Shit new riders do

I have had Monday mornings where I walk to my bike, then realize I forgot my gloves, walk back, put my gloves on, helmet on, try to fasten the strap - nope, helmet off, gloves off, helmet on, gloves on, goddamnit, the strap - helmet off, gloves off, helmet on, strap helmet, gloves on, then try to take off with the killswitch set to off.

This.is.PERFECT.

And so very scarily accurate. Gods bless ye, reddit - sometimes, you really do produce gems :P

Mad props to my mate Neil for sharing this!

I can’t think of any other activity where I would pay good money to do something that scares me so badly I cry. And I’m not known for being timid or fearful, heh.
So, on the last Monday of 2013, we rode up to the Brooklyn wind turbine and the farm there, paid the 20 bucks each it costs for access to the entire farm as well as the motocross track, and went for a ride.
My riding on the level - even with sand, gravel and ruts - is waaaay ahead of where it was last. I think all that practising standing up while riding (on roads, admittedly) I’ve been doing has definitely helped!
But I’ve still got a way to go - after getting to the top of the hill in the photo above, we hit a small problem: me, getting back down.
I got down about 10% of the way, and couldn’t go anymore. Literally: I just couldn’t do it. I was too panicked to be riding, essentially. Steep downhills coated in scree with narrrow tracks and huge ruts? Turns out I’m not quite there yet. And it’s not just the terror which hurts - it’s the frustration. I can see so CLEARLY exactly how it looks to ride confidently in those conditions. Hell, I can _feel_ it - I just have to get my brain/body interface to the point where it does, too :)
So I trundled down the hill feeling horrible while Partner, awesome that he is, got _both_ bikes back down to the bottom of the hill.
The motocross track is pretty cool, by the way, although it also features some of the scree that’s so notable in this area. We’ll definitely go back, although I might just watch Partner on it initially :P
And the ride back out was even awesomerer!. One thing I’ve noticed is that challenges force my riding ahead in leaps and bounds.
So, I’m looking forward to the next installment! And having access to the entire farm in which to play? What a treat!
More photos available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/teh_aimee :)
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I can’t think of any other activity where I would pay good money to do something that scares me so badly I cry. And I’m not known for being timid or fearful, heh.

So, on the last Monday of 2013, we rode up to the Brooklyn wind turbine and the farm there, paid the 20 bucks each it costs for access to the entire farm as well as the motocross track, and went for a ride.

My riding on the level - even with sand, gravel and ruts - is waaaay ahead of where it was last. I think all that practising standing up while riding (on roads, admittedly) I’ve been doing has definitely helped!

But I’ve still got a way to go - after getting to the top of the hill in the photo above, we hit a small problem: me, getting back down.

I got down about 10% of the way, and couldn’t go anymore. Literally: I just couldn’t do it. I was too panicked to be riding, essentially. Steep downhills coated in scree with narrrow tracks and huge ruts? Turns out I’m not quite there yet. And it’s not just the terror which hurts - it’s the frustration. I can see so CLEARLY exactly how it looks to ride confidently in those conditions. Hell, I can _feel_ it - I just have to get my brain/body interface to the point where it does, too :)

So I trundled down the hill feeling horrible while Partner, awesome that he is, got _both_ bikes back down to the bottom of the hill.

The motocross track is pretty cool, by the way, although it also features some of the scree that’s so notable in this area. We’ll definitely go back, although I might just watch Partner on it initially :P

And the ride back out was even awesomerer!. One thing I’ve noticed is that challenges force my riding ahead in leaps and bounds.

So, I’m looking forward to the next installment! And having access to the entire farm in which to play? What a treat!

More photos available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/teh_aimee :)

Bike Exif’s top 10 custom motorcycles of 2013 is out, and has some MAJOR tastiness :) Nom!

This is my personal favourite, the Yamaha SR500 by Analog Motorcycles [above].

Tony Prust builds elegant, mid-capacity customs: the perfect bikes for barhopping and cruising around town. This 1979 Yamaha SR500 has more of a raw edge though, and a name to match—‘Bruto.’ It’s a machine for evening and weekend rides, with a seat big enough for two.

Female riders were twice as likely as their non-riding counterparts to feel “confident.” They were twice as likely, too, to feel “extremely satisfied” with their appearance.

More than half of those riders said the two-wheeled experience made them feel “free” and “independent.” And while they were marginally less inclined to say they “usually feel good” about their senses of humor and intelligence, they were almost twice as likely to say they “usually feel good” about their sex appeal.

Freedom T-1

Today is my penultimate day working at/for NIWA, and the last day I’ll get to have a lunchtime ride around the Bays (well, on NIWA’s dime) :P

And so, because the weather was gorgeous and it felt right, I brought in the bike today to do just that. Along the way I took a number of photos, some of which are above, but all of which are in this Flickr photoset, and with descriptions! If you’ve been following this blog awhile, you’ll notice many will look familiar - it’s because I took photos from places I’ve done before, or referencing my time here at NIWA. Can you spot them??

Enjoy :) 

If Men Posed Like Motorcycle Babes

The staff at MotoCorsa, a Ducati dealership in Portland, Oregon, decided to do just that. After shooting a series of photographs featuring a conventionally sexy female model with a Ducati 1199 Panigale motorcycle, the men who work in the dealership turned the camera on themselves.The resulting "MANIgale" series is nothing short of amazing — and reminds us just how performative (and really kind of absurd) these “sexy” poses are.

Bwahaha. There’s a whole series of these. Go check ‘em out :)

Also, Portland: we love you.