Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The World's Fastest Indian - Remembering Burt Munro

I’m a little behind the times when it comes to watching movies. I’ve always wanted to see The World’s Fastest Indian and finally did the other night. To say this movie is one of the best motorcycle related movies is an understatement. Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Burt Munro is almost dead on. I found myself with tears in my eyes many times throughout the movie.

I think that the theme that stands out the most is the shear determination of Burt Munro and the fact that he never took no for an answer. He just lived life the way he felt he should and he really didn’t care what anyone else thought. When he set his mind to something he made sure that he completed the goal he had set out to complete.

The one liners from the movie are classic…

Where do you hail from, where is your hometown? Invercargill, I-N-V-E-R-C-A-R-G-I-L-L. Sometimes I spell it with one 'L' to save ink.

Aren't you scared you'll kill yourself if you crash? No... You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime.

If you don't follow your dreams, you might as well be a vegetable.

If you don't go when you want to go, when you do go, you'll find you've gone.

Seriously, can you believe that his 1920 Indian Scout could go that fast? Amazing!! His fastest complete run at Bonneville was 190.07 MPH. He did not set a record of 201 MPH at Bonneville as the film portrays, but did reach 205.67 MPH on a run that he did not complete. He did unfortunately crash on that attempt.

I’m including in this post the documentary short from the movie. Burt Munro was a man that I could have sat and listened to for hours. I love people that have great stories to share with the world. I also love people that inspire me to forge on and live my dreams! Even though Burt Munro passed away in December of 1978, he is still someone that we can all look up to and use as inspiration to push toward our goals in life!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chrome Cowgirl - Sasha Mullins

I ran across Sasha Mullins’ book Bikerlady Living and Riding Free a few years ago when I was looking on Amazon for books on Motorcycle Clubs. I ordered the book and have thought she was a Kindred Spirit of mine ever since. I have followed her Blog, Down the Road a Peace, and finally got to meet her last year at the Broken Spoke. Sasha is a free spirit like no other person I’ve ever met. She has such an incredible passion for the motorcycle life and opens herself up freely to share it with all that want to take it in. She is a true Chrome Cowgirl! Recently she took some time to do this interview. I hope you enjoy learning more about this incredible woman!

Was there something specific that drew you into the motorcycle lifestyle?
>>>Independence. Motorcycles are dream catchers. The motorcycle proves to be the perfect fertile ground for the creative spirit.

How long have you been riding?
>>>Ten years.

Have you always ridin Tigerlily?
>>>Yes, Tigerlily is my first and only bike. If I could afford it, I would have many bikes in my collection.

Do you think that Tigerlily will always be the motorcycle you ride or do you ever think of purchasing something new?
>>>Like I said, I would have many bikes if I could afford it. The new bike I would purchase would be something I could design using the select parts that suit my personality.
You are a celebrity in the motorcycle world. Were you discovered like an actress would be or did you just put yourself out there and immediately begin sharing your passion with the world?
>>>I was just doing my thing as a budding motorcycle journalist/photographer and ended up with a big fan base. Then I did the Discovery Channel show and all the other shows and that's how it all started. My passion for the lifestyle and art run extremely deep. There is motor oil in my veins. I want to inspire women and men everywhere to saddle up and live the life they always wanted to live no matter how impossible it may seem.

How many documentaries have you done and do you have a favorite?
>>>I'm up to eight documentaries but people keep telling me they see me on this DVD that show and I don't even remember. My favorite is all of them because I'm so honored to have the opportunity. I'm working on my own art flick right now which is a women in motorcycles documentary that is extremely artistic and will have some unusually cool elements to it, mixing art mediums, and including a killer soundtrack.

Is there a motto that you live by?

What processes do you go through when you decide to write a book? Do you use certain things as inspiration?
>>>My motorcycle and the open road is my inspiration for everything. The process for writing a book starts with a concept, then an outline....then, if I can do so, I stick to that outline.
Has God always been present in your life?
>>>God is present in everybody's life. Sometimes in the chaos it's hard to hear or see the signs. There are always road signs everywhere, daily, that need to be heeded. Right now, I'm facing off with God...I've got questions and I need answers. I need directions. It's a come to Jesus sort of moment, if you will. All of us need this face time.

