Friday, February 06, 2015

Book Giveaway - Leanings 3 On the Road and in the Garage with Cycle Worlds's Peter Egan

I am giving away this hardcover copy of Leanings 3 - On the Road and in the Garage with Cycle World's Peter Egan.  Please send an email to if you are interested in receiving this book.  I will have a drawing from the names received on March 1, 2015.

Friday, January 16, 2015

I Can't Believe It's Over! Farewell Sons of Anarchy!!

I've been a die hard Sons of Anarchy fan for the past 7 seasons.  I cried like a baby watching Jax Teller ride to his death.  I really am going to miss the anticipation of a new season come fall 2015. My fascination with the outlaw culture sucked me into this brilliant show.  I loved characters and I hated characters.  Each one of them added something special to the tangled web that they lived in.  I would be lying if I said my favorite wasn't Jax.  Charlie Hunnam really made me believe that Jax was the real deal and not just a character.  I thank God for DVDs of the seasons so if I get that jones I can just pop a season in and see those dirty outlaws and Jax Teller's amazing ass!

Charlie Hunnam was on the pages of Men's Health recently.  Here is an interview with him while he was doing the photo shoot.  Enjoy Ladies!!  I know I did!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Hi All!  I know the posting was very sparse this past year and I hope to pick it up in 2015.  Wishing all of you a Very Merry Christmas!

Painting by Dyke Roskelley

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Garage-Girls announces 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover winner sponsored by GEICO Motorcycle

(Mitchell,SD) September 24, 2014 – Garage-Girls recently announced that Chris Gibbany of Harrison, Arkansas, is the winner of its 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, sponsored by GEICO Motorcycle.  Gibbany was among 84 contestants who sent in a 600-word essay describing why they are most in need of a Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover. Her essay touched upon her sacrifices and commitment to “hunker down” and put herself through school in order to open new career opportunities.
“We received more submissions for the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest than for any other contest. It was a definitely a challenge choosing a winner among so many great entries,” said Garage-Girls marketing coordinator, Sara Liberte.  “We want to thank GEICO as well as our other sponsors for their commitment to make this contest possible. Frankly, there would be no Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest without their continued support.”
As the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover winner, Gibbany will be able to enjoy a multitude of prizes that include: a new wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear Footwear; a brand new jacket, matching gloves and a helmet from Roland Sands and J&P Cycles; a cleaning kit from Wizards Products; a case of Synthetic oil from Spectro Oils; clothing from Hijinx Apparel; a set of AVON Tires; and saddlebags from Mustang Seats.
“Chris puts a lot of miles on her motorcycle and we want to make sure she has the latest and safest riding equipment,” said Liberte. “We are happy that she will receive a brand new jacket, matching gloves and a helmet to help get her down the road safe.”
To read more about Gibbany’s story and for more information on the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, please visit

About the Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest
Contestants were encouraged to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to decide who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover and would have the opportunity to take home all the prizes.

Make sure you check out the interview that I did with Chris back in 2012.  She is one awesome biker chick!  So very happy that Chris was the winner of this contest!  Good things happen to good people!  Congratulations, Chris!

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 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 on August 29th 2014.

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit
If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at

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 ‘’ for more information.  If someone is looking for a chapter outside of Iowa, they can go to ‘’, 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

If you are a Harley lover like me you will want to check out this exciting new forum called  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!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


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!