The Brain Bucket

Rider Diaries, Honda

Be Patient and Thorough // Sam Sayago's Honda Interceptor VFR800

by Kelly Kawasaki

Why did you choose your Honda Interceptor VFR800 and how did you get into riding?

I got into riding out of necessity. Although I had contemplated it several times, I ruled it out as unnecessarily risky. Ironic coming from a US Army infantry veteran lol. This August my car had been needing too many repairs and it was beginning to cost too much. I had to sell it. I knew I still had payments on repairs and parts from the car so I couldn’t budget another payment. With the money from the sale, my only option was a bike.

Rider Diaries, Triumph

Conquering Fears // Tamara Raye's Triumph Scramblers

by Kelly Kawasaki

Why did you choose your Triumph Scramblers?
I have several bikes in the stable these days, but I choose them for their versatility. I am particularly partial to
Triumph Scramblers, either air-cooled 900's, the Street Scrambler, or the more robust Triumph 1200XC. I adore adventure riding on a modern classic and have found that venturing farther into the unknown on a big bike has pushed me to face my fears on and off-road, ultimately becoming a much more well-rounded and self-sufficient rider. 

Rider Diaries, Kawasaki

Go For It // Kawasaki Kitti's Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Kawasaki ZX-10R

by Kelly Kawasaki

Why did you choose your Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Kawasaki ZX-10R?
I have always wanted to ride but I have super-protective parents. Once I was old enough and saved enough money, and heard my sister had bought her first bike, I bought Yuki, my
Ninja 300 in 2017. I had done some research and read that she was a good beginner bike and she was a pretty white color that I loved. I didn’t actually know anyone close that was currently riding, it was just something I’ve always wanted to do. When I got Hikari, my Kawasaki ZX-10R more recently, it was because all my riding friends I have today encouraged me to go bigger, said I was ready for it, and I wanted to match Unknown Rider’s ZX-10R.

Rider Diaries, Harley Davidson

Iron Born // Jason Chong's Harley Davidson Iron 883

by Kelly Kawasaki

Why did you choose your Harley Davidson Iron 883?
My current bike is an
Iron 883 which I converted to a 1250cc. Initially, a Harley never really appealed to me and I think it's because of how the media portrayed Harley riders. I thought they were for middle-aged men who were having a midlife crisis. Then I started riding with a buddy of mine and he had a Harley Davidson Iron 883. The sound was just incredible. The air-cooled engine with Vance & Hines pipes was just so iconic that it drew me to the bike immediately. It was also the first Harley that seemed to run counter to everything that I knew about Harleys and that also appealed to me. Let's be honest, we all chose a bike initially because we think it looks badass and to me, the Sportster just had that in spades.

Gear, Safety

Gear for Improving Motorcycle Safety, Comfort, and Riding Skills

by Kelly Kawasaki

Purchasing a motorcycle is one of the most exhilarating experiences new riders will enjoy in their rider lifestyle. However, there are a few important aspects that need to be considered before taking off on that first ride, namely safety, comfort, and riding skills. Besides the first steps of rider education and protective gear, small additions to your gear and bike can make big differences by significantly improving the quality of your riding experience on a daily basis.