It Was All A Dream About Tennessee

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I’ve had the bike I’m riding now, my 1983 Honda GL650, since August of 2010. Her name: My Only One True Love. Ever since my dad rebuilt her for me and I bought a one-way ticket to Illinois and rode her back to Staten Island, I’ve been wanting to get down to Tennessee and explore the epic riding there. A couple weeks ago, my plan came together and I finally got to do all that. I drove over 3000 miles, got wet a lot, had a wreck, ate BBQ at every opportunity, and I would do it all over again for sure. Here are the highlights.

1. I got my shit together and left. That’s no mean feat. I always feel a little barfy the morning I leave on a big ride, and this was going to be the biggest one that I had done so farBike leaving Continue reading

My Cool Motorcycle

photo by Geoff Barrenger Last October, UK author Chris Haddon invited me to be included in his newest book ‘My Cool Motorcycle: An Inspirational Guide to Motorcycles and Biking Culture‘ with my pretty rad (if I do say so myself) 1968-ish BSA 650 hot rod bike. I was honored to be included, and thrilled to be able to bring on talented photographer and friend Geoff Barrenger to take the photographs. Geoff captures motorcyclists in motion in a way that truly conveys what it is to be at peace, alone on the open road. His work can be seen at Whiteline Motorcycle Photographs. ‘My Cool Motorcycle’ which was finally released in July is a great collection of stories from all over the world, and is now on the Amazon best seller list. I am only one of a few women included and the only American. Get your copy on AMAZON today!

Corinna Mantlo, proud Miss-Fire.

1971 Yamaha At1 125, 1968 BSA 650, 1962 Ford Ranchero, 1971 BSA Victor 250 desert sled race bike.

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my cool motorcycle is a window on the world of motorcycles: ‘cool’ iconic motorcycles, much-loved underdogs, stylish owners, amazing journeys, custom builds, and historical andpresent-day motorcycle culture. Looking back across the 100 years or so of the motorcycle, this book focusses on iconic makes and sought-after classics, and illustrates an invention that has changed the landscape of transport and counter-culture.

Chris Haddon and photographer Lyndon McNeil over six months, travelled far and wide capturing the inspirational, fascinating and moving stories of owners’ lives: from the Isle of Man, a mecca in the world of motorcycling; to the far corners of England and Wales, including to the beaches of Pending Sands, the home of land-speed record breakers since the early 1900s; plus midnight-to-dawn photo-shoots in Paris.

We read about cherished motorcycles handed down from father to son; a Triumph that played an instrumental part in a couple’s relationship. The story of an owner looking to make her first motorcycle acquisition and taking pity on and rehoming a forlorn underdog. And how a Vincent Rapider that, when selling was never an option, took up residence within the owner’s home for decades before once again taking to the road.

Also featuring motorcycling cultures in Japan, India and New York, my cool motorcycle celebrates a love affair with motorcycles and who knows…maybe it will inspire new or wannabe owners.

Chris Haddon is the author of the My Cool… series, and together with my cool motorcycle photographer Lyndon McNeil travelled across the UK to capture the motorcycles showcased in this book. He has a great passion for all things retro, and runs a design agency from the back of his converted 1960’s Airstream caravan.

my cool motorcycle is published by Pavilion Books

IBSN 9781909108912

RRP £14.99

“The car doesn’t know if I’m a man or a woman and it doesn’t care” – LeanIn

This story was originally published on leanin.org. Professional photography by George Baier IV.

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I pulled up my fire suit, strapped on my helmet, closed my visor and hit the gas. It was the first time I leaned in. I was 10 years old.

Go-karting always made sense to me and being at the track always thrilled me. I immediately started winning and was having the time of my life, when two years later I read about a 12 year-old boy who had moved into racecars. I decided if he could do it, I could do it. At the age of 13, I raced in my first car race and at age 14 I became the first woman to win a Skip Barber Racing Series championship. I made history!

At age 12, I realized that this was more than just a hobby I did for fun. I wanted to become a professional racer. There aren’t many high-profile female drivers. But the car doesn’t know if I’m a man or a woman and it doesn’t care.

There were always the folks who told me “no.” Sometimes it was explicit: I spent weeks preparing a pitch for a company for sponsorship, and before I could finish they said, “No, we’re just not interested.” The meeting was over. Sometimes, the “no” was implicit. I noticed that my coaches were often more friendly to my brother, who also drove, than they were to me.

