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Why I Ride My Own

by Tracy Lanham

Why I Ride... I could start with the freedom of the open road and so on, but you hear that all the time. So here is my story...

In 1994 my Mom gave me a motorcycle - a Honda Hawk CB400T. Yes my Mom! How cool is that? It was so tall I couldn't reach the ground at all - not even close! - so my Hubby took it. Years went by and my mate had many other bikes after that and I was his passenger for over 100K miles. My mate brought a little Razz scooter home one day for me to see if I really wanted to be propelled by 2 wheels. I put 25 miles on it just in the driveway.

Beautiful Valkyrie

Back in 2001 my friend said hey lets take the MSF! I passed the class, so I now had all the skills to ride in a parking lot. It was now time to hone my skills. I rode a Honda NightHawk till the spring of 2002. Visiting our local Power Sports shop searching for my next step up... what was it going to be? A Honda Spirit or maybe a Suzuki Savage or even a Harley Buel??? Nope - I saw a huge beast of a bike in the corner of the shop. It was a Valkyrie!!! WOW it was gorgeous!

Snow Getting Home

I truly fell in love with the power of my bike, and what it can do. Trikes do take a lot of getting use to, that’s for sure. They are not 2 wheels. They are a blast to ride once you learn to ride one. All rules change.

At the time we lived 70 miles from big grocery stores. So I started to use it as a primary vehicle - it took a chore like food shopping and turned it into an adventure. I was hooked. My Dragon took me cross-country 5+ times and into Canada. Been in all the states except Michigan, Hawaii and Alaska. I even did a solo 1000 miles in 16+ hours just as a personal challenge. I ride year around as long as there isn't any ice on the roads that I know of when I leave. I have been caught in 5” of snow a few times, but always made it home.

My most favorite time is riding with my Husband/Mate of 32 yrs. One of my favorite times riding is at night with him. We’ll ride side by side on the open highways and turn all our lights on and make our own day light. I love the smells of Spring and Summer, then Autumn and Winter are so refreshing. There are many times we will run a 800 – 1000 miles in day. We have a few friends that we will ride with, but 98% I'm solo or with my mate.

My bike is my workhorse. I have carried many odd things on it from horse and cow feed to vacuum cleaners. I just love to ride... me and my machine... the odd looks I get in the winter from people, it's just a blast. Two little girls waving and pointing... Knowing that one day they too will ride because they saw me riding. I planted the seed.

Adventure calls her name

I’m an outdoors person and always have been. It’s an iron horse to me, as I have ridden the other horses my whole life. It got me out to see our fine country of the USA!! It has made me more independent from my husband. I love the adrenalin rush and Living on the edge... The camaraderie riding with friends, sitting around a campfire telling stories… Oh yeah - Life is Good.

Tracy was our winner, but we had several other entries. You can read more of Tracy's story and the other submissions on our Blog.

Winner's Choice: Women's Vixen Vest
Fox Creek Leather Women's Vixen Vest
Women's Vixen Vest

The Women's Vixen Motorcycle Vest is made of soft and supple 1.2 to 1.4 mm naked cowhide leather. Choose your snaps from Diablo, Antique Silver, Black or Buffalo Nickel. This motorcycle vest features a generous inside right pocket and two open exterior pockets. Read More...

Tracy selecting her vest
Tracy visited Fox Creek Leather to pick her vest out in person.
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