When you are not riding, traveling to rallies and events, or promoting your books and music what do you like to do?
>>>Well, I'm usually creating something and I'm an arts and crafts junkie. I love to make things. I love to draw and paint. I love to sew and make clothes. I go yardsaling usually in my big goofy Dodge b250 Cargo Van; affectionately named Vantastic...she's my other baby. I'm a Van girl, too. Right now my goal is to find a couple of awesome volunteer opportunities and apply my energies towards helping people and animals. I also love being a budding filmmaker.

What role does music play in your life?
>>>Music is huge in my life. It's as huge as motorcycle riding is. I dream music notes. I sing all the time when I ride. Songs come to me on the wide open road. I do a bunch of composing on the road. I bring a recorder and compose the melodies and lyrics at truck stops, while camping... My Chrome Charming, Patrick is a motorcycle rider and professional musician. He plays bass and produces. We write and produce together all the time here in our home studio in Nashville. The goal is to get my beloved music project Sasha & Motoroadeo MMC out to the world. It's quite a show indeed. It's all free wheelin' road music, and includes DJing, Vjing, dance numbers, and bad ass musicians who live to ride motorcycles and hot rod cars, too. My first single is Ridelicious. It is available for sale at digital outlets everywhere (I-Tunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc) and I'm doing the club remix for that song as my alter-ego DJ Motorella. The debut album will be released sometime this spring. It's been a long time in the making. I tease people and say, maybe I'll be a ten year overnight success!

Do you have any new projects ahead?
>>> The projects ahead are my art film, my album debut, and my fiction book.

Where is the best place in the country to ride?
>>>My favorite place to ride is out West.

What is your favorite Rally?
>>>My favorite rally is Sturgis. That's a homecoming experience to me. I love the spirituality of Bear Butte and the Black Hills. It's a spiritual vortex out there. The wide open prairies and the Badlands call to me all the time. I've met some of the best friends in my world during my journeys to Sturgis. I love riding there every year. It's a special pilgrimage for me.

Do you have any mentors or people that inspire you and if so who and why?
>>>There are many inspirations and in no particular order: Cris Sommer Simmons for her in-depth representation of the female rider spirit and her love affair, too, with motorart and how she always encourages others; Becky Brown for creating the definition of a strong sisterhood; Effie Hotchkiss for just doing it and getting on her Harley and riding cross country when there were no roads...she's a trail blazer; Pepper Massey for her leadership and passion for innovation on our motorcycle industry; Betsy Huelskamp for representing truth in the culture and the essence of the rider Goddess spirit set free in the wind; Michael Lichter for his extreme ability to tell stories through his lense; Sara Liberte for her extreme ability to create art concepts and blend mediums based upon her passion for motorcycles and interpretation of motorcycles as art; Samantha Morgan for that beaming smile of truth and magical enthusiasm for riding motorcycles as if it were a unicorn flying in the air, that was so infectious RIP; St. Teresea of Liseux for her interpretation of being the Little Flower and her perspective on the tininess of ourselves, Dena and Connor Sheets for their example of hospitality and being true windbrothers and windsisters;Pat Lassiter, my beloved, for his constant generosity and genuine ability to encourage others to be the best and how he lifts up the hearts of all he comes in contact with, and for his ageless attitude; my Daddy Poppi for sacrificing his love of art and passion for travel so that he can take care of his family...he considered me as his wild child; Cher for her agelessness and for being true to her craft and for keepin on keepin on no matter what; Ann Wilson for her stellar and unique interpretation of song; the Rolling Thunder vets and chapters for their persistence and strong messaging to love, protect, honor and remember those who fight and have fought for our freedom; women who have sacrificed so much including their very lives for women's rights and freedom; Jesus for walking a mile in everybody's shoes and gifting us with compassion and providing gentle insight into how deep the soul river runs within us all...there is a tap we all have access to where we can be creative geniuses and experience a life greater than we can ever know and it starts with simply being true to ourselves and our gifts...and to accept the fact that we are spirit having a human experience so we need to go through the movements of life like a symphony. Anne Deli, for her leadership in the motorcycle industry and generous heart, and Keith "Bandit" Ball - is one of my greatest mentors...he believed in me when I was just a little budding journalist...from that spark of encouragement I kept on going....to this day he always encourages me!
If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
>>>I'm always changing. I'm always trying to be a better soul and a better human.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on the road?
>>>There are so many. I flagged down a rich dude hauling his fancy bike and siphoned gas out of the fancy tank because I ran out of gas.

