Why did you choose your Harley Davidson Street Glide Special?
Well, I started off on sport bikes but found myself touring mostly. Then in 2007, the Night Rod Special came out from Harley and that’s when I jumped over and bought my first Harley. I've ridden a Harley ever since.
How did you get into riding motorcycles?
I’ve always loved motorcycles as a kid so when I finally was old enough to ride one it was a no brainer.
What inspires you to ride?
The whole visceral experience of riding is why I ride. The smells that you don’t get from driving in a car. Traveling down the road without the confines of a car is something that can’t be explained and must be experienced. Once you ride it’s hard to stop.
Why did you decide to make your Instagram?
The roads and scenery where I live near the Smoky Mountains are breathtaking so I found myself frequently stopping to take pictures of my bike with the beautiful backdrops in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. I figured why not share the pictures with other rides who might enjoy seeing what it’s like to ride in the area.
What is the best life lesson you've learned from owning/riding a motorcycle?
I would say that it’s learning to depend on myself. I ride 95% of the time by myself. It’s my preference. When you go on a week trip by yourself you learn a lot about yourself and about your capabilities. It also gives you a lot of time to think and assess the things that are most important to you. And if you find yourself in a potentially dangerous weather situation you’re really challenging your critical thinking skills and the ability to make good decisions.
Tell us about the most exciting adventure you’ve taken on your bike.
As I alluded to above the most memorable and exciting adventures have been when I found myself in harrowing weather situations. These include trying to catch a ferry in a storm with people in cars warning me of tornado warnings in the area. I also found myself nearly cut-off from accommodations and food when the route I was riding became flooded. Luckily the last option I had took me out to a nearby small town that had one room left at the motel. I’d say those two were probably the most exciting adventures I’ve had riding.
What does being a part of the motorcycle community mean to you?
A sense of camaraderie and company when you would otherwise find yourself alone. That feeling you get when you’ve been riding alone all day on a trip and finally pass another bike going the other way and mutually wave. It reminds you that even though you might be alone on that trip you’re never actually alone if you need help.
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