Tag Archives: maintenance

Stranded in Sointula with the Salt of the Earth (Part 2)

If you want your faith in humanity restored, I highly recommend having a mechanical breakdown on a remote island, perhaps inhabited by a community established by a former Finnish utopia and see what happens. That experience is essentially the highlight of my latest motorcycle trip with Scott. After exploring Vancouver Island (see Part One), primarily via backroad […]

Day Job – Biker Librarian

Last week, I was told by a middle-aged Latino man that he could not picture me as a librarian and thought that I had too much fun energy and maybe should consider something else.  I suspect that he had a traditional vision of librarians being dowdy spinsters, rocking spectacles and a hair bun. We ended up […]

Dirtymoto – a ladies’ motorcycle garage

To pass the rainy season a group of us girls started to meet up every month in 2011 to encourage and challenge each other as we acquired motorbike maintenance know-how. These gatherings would include tests to name parts, such as an exploded view of a carb, discussion on motorcycle Youtube videos, and consumption of festive […]

Motorbike garage romance – Magic Man

I’ve got the song, “Magic Man” by Heart stuck in my head, and for good reason. My ruling husband has got me through the latest motorcycle maintenance battle, and I am so relieved. Last August we went on a mellow roadtrip to Manning Park and came back with some really hurting bikes. Both “Scotty P” […]

2014

Future Husband – Idlewood Zine Romance

I was recently thumbing through a copy of Idlewood, which is a zine that I contribute to featuring local ladies who skateboard, ride motorcycles, and essentially get up to random mischief, when I realized that I had the gift of prophecy. Several years ago, I had tampered with a photo of myself by adding a […]

2009

Motorcycle Fails – Blowing it

I realized that this blog might imply that I am cool, and I have to report that I have blown it pretty bad so many times in an attempt to embrace what it means to ride a motorcycle. Learning something new requires you to humiliate yourself, and it irritates me when folks who have finally gained […]