Growing up my family and I never went to the doctor. Instead we had the Amish who would diagnose us and send us home with some herbs and a prescription of rest and relaxation. We lived off the land and made a modest livelihood that didn’t allow for such luxuries as running to the doctor every time we got a stuffed up nose and for the most part we were healthy, strong and live long lives. This eventually lead us to the belief that doctors were in it for the money and therefore I grew up avoiding them at all cost. It wasn’t until my father died of a heart attack that I became obsessed with my personal health and how to preserve it. I had always been a healthy eater and very active person but now I suddenly needed a doctor to tell me that for sure.
While in Sturgis this year I caught up with USA Today for a new online segment called "Infused" where we talking about and test new products on the market. This segment was about technology and how it can make our motorcycle ride better.
Regardless of what type of motorcyclist you are you will at least need a couple of motorcycle jackets to get you through the seasons and diffrent riding conditions. I'm a collector of gear and believe that one can never have to many options when it comes to riding even if my bank account may disagree. Each one of my jackets serve a purpose. I have ones that are purely for functionality, some more for looks, one for hot weather, one for cold and another for rain.
Recently I put some miles through the California deserts on the Dainese Keira Lady Leather Jacket. Immediately I liked the style of it before I even took the tags off. The look and feel of the leather was soft and high quality and the lining felt luxurious. Once I put it on I was right in my assumptions as the jacket felt like a hug from an old friend. The fit was perfect and the materials, cut and leather worked in unison to make movement an ease. It felt like it was already broke in and it even has armor in it.
Riding can be overwhelming at times. There are many factors to consider while trying to remember the daily task involved in operating a motorcycle and especially if you're a beginner. Sometimes taking things back to the basic is just the reset button we need to keep our minds clear and motorcycling seamless and fun again.
Below are seven motorcycle safety tips for anyone wanting to get out on the open road. Whether you’re a new or experienced rider, you will find these quick and easy reminders crucial toward keeping you safe on your bike.
I knew that choosing a winner for this contest would be hard but I never thought it would be nearly impossible. I am so proud of the people that decided to respond and do something good for someone else. From giving strangers lifts to the airport to being vulnerable and sharing stories about their struggles and past, this contest restored my faith in humanity. My intent with this contest was to give something back but in return I feel like I was the one who received the biggest gift of all. I think you from the bottom of my heart for the greatness you all have done and remember, just because the contest is over doesn't mean that you can't keep paying it forward. Make everyday a day to make the world a better place. It's the easiest thing and most rewarding thing you will ever do.
I get to work with some pretty amazing companies and they love supporting great causes. Because of this I have a backpack filled with all kinds of gifts, from jackets to jeans. Over $400 dollars in all.
I did a post on my Instagram asking people to do something good and post about it to encourage others to do the same. They didn't need to follow me or the companies. This wasn't about gaining followers but instead about paying it forward and making the world a better place.
The response is overwhelming and every post makes me cry. Hearing these stories restores my faith in humanity and I know that together we truly can make a difference. It all starts with one.
The giveaway is for one week and I'll be posting every single #payitforwardgiveaway post on my website so you all can see what an impact a little good can do.
Recently I got to test the new products that were launching in the Roland Sands Design Fall Line and while all of them were great the Ginger Jacket stood out the most simply because there's not anything else like it out there on the market. It's also very well thought out and constructed.
This women's jacket is a true utilitarian style jacket with just the right amount of femininity. It's made from premium British Millerain waxed cotton that is water repellent (great for me here in Florida), lightweight and has a soft and supple feel yet still offers top-notch protection.
The classic fit at 3/4 length allows this jacket to be very versatile and its fully adjustable waist means you can dial in the fit just right. Plenty of storage pockets on the Ginger for all the things you carry with you on your rides or pick up along the way.
I can see this jacket being worn by adventure riders as well as cruiser riders who want a more fashion feel on and off the bike.
When I test a product I do my best to destroy what it is I'm testing. I ride hard, live life to the fullest and therefor I'm hard on the things I wear / ride. For the past two years I have had the Ugly Bros Twiggy Motorcycle Jeans in black and in that time I have about 20k miles on them. These jeans have seen tropical storms, been through a hurricane and have been in extreme heat and cold and other than some minor fading they still fit and preform just like they did when I got them.
You ask advice: ah, what a very human and very dangerous thing to do! For to give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal— to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself.
I am not a fool, but I respect your sincerity in asking my advice. I ask you though, in listening to what I say, to remember that all advice can only be a product of the man who gives it. What is truth to one may be disaster to another. I do not see life through your eyes, nor you through mine. If I were to attempt to give you specific advice, it would be too much like the blind leading the blind.
After riding 2 Iron Butts, crossing up some of the gnarliest Mountains in the North East, racing 2200 miles across the desert in 3 days in 110 degrees to reach my 14th state making my grand total 7,000 miles in 36 days the last thing most people would want to do is race a 500 lb motorcycle in a circle on a dirt track but that's exactly what I did.
Maybe I have a death wish or hitting a mid-life crisis but something in me was telling me I had to do this. I had something to prove to myself and hopefully the abuse I was doing to my body would inspire others step outside of their comfort zones and try something they too never thought they could do before.
After 36 days of being on my bike I had to fly to Florida to take care of a few personal matters before flying back to my bike in California and racing Super Hooligan Flat Track.
This video is a recap of what I've been doing for the past couple weeks on my bike and why I decided to change directions and head west 2200 miles alone to CA.
It was an amazing ten days of Laconia Bike Week. I honestly didn't know what to expect before coming here and was pleasantly surprised when I found out that this was a rally for riders! I had hoped that I would do 1k on my bike while there and I ended up doing more.
I will for sure be back next year.
1513 miles, 12 states, 4 days, 3 women. We finally made it!
Sorry for not being able to post the past coupe days. Life on the road and on a motorcycle ain't easy when it comes to keeping up with emails, social media and anything that requires you to take your hands off the bars.
We rolled into Laconia around 9:30 pm last night, unloaded our bikes and headed to the bar to celebrate with the rest of our Iron Lilies and Orlando / Laconia Harley crew. We did manage to get a few hours of sleep before heading out for our 100 mile charity ride this morning. Tomorrow is a 200 mile loop and even thought we are a little sore and tired we are looking forward to it!
So the threat of a tropical storm was just that, a threat. The clouds parted ways around 9 am and we headed out to our first stop Hilton Head, SC. The ride out was beautiful and the milage was just a little over 300 so we decided to enjoy the ride and go through Ocala National Forrest, stop at Big Talbot Island's "Boneyard Beach" and Savannah, GA along the way.
RAIN. RAIN. RAIN.
It's the night before we leave it it hasn't stopped raining since yesterday and not suppose to stop until tomorrow night. What hasn't also stopped is the amount of friends and families that have called telling us that it's raining and to be careful. It's kind of them but a little stressful on top of the fact that Samantha 's bike was in heart surgery the past three days and just got finished tonight.
So things may have started stressful but it sure hasn't lacked in adventure. Looking forward to what the next 36 days will bring.
Two days before me and the Iron Lilies leave to head to Laconia, a tropical storm decided to hit Florida and take the same route we're planning on riding. At this time the storm is going to last a little over three days and go along the eastern coast.
We have a very tight schedule and can't leave later than planned. We have planned shoots with our sponsors along the way and have to be in Laconia Saturday morning at 8 am to start our first ride so there's no time to waste.
Let's hope the weathermen is wrong and if not, here's to an adventure!