Do you feel that women are finally breaking the glass ceiling in the motorcycle world?
>>>Yes, I feel that we are breaking the glass ceiling, but we need to unite, us females in the motorcycle industry. I believe there is way too much "ownership" of the idea of being a female rider, a female industry pro -- meaning there is too much judgment about how a female rider ought to be, what's the right definition and all this other stuff. It's too cliquish. We need to unite as more of a sisterhood and support one another's efforts and passion for riding. Leave no female rider with heart and soul for the industry and culture behind to fend for herself. Everybody has a gift to bring to the table. And it the lady entering the industry/lifestyle is all about truth and not trying to use the culture as an opportunity to get ahead such as the artists and actors that claim they are bikers, throw their leg over a Harley, make celebrity appearances as representatives of the culture, shakily ride a few miles, wear the sponsored cool clothes, talk the talk and then the next thing you know you never see them again...that ain't right. It's all kinds of phooey and phony and robs the opportunity of a real female rider with an art passion in those areas.
That is another form of glass ceiling for those who don't have the big representation...any form of suppression is a glass ceiling because you're watching others up above climbing the ladder of success having missed all the due paying and miles ridden to achieve their dreams. Or because they have a certain status, financial resource, or simply gender.

Do you feel like Men take you seriously when it comes to your love and passion for the motorcycle lifestyle?
>>>Oh yes, most times men take women very seriously regarding their love and passion for the motorcycle lifestyle...I should say men who are true bikers/racers in the lifestyle. The poseur crowd sometimes will huff and puff stinky words like, a girl can't handle riding a motorcycle... I was filming a spec project once (which meant I was doing this for nearly nothing but the passion I had in my heart, and to help someone realize their dreams) and rode off the set when the director who claimed to be a biker and acted like a disrespectful jerk the whole time, rolled his eyes and sighed "girls" and shook his head and smirked referring to me trying to paddle walk my bike backwards over a huge concrete water block and then up a small hill onto the road ... I had asked him for a push to get myself over that hump and up onto the street. He didn't play well with others...

In your latest book you touched on health and fitness. What do you do to stay looking so beautiful?
>>>That's a sweet compliment. How do I stay beautiful? Well, I should pray more firstly. And not get anxious. Okay, let's see, lots of face cream. Try to eat as healthy as possible, Cardio to expand the breath and doing fun things like jump roping and hula hooping. NO big fitness routine with all this labor involved. Separate yourself from energy draining people and liars. Establish boundaries. Turn a frown upside down as much as possible. Never suppress your feelings...be sure to go through the motions of emotions in a safe, private and nourishing manner. Life is a symphony of movement at all time...Don't stop and give up. Course correct if you must.
I was very disappointed that you were not selected Miss Sturgis 2008 because you are a true Chrome Cowgirl and your passion for the life is so genuine. What did you learn from the Miss Sturgis experience?
>>>I learned that it was a waste of time.

Do you feel you are a role model for the women of the motorcycle community?
>>>Yes. And I didn't intend to be. But now that I am, this role is so important and is my life passion. I need to encourage other gals to ride and follow their heart's desires...I'm honored that this concept could be tied into God's purpose for me on this earth and S/he's using the "vehicle" of a two wheeled freedom machine in order to do so. Righteous. I want all girls who ride or passenger to know, you are all role or "roll" models. You are, too, Stephanie.

Do you have any advice for girls and women if they are thinking about moving to the front of the motorcycle?
>>>Move to the driver's seat if it is something you truly desire in your heart. Go buy the DVD Ride like a pro, get the book Proficient Motorcycling. Get my book Chrome Cowgirl to get the insight on the joy of riding. Take the rider safety course in your area. Respect the machine. Find a bike that you feel is your riding style, Sport or cruiser. Go sit on a bunch of bikes at dealerships. Ask questions about what kind of bike is best. I immediately wanted a Harley-D and I could afford a Sportster. So I bought a new Sportster as my first bike because I wanted a bike that would be my own without anybody else's energy attached to it. And I'm a little thing at 5'2" And my training ground was NYC so it was a very hairy experience. But I did it...I prayed really hard. Had a great motorcycle safety instructor to teach me and I took extra lessons past my rider's Ed class that I passed and got my license, but I still went for extra classes. Then I practiced riding on my own. Keep on learning because there is so much to learn. I would also suggest joining an organized motorcycle group, like HOG, or maybe Women in the Wind, the Motor Maids, Women on Wheels, Leather and Lace, or another local group of riders. I would also tell them, to know that they can do anything they put their hearts into....if they want to ride, they will ride and do very well at it. Bessie Stringfield the legendary female rider speaks about how she learned to ride in prayer...she wanted to ride so bad (and this is back in the late '20s) that she prayed to Jesus to teach her...

