If you’ve been around these parts long enough to have read one of the “things about me” memes or maybe you played in the BlogHer scavenger hunt, then you know that once upon a time I owned a motorcycle. A Kawasaki Ninja 500, to be exact.

Please to excuse my (horribly) straightened hair. A misguided decision to cut my hair SHORT (and the subsequent grow-out period OF DOOM) combined with the Friends era resulted in the above hairdo.

Please also to excuse my (strategically hidden) thighs. This was before I hear of these great things called “vegetables” and “exercise”.

I sold that bike to help pay for my (our) wedding. Our parents chipped in a little bit but the onus was on us to foot the bulk of the bill. My (extremely) frugal husband had a decent savings account and I had a motorcycle to sell and, well. There is no debate that it was the best decision at the time; we’re now mere weeks away from our tenth anniversary. While my head knew that selling my bike was the wise choice, my heart was a little bit sad. I kept my helmet and jacket and they have resided in our hall closet to this very day. I spent many years pregnant and in the trenches of baby craziness and shoved my love of the bike as low as I could.

It’s been hard, especially every spring when the bikes hit the road. I need only hear them in the distance and my heart starts to beat a little bit faster. I want to be on a bike of my own, to have my hair blow behind me, to open it up on the open road. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s true.

A work friend of mine bought a bike a few years ago and we’ve spent many an animated conversation talking about our shared love of riding. She’s the same age as I am and loves it as much as I do. Seeing her bike in the parking lot made me both happy for her and a little bit sad at the same time. One night, after having talked to her at length about her bike I came home and pitched the idea to Matthew that a bike might be a good idea due to the amount of gas money we would save on my commute. He laughed, I laughed, and I didn’t think much more of it. That is, until last week when he brought up that maybe a bike would be a good commuting option, both for me and for him. He doesn’t have his license, but he wants to get it…soon.

He then spent the better part of the next few days researching bikes, browsing online ads and calling sellers. He called friends of ours who ride to get their insights and advice. He was a man on a mission.

I know that many people have fears about motorcycles. They know or have heard of people who have been injured or killed on a bike. I, too, am one of those people. When I was in my early twenties one of my riding buddies crashed his bike while on a ride that I hadn’t participated in. He was traveling at 180 km/hour (112 miles/hour) when he hit a bump in the road and lost control of his bike. While his passing was sad, I cannot see how traveling at those speeds can be considered driving “defensively”.

I’ve had a few friends express (grave) reservations about me getting a bike and I get that. I do. I’ve seen and experienced the carnage myself. I could argue the statistics and try to make my arguments but I really do understand both sides of the debate. That being said, I also feel like ten years of putting aside something you love is far too long.

Matthew found a bike that he thought would be a good fit for the both of us. He showed it to me and it was love at first sight. We drove an hour just to see her and brought her home the next day.

As you can see, Emily is just as excited about the bike as I am.

We had a few days of inclement weather but on Saturday the sun finally shone. Same goes for Sunday. I finally had the chance to take her out for a ride (or two).

I think I’m in love. Now I just need to name her.

*Alternate title: Live Long And Prosper. Because my new girl is a Kawasaki Vulcan 500.

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  1. Hannah May 10, 2010 3:32 am edit

    Wow!! That’s a beautiful looking bike! Good on you for not giving up on something you love. My hubby had several motorbikes when he was younger and although he currently rides a scooter (a Vespa) to work every day, I know he’d love a motorbike. One day, he will get one. And I look forward to riding on the back. I love it!!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Mother’s Day =-.

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:04 pm edit

      I can totally see you on the back with your hair blowing in the wind. :)

  2. K May 10, 2010 4:11 am edit

    I love it!! It’s the perfect shade of blue. Enjoy it!

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:04 pm edit

      Thanks! So far, so good. (Isn’t that blue rad? LOVE.)

  3. Carrie May 10, 2010 4:53 am edit

    Sweet ride Angella!

    I’ve been itching for one myself lately so I’m super jealous.

