Category Archives: Clothing

What to Wear!

The weather cooperated today so I finally got out on the motorcycle! Hubby was working so I rode by myself for about two hours. I live in an outer suburb of Minneapolis where the county roads are plenteous (or would it be plentiful). Either way I have many scenic roads to choose from so off I went. It was quite the adventure not to mention a learning experience.

One of my first affirmations, that was again confirmed later, was wear all your gear all the time. Although tempted to leave the jacket or gloves off because of the 80 plus degree heat I decided that would be a totally stupid move and wore it all! Over the ankle leather boots, jeans, heavy jean jacket with armor, full-face helmet, and leather riding gloves completed my ensemble. I did remember to open the vents on my jacket and helmet which proved helpful in the heat. I wasn’t too far down my first county road when I became really thankful for all the protection I was wearing. The amount of bugs that were hitting me was ridiculous. Many of the motorcyclists I saw today were in short sleeves, some even in shorts, no gloves, and no helmets! Ouch! The bugs had to be stinging them too!

What not to wear!

About 45 minutes into the ride I get nailed square in the middle of my visor with a bug the size of a humming bird! Okay, maybe not that big but the goo and guts spread right across my line of sight … both eyes! Yuck! I look around to find a place I could safely pull off and clean the visor. Thankfully I remembered to bring a lens cleaning packet. I cleaned up the mess and was heading back out when the confirmation to wear all my gear happened. It has been raining and/or down pouring pretty consistently for the last few weeks. One of the outcomes of all this rain on our roads is the extraordinary amount of gravel and sand that has shown up on the surface. Even my backyard patio has a fine coating of sand!

As I’m leaving to head back on the road I take a right hand turn. That’s when I notice a pile of gravel so I swing out a littler further only to have missed the fact that the road was coated in a fine sandy-like gravel. Next thing I know I’m down with the bike. I quickly looked around and thank God there was no traffic!! I crawl out from under the bike, stand up and dust myself off. Then I tried to pick that bad boy up! Oh my! I’ve never had to do that before and never thought about what it would take to pick it up. 500 pounds of mean machine on its side and I can’t even budge it. I wanted to laugh! In all my preparation I never thought about how to stand my motorcycle up if it ever fell.

It wasn’t too long before a very nice Good Samaritan turned the corner, stopped and asked if I wanted help! YES!! He uprighted the motorcycle rather quickly as I babbled on about being a new rider. He just looked at me and said, “It is okay. I ride a lot and I’ve dropped my bike too.” I thanked him profusely and he suggested I try to start the bike! Oh yeah, the bike. It took a few times, but it eventually started. The Good Samaritan asked if I was okay to ride, I said yes, and off he went it his truck. Wow. Thank God for people willing to help. Lord bless that man wherever he is!

I’m thinking that heavy duty outfit saved me a lot of bumps and bruises. I’m sure my hand would have been cut up pretty bad if I didn’t wear those riding gloves. Wait, let me also sing the praises of my boots, and jeans, and jacket!! You get point. It could have turned out quite differently for me had I not left prepared. I’d also like to thank all the motorcyclists who have encouraged me to wear the gear even in the heat! Blessings to you too!!

P.S. The picture is a good example of what not to wear riding. I must confess I did take the bike around the block dressed like that to prove to my brother-in-law I knew how to ride. No excuses that was dumb.

Dress, Heels, and Toes!

Last weekend was my son’s wedding! Remember my post about shopping for a dress? I did find one and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!

Here I am with a couple of my favorite guys!

Enough about me, shopping and my dress! I want to share a little about my new daughter-in-law. I’ve always said if you want to see what kind of man a guy is meet his wife (if he’s married).  How a husband and wife treat each other reveals a lot! Does she respect him? Does he treat her kindly? Are they better together than they would be separately? Looking for answers to these types of questions will reveal a lot about both of them.

When my son and then girlfriend started dating it was immediately evident that she made him a better man by how she talked to him and treated him. As a mom, that is all I needed to see; my son was in good hands. I’m looking forward to getting to know my daughter-in-law even more, but one thing I do know is that she loves heels! How great is that??

I don’t have a picture of the shoes that she wore at the wedding (a sweet pair of hot pink heels), but here is a picture of the heels she had on a couple of days later! And check out the toes too, especially painted for the wedding.

Aren't these cute?!

Check out the "I Do" toes!

Maiden Voyage to Work … and Home!

I rode the motorcycle to work for the first time today! It was incredible! The trip is about 12 miles one way on county roads averaging 50 mph. The morning air was cool going that fast, but very comfortable. And I didn’t have nearly the bad helmet hair I was expecting when I arrived at work. Cool beans!

I left work early today. My son’s getting married this weekend so the rehearsal is tonight. It takes me a while to preen! I digress … it was a bit warmer when I left. I think it was around 80 degrees, but I still suited up. On the ride home there was a strong cross wind that keep me cool in the heat but had me leaning a bit to the left to keep the bike upright. I didn’t kill the bike, I made my turns, and no traffic mishaps! Overall it was a wonderful ride home.

I’d say the maiden voyage to work and back was a success! A coworker snapped a couple of shots before I left. Thanks Lindsay!

Suiting up!

Heading home from work.

I Want to LOOK like a Woman on my Motorcycle!

My first riding jacket is a man’s because I have long arms! Most women’s clothing usually runs short in the sleeves. I was willing to live with this …

My first riding jacket.

I love Twitter … track with me here … because I found what I hope to be my future replacement jacket! I’d resigned myself to wearing ugly riding gear until I checked out @LAScooterGirls web site! I was smitten at first sight of their coats! Check out these pictures! They don’t sell directly to the public, but do have a list of brick n mortar as well as online dealers on their sight. These images are from Nobilivity.

Scooter Girls Grey Trench Jacket

Scooter Girls Military Jacket (My personal favorite!)

Over the top ... Scooter Girls Hologram Jacket

I am so excited to find out that a local Minnesota scooter dealer will be carrying the GoGo Gear line in a couple of weeks! I can’t wait to try on these awesome coats! Oh … I think I failed to mention the have CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back!

Shopping Detour!

I’d like to take a little detour from all things motorcycle to rant about that fact I need a dress from my son’s wedding in 25 days. I’ve been so out of the mood to shop for clothes {see my March 27 post}. In the past my daughter has been my shopping partner; she knows my style and can put together an outfit that works for me. The stinker went and got married almost four years ago, then they moved 1500 miles away.

Guys have it so easy. Hubby gets to rent a tux. He didn’t have to make a decision on color or style. Just get measured and place an order. Why can’t it be that easy for women?! Where is Tim Gunn when you need him? Or Clinton and Stacy? I desperately need a dress. I’d like to find something that looks good without looking like a middle aged/50+ year old women trying to be 20 again!

Okay. That’s my rant. I need a dress for my son’s wedding in 25 days. Think I can do it?