationship one feels with their machine.

So, what course where? There are plenty of refresher courses out there, but my favorite has always been Streetmasters for their instructors, their course and the care and nurturing we receive as a student. I always leave feeling more confident and more masterful, which is the what I hope for! The majority of my riding is done touring, dusted with a bit of local riding, so for me this is the perfect class. For dirt riders there are others and the same goes for track riders, but for good overall riding skill practice, you can’t beat Streetmasters.

Looks like I just need to find the right date, sign up for a class and get that light shining back on me. And maybe, just maybe with it, I’ll find the inspiration to start making art once again. ;)

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Meerkat rides!!

My friend Lois Pryce posted this adorable photo of FB this morning and I just couldn’t believe how cute it was and had to share. I believe it needs a caption.

Got any ideas??

BMW Motorrad motorcycle assembly 2014 Berlin plant: one 1200GS coming right up!

They make it look so easy…but then look at the place, the tools and the manpower. I don’t believe I saw one women in the entire 9 minute video, not working nor draped 1/2 naked over the bike. Oh ya, that comes later. ;)