    Carrie

  4. Eric's Mommy May 10, 2010 5:16 am edit

    You rock girl!
    My Husband is looking for a new bike, and trying to sell his because it’s too small for him.

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:05 pm edit

      Ooooh. Make sure you let me know what he gets. :)

  5. DawnA May 10, 2010 7:26 am edit

    Congrats!! Hubby and I bought our 3rd bike about a month ago. After being bikeless for about 5 years it’s great to ride again!

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:05 pm edit

      Oh, yay! Enjoy. :)

  6. Ashley May 10, 2010 7:27 am edit

    I am terrified of motorcyles, Corey has his license and bike (that he thought it would be AWESOME to take apart…oyi) and I can’t force myself to encourage him to finish it so he can ride. My parents fell in love on my Dad’s 1980 Honda Goldwing and they too have dreams of riding again. I just don’t like the whole two wheeledness of it all.

    But, that being said I hope you enjoy your love. I’m glad you have a husband who both encourages and facilitates your dreams and that you are smart enough to know that 180 km/h isn’t acceptable driving behaviour! Have fun and enjoy, just don’t be offended if I don’t ask for a ride :)
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..The Adventures of Supermom: On Taking a Break =-.

  7. Heather May 10, 2010 7:43 am edit

    AWESOME!
    Enjoy!
    You are too cool!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Life Less Saturated =-.

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:16 pm edit

      Well, I DO have illusions of grandeur… ;)

  8. Jen Wilson May 10, 2010 7:45 am edit

    SO AWESOME!!!! Yea, bikes are dangerous. So are cars. And boats. And walking on the sidewalk.

    WHEEEEEEEE!!!!

    That bike looks good on (under?) you.

  9. merrymishaps May 10, 2010 7:48 am edit

    You’re a badass :)
    I love your self-portrait reflection. Great shot!
    .-= merrymishaps´s last blog ..weekly winners: last day in paradise =-.

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:17 pm edit

      Thanks!

  10. Kristabella May 10, 2010 7:56 am edit

    Hot bike!

    I’m scared of motorcycles, but more power to you and your love of them!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Devil Went Down To Georgia … And Came Home With A Sore Throat =-.

  11. Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire May 10, 2010 8:44 am edit

    Congrats…she is beautiful.

    Hubs has a bike and he LOVES to ride. After years of hemming and hawing I convinced him to get one for the commute to work. Now that he home garages his truck (the company truck comes home with him) he doesn’t get to ride everyday and I know it is sad for him, so I always make sure to push him out the door every now and again on his days off so he can ride.

    He would love for me to ride with him, but with my fibromyalgia, its just too much. Every now and again I do, but for the most part I just enjoy his happiness.

    Looking forward to hearing her name.
    .-= Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..For Them =-.

  12. Jenn K May 10, 2010 9:12 am edit

    Wowee, she’s pretty! In October a dummy on a crotch rocket hit me, his injury was horrific but he was o.k… well, he was alive. It scared the crap out of me. We rented a little bike to get around in Thailand and had a blast (once I let go of my fears stemming from above accident.) But the above commenter is right, lots of things are dangerous – so have fun girl… you look hot on there!

  13. Kami's Khlopchyk May 10, 2010 9:24 am edit

    Yay! So happy you get to do what you love again!

    You know it’s funny, no one ever chides me for loving horses. They are even more dangerous because you can never have complete control over another being.

    Have fun friend, and she is pretty, your new ride!
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Some time ago =-.

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:18 pm edit

      That horse analogy is pretty cool, Kami. :)

  14. Cousin Teresa May 10, 2010 10:01 am edit

    YAY! So excited that your back on a bike. a few of my friends have Vulcans and say they are wonderful bike.
    I don’t even drive a car but I have ALWAYS wanted to ride.
    Enjoy yourselves and keep that thing shiny side up!

  15. Kerri Anne May 10, 2010 10:04 am edit

    This post reminded me of my dad’s love for motorcycles. I had almost forgotten how he had owned one and loved to ride it. He was a bit of a wild child, and I loved that about him.

