My New Full-Face Harley-Davidson Helmet – Contest

I can’t remember if I told you guys this or not, but during my first ride—the long distance trip to Alabama, a section of padding inside my helmet popped off. I want to go on record as saying I didn’t do it! It wasn’t me—that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. For those of you who don’t ride, you’ll be surprised to know there is a shelf life for helmets. Who out there can tell us the shelf life for a helmet that has not been in an accident? Each person who leaves a comment with the correct answer will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Okay, where was I? Oh yes, my new helmet. Isn’t she a beaut? I’ve used my new lid one time, but so far I’m really liking the comfort and feel of it. I had no idea there was a process for figuring out what size helmet a person wears. Basically, it’s just a matter of trying on a few and then comparing how snug it fits on your head. I’m no expert to be sure, but here are a few tips that I learned during my helmet sizing experience.

1. The helmet should fit snug against the crown of your head.

2. If you wiggle your head from side to side, the helmet should not wiggle with your movements.

3. It’s normal to feel the padding pressed against the sides of your face, but your checks should not be scrunched up to your eyes.

4. Your ears should not be pressed into the side padding.

So there you have it—motorcycle helmet sizing 101. Oh…don’t forget the contest. Leave me a comment with the correct answer to enter the contest to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. The contest winner will be announced next Tuesday, September 20th.

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My First Motorcycle Road Trip

This past Saturday I rode to Anniston, AL on the back of hubby’s new Harley-Davidson Street Glide, and I have to say it was quite a rush. My rump hurt like the dickens when we arrived home, but I made the trip, and now I’ve officially taken my first “road trip”. For those of you, who have never ridden as a motorcycle passenger, let me give it to you straight.

First, let’s look at the upside. This is a short list, but here are just a few of the benefits that make riding pretty doggone fun.

• The thrill of being in the wind and enjoying sites from a completely different perspective is invigorating to say the least.

• Spending time with your best mate is not only fun, but it also builds fond memories.

• Walking around in biker gear makes you feel bad-to-the-bone. So way cool.

And now…the downside. Here are a few things to take into consideration.

• Sitting in one position for long periods of time is hard on the knees and back after a while. Having only driven a motorcycle for a few days (I took a motorcycle riding class), I had no appreciation for the slight nuances that are completely foreign to cagers (biker lingo for people who drive cars).

o Apparently, when the passenger shifts their weight or fidgets around on the back seat, this causes the motorcycle driver to potentially lose control. If you’re wondering whether I fidgeted during the trip, the answer is heck yeah! Well how in tarnation was I supposed to know that fidgeting would causes a problem? It’s not like this sort of thing comes with an instruction manual. Needless to say, I was shifting here, shifting there, scooting here, scooting there—how was I supposed to know! All I knew was that my rump was hurting, and hitting bumps in the road at 75 miles per hour is doggone painful! This is a time when I could have used some extra padding on my rear end.

• Also, a little wind is good—fun even, but a lot of wind is tough on your eyes and face. Thank Goodness (notice the capital “T” and capital “G”) I wore a full-face helmet. Hubby tried to convince me to wear a half helmet like his, but I knew from the test ride the night before that I wouldn’t be comfortable with that much wind in my face. Speaking of wind, let’s talk about the full force of it—good golly Ms. Molly. Bugs and what not were flying at me. Thankfully, I only had a few hit my arm (poor hubby took the brunt of bug splatter), but do you know how much self-control it takes not to flail your arms shouting, “Bug guts, bug guts got on me.” Yuck! Needless to say, I will not–I repeat, I will not be wearing a half helmet anytime soon. If bug guts on the arm are disgusting, just imagine bug guts on your face! No sir, I do not need firsthand knowledge of that feeling.

All in all, though, I had a great time. Even my hubby said I did much better on the ride home than I did going down. Baby steps, y’all, baby steps….

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Behold – The New Harley-Davidson

I am pleased to announce the latest addition to our family—big bad Harley D. No, I didn’t give birth to an 850 pound baby, but I’m a proud momma just the same. For those of you who are wondering if this bike is mine let me put your thoughts to rest. Big bad Harley D is my hubby’s new chromed-out bundle of joy. He’s been talking about getting a new Street Glide, but a few weeks ago it became real.

So now I’m an official biker chick! I even have the cool Harley-Davidson gear and everything—leather jacket, leather boots, tops, jeans, gloves. This may seem like a lot of gear for someone who doesn’t actually ride, but I did in fact take a riding course a few months ago. Unfortunately, learning to ride was far more challenging than I had thought it would be. You would be amazed at how much mental concentration goes into hopping on a motorcycle and zooming up and down the street. I think I would have been okay if it weren’t for having to learn to swerve. Sadly, I discovered that swerving and me don’t get along very well (I dropped the durn bike and took a nasty spill—so not fun). But I’ve learned that some of us are passengers, and some are riders. I’m most definitely a passenger kind of girl.

Next weekend my husband will be taking me out on the bike for the first time and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure where we’re going to go, but I know I’ll be with my best friend, and lots of fresh air will be involved. Can’t get much better than that.

Harley-Davidson riders and passengers make some noise! If you’re a rider, what kind of motorcycle do you have, and what kind of trips have you taken?

To Harley riders…live free, ride hard!

 

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