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Old 09-25-2013, 08:06 AM   #691
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OK I'm sorry it has been a long time ...
I will get some RR's up come winter time...

Now for something really cool...
I had entered a contest @ FoxCreek Leather...

ANd to my total surprise I won

Here is the edited version they published...
I won a Vest .. HB and I rode down last week to pick it out...

I think I'll also put up the Long version too , in afew days

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Old 09-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #692
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'bout time you posted to this thread

Which by the way....is worthless without pics




Leather you say..........?
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:16 AM   #693
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Here is the full story I had sumitted with all the photos....
And yes As soon as the sun comes out I'll get a cool photo of the Vest..


Why I Ride …..
I could start with the freedom of the open road and so on…
But you hear that all the time…So here is my story…
In 1994 my Mom gave me a motorcycle.. A Honda Hawk CB400T ..
Yes my Mom! How cool is that…..
It was so tall I couldn’t reach the ground at all, not even close..
So my Hubby took it…Years went by and my mate had many other bikes after that.. And I was his passenger,
for over 100K miles… My mate brought a little Razz scooter home one day, for me to see if I really wanted to be propelled by 2 wheels. I put 25 miles on it just in the driveway…

Back in 2001 my friend said hey lets take the MSF !!
I passed the class… I now had all the skills to ride in a parking lot… It was now time to hone my skills..
We bought a Honda NightHawk I rode it till the spring of 2002.. We had been at our local Power Sports shop looking for my next step up . What was it going to be a Honda Spirit or maybe a Suzuki Savage maybe a Harley Buel ???
Nope … I saw a huge beast of a bike in the corner of the shop… It was a Valkyrie !!!
WOW it was gorgeous! We had just started a small HotDog business at the time..
My mate pulled the hotdog cart with his bike…We looked at this big huge bike .. I sat on it and I wasn’t even close to touching the ground…. But that wasn’t going to be a problem as this Beast was Triked..
The shop owner hopped on it and took it out side…He made a few laps in the parking lot .. Than he said here hop on it ….See what ya think…After all I never rode a trike. Well…. I fell in love..
I had one of Honda’s most awesome muscle bikes under me…If it wasn’t for the fact that it was triked I never would have taken a glance it’s way….I did always love the look of a valkyrie…AKA Dragons
The 6 pipes coming down from the massive 1520cc 6 cylinder engine …Yeah !!!!
We bought it…I rode it around the mountains of Virginia …




I truly fell in love with the power of my bike…And what it can do….
Trikes do take a lot of getting use to that’s for sure. They are not 2 wheels. They are a blast to ride; once you learn to ride one. All rules change …

At the time we lived 70 miles from big grocery stores..
So I started to use it a primary vehicle, It took a chore like food shopping and turned it into an adventure..
I was hooked … My Dragon took me cross-country 5+ times .And in to Canada.



Been in all the states but Michigan ~ Hawaii~ Alaska …
I even did a solo 1000 miles in 16+ hours. Just as a personal challenge.
I ride year around as long as there isn’t any ice on the roads that I know of when I leave…
But I have been caught in 5” of snow a few times. Always made it home…



It might have taken me longer ,But I would get home safe. And a great adventure to talk about..
The coldest I have ridden in was -6*..Thank goodness for gerbings..

My favorite thing to do with my bike is camping..
Wither it’s camping in the desert or just local on the BRP.




The most fun I had with my bike was on the Salt Flats during Speed week…



My most favorite time is riding with my Husband/Mate of 32 yrs..



One of my favorite times riding is at night with him.
We’ll ride side by side on the open highways and turn all our lights on ..And we make our own day light…
I love the smells of spring and summer~ Than Autumn and Winter is so refreshing..



There are many times we will run a 800 – 1000 miles in day…
We have a few friends that we will ride with…
But 98% It’s solo or with my mate..



The largest group we have ridden in was Honda Homecoming it was the 2nd to last year they stopped..
It must have been over 500 bikes riding the Ohio Countryside…Waving to all the people..
My bike is my workhorse. I have carried many odd things on it from Horse and cow feed to Vacuum cleaners
I just love to ride…Me and my machine… The odd looks I get in the winter from people, is just a blast.. Too little girls waving and pointing.. Knowing that one day they too will ride…Because they saw me riding. And planted the seed..




The most mileage in one year was in 2007 From Jan – Dec 38K …
The least amount in one year was in 2005 From Jan – Dec 8 K …

This year was a milestone 210 k miles all on my Valkyrie’s ~ From 2002 -2013…
Not bad for a girl…



And each day it climbs.. As I still take them out every time I need to run an errand..
Or I just finished wrenching on the bike and I need to take that ever so important test ride..
Ya got to love Grease and nail polish…



(yes I do my own work)



My mate asked me a few years back ;
Are you going to keep riding if something happens to me ? I replied YES ! He than said well ya better start to learn to work on your own bike…
Or just take a ride because I needed a ride, I need to feel the wind and the power…
I take a lot of photos on my rides.. Most of them are on the fly..
Of cool things that catch my eye...



It is the perfect vehicle for me…
Riding your favorite bike on roads new to you, It just doesn’t get any better then that..




I’m so hooked .. That I had to have another Valkyrie..
After all I have to keep riding when I’m working on the other one…



And on a last note… I could go on and on about my life and my Valkyries..
But this I think sums it up…
Adventure…
I’m and outdoors person and always have been…
It’s an iron horse to me, as I have ridden the other horses my whole life..
It got me out to see our fine country of the USA!!
It has made me more independent from my husband..
I love the adrenalin rush and Living on the edge…

The comradely riding with friends, sitting around a campfire telling stories…
Oh yeah ..… Life is Good….



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Old 09-25-2013, 02:31 PM   #694
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Nice to get the rest of the story....really nice write up. Good job!
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:43 PM   #695
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Thank You John....
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:46 PM   #696
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Tracy, that was great! I saw the article you linked over in the other thread - I like your undedited one better!!! And great pics BTW!
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:49 PM   #697
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Thank You Lisa..
I understand why they had to shorten.I gave them the OK to do it...
It was just to long to post on the blog and the newsletter....
But it was this one that got the real vote !
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:13 PM   #698
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:38 PM   #699
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Nice write up and glad you won. Great pictures from over the years, Nice herd of Valkyrie's at that bridge picture.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:23 AM   #700
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Thanks Ya'll....
I hope the sun comes out the next few days .. And I can get a shot of meh Vest
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:44 PM   #701
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LD, great story, I see why you won. You have hauled so crazy stuff on the bike.

I make wine runs with mine.




How to pack a case of wine into a Pannier.

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Old 09-29-2013, 06:52 PM   #702
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Very cool Bob...
Yuppers .. Cut up the box works like a charm
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:41 AM   #703
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Love the Green/Gray valk, have one myself, of course I have completed the supervalk conversion as opposed to the trike, but love them just the same, if I ever figure out how to post a pic, have on with it on the salt flats this past spring. Great job on the report.

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Old 09-30-2013, 07:15 PM   #704
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Super cool stuff Lady D!!


Great write up and pics!

Congrats on winning! when are we gonna see you model that vest?
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Super cool stuff Lady D!!


Great write up and pics!

Congrats on winning! when are we gonna see you model that vest?
Some of us have already seen it.
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