|Ducati Monster - lowered version|
At long last I met my moto blogger friend Bob of Bobskoot fame! We(s)tCoastScootin It was wonderful finally to meet the man who inspires me to take pictures and has offered friendship and encouragement to me when I started my scooter/motorcycling and blogging journey. It didn't feel like I was meeting him for the first time, it felt as though we have been friends forever!! I introduced him to my cohorts and off we went.
My dear friend Bob
It was so fun, we laughed the whole way there and eagerly waited in line for tickets and to get in. Then the real fun began!!!! I WAS IN MOTO DIVA HEAVEN!!!!!!!!! For as far as the eye could see it was wall to wall bikes, Honda, Triumph, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley, BMW, Victory, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Aprillia - it was like a veritable bike candy store! I must have sat on 30 or more bikes. It was great wandering around to the different dealers and trying out their bikes. I tried everything, cruiser, sport, dual sport, OH MY GOSH! We stopped by the gear vendors and checked out what they had, tried on helmets, gloves, looked at boots, jackets, shoes, pants, heated grips, tank bags and other moto luggage. My brain was in overload. I am definitely going back next year and I am planning to go to the Seattle show in December this year.
After trying many bikes I realized in the world of motorcycle sadly height does make a difference. The average height of Canadian women is 5'3 3/4", American women average height is about 5'4" to 5'5". The one thing I would say to the different motorcycle companies is: PLEASE MAKE SOME MORE OF THESE GREAT BIKES FOR WOMEN- YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE THEM A LITTLE SMALLER OR LOWER. We aren't all just about cruisers and sometimes that is what we end up settling for because everything else is too big or too tall. We want to try adventure bikes, dual sports and even fast racey sportbikes. I hate having to do acrobatics to get on and off a bike and really it shouldn't be that hard. DUCATI got it right, they had a Monster lowered version, that is definitely on my top 3.
I found the Triumph Bonneville SE of my dreams, this bike sings to my soul. I had to stop and drool over it and it's still my dream bike. Another bike that rounded out my top 3 was the Suzuki Gladius - I believe my friend Trobairitz rides this lovely little number. and seeing it up close I can certainly understand her love of this little gem. My friend Deb fell in love with the Gladius and the lowered Ducati Monster. My other girlfriend Cindy was loving the larger cc V-star cruisers and Harleys. I also liked the Ducati Diavel it just appeals to the daredevil vixen in me. We had a blast with Bob and he happily trudged along with us and we talked about the different bikes and I have to say I actually sat on a few that I wouldn't have had Bob not given me a nudge and encouraged me to give it a try. I tend to shy away from the bigger bikes due to my height. I tried a few maxi scoots and decided that I like scoots, but these scoots are just too big and heavy. I think I would miss the thrill of shifting. A fun day was had by all, I am happy, contented and exhausted and I am sure in my dreams tonight I will hear a vroom sound and images of the bikes that may someday be mine. I may finally be able to start my seven day bike list, but I think I need to go and test drive one or two! It was all a blur after awhile. All three of us girls were very happy Moto Divas.
PS Today is my 1 year moto anniversary! 1 year ago today I test drove an orange Sym Mio and two days later I owned my beautiful Vixen, a 50cc Yamaha Vino! I have progressed a lot in those 12 months from a 50cc scoot, to motorcycle endorsement and my first bike Lucy my Honda CM450e and now my beloved Scarlett Vixen, my Honda Shadow VT500c. OH WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN!
This was just too cute not to take a picture of, we did ask permission first.
Cindy on her favorite ride - it was a beautiful bike!
More to come, this tired Princess Scooterpie is heading to the the land of nod, where I am going to be riding the bikes of my dreams!