Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas with the Aces


This past weekend, we got together with "Pepper's" club brothers to share a little holiday cheer.


I made a deeeeelicious ham!




For some reason, Salt wanted his BFF Pepper to be his Secret Santa. So, Chris did him a favor and sold his bike ;)


FOR SALE: 2009 HD Rocker
Low Miles, Great Shape
Owner Can't Ride in the Cold :(
$20K or best offer. Call and ask for James

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Birthday Has Passed

A year ago, Our Two-Wheeled Adventure was ramblin' down the road.

My ramblin', however, came to screeching halt when I chose to let my husband start working on turning the Rebel into a Bagger.

I did do a LOT of cross-country travels in our Nissan Frontier and by airplane.

And because I am "in the family way," my husband is pretty adamant that I stay off my motorcycle at least until the little biker is born!

And so, as my 32nd birthday came and went, I couldn't help but notice the great difference in our lives compared to the start of year 31 - most of it with Rattle Can ;).

Betty (and Chris) Nov 2009


Betty (and Chris) Nov 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Royal Aces Motorcycle Club of San Diego

You may not remember, but one time, I wrote about the Roughnecks...yeah, that was a disaster.

So, when the Royal Aces came up last Spring, I did NOT write anything. Fortunately, my superstitious behavior worked, because Chris is in!

6 October 2010, Chris was officially voted into the Royal Aces MCSD.

His road name is Pepper. Why? Because James is Salt :)

Pepper got his patches (and official title of "Secretary") the following Friday at a ceremony with the National President in Los Angeles.

Congratulations, Baby!!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Biker Wars

Sorry I don't have much time for blogging...been busy volunteering at my son's school.

This morning, I did see an article of interest. Actually, the comments on the article were pretty interesting too!

ATF Thwarts Another War

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sturgis 2010

As part of Road Trip #932 from Cali to MN back to Cali, Mom and I drove through Sturgis, hoping to show Brytin a million motorcycles. Our plan was foiled. First, because we spent too much time in Mitchell.




Second of all, because we spent way too much time in Wall.





Then we stopped and looked at the river.


And we saw some really cool clouds in Rapid City.


My mom, who went to the rally every year from like 1980 to 2005, showed me around. (I went there once as a child, but mostly remember stuff outside of Sturgis.)

I bought Chris and my dad a T-shirt, and a gift for James and Johnny. Mom and I each got a pin. Brytin, unfortunately, slept through the whole thing :(




Thursday, August 5, 2010

SOA Season 3

Septemeber 7 ! ! !

Season 2 will be available on DVD Aug 31.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Honolulu Harley Davidson

In case you didn't know, my summer has been chock-full of activity. (And none of it has been on a motorcycle!)

My mom came to visit in June. The Navy sent my husband away for the summer. My son went to Missouri for the summer. Mom and I went on a five-day road trip around Cali. At the last minute, I ditched my plans to go to Minnesota to have an amazing adventure in Hawaii. And in about 12 hours, I will be leaving my comfortable empty home to drive to Missouri to pick up Brytin.

But before I left, I wanted you to know that Chris and I found the Harley-Davidson store in Waikiki :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hollister, California

During my California Adventure with my mother, I made a pit stop in Hollister for all my biker friends.




Johnny's Bar and Grill, is apparently where the motorcycle rider chose to ride his motorcycle through the bar after tiring of the "ordinary motorcycle thrills." According to Melissa Good Taste, the bar has some good food, too.






Why is Hollister considered the birthplace of the American biker? For the whole story, I recommend Chapter 3 of the book One Percenter by Dave Nichols. But the short is sweet is that some 4000 bikers had ridden into town for a race weekend put on by the AMA over July 4, 1947. Apparently, SOME bikers decided to get a little too rowdy for the sleepy town. The incident was sensationalized in newspapers across the country and then exploded when Life magazine ran a photo of the incident.

