by Jodi Peterson
Riding in South Dakota
I learned how to ride on a Yamaha 750, I could barely touch the ground, I'm 5'3", and dumped it a few times while mastering the art of stopping! My husband is 6'4" and rode on the back. He would say "if you can ride with me on the back you can ride anywhere." After a month of that I went onto a Custom Sportster 1200...it was a dream come true being able to touch flat footed on BOTH sides of my bike! I took the MSF class with 2 of my friends and we all passed. So that was in 04 and I rode everywhere. If no one wanted to ride, I rode alone. I work in an office and I'd take my bike with a sling pack slung over my shoulder with my blow dryer, brush, and heels in it. When I'd get to work I'd fix my helmet head. I put over 15,000 miles on her before I traded for the Deluxe. We were heading to Sturgis for bike week in 06 and I wanted a big girl bike. So I gave up my first love for my lifelong love. It handles incredibly well. I can touch flat on both sides again. It's lighter than my Sportster. When I sat on this bike I knew I'd found my bike. Very easy to control and I feel so comfortable riding short or long distances. I've put 25,000 miles on her since April of 06. I live in Maine and we plan a long trip each summer with family. We went from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia 2 years ago, last year was Niagra Falls, and this year we're talking about Canada again. Riding is certainly a way of life. I get asked all the time why I ride so much...it's true...if you have to ask you wouldn't understand.