riding in my own motorcycle in June of 2002 after
taking the MSF safety course given by
MTII in West Palm Beach FL.
late husband convinced me that I should learn to ride
my own...this was during his 6 months of radiation
treatment for his
cancer. We had already bought his Harley just
before his surgery. I am very glad that I did...we
didn't know how long he had, sadly it wasn't all that
first bike was a 200 Harley-Davidson Sportster Hugger
in White Pearl. We
bought the bike in December while living in
the same time my husband traded in his
Electra-Glide for a 2003
Softail Heritage Classic. A job transfer moved us to
Florida, just in time for me to learn to ride. I spent
3 months on the Hugger, about 750 miles, but never
really got comfortable on it.
In August my late husband
and I attended the Harley-Davidson Open Road Show in
was the kick-off for their 100th Anniversary
Celebration. While there I sat on a Harley-Davidson
Low Rider (part of their Dyna line). I fell in
love...low slung with a wonderful low center of
it was several hundred pounds heavier than the
Sportster, it fit me better. In August we traded in my
bike and took delivery on a brand new 2003 Anniversary
model Low Rider.
In the 20
months I owned the Low Rider, I put 24,000 miles on
it...most of it was around Florida (Daytona, Vero
Beach, the Keys, etc) but there were two longer trips.
The first was the 2003
Pony Express Relay for Breast Cancer. I hadn't
been riding but 6 months when I signed up. It was one
of the best experiences in my life. I rode the entire
Eastern Trail from Orlando to New York City....via
Chicago. After the closing ceremonies at Hard Rock
Cafe in NYC, I headed to central northwestern
Pennsylvania to see friends before starting the solo
long trip was my late husband's first - last - only
multi-day motorcycle trip. We rode from St.
Petersburg, FL area to Johnstown, PA for their annual
Thunder in the Valley rally. You can read all the
details and see photos here: Not
So Great Trip With Some Great Moments.
late husband had a recurrence of his cancer and it was
deemed terminal. We moved to Tennessee and I sold my
bike and took delivery on a new 2005 Harley-Davidson
Softail Deluxe. This was my dream bike...made for
smaller riders, it fit me without modification. This
is the bike I rode when I
toured the country the year after my husband
2007 I took another major plunge and bought a used
2007 BMW F650GS on ebay. I bought it knowing that my
Harley wasn't the best bike for using in campgrounds
(often dirt, gravel, grassy, uneven roads) and the BMW
was a dual-sport bike, thus meant to ride in those
conditions. Why was this important? Well, I had made a
decision to sell my house and go full-time RVing.
Before I hit
the road in late October 2007, I sold my
Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, with 32,000 miles on
it, to another lady rider in Tennessee. It helped to
sell to someone I knew but was still very hard to do.
I traveled with the BMW until March of 2008 when I
finally sold it and bought a car. (Lots of gory
details in my old blog: From
the Lily Pad).
forward to July 2008 and I met a gentleman with a
Harley-Davidson trike...built on a 1998 Electra-Glide
with the Champion Sidecar conversion. I never liked
riding on the back of two wheels once I learned to
ride my own. I've found that the trike changes that
completely and I'm very happy to ride back
there...AND, once we get an EZ Clutch installed, I
will learn to ride the trike as well. [update:
Jan 2012 We are now on our third trike, now a 2012 HD
Tri-Glide and I am back on my own two wheels, a 2011
HD SuperLow. You can see more on our
blog for our Route 66 ride in 2013. Hope you'll
follow along with our travels around the country,
including bike trips, on the new blog 2
Taking a 5th (since we live in a 5th wheel toy
hauler). We have bought a cargo trailer to pull behind
the trike and plan on some extended overnight trips in
the future. Remember to ride safely with the proper
motorcycle jackets and gloves for protection and
a helmet if the state requires it.
for visiting "I Ride My Own" and I hope you will come
back often as well as refer the site to your friends.
it in the wind and ride safe!