Though not a Life Magazine cover, the photo of a random drunk sitting on a motorcycle sparked a nationwide change in the way bikers were viewed and the way bikers behaved. I recently read an excellent blog regarding the "Shot Seen 'Round the World."


To read more about this posed photograph, I recommend this Boozefighter history web page.

Side note regarding Boozefighters: there is a difference between the Boozefighters of today and the "Original Boozefighters" established in the 1940s. Any individual that has done some research can clearly differentiate between the two and will always differentiate by offering the "Original Boozefighters" the more honorary title. Unfortunately, the Boozefighters of today do not seem to recognize said difference.

Because of the American public's negative response to these surly bikers, the AMA issued a press release that claimed that the individuals who caused the trouble in Hollister were only "one percent" of the motorcycle enthusiasts in the country. The letter continued to say that 99 precent of those who enjoyed the sport of motorcycling were good, clean, God-fearing, hard-working American citizens. Thus the term "One percenter" became a "badge of honor for the bikers who felt disenfranchised by society." (One Percenter page 92)

I wonder why the incident in Angel's Camp, California ten years later didn't get as much press? After a lot of digging, I was able to find the text of a 1957 article from American Motorcyclist. The writer was hell-bent (pun intended) on convincing the reader that any AMA rider was an upstanding citizen. The opposing view, from a Hell's Angel, makes sure the reader knows that AMA riders are just as shady as Angels, but they choose to hide their rebellious spirit. Case in point: my one and only helmet sticker reads, "Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

SOA Updates

In case you didn't know, Kurt Sutter has a blog. Check out his sporadic updates HERE.

He also has a FB Page that he updates a little more often.

If you are on twitter, he microblogs often. I am not, so I do not have a link for you.

And, as always, there is the actual FX website

I have briefly mentioned SOA in my blog, also.

Did I mention Chris and I saw the leader of the Mayans roaming the streets of LA?!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

For Me

Because I get my love of motorcycles from my mom, because Chris has always desired to teach his son all he knows and apply that knowledge towards building a vehicle together, and because I know that both my husband and my son WANT to do things that make me happy...For 1,000 reasons more than my limited writing skills can describe, this was my favorite moment in the history of our two-wheeled adventure.



Eventually, this huge grey fender will be painted and installed on the rear of my bike. We got the fender at the Long Beach Swap Meet for $10. Very soon, my bike will be the bagger I've always wanted :)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fishtails

This is totally selfish, but whatever, because it's my blog - I do what I WANT!

Tons of cool stuff has happened and been experienced on our two-wheeled adventure over the last couple months, but I am finally posting a blog, because MY bike has been customized :)

Sarah is so beautiful!


Chris has been bugging me for months now to "upgrade" to a bigger engine motorcycle. For whatever reason, I am just not interested. I don't want to spend thousands on a bike I won't be as comfortable on. Sure, it'd be nice to go a little faster from the line, but I don't NEED to, and I also hugely appreciate the excellent fuel efficiency of my Rebel.

So, I told him I would rather make the Rebel into a motorcycle I that looks like my mom's than spend thousands to get a bike like my mom's. I have always loved my mom's bagger with it's exhaust and apes...It's everything I would want in a motorcycle.

So, I have set out to make a Rebel bagger. My husband, who LOVES to modify motorcycles, was all in. The first step was the fishtail exhaust. It was tricky, but my husband succeeded :)

Part-way through the process, we started the engine and were a little disappointed in the dirt bike like sound, but when it was all said and done, Sarah's sound was no longer lawnmower or dirt bike. She has a full, even, throaty sound that I love.

video

HUGE Bravo Zulu to my darling husband and his friends, James and Martin, for the wonderful work on my bike!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Whoa! Where did January go?

I cannot believe that more than a month has passed since I last posted! So many awesome things have happened. I promise I will update you soon. Look for posts about Cycle Saturdays (pronounced Si-ckle), a bobbed Betty, my first "crash" and hopefully a really well-written editorial on the joys of winter riding. Oh! And a puppy named, "Jax."