While it could be disheartening, I realized that the nay-sayers simply did not understand my dream. I learned to embrace life’s uncertainty, which exists both on and off the track. Did we set the car up well enough to win the race? Will I be crashed out? As I watched my friends secure jobs for after graduation, I knew I was tackling a path that had a chance of not working out. However, the excitement and possibility of succeeding completely destroys the fear I have of failing.

So why racing? I love feeling the machine come to life under my touch and control. I love going fast. And I love winning.

My dreams don’t have to make sense to everyone. I’m chasing this the same way I approach everything: foot on the pedal, full speed ahead.

Sonoma wins 6:15-16

You can check out Julia on her website, Twitter and Facebook to see more!

Just a girl, her motorcycle, and the open road.

 

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“Just a girl, her motorcycle, and the open road. Meet Leslie. And her Harley, Francie” – Why I Ride

Miss-Fire Leslie and her ride Francie are the subject of Why I Ride: Episode 2, by Alchemy Creative and powered by Esurance.

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“Francie” is also in the running on AWARDEO now….So, VOTE FOR FRANCIE!

 

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We couldn’t be more proud of our girl Leslie, and she is truly inspiring as a rider, and a friend.

Birthday Ride To Bear Mountain!

 

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Last Saturday, on a lovely cool morning, We gathered to celebrate Miss-Fire Amanda’s birthday, and what an amazing day it was. Happy Birthday darling from all of us!

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We met at Tar Pit Cafe (owned by Miss-Fire Kerry), for early morning coffee.

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It was pretty clear right off the bat that it was going to be a magical day…

10492132_10204212004037377_2749304013105666398_nThe Birthday girl presented with a custom made gift from Miss-Fire Rachel Quinn Jewelry!

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tough guys…

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The route…

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Group photo. Ready to ride!

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Scenic Overlook from the Palisades.

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View from the chase truck.

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We made it!

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birthday cake river surprise!

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Crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge to find some much needed food and beer after a long day…

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such fun.

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Perfect sunset skyline as we return happy and tired to the big city. a perfect day in every way.

 

Corinna Mantlo

1971 Yamaha At1 125, 1968 BSA Lightning 650, 1962 Ford Ranchero, 1971 BSA Victor 250 desert sled race bike.

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This past weekend a bunch of The Miss-Fires rallied with some of our favorite fellas to head out to Strange Days Motorcycle show/meet-up/camp-out/live music festival/swap meet in Vernon, NJ.  It was Brandon’s (Death or Victory) first ride since his unfortunate wreck 16 weeks ago to the day – a wreck that left him with a broken femur and a totaled bike.   We all met up at his garage and waited while he did some last minute adjustments to his “new” 1985 Harley FXR.

Brandon fixes up his new FXR

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Assortment of bikes

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The crew

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We hit the road and ran directly into some pretty rough Manhattan traffic.  We did our best to stick together and made it though the Holland Tunnel with everyone except for our girl Rachael and her friend (never got his name!)   It was a hot and humid ride so we took a quick break to gas up and hydrate before navigating some fun scenic back roads of New Jersey.

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It was a great ride until we turned a corner and basically ran directly into a scary situation.  We had found Rachael and her friend, but under the worst circumstances.  She had taken a turn a tad too wide and wound up in the woods off the side of the road.  Aside from being a bit shaken and muddy, she was FINE (huge miracle).  Her Sportster, on the other hand, was a bit dinged up.  She lost her plate and her clutch lever.  We all hung around while John, Scott, Brandon and some of the rest of the crew worked on rigging her lever well enough so that she could ride it to a nearby dealership to have it fixed.

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Photo by Rich Gone

We hit the road and headed to our first destination, the Chatterbox Drive-In Diner.  We just happened to roll in during their weekly car show.  The “mayor” of the car show wasn’t too thrilled that our bikes were taking up their precious parking spaces, so we ate and drank our rootbeer floats as quickly as possible and got the hell out of there before we overstayed our welcome.

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At this point a few of us who needed to get back to the city (my dog has a small bladder) broke off and took the scenic route back – through Bear Mountain.

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The rest of the crew – I’d say at least 20 people – made it to Strange Days and partied into the night.

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Let’s do it again for the Gypsy Run!  Save the date, September 12-14…Be there!