If someone would like to purchase your books, music, and Chrome Cowgirl merchandise where do they find it?
>>> Go to http://www.bikerlady.com/ and there are links to the places to go to purchase things. And I'm super honored when someone buys my art and merch. My friends are doing a small investment into my merch line so I'll have a few new pieces of merch soon. I can't wait!

Do you have a favorite swear word?
>>>Yep. Fu*k. Because it's so powerful and sums up the power of your feelings. But it can only be used sparingly, which is why I have my Filthy Penny page: http://www.bikerlady.com/portfolio/The%20Filthy%20Penny.htm

What are you currently reading?
>>>Victor Wooten's The Music Lesson

What music are you currently listening to?
>>>Pink, and I'm listening to lots of DJ mixes, like Junior Vasquez. I want to be a DJ for my live shows. I’m also listening to Chris Cornell’s “Scream”…Awesome!

Do you have any pets?
>>>Four: Two kitties, GypZ JingleZ and JazZ; and Two poodles (Patrick's), Roscoe and Sammi.

Sasha has two great books that every biker chick needs in her library.

Make sure you check out Sasha's website : http://www.bikerlady.com/default.htm
Listen to Sasha & Motoroadeo M/C!: www.myspace.com/motoroadeo
Dig the Chrome Cowgirls myspace hang: www.myspace.com/chromecowgirls
Read if you dare! Sasha's wonder blog: http://downtheroadapeace.blogspot.com/

Thank you Sasha for taking the time to do this interview! You Rock Chrome Cowgirl!

International Female Ride Day on Friday, May 1st

International Female Ride Day, New York City – The New York City ride will be led by Karen Davidson, great-granddaughter of one of the Motor Company’s founders. The ride, which will kick-off at 11:00 a.m. EDT, will roll across the George Washington Bridge before touring the sites of Manhattan. The celebration will continue after the ride with music, food, camaraderie and fun at Bergen County Harley-Davidson/Buell.

International Female Ride Day, Milwaukee – Country music artist, Krista Marie, will help lead the Milwaukee ride, which will kick off at Miller Park at 1:00 p.m. CDT, before rumbling through the streets of Milwaukee on their way to continue the celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

There is limited space for both rides. For more info and to reserve a spot in either ride, log onto:www.harley-davidson.com/womenriders

If you can't make one of these rides check with your local dealership because they may be doing something to celebrate International Female Ride Day!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Would You Like to WIN a Makeover for You and Your Motorcycle??

Carlisle Bike Fest 2009: The Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover, Carlisle Edition brought to you by GEICO powersports.
Two Lucky Bikers Will Win Biker Makeovers and One-Grand Prize Winner, The Ultimate Makeover
CARLISLE, PA – At the 2009 Carlisle Bike Fest, held July 17-19 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, two lucky bikers will win biker makeovers from the Garage-Girls, Sara Liberte and Jody Perewitz. One lucky grand-prize winner will not only get a personal makeover but will also win a makeover for their motorcycle to boot! The concept is simple: take Extreme Home Makeover for a person, in this case a biker (male or female) combine it with Pimp My Ride (a custom car makeover show) and bring it to one of the largest motorcycle events in the country; have two talented, well-known girls in the custom motorcycle industry host, judge and conduct the makeovers and you’ve got yourself the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover, Carlisle Edition.
Contestants must submit a 200 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo to bikermakeover@garage-girls.com by May 15, 2009. Submissions will be narrowed down to a few finalists, and then narrowed down to the final three, via on-line voting at http://www.garage-girls.com/ and http://www.carlsileevents.com/. Two winners will be selected for the Rider Makeover, including all-new gear and accessories with one grand-prize winner, who will win the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Winners must be present at the Carlisle Bike Fest on Saturday, July 18th to collect their prizes. Winners will receive killer new riding gear from ICON including Jacket, Helmet and gloves, a sweet new pair of riding boots from HD-Footwear, a case of Spectro motorcycle oil, Wizards Cleaning Products, Pink Partz Clothing, a year subscription to IronWorks Magazine, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, tons more prizes will be given away as well as way cool parts and accessories for the Lucky Winners Motorcycle.
For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit http://www.garage-girls.com/ or www.CarlisleEvents.com.

Garage-Girls.com is a rad new website developed to meet the growing needs of women who are seeking information about motorcycles and their maintenance along with other things that women are interested in, like celebrating the Garage Lifestyle of cool rides with health, exercise, nutrition, and all things that fit into the lifestyle from music and books to sharing stories about passions. 

