Cathy and I met in1996 on a SCUBA diving trip. As we introduced ourselves to the group, she said that her other interest was motorcycling. I bought my first bike in 1966 and havehad at least one ever since, so we had something to talk about. We married in 1999 and have had many motorcycling adventures in our time together.
Little girls like horses and Cathy asked her parents for one. Her dad bought a Yamaha 125 instead and a zeal for motorcycling was ignited. Unfortunately, he didn’t tell her it wasn’t a touring bike, so she and her cousin tried to ride from their place in northern Minnesota to Canada. Pre-oil injection, the bike seized and he had to rescue them. She’s ridden her bikes to 49 of our states, all Canadian provinces and took her mother on the back for an all woman’s tour of Mexico.
My mother may be responsible for my motorcycle experiences, as she expressly forbade me to ever ride one. In my teens motorcycle racing occupied my weekends at scrambles, flat track, and enduros. In 1979 I was between jobs and took a ten-country, eight- thousand mile tour of Europe. Alaska is the only state I haven’t ridden in yet.
We average 10-12,000 miles per year riding our bikes. Our stable includes: 1965 Harley Davidson M50, 1967 Triumph T100C, 1979 Yamaha 750 Special, 1993 H-D Sportster, 1997 H-D Softail Springer, 2001 Honda Gold Wing and our Suzuki D650 V-Stroms. We’ve done tours together in New Zealand, Spain, South Africa and China.