I’m so excited to be able to introduce y’all to my new cyber friend Laurie (LB) from southwest Virginia! Laurie says she’s a novice on Twitter a.k.a. @LaurieOnTheBike so let’s welcome her with a follow. And she is a blogger!! Check it out, Life on the Bike and Other Fab Things.
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 4 ½ years
How did you learn to ride? Officially, I took at MSF Class at a local community college, but I have also been mentored by a couple close friends. Meet “My Guys” over on her blog.
What was your first motorcycle? A 1983 Honda Rebel which I bought immediately after taking the MSF class. I rode my “baby bike” for 3 months / 1500 miles before moving on up to my next bike, a 2008 Sportster, 883 L; I rode my “middle bike” for 3 ½ years / 13,000 before moving on up to my first new bike, built just for me. My 2013 Softail Slim was such an amazing ride! 6500 miles of pure pleasure … until 4 weeks ago, when I was hit in an intersection. I always thought that would be my final bike. I’ll have a new one by spring.
How many have you owned? See above.
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I rode behind a boyfriend for a year and when that relationship ended, I knew that I had to continue riding. It is the wind in the face, the adventure, the adrenaline rush, the joy and the sigh.
Tell us about your riding. Commuter, pleasure, vacation, racing, or ? I primarily ride for pleasure and travel. I ride with friends and I ride solo. In fact, each year I take a week long solo trip. I explore new roads, towns, and states, and I take photos along the way. My blog is a space for my riding and my photography. I do commute to work, but not frequently (computer, coffee, lunch bag, purse). I’m working on it though!
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Take a class and then start with a bike that you feel comfortable with and that will allow you to learn. Buy a used bike, learn to ride, and then ride the heck out of it. Get comfortable and move on up as you gain experience.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? 1300 miles in this year’s solo ride to Southern Maryland, Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Delaware.
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I’m a member of HOG, and am a regular rider with a large group of friends.
What do you do when you’re not riding? I’m a Women’s Health and Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Certified Menopause Practitioner; I’m an amateur photographer, have served on my City Council and am very active in civic and volunteer groups.