The focus of Garage Girls is to encourage women to maintain a balance between their motorcycle and body. “The Motorcycle becomes an extension of your body,treat it the way you treat yourself and your riding time will be that much more enjoyable”. ~Sara Liberte.

If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at sara@garage-girls.com

For more information, visit http://www.garage-girls.com/ or http://www.carlisleevents.com/ contact Sara Liberte at sara@garage-girls.com

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Motorcycle Funny...

My Uncle Kent is in Iowa because my Great Uncle Aaron Jewell passed away last Saturday. We were all sitting around talking about the memories of Aaron and dying and other stuff and Uncle Kent offered up this motorcycle funny....

One day he and the family were sitting around and he told them that if he ever got terminal cancer or any other disease he would go out and buy that Harley he always wanted. He'd take it for a ride and then he'd ride him and the Harley off a cliff. My Aunt Myrna looked at him and said...Why wouldn't you just buy a Honda?

Have a great weekend! ;)

A Thought I've Been Pondering...

Don Imus is fired from CBS after calling the Rutgers Women's Basketball team Nappy Headed Hos but it's ok for President Obama to say "It was like the Special Olympics or something." when talking about his score of 129 in bowling and an apology clears that one right up??? Hmmmmmm.........

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sons of Anarchy - A Grammy Winner is Joining the Cast

Henry Rollins will be joining the cast of Sons of Anarchy. Very interesting indeed!

Calling All Female Riders - Harley Davidson Wants Your Stories

Harley-Davidson is trying to build out its Women & Motorcycling section on the website and they are looking for women who would like to share their personal stories about why they want to learn to ride or why they ride.

Here are some examples of woman riders who wrote about their riding experiences:


If you are interested you would need to submit your story to Kelly Yahr(Kelly.Yahr@harley-davidson.com) along with the following information, which will serve as your profile if your story is chosen:
First name, middle initial, last name
Username (if you already have an existing online profile at H-D.com)
Email address (this will be used as your username when logging into the community)
Zip code
Birth date
Community screen name (your screen name will be used to identify any content you submit on Harley-Davidson/Buell websites)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My First Ride of 2009

Usually we're able to take the bike out a couple times during the winter but if I remember correctly that only happened once this winter and I wasn't along for the ride. Today was beautiful...about 60. If you can believe it, I had to wait for Dan. Too funny...a chick waiting for a guy to get ready! LOL Anyway...I better not make too much fun of him because he did take me on an extra extended ride today! I felt all of the winter yuck dropping off of me as we made our way toward Saylorville and the mile long bridge. It felt so good breathing in the crisp air of pre-spring. There were a lot of bikes out today. The biker wave came natural as we'd pass each other. Everyone smiling and everyone coming back to life again. I'm so excited for this motorcycle season. It's going to be adventure packed this year...I can feel it! Hope to see you on the road!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sasha Mullins - Gotta Roar!!!!!!

Let's hear a big huge shout out for Windsisters everywhere! Here is a great song by Sasha Mullins to get you in the Motorcycle Soul mood!!!

Gotta Roarrr!!!!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Throttler Magazine has published IHG!

I'm totally excited! I made Throttler Magazine! I think I actually have been published in a printed magazine now but I'll have to make sure on that! I re-wrote part of the story so it's a little different then the one that made Garage-Girls. Anyway...YAY! I'm as giddy as a little kid at Christmas!!! Below is the link to the online magazine. If you scroll down 1/2 way you'll find my story and a link to the PDF file. I seriously need to go run around the house now in excited glee! Can you tell this is a big deal for me? lol Anyway...check it out!


Update: Yes...I have been published in Throttler! I'm such a complete dork that after work I drove to the Harley dealer and got 3 copies.(didn't want to seem too greedy since they are free and all) I'll have to go to some other places and scoop up some more. Thanks to everyone that have left the great comments about my accomplishment. Thanks to all of you for following my blog religiously. You all ROCK! I hope we all are able to cross paths someday very soon!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Mike Destefano - Franny's Last Ride

Dan's iPOD is full of podcasts. We listen to a lot of them when we are driving. Today we were driving to my parent's place up North and he started playing podcasts from a site called The Moth. This story is so moving that I had to share it with all of you. Hopefully one of the links below will work for you. Make sure you have some Kleenex too because if you are anything like me you will be deeply moved.