    You have to be you, and I know you’ll be safe. I mean, honestly how safe are any of us, anyway? Even when you do everything right there’s a chance something will go wrong. That’s life. And it’s far too short to ignore passions that are yours to enjoy.

    Also, your new ride is SO PRETTY.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Weekend Update, Sunny Seattle Edition =-.

  16. whoorl May 10, 2010 10:25 am edit

    TOTAL BAD ASS.
    .-= whoorl´s last blog ..Scenes From Mother’s Day Weekend =-.

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:19 pm edit

      Takes one to know one. ;)

  17. Tannis May 10, 2010 10:37 am edit

    Sweet!!
    .-= Tannis´s last blog ..fashion =-.

  18. hillary May 10, 2010 11:47 am edit

    *sigh*
    You know my thoughts on motorcycles. So I will say … I am happy that you’re happy. And I’m happy that you are smart and will be extra-smart about the way you ride.
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..I’ll Try Hard Not To Pretend Allow Myself No Mock Defense =-.

  19. Carrisa May 10, 2010 2:52 pm edit

    I’m happy for you! I’ve only been on a motorcycle once. And I burned my leg getting off because I’m too darn short. This may be why you don’t see many on motorcycles in shorts.

    I think if you ride smart and safe, there’s no reason not to do what you love. I get really irritated that Oklahoma doesn’t have a helmet law, but by golly you will get pulled over and given a ticket if you don’t have your seatbelt on. How does that make sense? It doesn’t. (also, am bitter about getting that ticket that one time)

    Also? You look smokin hot on that thing.

  20. April May 10, 2010 8:53 pm edit

    Your new bike looks amazing!!!!! I love that you were able to get another one. I love the new one I picked up last year (http://inhotpursuitofcolor.blogspot.com/2009/07/riding-motorcycle-in-minnesotaall-to.html). There is nothing more exhilerating (okay, I know there are lots, BUT) as a mom than being a biker momma ;)! I hope you really enjoy the summer!!!!!
    .-= April´s last blog ..Picture of the Day =-.

    1. angella May 10, 2010 10:21 pm edit

      You too!

  21. Elizabeth May 10, 2010 10:31 pm edit

    It’s a lovely bike but I will readily admit that motorbikes terrify me. Drive safe :)

  22. LiLu May 11, 2010 8:08 am edit

    Awww, what a wonderful full-circle happy ending!!!
    .-= LiLu´s last blog ..I Know It’s Tuesday, But… =-.

  23. Ninabi May 11, 2010 1:59 pm edit

    Another horse person here chiming in- yes, I understand the danger and yet….the freedom.

    Honestly, I think that having a little bit of danger on a daily basis makes one more brave in the face of the (hopefully infrequent) storms that come along in life. And we can be reasonable about it- there are risks I won’t take on a horse and I do wear my helmet. Always.

    I’m saying this as a formerly timid person who got a horse and got more than riding- a new, brave heart.

    The bike looks fantastic. Enjoy the open road!

  24. Amber May 11, 2010 6:14 pm edit

    SO Awesome!

    After a long day/week/month, it is so relaxing to hop on a bike and just go. Granted I always ride on the back :)

    Have fun!

  25. Danica May 12, 2010 11:44 am edit

    Wheeeeee! How exciting!
    My Dad was nearly killed in a biking accident when I was pregnant with Adora. He was in a coma for weeks, and it took him years to recover, but when he did, he bought a brand new Harley and hit the road. And I’m proud of him. My sister is in the process of getting her first. Matthew is buying one this summer, because it’s a good commuting option for us too. I always try to give bikes lots of extra room on the road and say a little prayer for their safety on the road.
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..Blasts from the Pasts =-.

  26. Sarah May 12, 2010 11:02 pm edit

    Awesome!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Cocaine! =-.

  27. sizzle May 13, 2010 1:03 pm edit

    You’re so bad ass.
    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..Face Value =-.

  28. Mel May 14, 2010 1:11 pm edit

    OMG! good for you, you look HAWT, on her!!!! Matthew must be drooling….=)

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